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I guess I was a bit MIA these last two weeks. So what have I been up to? So busy at work that it left me too drained to switch my computer on at night, away during the weekend and helpless in front of the unread blog entries that pile up in my inbox. I think I have more than 150 unread posts and I’m not sure I’ll be able to catch up. My list of “upcoming billets” increases and my priority will be to tackle this pile. Sorry.

I was on a surprise trip to Barcelona, so thanks for the book recommendations I received after my request on Twitter. I discovered our destination at the registration desk in the airport so I couldn’t take my copy of Nada by Carmen Laforet with me. I’ll read it later. Stu recommended Marks of Identity by Juan Goytisolo. The Times of the Doves by Mercè Rodoreda (In French, La place du diamant) came highly recommended and is on now on the wish list. Guy suggested Calling Mr King by Ronald De Fao since part of it is set in Barcelona. I’ve been through the Paris and London parts of the book and now I’m in New York. So far, I find it excellent. It’s so funny and sad at the same time.

The dates for the next Quais du Polar festival have been released. It will be on March 31rd, April 1 &2, 2017. In case you’d like to plan a trip to Lyon during this amazing crime fiction love fest, you are now aware of the dates. Most of the conferences can be heard in English too. You can listen to the conferences of this year’s edition here.

I accidentally discovered that Book Around the Corner is listed in the Hidden Gem category at Sacha’s ANNUAL BLOGGERS BASH AWARDS. Someone must have sent my name for me to get this nomination. Thanks to the blogger/reader who suggested to include Book Around the Corner in this contest. Go have a look at Sacha’s post, it’s an opportunity to discover new blogs in various fields. While browsing through the categories and lists, I saw that a few blogging friends were among the nominees. Marina Sofia is also nominated Hidden Gem. Jacqui and Cleo are nominated in the Best Book Review while Tony is in the Best Overall Blog. Whoever wins this, I think it’s a nice initiative. It must take a lot of time to organize and follow up, so thanks to Sacha for devoting some of her time to these awards.

Last but not least, today was Christmas in May as the postman delivered a parcel of books to me.


I’m going to have so much fun with this Duane Swierczynski marathon. Aren’t the covers gorgeous? I’m looking forward to reading Stripper Lessons by John O’Brien as I loved Leaving Las Vegas so much. The Catherine Wheel by Elizabeth Harrower and Bad Attitudes by Agnes Owens are new to me but the blurbs sound very promising and they were on my wish list. Many thanks to the friend who sent them over here.

And last but not least, my daughter had to read Antigone by Jean Anouilh in school and she loved it. It’s a classic read for collège. (In France, school from 11 to 15 years old.). Oddly, I never read it, probably because my literature teacher of that time was more of a hardcore Corneille and Racine fan. *shudder* My daughter asked me if I wanted to read too and I’m never going to turn down an opportunity of mother-daughter bonding over literature. It beats conversations about makeup and clothes. So expect a billet about Antigone in the near future.

Well, that’s all, folks. I hope you’re all having a nice weekend. Normal service of book billets will resume soon.

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  1. May 21, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Good luck with the awards and thank you for the link to the voting page where I discovered zillions of blogs I’d never heard of before.


    • May 21, 2016 at 5:40 pm

      There’s an amazig number of bloggers on that post. I didn’t have time to explore them all, unfortunately.


  2. May 21, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Have fun reading the Duane Swierczyski. I bet you enjoy Antigone. I think it’s a good idea to catch up on your blog posts. Sometimes you get behind and you can’t do it all.


    • May 21, 2016 at 5:41 pm

      I’m sure I’ll have fun. (That’s it, the hitman is in Barcelona, now. I wonder how he’ll fare with Gaudi instead of Nash, architecture-wise. 🙂 )

      Have you read Antigone?

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      • May 21, 2016 at 6:05 pm

        Barcelona’s architecture is a central part to the book as you will discover. yes I’ve read Antigone.


  3. May 21, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    You have been a busy lady! I am somewhat in the same situation (of piled up blog posts, books read but not reviewed, fallen behind with everything), but sadly, not because of going somewhere fun but because of bad to non-existent internet connection. It’s driving me crazy! I can’t take another coffee at McDo (where I stay for 1.5 hours every day to do the most urgent work).


    • May 21, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      I’ve been busy, yes. And as you know, the school year will end in a few weeks which means that there are tons of theatre, music rehearsals for the kids. And sport competitions…you know the drill.
      I hope your internet will come back soon. Don’t you have Wifi at the library?


      • May 21, 2016 at 6:12 pm

        Ah, yes, the joys of the end of the schoolyear – even more tricky this year, but yes, always a juggling act.
        Sadly, the village libraries around here are only open a few hours a day (usually in the afternoon, when the boys come back from school, so not ideal) and not even every day. I am grateful we have them, they are better than nothing, but they are small and run by volunteers in many cases.


        • May 21, 2016 at 6:29 pm

          McDo it is, then. 🙂


  4. May 21, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Congrats on the nomination, Emma. I had no idea I’d been nominated as well – what a nice surprise. Nada is a wonderful book, can’t wait to hear what you think whenever you get a chance to read it. Nice haul of books too – and yes, those covers are terrific. Enjoy. 🙂


    • May 22, 2016 at 11:04 am

      Congrats on your nomination too, Jacqui.
      I’m looking forward to reading Nada when I have the time.


  5. May 21, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    thanks for the mention really appreciate it 😀


    • May 22, 2016 at 11:02 am

      You’re welcome. That’s the least I could do.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. May 23, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Haha, Emma, loved your comment that you’re “never going to turn down an opportunity of mother-daughter bonding over literature. It beats conversations about makeup and clothes.” Sure does. I read Antigone at school, and I think it was in French class. I remember enjoying it too.

    But only 150 blog posts. Surely you can do better than that! I’m completely overwhelmed with around 900 unread posts. I have to be really picky but today I picked you! hope you like Harrower.


    • May 23, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      Glad I made you laugh.
      I didn’t know that this version Antigone was so famous abroad. First Guy, now you.

      900 unread posts? I’m amazed that mine stood out enough to be found in this forest!

      Liked by 1 person

      • May 23, 2016 at 1:32 pm

        Re Antigone, it’s sometimes interesting to discover what from your own culture has made it across the divide isn’t it.

        Oh YOU stand out, Emma! You’re one of the ones I specifically scan regularly/semi-regularly (as I go away a bit and that’s when the problem exacerbates). As I do Guy.


        • May 23, 2016 at 10:15 pm

          Yes, it is, especially when it’s not an “obvious” writer like Balzac or Flaubert.

          Liked by 1 person

  7. May 24, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    I quite often find work piles up and blogging has to take a back seat. It sometimes means that reviews I’d normally have enjoyed and commented on just have to be skipped, because people post new ones and I only have so much time. It’s just part of life.

    If I had 150 posts outstanding 50 would be lucky to get responses I suspect, probably much fewer. If I had 900 I suspect none of them would and I’d just start afresh from there as new posts came in.

    Good book haul, and I agree on those covers.


    • May 25, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      I don’t think I’ll read the 150 posts, I’ll have to pick some and delete others. Like you I only have so much time.

      I’m looking forward to the DS books: I loved the two ones I’ve read, and I expect fun and page-turners. A perfect couterbalance to my current office life.


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