Book Blog Name Tag


Originating at the alwaysopinionatedgirl blog, I spotted it at Stefani’s Caught Read Handed blog and it looked like such fun, I just had to participate. All you have to do is list a character from a book for each letter in the name of your blog.

V – Vincent D’Agosta (Pendergast series by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child)
A – Agatha Raisin (series by M.C. Beaton)
U – Ursule Mirouet (Ursule Mirouet by Honoré de Balzac)
Q – Quasimodo (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo)
U – Uriah Heep (David Copperfield by Charles Dickens)
E – Evan Evans (series by Rhys Bowen)
R – Richard Hannay (The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan)

B – Benjamin January (series by Barbara Hambly)
O – Orabona (The Horror in the Museum by H.P. Lovecraft and Hazel Heald)
A – Anna Pigeon (series by Nevada Barr)
R – Robert Langdon (The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown)
D – Dagny Taggart (Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand)
I – Ilse Freemantle (Duma Key by Stephen King)
N – Nathaniel Peaslee (The Shadow out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft)
G – Gervaise Coupeau (L’Assommoir by Émile Zola)

H – Hamish Macbeth (series by M.C. Beaton)
O – Owen Orient (series by Frank Lauria)
U – Ursule Macquart (The Fortune of the Rougons by Émile Zola)
S – Stephanie Plum (series by Janet Evanovich)
E – Etienne Lantier (Germinal by Émile Zola)

I’m not tagging anyone, but play along if you have time!

Friday Finds – July 11, 2014



Friday Finds is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading to showcase books you recently found and added to your TBR (to be read) list. It doesn’t matter whether you found them free online, borrowed them from a library or purchased them somewhere. Anything works.


This is my first week to participate in Friday Finds. I would like to thank MizB for hosting this and other memes.

I have one this week:


The Flood, a novella by Émile Zola

The Flood can be downloaded free in numerous formats from Project Gutenberg and as an audio book from LibriVox. Published in 1880, the French title is L’Inondation.


Share your Friday Finds with us! Please leave a comment with the link to your own Friday Finds post on MizB’s blog or here. If you don’t have a blog, you may share your finds in a comment here anyway. We’d love to know what you found this week.

The Ladies’ Paradise, by Emile Zola, translated by Brian Nelson

A very refreshing atypical entry in Zola’s Rougon-Macquart saga.

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The Ladies' ParadiseI loved this book! I have a mountain of other things to read but after seeing the BBC series created out of Émile Zola’s The Ladies’ Paradise I couldn’t resist bringing it home from the library.  However, I also stumbled across Julian Barnes Levels of Life that day – and it was so beautiful and wise that I read and reviewed that first, and then I found myself with only a day to read all 480 pages of The Ladies’ Paradise and no, I couldn’t renew it because it’s in high demand at the library.

By the time I had read the brilliant introduction by Brian Nelson and the first chapter I knew I had to finish the story without waiting for a copy by snail mail, so I resurrected the hated Kindle to buy a copy from You-Know-Who.  And because I had fallen in love with Zola I succumbed to…

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Émile Zola



Today, April 2, is the anniversary of the birth of one of my favorite authors, Émile Zola (1840-1902).

At this point I have read nineteen of the twenty Rougon-Macquart novels plus several of his other works. (His excellency Eugene Rougon is the one I haven’t yet read.) L’Assommoir with its character of Gervaise is my favorite. I’ve read it in three or four different translations.