2015: January wrap-up

2015 has started wondrously in the world of books for Words And Peace and France Book Tours

Here is what I read in January:

10 books.
= 7 books
with 2,217 pages, that is: 71.5 pages/day.
+ 2 audiobooks = 17:58 hours, that is an average of  34 mn/day

3 in  mystery:

  1.  Cover Her Face, by P.D. James – audio – upcoming video-review
  2. Crocodile on the Sandbank, by Elizabeth Peters – audio – upcoming video-review
  3. The City of Blood, by Frédérique Molay – ebook

3 in historical fiction:

  1. The Tutor, by Andrea Chapin
  2. Rodin’s Lover, by Heather Webb
  3. The Last Campaign of Marianne Tambour: A Novel of Waterloo, by David Ebsworth – ebook – upcoming review on 2/5

2 in nonfiction:

  1. Journeys Through France and Life, by Glenda de Vaney
  2. That’s Paris, anthology by Velvet Morning Press – upcoming review on 2/2 (so the link won’t be active before that date)

1 in science-fiction:

  1. The Martian, by Andy Weir – upcoming review

1 in illustrated book:

  1.  The Lion and the Bird, by Marianne Dubuc – upcoming video-review


My favorites this month

  The Martian Rodin's Lover


Reading Challenges recap

French Bingo: 6/25
Audiobook: 2/15
Ebook challenge: 5/25
Historical fiction: 3/25
New authors challenge: 7/50
My Kind of Mysteries: 3/21-30
New authors challenge: 7/50
Nonfiction challenge: 2/16.20
TBR challenge: 0/12
Books in Translation: 2/12
What’s in a Name: 2/6
Where Are You Reading?: 16/50 – to be finished in 2015?!
Japanese literature: 0/6 (starts in June)

Total of books read in 2015 = 10/100

Number of books added to my TBR in January = 42


Blog recap

  • 7 of the 10 books read this month were received for review.

  • Already 13 reviews posted for my French Bingo 2015 Challenge, don’t forget to link yours! So many readers seem to have fun, that I ended up adding mr Linky, otherwise the line of comments was getting way too long. I will post soon a recap of titles already added for each square

  • I organized 4 giveaways this past month. There’s always one going on at France Book Tours. Be sure to check the February Giveaway! 3 books offered!

  • I t was fun to participate in Bout of Books
  • I posted my 2014 stats, always fun!
  • I signed up in 12 reading challenges
  • I met author Marcia DeSanctis in Chicago
  • I’m finally more active on Instagram (wordsandpeace1)


Most popular book review in January

Journeys Through France and life
click on the cover to access my review

Most popular post last month – non book review

French Bingo 2015 Reading Challenge

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 real comment 😉

1: Martha at MG’s French Lit Page
1: Katherine at I Wish I Lived In a Library
1: Lucy at The Fictional 100

Blog milestones

1,070 posts
(forgot to post when I hit 1,000!)
over 1,990 subscribers
over 80,800 hits


Blog plans for February

  • Post on the 10  books I plan to read this month
  • Come back also soon to see all the reviews already linked for the French Bingo Reading Challenge and ideas
  • Create a Goodreads page for this challenge!
  • Do a video to do a short review of 3 books read in January, to keep on top of books to review! And that could be a good way of using the video format, you will have t let me know what you think
  • Restart doing ‘good books for your week-end’ posts, at least 1/month
  • Do a recap post about several places on line where Words And Peace has been recently featured!
  • Review the awesome The Martian
  • Start posting cool kitchen tips I discovered and want to share with you



How was YOUR month of  January?


Marcia DeSanctis in Chicago: 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go

Great opportunity to meet Marcia DeSanctis, author of the wonderful book 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go:

France Book Tours


Marcia DeSanctis

came to Chicago

on January 22

Marcia DeSanctis

Marcia is the author of  100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go.

As her book was featured here a few months ago, it was wonderful for France Book Tours to have the opportunity to meet with her in person.
The conference/lecture was sponsored by The Book Stall and was held at the Woman’s Athletic Club of Chicago, incidentally the first one founded in the nation.

Womans Athletic Club

Woman's Athlectic club historic plaque

Marcia explained the background of her book – her many trips to France, her marriage in Paris and the time she lived in that country.
Her book is unique, it is not your usual tourist book, the perspective is very different. Convinced that “women travel differently”, she highlights how she, “as a woman, interacts with the places” presented. She focuses on places where she had a personal story to tell.

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A month of favorites: 10 Fave Book Covers


a month of favorites#amonthoffaves

All December-long,
Estella’s Revenge,  Girlxoxo, and Traveling with T
will be sharing our fave bookish
(and sometimes non-bookish)
experiences from throughout the year
AND we want YOU to join us!

Dec 3 is for
10 Fave Book Covers – link-up hosted at Traveling with T

Enjoy my  10 Fave Book Covers, of  books read in 2015 so far.
Some were even embossed, unfortunately the picture does not give them justice.

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