2013: May wrap-up

Not sure what happened: I had the feeling I was reading a lot,

but the total is only 5 books, with a total of only 1542 pages, that is, a pathetic 49.7 pages/day.
And I listened to 1 audiobook of 15:46 hours, which gives a 30  mn/day.

2 possible explanations for so few titles:

– I’m trying to go on reading Proust, In Search of Lost Time. I am in Le côté de Guermantes.

– But what kept me super busy this month is France Book Tours: it went live on April 18, and already 9 books are on Tour, plus 1 in the making!
Check if by any chance you would love to read any of the books posted – all the upcoming tours are listed in the side bar. If it does not say Booking Up Now, it means I already have all the bloggers for that book.
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If you follow Words And Peace, do you mind doing me a favor and also signing up by email to France Book Tours? Thanks so much!

So here are the books I read/listened to:

3 historical fiction

  1. Seduction, by M.J. Rose
  2. Chronicle of the Mound Builders, by Elle Marie
  3. Cascade, by Maryanne O’Hara – review to be posted on 6/3 and giveaway on 6/4!

2 fiction

  1. Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa, by Benjamin Constable –ebook
  2. Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline – audiobook – review will be posted during Audiobook Week!

1 picture book/graphic novels:

  1. Vader’s Little Princess, by Jeffrey Brown

My favorites this month:

the choice is extremely tough as I REALLY enjoyed a lot
4 out of 5 of these books!

Three Lives Tomomi Ready Player One

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Reading Challenges recap

Around the World in 12 books:  2/12
Audiobook: 5/12
Books on France: 12/12 – COMPLETED
Cozy Mysteries: 3/10
Ebook challenge: 12/10 – COMPLETED
European reading challenge: 6/5 – COMPLETED
Historical fiction: 19/15 – COMPLETED
Japanese literature: 0/? (starts in June)
New authors challenge: 28/25 – COMPLETED
TBR challenge: 1/12
What’s in a Name: 4/6
Where Are You Reading?: 4/50
Australian Literature: 1/1 – COMPLETED

Total of books read so far in 2013 = 43

Number of books added to my TBR in May = 33

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Blog recap

  1. 3 of the 5 books mentioned here were for Virtual Book Tours
  2. 30 readers signed up for my Books on France Challenge, and 54 reviews have already been posted. Don’t forget to post your reviews, and it is never too late to join!
  3. Every month, France Book Tours has a giveaway for the book of the month. Have you checked yet the June giveaway? May received 64 entries, which I am happy for a beginning.
  4. Because of some unresolved bug, I left Taptu and am now using Bloglovin as a RSS Feed Reader. I do NOT like the fact that I can’t share a post to Twitter directly from my Nook Color, but I guess I’ll have to live with it, until a perfect one is invented!
  5. I added a Follow this blog through Bloglovin button and a fun flag button on my right side barAnd of course now we are at the heart of Armchair BEA. I have some exciting giveaway for you, open until the very last mn of Armchair BEA! I’m thrilled to be even a Cheerleader this year!

 

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Plans for May

  1. Finish Armchair BEA!
  2. Visit Cahokia Mounds, cool place featured in this awesome  and very original Historical Fiction novel
  3. Participate in Audiobook Week!
  4. Post several reviews on neat books on France
  5. Organize a couple of giveaways
  6. Post some interviews on France Book Tours
  7. Get the first 2 tours LIVE on France Book Tours: The Summer of France and Seduction.
  8. Post what I will try to read for Japanese Literature Reading Challenge 7.
  9. TRY to get less involved in reviews for book tours, and work more on some of my reading challenges!!

How was YOUR month of May?
And what are your reading plans for June?

Book review: Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

by

David SEDARIS

288 pages

Published by Little, Brown and Company
on April 23rd 2013

Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls

 

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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Three years ago, I wrote a very disappointed review of Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, joining many readers and bloggers who definitely thought this was not Sedaris at his best.

When I heard he was preparing to publish Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls, his latest book with a title à la Sedaris of course, I was wondering if I would give him another chance. Well, this book showed up right in front of my face at my library, on its release day, so how could I resist?

And I’m glad I succumbed. This time I join a much happier crowd saying: ah ah this is the real Sedaris again!

And it sure is. I recently highlighted his first chapter, on the French medical system, French doctors and dentists. So hilarious and so true, foi de Française!

In this book, you will travel all over the world, not only to France, but also to Australia, to China and Japan, etc. I really enjoy his style, his views always right on target, with love and humor, and the way he knows how to suddenly give a final twist you were not expecting at all.

You will also meet several members of his family, Hugh of course, and also his parents, his sister and his unforgettable yaya.

NB: In this collection, many essays have actually been previously published, in newspapers or magazines. And several feature a narrator different than Sedaris himself. One essay has some quite funny but dirty sex jokes.

QUOTATION

“Their house had real hardcover books in it, and you often saw them lying open on the sofa, the words still warm from being read.”
Just to show that Sedaris can also be poetic at times!

WHAT IS IT ABOUT

A guy walks into a bar car and…

From here the story could take many turns. When this guy is David Sedaris, the possibilities are endless, but the result is always the same: he will both delight you with twists of humor and intelligence and leave you deeply moved.

Sedaris remembers his father’s dinnertime attire (shirtsleeves and underpants), his first colonoscopy (remarkably pleasant), and the time he considered buying the skeleton of a murdered Pygmy.

With Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, David Sedaris shows once again why his work has been called “hilarious, elegant, and surprisingly moving” (Washington Post). [Goodreads]

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Sedaris

David Sedaris is a Grammy Award-nominated American humorist and radio contributor.

Sedaris came to prominence in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his essay “SantaLand Diaries.” He published his first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, in 1994. Each of his four subsequent essay collections, Naked (1997), Holidays on Ice (1997), Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000), Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (2004), and When You Are Engulfed in Flames (2008) have become New York Times Best Sellers.

As of 2008, his books have collectively sold seven million copies. Much of Sedaris’ humor is autobiographical and self-deprecating, and it often concerns his family life, his middle class upbringing in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina, Greek heritage, various jobs, education, drug use, homosexuality, and his life in France with his partner, Hugh Hamrick.

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FAVORITE BOOK BY SEDARIS?

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I love France #50: Book highlight: Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

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Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

by

David SEDARIS

288 pages

Published by Little, Brown and Company on April 23rd 2013

Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls

Une fois n’est pas coutume, I would like today to highlight a chapter of a book.

I discovered Sedaris shortly after I arrived in the US in 2001, with Me Talk Pretty One Day. For a reader  like me in between my French native culture and my new life in the US, this was a very good and funny book. I laughed so much on his Easter stories, with the comparison between the Easter Bunny (US) and the Easter bells (France).

Since then, I have devoured every book by Sedaris, but threatened to give up on him when I read his Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk and was so very disappointed, like many other readers.

Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls was just published a couple of days ago. And my awesome library had even a hot copy available. So how could I resist? I even started reading right on the spot, and laughing aloud. With the very first essay, Dentists Without Borders, on the French medical system, French doctors and dentists, I knew right away that Sedaris was back to his old really funny self.

This chapter is hilarious, and of course right on target. I laughed a lot about the flossing part, so true that when I went to see my first American dentist, I had no idea what flossing could mean. I asked for a demonstration when he handed me some floss. But truth is, yes Sedaris, that the American dentist did admit I had very good gums, even though I was in my 30s and had never flossed before, EVER!!

There are lots of  other passages on France in this book, like in several if not all of Sedaris’s books.

If you need a good laugh in the company of French people, this book is just the right thing for you.

Et puisque ce meme est sur des livres concernant la France, j’ai décidé d’ajouter quelques lignes en français. Sedaris a une maison en Normandie, où il vit avec son partenaire. Il a vraiment le chic de présenter les bizarreries ou caractéristiques amusantes de la culture française, comparée à sa propre culture, mais en combinant toujours humour et amour, du moins d’après moi. Vous êtes français(e)? Vous avez déjà lu Sedaris? Qu’en pensez-vous?

WHAT IS IT ABOUT

From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new book of essays taking his readers on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler’s experiences. Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist’s shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten. [Goodreads]

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David SedarisDavid Sedaris is a Grammy Award-nominated American humorist and radio contributor.

Sedaris came to prominence in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his essay “SantaLand Diaries.” He published his first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, in 1994. Each of his four subsequent essay collections, Naked (1997), Holidays on Ice (1997), Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000), Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (2004), and When You Are Engulfed in Flames (2008) have become New York Times Best Sellers.

As of 2008, his books have collectively sold seven million copies. Much of Sedaris’ humor is autobiographical and self-deprecating, and it often concerns his family life, his middle class upbringing in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina, Greek heritage, various jobs, education, drug use, homosexuality, and his life in France with his partner, Hugh Hamrick. [Goodreads]

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BOOK BY SEDARIS?

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