A month of favorites – 5 Fave “New to Me” Author Discoveries in 2015


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5 Fave “New to Me”
Author Discoveries
in 2015

Dec 10 is for
5 Fave “New to Me” Author Discoveries This Year #AMonthofFaves


I discovered Hamid Ismailov and Tomas Bannerhed during IFFP 2015.
Hamid Ismailov is a Russian author. The Dead Lake is a dramatic short novel haunting in its juxtaposition of beauty and sadness. I enjoy this tight writing where every word counts

Tomas Bannerhed is a Swedish author. The Ravens is a fabulous evocation of mental illness and loneliness, with nature and birding as possible refuges and ways of maintaining sanity. Gut-wrenching writing that has remained in me since I read it. Probably my best literary fiction of the year. I really like what he does with his characters and want to read more by him.

I have not yet reviewed The Art Forger, but I thoroughly enjoyed the writing by Barbara A. Shapiro. Mystery and art are so well combined in it. And happy me she just published another one!

I discovered American author Kathleen C. Perrin through France Book Tours. I highly recommend The Keys of the Watchmen to all lovers of historical suspense and Medieval France. It is funny, very smartly thought out, and packed with great information on Mont Saint Michel. Grab your key and follow Katie right now: time travel at its best on one of France most unique islands! Well, if you write about France and the Middle Ages, you will get on my list!

And so now to a French author also writing about the Middle Ages. I just discovered (I know, finally!) Andrea Japp, thanks to the generosity of Gallic Books. This first volume of The Lady Agnes Mystery is a suspenseful saga set in France in the 14th century, at the time of the dreadful Inquisition. Rich in historical details and ripe with secrets powerful enough to kill or to die for.

Saga gigantesque au temps de l’Inquisition, avec une bibliothèque secrète, un vieux livre dangereux, de l’astrologie, des messages codés, de quoi vous tenir sur le bord de votre chaise.
Les personnages attachants vous donnent envie de vous joindre à leur quête, même si nous ne savez pas très bien au début ce qui est vraiment en jeu.


IN 2015?


2015: May wrap-up

The IFFP over, May has been a month of catching up in reading, with titles and reviews long due. I now plan to work more on my TBR and a few reading challenges lagging behind

Here is what I read in May:

12 books.
= 11 books
with 1,979 pages, that is: 63.8 pages/day.
+ 1 audiobook = 10:59 hours, that is an average of  21 mn/day

4 in  literary fiction:

  1. Look Who’s Back, by Timur Vermes
  2. George’s Grand Tour, by Caroline Vermalle
  3. Before Paris, by Adria J. Cimino – ebook
  4. The Room, by Jonas Karlsson

3 in nonfiction:

  1. How to Blog a Book, by Nina Amir – ebook
  2. Petite Confessions, by Vicki Lesage – ebook
  3. Bridges of Paris, by James St Michael

2 in mystery:

  1. The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins – audiobook
  2. Leave No Trace, by Tanya Anne Crosby – ebook

2 in historical fiction:

  1. The Holy Lance, by Andrew Latham
  2. The French Sultana, by Zia Wesley – ebook

1 in science-fiction:

  1. Player Choice, by Jeff Deck – ebook



My favorites in May

    George's Grand Tour The Room


Reading Challenges recap

French Bingo: 18/25
Audiobook: 7/15
Ebook challenge: 27/25 – DONE
Historical fiction: 12/25
My Kind of Mysteries: 12/21-30
New authors challenge: 30/50
New Release (2015): 30/31-45
Nonfiction challenge: 6/16-20
TBR challenge: 0/12
Books in Translation: 13/12 – DONE
What’s in a Name: 5/6
Where Are You Reading?: 17/50 – to be finished in 2015?!
Japanese literature: 0/6 (starts in June)

Total of books read in 2015 = 52/100

Number of books added to my TBR in May = 27


Blog recap

  • 10 of the 12 books read were received for review, and one for translation!

  • 35 reviews posted so far for my French Bingo 2015 Challenge, don’t forget to link yours with the mr Linky widget.

  • I organized 6 giveaways in May. There’s always one going on at France Book Tours. Be sure to check the June Giveaway! 4 books to choose from!

  • May was a super busy month for blogging, with the IFFP, Bout of Books, and Armchair BEA!


Most popular book review in May

The Holy Lanceclick on the cover to access my review

Most popular post last month – non book review

Win a $15 gift card and giveaway

NB: this deal is open until 6/4!

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Writing My Own Fairy Tale

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 😉

4: Katherine at I Wish I Lived In a Library
4: Martha at MG’s French Lit Page
3: Denise @DeniseDuvall2
2: Lucy at The Fictional 100

Blog milestones

1,156 posts
over 2,080 subscribers
over 90,600 hits


Blog plans for June

  • Mostly tackling my TBR!
  • Come back tomorrow to see what books I’ll be reading in June.
  • I still plan to to a video for audiobooks reviews.
  • I also would like to take time to participate again in more memes
  • And start organizing stuff to turn my blog into a book…


How was YOUR month of  May?

Bout of Books 13: Bookish Survey

Bout of Books 13#boutofbooks

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Today’s challenge,

Bookish Survey,

is hosted by Writing My Own Fairy Tale

1. How do you organize your shelves?

Hmm, they are not really organized. One shelf is about things French. One is all the books I need to read, with in front the urgent ones, and one shelf with books checked out at my local library. R

2. What is one of your favorite book that’s not in one of your favorite genres?

IreneIrène, which is crime fiction.
I rarely read this genre

3. What is the last 5 star book you read?

Bridges of ParisBridges of Paris.
Gorgeous, AND full of great historical info on Paris!

4. What book are you most excited to read during the read-a-thon?

The RoomThe Room.
See here my list of books for this week

5. What book do you recommend the most? I’m adding recently, as I can’t recommend a book I have not yet started

The Ravens coverThe Ravens
Great literary novel on mental illness, nature, and birding

See you tonight in the chat party!

Please come back later on, there will be a MEGA giveaway right here, open to US Bout of Books Participants!