Blogiversary #3! A to Z survey

Today,
Words And Peace celebrates
its 3rd blogiversary!

I thought it would be cool to do something a bit different to celebrate this day, after the stats I gave you a few hours ago. Did you check?

So here are my answers to the A to Z survey, created I believe last month by  The Perpetual Page-Turner:

[click on the logo to join the fun!, and click on the book covers to access my reviews]

A to Z survey

Author you’ve read [no: devoured!] the most books from:

Ellis Peters, with her Cadfael Chronicles – 21 books.
But alas, that was before my Book Blogging Era!

Best Sequel Ever:

same as above!

Currently Reading:

7 actually.
But here is the one I started most recently,
by a great French historical novelist:

The Strangled Queen

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Relaxing tea, as I do most of my reading after 6:30 pm

E-reader or Physical Book?

Both, with an increasing number of ebooks,
simply because it is easier to get free egalleys these days than ARCs.
And oh, audiobooks too!

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Me? Dating in high school? Too busy reading and studying!

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Syncopationgreat historical fiction on Victor Hugo’s daughter

Hidden Gem Book:

Chronicle of the Mount Buildea fascinating historical novels on Native Americans

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

September 29, 2010,
when I first posted on this book blob

Just Finished:

The Greenland Breach

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Horror

Longest Book You’ve Read:

A long time ago: Les Misérables, 1,463 pages
More recently, reviewed on this blog: 1Q84, by Murakami [925 pages]

Major book hangover because of:

Consolations of the Forest

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Only 6, lol.
Most of the books I read come actually from my Public Library – or egalleys!

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Le rêve [The Dream], by Emile Zola

Preferred Place To Read:

On our tiny porch, with bird songs in the background

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

I felt that to be happy, I needed nothing more than the library.
[In Casanova, not read, but quoted in Consolations of the Forest, see above, p.85]

Reading Regret:

Not being able to finish In Search of Lost Time this year,
will have to go on next year.

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series):

The series on Mrs. Pollifax, by Dorothy Gilman

Three of your All-Time [too tough, let’s say this year] Favorite Books:

still tough, and I won’t repeat titles already mentioned above, so let’s say:

The Lavender Garden, by Lucinda Riley
The Painted Girls, by Cathy Marie Buchanan
The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Barbara KingsolverBarbara Kingsolver

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

TreacheryGiordano Bruno #4!,
I have to wait until February 2014

Worst Bookish Habit:

Always want to talk books with others!
Talking hairdo, clothes, TV which I don’t have, fashion, sports, et
makes me want to flee miles away

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

Therapy of Spiritual Illnesses

Your latest book purchase:

blindness

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

hmmm, which does NOT?? But let’s say:

The Bones of Paris

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

Come back later in the day
to see if you won my blogiversary giveaway!

 

November 2012 wrap-up

Wow, just one more month, and 2012 is over, for all its fascinating Reading Challenges, and much more!

I managed to keep rather busy this past month AND to read a lot. The numbers are high, to my standard, also by the fact that I finally finished an over 500 pages book started last February!

I read 10 books, 4 being non-fiction works.
Total of 3339 pages , that is 111.3 pages/day, the highest average of the year, but again, thanks to 1 BIG book started many months ago.

And I listened to 2 audiobooks, with a total of 20:57 hours, and an average of 40 mn/day.

And and I even have 4 books reviewed!!

I READ

Fiction:
A Wrinkle In Time: The Graphic Novel, by Hope Larson (Graphic novel)
The Summer of France, by Paulita Kincer (ebook)

Historical fiction:
The Lincoln Conspiracy, by Timothy L. O’Brien
The Siren of Paris, by David LeRoy
The House at Riverton, by Kate Morton

Nonfiction:
Action Philosophers vol 2 by Fred Van Lente & Ryan Dunlavey (Graphic “novel”)
The Black Count, by Tom Reiss (ebook)
Beyond The Sky And The Earth: A Journey Into Bhutan, by Jamie Zeppa
The Ascetical Homilies, by St Isaac The Syrian – the famous book started last February!

Plays:
Othello, by Shakespeare

I LISTENED TO

Historical fiction:
Sacrilege, by S. J. Parris

Fiction:
A Palm For Mrs Pollifax, by Dorothy Gilman

BEST BOOKS THIS MONTH

   Siren of ParisBeyond the sky and the earth

READING CHALLENGES

  1. Around the World in 52 books:  38/52
  2. Around the world in 12 books: 11/12
  3. European reading challenge: 11/5 – COMPLETED
  4. I love Italy: 3/3 – COMPLETED
  5. Dewey Decimal: 34/20 – COMPLETED
  6. We want you to read French authors: 6/5  – COMPLETED (ends in August)
  7. Books in translation: 16/10-12 – COMPLETED
  8. South Asia: 7/7COMPLETED
  9. Middle East: 8/18
  10. My own reading challenge: 3/5
  11. What’s in a Name: 6/6 – COMPLETED
  12. Ebook challenge: 11/10 – COMPLETED
  13. Audiobook: 15/12 – COMPLETED
  14. Support your library: 54/37 – COMPLETED
  15. Finishing the series: 2/1 – COMPLETED
  16. 2nds challenge: 9/3 – COMPLETED
  17. Foodies: 1/3
  18. Japanese literature: 3/1+ – COMPLETED
  19. Historical novels: 20/7-10 – COMPLETED
  20. New authors challenge: 50/15 -COMPLETED
  21. A Shakespeare play a month: 11/12
  22. SHAKESPEARE READING MONTH: 1/1   –  COMPLETED
  23. AUSTRALIAN LITERATURE MONTH: 1/1 – COMPLETED
  24. DICKENS READING MONTH: 1/1  – COMPLETED
  25. Graham Green Challenge: 1/1 – COMPLETED

 

BLOGGING EVENTS IN OCTOBER

MOST POPULAR LATEST REVIEW
Flight Behavior

UPCOMING BLOGGING EVENTS

Nothing special, just trying to finish a few more challenges! And oh signing up for some 2013 Reading Challenges. I’m going to try to refrain, so that I can work on my crazy long TBR.

CURRENTLY READING

  1. The Tempest, by Shakespeare
  2. The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman, by Nancy Marie Brown
  3. Birds of a Lesser Paradise, by Megan Mayhew Bergman (audio)
  4. Illuminations: a Novel of Hildegard von Bingen, by Mary Sharratt (ebook)

WHAT I PLAN TO READ BEFORE THE END OF 2012
TO COMPLETE ALL MY READING CHALLENGES
following your suggestions, thanks!

  1. On Kuweit?
  2. On Lebanon= House of Stone – audiobook
  3. On Lybia?
  4. On Oman?
  5. On Palestine= Palestine, by Joe Sacco
  6. On Qatar?
  7. On Saudi Arabia= Eight Months On Ghazzah Street, by Hilary Mantel
  8. On Tunisia?
  9. On Arab Emirates = A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers (audio)
  10. On Yemen= Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday

Do you think I can make it???

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HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THE BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS POST?

HOW WAS YOUR READING MONTH OF NOVEMBER?
ANY SPECIAL READING TREATS
FOR YOU BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR?

New book releases: Flight behavior

Flight Behavior

by

Barbara KINGSOLVER

448 pages

Publication date:
today, November 6th 2012 by HarperCollins

 

Are you a fan of great American writing? of Barbara Kingsolver? Be prepared then for another great read with Flight Behavior!

Right away, Kingsolver grabs your attention with her fluid style. What I mean by that, is that when I read Kingsolver, I often lose the feeling that I am reading, it feels so much like she is taking you in real life, with very human characters, with their daily concerns, their dreams, their dialogs full of graphic, inventive images. How can she come up with those really funny and so self-explanatory images?

Dellarobia Turnbow has been living on a farm in the Appalachia with her husband, her two young kids, and not too friendly in-laws, and she has had enough with her narrow world. One day, as she has reached the edge of what she can bear and is ready to plunge into a romantic affair, she hikes a nearby wood to join a handsome potential lover. On her way, she witnesses an event of a majestic beauty that takes her breath away, eventually opening a much wider horizon than the one she was prepared for; launching her in new directions affecting her entire life.

As a matter of fact, I really enjoyed…

Are you intrigued?

Go read my full review

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Barbara Kingsolver is an American novelist, essayist, and poet. She was raised in rural Kentucky and lived briefly in Africa in her early childhood. Kingsolver earned degrees in Biology at DePauw University and the University of Arizona and worked as a freelance writer before she began writing novels. Her most famous works include The Poisonwood Bible, the tale of a missionary family in the Congo, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, a non-fiction account of her family’s attempts to eat locally.

Her work often focuses on topics such as social justice, biodiversity, and the interaction between humans and their communities and environments. Each of her books published since 1993 have been on The New York Times Best Seller list. Kingsolver has received numerous awards, including the UK’s Orange Prize for Fiction 2010, for The Lacuna and the National Humanities Medal. She has been nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

In 2000, Kingsolver established the Bellwether Prize to support “literature of social change.”

Kingsolver was born in Annapolis, Maryland in 1955 and grew up in Carlisle in rural Kentucky. When Kingsolver was seven years old, her father, a physician, took the family to the former Republic of Congo in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Her parents worked in a public health capacity, and the family lived without electricity or running water.

After graduating from high school, Kingsolver attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana on a music scholarship, studying classical piano. Eventually, however, she changed her major to biology when she realized that “classical pianists compete for six job openings a year, and the rest of [them:] get to play ‘Blue Moon’ in a hotel lobby.” She was involved in activism on her campus, and took part in protests against the Vietnam war. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1977, and moved to France for a year before settling in Tucson, Arizona, where she would live for much of the next two decades. In 1980 she enrolled in graduate school at the University of Arizona, where she earned a Master’s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology.

Kingsolver began her full-time writing career in the mid 1980s as a science writer for the university, which eventually lead to some freelance feature writing. She began her career in fiction writing after winning a short story contest in a local Phoenix newspaper. In 1985 she married Joseph Hoffmann; their daughter Camille was born in 1987. She moved with her daughter to Tenerife in the Canary Islands for a year during the first Gulf war, mostly due to frustration over America’s military involvement. After returning to the US in 1992, she separated from her husband.

In 1994, Kingsolver was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from her alma mater, DePauw University. She was also married to Steven Hopp, that year, and their daughter, Lily, was born in 1996. In 2004, Kingsolver moved with her family to a farm in Washington County, Virginia, where they currently reside. In 2008, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Duke University, where she delivered a commencement address entitled “How to be Hopeful”.

In a 2010 interview with The Guardian, Kingsolver says, “I never wanted to be famous, and still don’t, […:] the universe rewarded me with what I dreaded most.” She says created her own website just to compete with a plethora of fake ones, “as a defence to protect my family from misinformation. Wikipedia abhors a vacuum. If you don’t define yourself, it will get done for you in colourful ways.” [Goodreads]

To read more about Barbara Kingsolver and her books, go to her website.

CRITICAL PRAISE FOR FLIGHT BEHAVIOR

“Drawing on both her Appalachian roots and her background in biology, Kingsolver delivers a passionate novel on the effects of global warming.” — Booklist (starred review)

“With her powerful new novel, Kingsolver delivers literary fiction that conveys an urgent social message… a clarion call about climate change, too lucid and vivid for even skeptics to ignore.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

WHICH NEW BOOK RELEASE
ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT THIS MONTH?