A Month of Faves: Faves Month Introduction





Hello All and welcome to my blog! My name’s Didi and I hope you’ll learn more about my reading likes and dislikes but most of all about my 2014 reading results.  I’m currently two books behind on my fifty-five book challenge. Honestly I’m not worried.  For me, pressure and reading don’t go together.  It’s all about the enjoyment.   Besides, I know I’ll be able to catch up with the interesting books I’ve put on a mini TBR list to see me through to the 31st.

If you’re new to my blog, you’re probably wondering what I like to read most.  Well, my ultimate love is literary fiction, with a special love for works by authors of color.  This year I’ve read so many interesting novels that fall mostly in that category.  However, I have dabbled in graphic novels/comics, historical fiction, a few non-fiction, and poetry.  Poetry has been a real highlight for me this year that I hope to be able to read more of next year.  Genres that I just can’t get into are science-fiction and fantasy. I don’t know why but I would just rather watch those on television or the big screen.

Am I physical or electronic?  What do you think?  Physical!!!  I’m a book nerd.  I can’t help it.  Reading on paper speaks to all of my senses.  It’s an integral part of the reading experience for me.  I’m not hating on those that prefer electronic but it just isn’t the same thing.  Nevertheless, I picked up two electronic books this year. (Forty Acres – really good! and The Rainy Day Killer- a bomb!)  It’s possible that I’ll pick up more in the coming year. I own a Kindle, which contains many unread books.  I also picked up my first audiobook that I listened to while reading along, which I thoroughly appreciated.  I decided to read NW by Zadie Smith this way, since I wanted to experience the authenticity of the range of accents (North West London) there would be in the novel.  I know I did the right thing because the audiobook really added something to the reading and the understanding.  I can’t listen to audiobooks while driving because I’ll go off the road from concentrating too hard, nor can I do cleaning around the house.  It seems I’m mentally challenged by all of that.  I look forward to reading along with another audiobook again.

Let’s see what’s left to talk about in this introduction… Oh yes prolific author on my reading list this year and favourite book of the year.  Well if you checked out my Goodreads Reading Challenge 2014  list of read books you would probably have no problem guessing who it is.  Here are a few hints – He was African-American, highly insightful, and an eloquent speaker.  He said “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”  He grew up in Harlem and spent some time living in Paris.  He went to Paris so that he could write freely.  Another Country and The Fire Next Time are two of his most iconic works.  Of course, it’s James Baldwin!

As for my favourite book – I won’t officially know until the 31st.  For the moment, it’s a book where the setting is 1950s New York and the characters are a group of artist “friends” and their vague interactions with each other always seem to result in suffering and heartache.  Can you guess what it is?


Poetry from Spine to Spine – I am Charlotte Simmons

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I am Charlotte Simmons –  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/231.I_am_Charlotte_Simmons

Loving Frankhttp://www.goodreads.com/book/show/898885.Loving_Frank

An Accidental Affair – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11737273-an-accidental-affair?ac=1

Between Lovershttp://www.goodreads.com/book/show/339698.Between_Lovers/

The Alchemy of Desire – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/328470.The_Alchemy_of_Desire

Perfect Chemistry – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4268157-perfect-chemistry

Poetry From Spine to Spine – Love


Love – Toni Morrison  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11326.Love

In the Kitchen – Monica Ali  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6065178-in-the-kitchen

Sexy – Joyce Carol Oates  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12523.Sexy

Warm Bodies – Isaac Marion  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7619057-warm-bodies

Tumbling – Diane McKinney-Whetstone  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/429931.Tumbling

Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37781.Things_Fall_Apart

Behind the Beautiful Forevers – Katherine Boo  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11869272-behind-the-beautiful-forevers

Christmas Blog Hop

What a better way to alert all those desperately combing the shops and online stores looking for gifts for their bibliophile friends.  Turns out you’ve happened upon the right post.  No one could possibly be more bibliophile than I and maybe about a hundred other people I know.  Christmas will be here in exactly thirteen days.  So don’t wait until the last possible moment to run out to get the perfect present.  Follow the steps below to choose a desired present for a bibliophile friend:

First identify the real bibliophile.  Does your friend have strange tics concerning keeping his/her books or just plain refuses to lend them out at all?  What are strange tics you ask? – Here are a few examples, likes smelling books when they have just been bought (new or old), never makes dog ears on pages, creeps out at the thought of cracked spines, only likes buying hardback books, doesn’t like morphed covers in a series, collects loads of bookmarks but never seems to use them or to be able to find them when needed, goes on regular book hauls when they already have loads of unread books already on the shelf, can’t pass a bookshop without going in and of course coming out with at least one book, enjoys pretty books ie. cloth covers, colored edged paper and deckled edges, etc. Ok, get it?  If your friend would answer yes to doing at least three of these things, we can just as well assume that she/he is a bibliophile and has a bit of the illness, like me.  I don’t smell my books but I know people who do, that’s a bit weird.

Tis the season to be jolly, below you’ll find examples of some really original gifts.  Many of them you can order simply online, so you’ll save some time.

Give box sets.  Box sets are wonderful gifts for those avid readers that seem to get hooked up in intricate long series or trilogies or just love a particular author and want to own everything he’s written.  They never get tired of even the longest series.  Just as quick as they’ve finished part three of one series, they will have already started part six of something else.  I would say these are the readers that love to read a lot of YA, fantasy, supernatural, and romance novels since they seem to be publishing many of them as a series.  Here are a few suggestions of box sets that your bibliophile friend would love.

Roald Dahl – John Green – Vampire DiariesA Game of ThronesPretty Little LiarsBeautiful CreaturesArtemis FowlFifty Shades of Grey(although I hate to say it) – The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit

New Releases.  They are a sure bet for pleasing a bibliophile.  There’s always a new release that they haven’t read, but are dying too.  If in doubt of which one, get a gift card from a local bookstore or from an online site like Amazon.  The books below are a few of the popular releases of 2012.  Have you read any of them?  If so which is your favorite?

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Accessories.  You’re probably wondering what this entails.  Nothing more than cute little comfortable items that only book lovers would love and use, like bookmarks, cute mugs(gotta have a cuppa something while reading), e-book and tablet covers, bookends, bookshelves, tote bags, diaries, reading journals, book lights, thumb things, fabric book covers, book darts, etc.  Below you’ll find links to sites that sell some of the coolest of these items along with some pictures of them.  In my opinion, the most original one on this list is the bookthingy.  Watch the you tube video which show s you how it works.  I absolutely love it and have to have one!





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Since you’ve been so diligent browsing through the goodies I’ve posted and because it’s almost Christmas, I’m doing my first giveaway.  You can win a book from http://www.bookdepository.com/ (equal to 15€ or less).  All you have to do is write below in the comments enter me with the title of the book you’d like to win and why you want to read it.  The drawing will be on the 14th and I’ll announce the winner on the 14th in the evening.  The winner will have to send me an email with his/her address of where to send the book.  If the winner doesn’t respond by the 16th I’ll be forced to choose another winner.  Good luck and Merry Christmas!

This Blog Hop is being hosted by Blog in France “http://bloginfrance.com”.  Be sure to check the links below to visit the other blogs participating.

A Flamingo in Utrecht
Expat Christmas
Word By Word
Vive Trianon
Fifty Shades of Greg
Books Are Cool
Perpignan Post
Jive Turkish
Very Bored in Catalunya
Life on La Lune
Scribbler in Seville
Blog in France Christmas
Les Fragnes Christmas
ReadEng. Didi’s Press
Steve Bichard .com
Edit My Book
Zombie Christmas
Christmas in Cordoba
The best Christmas blog ever
The Christmas Surprise.
Sci-fi Writer Jeno Marz
The best Christmas quilting blog ever
Painting in Tuscany
The Business of Life…
Funny tweets
we’ve got a new house but no stuff and it’s Christmas
Paris Cheapskate
What about your saucepans?
When I Wasn’t Home for Christmas or Celebrating
ShockWaves Launch Party
The French Village Diaries
Melanged Magic
Heads Above Water: Staying Afloat in France
Piccavey.com – An English Girl in Granada
Bordeaux Bumpkin
French immersion
Callaloo Soup
Grigory Ryzhakov
Piglet in Portugal
Beyond MÃnana
Chronicles of M Blog