Interviewed by

Today, Kayla Posney, working for the Pittsburgh Historical Fiction Examiner, published a very nice interview she did with me!

Here is the beginning of her great introduction:

The world of historical fiction features great authors and great bloggers and book reviewers who help promote the wonderful novels written by these fantastic historical fiction writers. These bloggers and reviewers have a passion for historical fiction and are proud to promote the works they read and enjoy.

Please go have a look at the rest of the intro and her fascinating questions… and what I answered!

Feel free to comment here about what your answers would be.



Armchair BEA 2013: Non-fiction

Armchair BEA

Day 4:  Non-Fiction

Day 1 was a total blast for me with Introductions.
Day 2 was about Blog Development
Day 3 was also giveaway day – don’t miss my post, I have 4 books for grab!
Day 4 is also about Ethics in Blogging



Do I read Non-Fiction? yes, a lot.

I used to read always 1 fiction and 2 non-fiction (one begin  religion) books at the same time. A bit less now under the pressure of finishing books for tours.
I know, that’s bad, and I keep promising I won’t sign up for so many tours, and then here you go, I receive this proposal of a virtual book tour for a fabulous book that seriously, I can’t refuse…

Today’s question prompted me to look through all the reviews posted (now, my tab of all books reviewed on this blog really came handy!), to see what were my non-fiction reads.

So here are the different categories, and I highlight at least 1 book for each.

Click on the book covers to access my reviews – some are really older reviews, and I was not giving as many details as in my recent reviews, sorry:

NATURE, 3 books

fire season

SCIENCE, 3 books



i and thou

HISTORY, 6 books

I loved very much 4 of them:

Matti Friedman, The Aleppo Codex (2012) audio
Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (2010)
Erik Larson, In The Garden of Beasts (2011) audio


the worst hard time


tolstoy and the purple chair is that a fish

BIOGRAPHY, 9 books

The Black Count LAST

I also enjoyed a lot
Claire Tomalin, Charles Dickens: A Life (2011)

RELIGION, 15 books

Therapy of Spiritual Illnesses

TRAVEL, 18 books

The reason of this high number being my 52 countries challenge and my numerous books on France

the greater journey Le Road Trip


Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2013

HF reading challenge 2013

Historical fiction is getting one of my, if not MY favorite genre.

So let’s go this year with the Medieval level – that is, 15 books.

  1. The Midwife’s Tale, by Sam Thomas
  2. The Dervish, by Frances Kazan
  3. The Sign of the Weeping Virgin, by Alana J. White
  4. A Tainted Dawn, by B.N. Peacock
  5. Désirée, by Annemarie Selinko
  6. Shadows Walking, by Douglas R. Skopp
  7. Flesh And Grass, by Libby Cone
  8. The Painted Girls, by Cathy Marie Buchanan
  9. The Distant Hours, by Kate Morton
  10. Dissolution, by C. J. Sansom
  11. The Iron King, by Maurice Druon
  12. House of Rocamora, by Donald Michael Platt
  13. The Chalice, by Nancy Bilyeau
  14. The Scent of Triumph, by Jan Moran
  15. Syncopation, by Elizabeth Caulfield Felt
  16. Seduction, by M.J. Rose
  17. Chronicle of the Mound Builders, by Elle Marie
  18. Cascade, by Maryanne O’Hara
  19. The Lavender Garden, by Lucinda Riley
  20. Studio Saint-Ex, by Ania Szado
  21. The Nine Fold Heaven, by Mingmei Yip
  22. The Cross And The Dragon, by Kim Rendfeld
  23. How Angels Die, by David-Michael Harding
  24. Confessions of Marie Antoinette, by Juliet Grey
  25. The Strangled Queen, by Maurice Druon
  26. The Madonnas of Leningrad, by Debra Dean
  27. Sutton, by J. R. Moehringer
  28. Mozart’s Last Aria, by Matt Rees 
  29. Unravelled, by M. K. Tod
  30. Gracianna, by Trini Amador
  31. The Conversation, by Jean d’Ormesson
  32. Meadowlark, by Dawn Wink
  33. The Harlot’s Tale, by Sam Thomas
  34. The Pagan Lord, by Bernard Cornwell 
  35. Mistress of the Revolution, by Catherine Delors 
  36. Becoming Josephine, by Heather Webb
  37. Degrees of Courage , by Shari Vester