A month of favorites – Introduction

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!

Attracted by Estella’s fun invitation, I have decided to join. I will not be able to post every day of the 23 days scheduled, but I’ll try as often as I can to post for


Dec 1 is for
Faves Month Introduction – About YOU and Your Reading this year (e.g. fave genre, fave author, how you read (percentage (%) physical, eReader, audiobooks), when you read, what genre did you read the most from this year, which author was most prolific on your reading list, how many books did you read, give us a clue about what your fave book read this year is – but don’t tell us – let us guess!) – link-up hosted at Girlxoxo

As I plan to read possibly 10 more books in December, and as I do a massive statistics post with charts and pies at the beginning of January, I cannot tally everything yet.
BUT I can already tell you that this year of reading has been really amazing. One reason could well be that I am getting more and more picky at what I choose to read, so I end up with gem after gem.

So far, I have read 92 books, and I may be able to reach my goal of 105!

My favorite genre is definitely historical fiction – 29 so far.

Out of 92 books, 12 are audio and 18 are ebooks.

I usually don’t think about THE favorite book of the year
– though looking back now, my favorite in 2013 was probably the one from the Nonfiction-Ebook category:

Consolations of the Forest
Instead I choose a favorite in 4 categories: Fiction, Historical fiction, Nonfiction, Mystery,
respectively in print, ebooks, audio, so I end up with 12 favorites, plus a favorite one in the category Religion.
Last year I also had one in Graphic Novel.

Can you guess
what my 12 favorites will be this year?

Do YOU already know
what your favorite book of the year was?




Armchair BEA 2014: Introductions and Literature

ArmchairBEA 2014Design byAmber of Shelf Notes

Excited in taking part in my 3rd, I think, Armchair BEA!

Today, it’s about Introductions. We can choose 5 out of 10 questions, so here you go:

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? Where in the world are you blogging from? 

My name is Emma from Illinois, I’m French and have been living in the US for over 13 years. I’m a French tutor, an English-French translator, and a rock painter

I have been seriously blogging at Words And Peace for almost 4 years, since September 2010.

Since last year, I also organize virtual book tours for books set in France at France Book Tours

I started blogging because I realized I was forgetting too quickly about books, so I have to write about what I read to remember better, plus I wanted to share my love of books, and thanks to Devourer of Books [not as active now], I discovered the awesome community of book bloggers!

2. Describe your blog in just one sentence. Then, list your social details — Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. — so we can connect more online. 

A place to share my book reviews and discover great books to read, often with a French touch!

I am on Twitter [@wordsandpeace], Facebook, Goodreads, Google +, Pinterest.

You can also follow me through Bloglovin and RSS.

3.What genre do you read the most? I love to read because ___________________ . 

The genre I read most right now is historical fiction.

I love to read because I love learning new things and discovering new places.

4.What was your favorite book read last year? What’s your favorite book so far this year? 

Wow, that’s a tough one: I use 14 categories for best of every year. I’m going to say The Consolations of the Forest, by Sylvain Tesson as my favorite book read in 2013.

In 2014, I have read 37 books so far. My favorite is probably Citadel, by Kate Mosse.

5. Spread the love by naming your favorite blogs/bloggers (doesn’t necessarily have to be book blogs/bloggers). 

Right now, I enjoy a lot:

Typographical Era

Bay State Reader’s Advisory

Behold The Stars

Doing Dewey

and Bibliophile by The Sea

I’m limiting myself here to 5 book blogs, but if you can see here the whole list of the blogs I follow.

What’s your favorite book so far this year?



And the theme of the day is:


What do you think of when you think of literature? Classics, contemporary, genre, or something else entirely? We are leaving this one up to you to come up with and share the literature that you want to chat about the most. Feel free to share a list of your favorites, break down your favorite genre, feature your favorite authors, and be creative about all things literature in general.

Right now, when I think literature, I think classics [I am in the process of reading the whole In Search of Lost Time by Proust, in French] and literary fiction. Recently those I have read are mostly books in translation or even read in a foreign language.

Here are a few recent favorites – click on the book covers to see what it’s about:

My Wish List cover Paris Rue des Martyrs

Botchan Inch-Allah-dimanche

Skylark blindness


Recent giveaway winners – more giveaways

I realize I have been very bad recently at posting the giveaway winners, so before I forget, here are the winners of the last 2 giveaways:

Tallulah A.


The Conversation


Meghan S.


Consolations of the ForestClick on the book covers to know more about them.

You did not win this time?
You still have 2 weeks
to try to win 1 of these 2
awesome historical novels!