31. Quest, Inc.

Book Reviews

Blog Tour: Quest, Inc. by Justin Cohen for Tribute Books A journey made in search of something or a long and difficult effort to do something are common definitions for a quest and that’s what this book is about.  When I was asked to review this book I was intrigued because I couldn’t see how […]

August 30, 2012

Mirepoix and Carcassonne

Bookish Stuff

Mirepoix is one of the prettiest villages in south-west France.  Mirepoix is located near Carcassonne in Ariège Pyrenees.  It has beautiful, colorful, colombage façades and has about 3100 permanent residents.      Carcassonne is a fortified medieval town founded by the Visigoths in the 5th century.  It’s located in Aude department in Languedoc-Roussillon.  It’s beautiful to […]

August 22, 2012

29./30. Divergent and Insurgent

YA literature

Another story about a dystopian world.  This world is divided into five factions:  Amity-quality of being friendly, Candor-quality of being open and honest, Erudite-quality of having or showing great knowledge or learning, Abenegation-quality of self-denial, and Dauntless-quality of fearlessness, determination, and bravery.  When teenagers are 16 they must take an orientation test which determines the […]

August 21, 2012

The Australian Park

Bookish Stuff

Who would have thought we would find a little down under flair in south-west France.  We headed out to The Australian Park which is located just outside of Carcassonne.  It was created in 2003 by one of the first ostrich breeders in France.  This is a perfect visit to do as a family.  Not only […]

August 19, 2012

Chateaux Lastours

Bookish Stuff

Chateaux Lastours are four Cathar castles of Lastours.  They dominate the little village of Lastours and were built at an altitude of 300m along a rock wall which is 400m by 50m wide. Cabaret, Surdespine and la Tour Régine stand in line. Quertinheux was built on a separate pinnacle close by.  The views are absolutely […]

August 17, 2012


Bookish Stuff

Yesterday we strolled along the quiet, breezy streets of Montolieu looking for a deal.  What kind you ask? A book deal.  Montolieu is a village in the south-west of France in the Aude department.  It’s known as the village of books.  It’s one bookshop after another.  Rare, manga, comic, dictionaries, historical, literary, classics……  There is […]

August 15, 2012

28. The Senator's Wife

Book Reviews

This is the very first novel that I’ve read by Sue Miller.   I think she’s known for writing about women and relationships.  I was really surprised to say the least.  There was a scene that knocked me off my seat.  I just couldn’t believe it.  I would have never thought of it.  In spite of […]

August 11, 2012

To eBook or not?

Bookish Stuff

I’ve been an avid reader since I can remember.  I loved the summer because I could spend hours exploring the rooms and shelves and smelling the odor of old used books in an old-fashioned, cozy, cool library.  As I grew older, this feeling accentuated with the love I going to bookstores.  It didn’t matter if […]

August 2, 2012