BBAW 2016: day 1

Book blogger Appreciation Week


Book Blogger
Appreciation Week


Day 1 Introduce yourself by telling us about five books that represent you as a person or your interests/lifestyle.

I love this prompt, and here is what I came up with:

sisters of versailles


The Sisters of Versailles,
by Sally Christie


  •  as a reader and reviewer,
    my favorite genre
    is historical fiction

  • the book is set in France,
    my country of origin

  • it is one of the books I organized a virtual book tour for,
    at France Book Tours, my own company

La septième fonction du langage


La Septième fonction du langage,
by Laurent Binet


  • the book is in French,
    and I still enjoy
    having access
    and reviewing books
    written in my native language

  • this novel is based on linguistics
    and semantics,
    which have always been among my favorite topics

Bird Portraits

A-Z of Bird Portraits,
by Andrew Forkner



Le Promis des Highlands


Le Promis des Highlands,
by Tanya Anne Crosby



Becoming Orthodox

Becoming Orthodox,
by Peter E. Gillquist


  • after many years
    of hesitation,
    I made the jump
    and became
    Eastern Orthodox,
    8 years ago

  • this is the best book
    to explain
    the reasons of such a move




2015: November wrap-up

November 2015 wrap-up

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Not too many books read this pat month, but they were long!

Here is what I read in November:

6  books.
2,279 pages, that is: 75.9 pages/day.
0 audiobook = I didn’t have time for painting commissions. So I basically only listened to my audiobook while doing the dishes or other house chores

3 in nonfiction:

  1. French Illusions: From Tours to Paris, by Linda Kovic-Skow – ebook
  2. Alfred de Musset, by Gonzague Saint Bris – in French
  3. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction, by Alan Jacobs

1 in historical mystery:

  1. The Lady Agnes Mystery vol 1, by Andrea Japp

2 in literary fiction:

  1. La septième fonction du langage, par Laurent Binet my 1st ebook in French from!
  2. La prisonnière, by Marcel Proust – ebook in French


My favorites in November

La septième fonction du langage  Lady Agnes Mystery 1

Reading Challenges recap

French Bingo: 37/25 – DONE
Audiobook: 19/15 – DONE
Ebook challenge: 41/25 DONE
Historical fiction: 18/25
Japanese literature: 3/5
My Kind of Mysteries: 28/21-30 – DONE
New authors challenge: 56/50 – DONE
New Release (2015): 49/31-45 – DONE
Nonfiction challenge: 12/16-20
TBR challenge: 5/12
Books in Translation: 22/12 DONE
What’s in a Name: 6/6 – DONE
Where Are You Reading?: 18/50 – to be finished in 2016?!

Total of books read in 2015 = 99/100

Number of books added to my TBR in November = 25

Blog recap

  • I participated in Nonfiction November, and proposed Book Pairings
  • I received my first ebook fomr Negalley.FR!! This is so exciting! So now you will see more bilingual reviews. The only problem is that now it multiplies basically by 2 all he books I want to read, because now I have more access to them without breaking the bank!!
  • 3 of the 6 books read were received for review.

  • 66 reviews posted so far for my French Bingo 2015 Challenge, don’t forget to link yours with the mr Linky widget. Time to recap your BINGO!

  • I organized 2 giveaways in November. There’s always one going on at France Book Tours. Be sure to check the December Giveaway! 1 awesome book, containing 3 mysteries!

Most popular book review in October

click on the cover to access my review.
Why so many people went back to this review
written in 2012??
Any idea why?

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

Nonfiction November: My Year 2015 in Nonfiction

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Caravana de Recuerdos

please go visit

Top commenters of the month

Inspired by Becca at I’m Lost in Books!
and her Blogger Shout-Outs feature

= 1 point per month for the top 3.
The one who has the most points at the end of the year will receive a gift!
NB: just congratulating winners of giveaways does not count as a real comment 😉

10: Katherine at I Wish I Lived In a Library
9: Denise @DeniseDuvall2
8: Lucy at The Fictional 100
4: Martha at MG’s French Lit Page
1: MarinaSofia at Finding Time To Write

Blog milestones

1,236 posts
over 3,400 subscribers
over 100,600 hits
– I forgot to keep an eye in the day I passed 100,000!!

Blog plans for December

  • I’m participating in #amonthoffaves. It will not be possible everyday, but I’m planning 7 more posts
  • Time to recap my challenges
  • Launch my French Bingo 216 – any idea is welcome!
  • Come back tomorrow to see what I plan to read in December!

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How was YOUR month of  November?

Month in ReviewKathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
I’ll now be linking my monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!

A month of favorites – 5 Popular Books Worth the Hype


All December,
Estella’s Revenge, Girlxoxo, and Traveling with T
will be sharing their fave bookish
experiences from throughout the year.
Click on the logo above to check the schedule
and join the fun

I enjoyed this event last year, so I am back. I will not be able to post every day of the month, but I’ll try as often as I can.


Dec 2 is for
#AMonthofFaves: 5 Popular Books Worth the Hype

Here are 5 books I read this year that got a lot of hype, well justified according to me.
I have tried to include different genres, including nonfiction and even a book written in another language.

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Sadly, I have not yet reviewed the 2 audiobooks (I am so so late in my audiobook reviews!) included here:
Gone Girl
and H is For Hawk.
But I have reviewed:
The Martian
The Lake House
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