Year of reading 2014 part 1

This is the exciting time to post my stats about my

Year of reading 2014
Part 1

This year, there will be 3 parts:

  1. my favorites, with my usual categories, see here below
  2. my stats
  3. my fun lists

So drum roll, here are my favorites!
This has been awfully difficult to choose: I have read so many amazing books this year. For instance, in the category Print – fiction, I hesitated between 4 books, and in the category print-historical fiction, between 10!
My final choice is based both on the quality of the book and also on how it resonated with me and my own experience.


My Favorites:

click on the covers to get to my reviews
The Oblate’s Confession review is scheduled for 1/5


    Fiction                        Historical fiction            Nonfiction                   Mystery

  The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair  The Oblate's Confession   100 Places cover  Irene


 Fiction                            Historical fiction               Nonfiction               Mystery

  Mr Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore  The Ashes of Heaven's Pillar    Confessions of a Paris Party Girl - cover     Crossing the Line


  Fiction                          Historical fiction                      Nonfiction                 Mystery

  Unlikely Pilgrimage  All The Light We Cannot See  The Innovators  Still Life


Brown Girl Dreaming


The Cheshire Cheese Cat


The Right Word


Therapy of Spiritual Illnesses


Star For Mrs Blake




Blogiversary #4! Hunt giveaway

On September 29,
Words And Peace will celebrate
its 4th blogiversary!

As promised yesterday in My Reading Life From A to Z, here is a hunt giveaway to help you celebrate my 4th blogiversary!

I was inspired to do this by the awesome Caffeinated Book Reviewer – visit her great book blog if you don’t her yet.

First things first, here are the books available to win! Click on each cover to access synopsis or review


  2909769  17402288
#1.  The Reader – brand new
#2. Dept. of Speculation – ARC, like new


  Wharf of Chartrons cover  Meadowlark Age of Desire

#3. The Wharf of Chartrons – ARC, like new
#4. Meadowlark – like new. Signed by the author with personal note to me
#5. Age of Desire – brand new

  The Third Son  10900793  Equal of the Sun

#6. The Third Son – ARC, like new
#7. The Crown – brand new
#8. Equal of the Sun – like new


After you have chosen which book you would enjoy,
please come this way to enter my fun giveaway:



 What do you like most about this book blog?
What improvement would you recommend?


Come back on September 29 for my stats
and to discover if you won!


Blogiversary #4! My reading life from A to Z

On September 29,
Words And Peace will celebrate
its 4th blogiversary!

This year, to launch the celebration of this great day, I’m taking my inspiration from  Musings From a Bookmammal‘s great post: my reading life from A to Z (I’m using also her logo, so please be sure to go visit her great book blog)

Come back tomorrow for a super fun giveaway hunt, inspired from another blogger.

And I will serve you my stats on the day itself!


A=Author You’d Like To Meet

haruki-murakamiHaruki Murakami!
Definitely one of my favorite authors alive

B=Buy or Borrow?

Borrow without hesitation, I visit my public library 3 or 4 times a week

C=Currently Reading

8 actually.
But let’s focus on this one:

A Paris Apartment coverfascinating histfic in Paris,
for a tour on France Book Tours.
Click on the cover to know more about it

D=Dog-ear or Bookmark?

Bookmark, all the time

E=E-reader or Physical Book?

Both, with an increasing number of ebooks,
and audiobooks too!

F=Fiction or Nonfiction?

Both. I always have one or two nonfiction in process along novels,
usually focusing on religious topics, but not exclusively.

G=Glad You Gave This Book A Chance

Crossing the LineThis author is a famous author of thriller in France.
I organized a virtual book tour for her last year, but didn’t include myself in the tour,
thinking that would not be my type of things.
I regretted it when I saw the awesome reviews she got.
So when I got the chance to organize another book tour for her latest thriller translated in English,
I didn’t hesitate a second, and wow, what a great talent.
It kept me on the edge of my seat.
Click on the cover to read reviews, as the tour is live this week.
My own review is scheduled for October 5.

H=How Many Bookcases Are In Your Home?

7, and I may forgot some, lol

I=Illustrator—Who’s Your favorite?

author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret

J=Just Finished

Bitter GreensA mix of fairy tale and histfic!

K=Kinds of Books You Won’t Read


L=Library—How Often Do You Visit?

3 or 4 times a week,
plus the website about daily

M=Magazines—Which Ones Do You Read?

I basically don’t read magazines, apart from the Book Page
offered by my library, once a month

N= Notes—Do You Write Notes In Books?

I take lots of notes when I read,
I discovered it really helped write my reviews better and faster,
but NEVER in the book itself, I have a special notebook for that.

O=Oldest Book You Own?

Not sure, maybe
The Chief American Poets, edited by Curtis Hidden Page, 1905

Preferred Place To Read

On our tiny porch, with bird songs in the background

Q=Favorite Quote About Books or Reading

“A place isn’t a place without a bookstore”,
in The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin

R=Required Reading—a book that you were required to read for a class

And that I liked at the time, writing long crazy essays about it,
but that I no longer appreciate:
The Crying of Lot 49, by Pynchon.
That was to prepare the entrance Concours de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure

S=Series You Love

The series on Mrs. Pollifax, by Dorothy Gilman

T=Three of your All-Time
[too tough, let’s say recently read and reviewed]
Favorite Books

All The Light We Cannot See  Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki Madame Picasso

U=Underrated book or author that you think deserves more attention

Kim RendfeldKim Rendfeld
Click on her picture to access her website

V=Very Excited For This Release

The Tapestryclick on the cover.
Sequel to The Chalice

W=Weirdest Book or Reading Habit

there but for the

X=X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book


Y=Your latest book purchase:


Z=ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

hmmm, which does NOT?? But let’s say:

Lies Told in Silence coverclick on it to read my review and enter the giveaway!

I hope you enjoyed this survey.
Which of the books I mentioned
is your favorite?

Come back tomorrow for a super fun giveaway hunt!