Review and Giveaway: Are We French Yet?

Are We French YetAre We French Yet?
Keith & Val’s Adventures In Provence
(travel memoir)
by Keith Van Sickle

Release date: December 15, 2018
at Dresher Publishing

ASIN: B07L6N3JK7
157 pages

Author’s page | Goodreads

Keith and Val started telling about their unusual experience in One Sip at a Time: after some time spent in Switzerland, they discovered how much they like life in Europe. They decided then to split their time every year between California and Provence. Are We French Yet? features their most recent trips.

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Bout of Books 24: Day 5 challenge

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 24 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Today, the challenge is

If you like this, try that
Put your recommendations hat on, #boutofbooks-ers. For this challenge, pick a book, author, or trope (or whatever!) from your TBR and suggest similar books.
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Based on the second book I finished this year:
If you like expats stories set in France, you absolutely need to read
Are We French Yet
Keith and Val spent several months every year in Provence. This a wonderful collection of their daily life there. Great style, sometimes hilarious, and right on target on what it means to live in between two countries, two cultures.
And 2 good news:
  1. you can enter a giveaway to win a copy
  2. if you are quick enough, you can grab the very last stop on the upcoming tour and get your review copy right away

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BOUT OF BOOKS 24: Day 1 recap

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 24 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

BOUT OF BOOKS 24
DAY 1 RECAP

Yesterday, January 7, was the big day to celebrate Christ’s Nativity for me. I’m an Orthodox Christian, and my Church follows the Julian calendar, which runs 13 late compare to the Gregorian (civil) calendar. So December 25 + 13 days = January 7.
It’s actually nice to be far from the crazy commercial stuff surrounding the Christmas frenzy and be able to focus only on the essential.
After the Church celebration, we had a very simple meal at home and time with friends.
But in the evening, I was able to have regular reading time.

So here is what I read on Day 1:

  1. Are We French Yet?, by Keith Van Sickle = 56 pages
  2. Hear Our Defeats, by Laurent Gaudé = 46 pages
  3. Audiobook [1H07]: The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins = equivalent to 27 pages

TOTAL so far: 129/805

Because of the very special day, as explained above, I didn’t have time to participate in the challenge of the day, nor in the Twitter chat.
But I posted a giveaway!

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Challenges

**This is the overall list for the challenges offered during Bout of Books 24. Make sure you check the blog each day of the read-a-thon for instructions and details on how to complete the daily challenges**

Monday 1/7
Introduce yourself #insixwords

Tuesday 1/8
Character dinner party

Wednesday 1/9
Six degrees of separation – based on an idea I submitted

Thursday 1/10
Synopsis rewrite

Friday 1/11
If this, then that

Saturday 1/12
Dream cast

Sunday 1/13
Stretch goal

Twitter Chats
(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

Monday: 8pm CST (TZC)
Saturday: 10am CST (TZC)

 

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