Who am I?

I’ve lived in France for 23 years now.  I also lived three and a half years in Cairo, where I enjoyed learning Arabic and discovering Egyptian literature.  I majored in English literature with a minor in French, while hoping never to become a teacher.  I really wanted to be a lawyer.  I loved the idea of defending innocent people.  I think I used to say I’d rather pump gas instead of teaching….So here I am many years later and I’ve taught EFL for 13 years.  Helping someone who is having a lot of difficulty in English is what keeps me motivated.  I’ve set myself up as an English Language Consultant and I also sell English books.  I enjoy so many things:   reading, writing, painting/drawing, music, origami, movies, languages, etc….. Blogging allows me to write about what I love the most and that’s books.  My book club, that I started 7 years ago, allows me to share the love of books with good friends who have the same passion.  My favorite genre is literary fiction, but I also read some YA, chick lit, mystery, dystopian, etc.  If it’s good, I’ll read it!

Business Proposals:

I am for hire to write articles, proofread, edit, and read manuscripts.  I accept all genre, except for erotica, for review. Books sent for review must be proofread in advance.  I will not review any self published books or books that have been poorly edited or proofread.  All reviews are unbiased and my honest opinion.  They will be reviewed as soon as my schedule will allow.  If you’d like your book reviewed for a particular date, that request must be made promptly.  I’m open to reviewing  Advanced Reader Copies from established writers and debut writers.  For more information, I can be contacted at didiborie@dartybox.com.

Where else you can find me?

Goodreads      http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2682140-deirdre

You Tube        http://www.youtube.com/user/frenchiedee/videos?view=0&flow=grid

Twitter             https://twitter.com/ReadEngDee

Blue Angel Literally

Saturday’s book club meeting went very well.  We always seem to have thorough, interesting discussions when the book is bad.  Ok, maybe bad is a bit strong – uninteresting.  That sounds better.

This novel is set in a fictitious secondary ivy league school(nobody’s first choice).  It’s small,  extremely expensive and the main character is a professor of creative writing (with tenure).  Actually, we weren’t sure how this character could have tenure only teaching one course and not really respecting his office hours.  It’s basically a story about academic life, relationships between professors and students, and how some men could react in a midlife crisis.

The good thing about this book  is the writing style of Francine Prose.  It flows and she writes well as a man who thinks a little too much of himself; who at times seems to behave like a headless chicken.  That’s contrary to the highly intelligent person he thinks he is.  The worse thing was that the story was totally predictable once you’d begun the first 60 pages.  That was a first for me.  All in all, I say read it at your own risk of wasting your time.  My book club is reading Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.  We’ll be meeting on March 27 to discuss it.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will be a better read than Blue Angel, especially since I hate circuses.