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Bout of Books 21: Day 4 challenge

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Bout of Books 21:
Day 4 challenge


We all have our bookish favorites so why don’t we share?
Share with us! Here’s a list to get you started. Answer as many or as few as you like.

  • Audiobook narrator
  • Illustrator
  • Series
  • Bookish blog
  • Vlogger
  • Favorite library (librarian)
Thanks to the Minx for today’s challenge.

AUDIOBOOK NARRATORS – yes, I need  a plural here

Simon Vance used to be all on all bloggers’ list of favorites, mine included, but I haven’t listened to anything by him for a while.

  • Ralph Cosham: very missed narrator of Louise Penny’s series, the best Armand Gamache ever! In fact, I have switched to reading the series after he passed away

  • Wil Wheaton: I have only listened to him once, BUT his performance made it the BEST audiobook I have ever listened to, so he needs to be here!

  • In 2017, I listened to all of Sherlock Holmes, with Simon Prebble, so so good!

You are going to tell me, where are the women? Well, sorry to say, I have not been awed by a female narrator recently. In fact, I have already DNFed an audiobook this yes, because I could not stand the female narrator.


My favorite right now is definitely the one by Louise Penny mentioned above. I am actually planning a post on the series and on my visit to Three Pines!


I follow a lot of blogs, and many I really really enjoy. The one that comes first to mind, for the excellent reviews and choice of books is BookerTalk


I do watch some vlogs here and there, but none comes to mind right now. By the way, do you know mine?
BUT my favorite TV literary program is La Grande Librairie. Imagine, 2 hours at 8:30 pm on one of the major French channels!
And my public library, is definitely my favorite library, or possibly my second residence!
My favorite online library is Goodreads.
My favorite book club is the one I founded 6 years ago for my block. We meet once a month, and each time each member (between 8 to 12 members, men and women, sometimes even more men than women!) shares about the book he/she has read during the previous month. Talk about diversity!




Bout of Books 13: From Modern to Classic

Bout of Books 13#boutofbooks

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Today’s challenge,

From Modern to Classic,

is hosted by Ranty Rund of a Reader

THE CHALLENGE Share one book that you believe will be considered a classic in 100 years time. Simple? I do have a few caveats, the book must have been published in or after 2005 and you need to provide two reasons for why this book will be a classic.

I could choose many books, but I will focus on this one, published in 2011:

Ready Player OneClick on the cover to read my review

My 2 reasons for this to become a classic :

  1. I believe this is the novel everyone should read almost as a reference book about our current pop and digital culture/civilization. It is also a fascinating presentation of our world to be – yes I can easily see this happening.
  2. With the outstanding work of Wil Wheaton, the narrator, I believe it could become a classic as an audio. This is I believe the best audio performance I have listened to, and I do listen to lots of audios. If you have never listened to an audiobook, that’s definitely where you should begin.




ArmchairBEA 2014Design by Amber of Shelf Notes



Let’s talk interacting with authors IRL (in real life) or online. This is your opportunity to talk about your favorite author readings that you have attended. Or, you can feature your favorite author fan moment (i.e., an author sent you a tweet or commented on your blog). Maybe you even want to share how your interactions have changed since becoming a blogger or share your own tips that you have learned along the way when interacting with authors as a blogger.

I can only remember one IRL interaction with an author, and that’s  a great author you should try if you don’t know her yet.
Here I am with Debra Dean:

with Debra Dean

I highly recommend you try her novel based on the life of a Russian Orthodox nun. Click on the covers to access my reviews:

Mirrored World

and/or her famous novel on the siege of Leningrad:

Madonnas of Leningrad

As for online interaction with authors, I do that a lot through Twitter and Goodreads, and it’s always lots of fun. I have opportunities actually almost daily to do so since I started France Book Tours, where I organize virtual book tours for books set in France. Since I started, I’ve had wonderful exchanges with authors and publishers.


ADDED at 10:00 a.m. : stupid me, I have had lots of interactions with authors through blog post interviews!! My stats say there are currently 19 on my blog, but I have the sad feeling that I may have forgotten to tag some!! Anyway, it is so cool to interview an author, to learn more about their writing process and what’s really beyond the book. Fascinating, as for instance with Will Bashor and his book on Marie-Antoinette.


 More Than Just Words 

There are so many mediums that feature more than just words and enhance a story in a multitude of ways. Examples may include graphic novels and comics, audiobooks, or even multimedia novels. On this day, we will be talking about those books and formats that move beyond just the words and use other ways to experience a story. Which books stand out to you in these different formats?

Here are my 2 most favorite graphic novels ever. I call them graphic novels, but they are not your usual format of graphic novels: there’s rather an alternation between pages of text and gorgeous black and white drawings. When the story accelerate, you have drawings that highlight one aspect of the story. The art is so incredible – again access my reviews by clicking on the covers:

The Invetion of Hugo Cabret wonderstruck

Invention of Hugo Cabret

I always have an audiobook going on. Right now, it’s:

Murder in PigalleIt’s narrated by the amazing Meredith Mitchell, so good!

My best audiobook of all times is without one second of hesitation, and at the risk of not being original at all:

Ready Player Onenarrated by the extraordinary Wil Wheaton


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