Book Bloggers Abroad (7) – France

Book Bloggers AbroadWelcome to the weekly guest post in the Book Bloggers Abroad series. Every week a book blogger from a different country will be featured who will talk about what it’s like to be a book blogger where he or she lives.

France

Our guest blogger for today is Charlotte from France. Her book blog is called The Book on the Hill. She reads and reviews mainly YA books, some middle grade books, and from time to time adult chick lit. Each review is illustrated by a book sketch! So, go and have a look and discover some new books!


Interview with Charlotte

Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m Charlotte, a 25 year old girl living in France. I’m an actress, singer, musician, playwright and stage director, and have my own theatre company. I’m also a reader for a French publishing house. My job is to read English-written books and to submit a full summary and review. Depending on my reviews, they decide if they want to buy the rights of the book, and if they do it is translated and published in France.

I’ve lived in Paris with my boyfriend for 5 years, but we recently moved to a small village in Charente-Maritime. We went from living in a tiny flat in a huge city to a huge house in a tiny village! I grew up in the countryside, so it feels great to be back in a calmer place where I can hear the birds singing instead of being attacked by the crazy Parisian pigeons. 🙂

My cosy reading corner in our new house

My cosy reading corner in our new house

Where do you get your books from? Can you get the books you want to read?
Everywhere! I buy them online, at independent bookshops, at bigger bookstores. It depends on my mood, the price and the place I’m in. Foreign books are quite easy to find in France, it’s just that they’re more expensive in international bookshops or sections than they are online.

What are your circumstances? Can you read and blog a lot?
As a professional reader, I read A LOT! I don’t have much time to read books for myself, but I always try to have one on the side. Since I’m an actress, my working time is irregular. It goes from completely empty periods to insane hours of work. I’m also often on tour. So sometimes I have a lot of time to blog, and other times I’m way too busy and I can’t manage.

Snowball fighting in Paris

Snowball fighting in Paris

Where do you read?
Anywhere I am at the time! In bed, in the garden, in the train, in the living room… As long as I’m comfortable, any place is good to read.

What language(s) do you read in?
I’m not proud to say it, but I almost never read in French… I used to when I was younger, but when I started reading in English I just couldn’t stop. I usually only read in French when it comes to theatre and poetry.

The wonderful view from the Overhanging Gardens of Marqueyssac, where I’ll be performing all summer

The wonderful view from the Overhanging Gardens of Marqueyssac, where I’ll be performing all summer

Please suggest one national author that you love and recommend a book.
I recommend The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, which is a classic here and totally deserves its success around the world!

Tell us why you are blogging in English. Why did you “go international”?
I come from a multicultural family, I therefore have three nationalities (French, English and Canadian). I was born and grew up in France, so French is my first language. But I’ve always felt closer to the English language and culture. Blogging in English was an obvious choice for me. And I plan to go and live abroad one day. I feel more like an ‘international’ girl than a French one!

Click on the world for a Google Maps picture!

Thanks, Charlotte for letting us have a look at your life as a reader and blogger. You have a very busy, but very interesting life! I wonder what the outside of your house looks like, is it quite an old house?

Don’t forget to take a look at Charlotte’s blog. If you have any questions or comments for Charlotte, just leave them in the comments section.

Next week Mari from the USA will be visiting us for the eigth Book Bloggers Abroad guest post. Don’t miss it!

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About Leeswammes
I'm owner and editor at bookhelpline.com. In my free time, I read and review books on my two blogs, Leeswammes' Blog and De Boekblogger.

14 Responses to Book Bloggers Abroad (7) – France

  1. Iris says:

    It was nice to meet you Charlotte and I will definitely check out your blog sometime!

    Your life sounds so interesting and I think we’re all a little jealous at you reading for money.

  2. Charlotte says:

    Thank you so much for having me! Looking forward to having you at Book Blogging Around the World!

    To answer your question, yes it is a pretty old house. You can see the exterior here : http://thebookonthehill.blogspot.com/2010/06/glimpse-of.html

    Thank you again, that was fun!

  3. This is really nice to see Charlotte on here as she was kind enough to interview me for her blog a few months ago. I love your new house, Charlotte, with the cosy reading corner! 🙂

  4. What an awesome interview. Charlotte your job sounds dreamy and you know I’m in love with your adorable home 🙂

  5. rikkiscraps says:

    OMG, I am so jealous of your house. It looks gorgeous. I love the high brick walls inside and the large kitchen.
    Being paid for reading, that sounds like a dream job, but then you don’t read for pleasure then and can’t really choose your material. Does that ever get boring?
    Rikki

  6. Esme says:

    Thank you for this interview with Charlotte-how interesting for her to say she feels more like an English girl than a French one and that she reads more in English. I have visited her blog many times before and quite enjoy it.

  7. Carin B. says:

    Great post Charlotte! I love your French Fridays and your International blogger guest posts as well.

    I haven’t read The Little Prince yet, but I know all my friends that took French in school read it as part of their curriculum. I’ll keep it in mind. I think the only French writer I’ve read is Alexandre Dumas and I love him!

    Your house is beautiful and I am jealous of your reading corner just like everyone else! 😉

  8. Tes says:

    Amazing post! Charlotte you are living life I dream off when I was a teenager… I always wanted to be a playwrite and stage director 🙂

  9. amymckie says:

    How neat, reading professionally sounds like fun.

  10. Novroz says:

    Wow… charlotte, you have an amazing job, you read books and you got paid for it…it’s like being paid for doing nothing 😉

    I wish my side job is like yours.

    By the way, when can we read your own answers Judith? 😉

    • leeswammes says:

      Just need to take some pictures, Novroz, and then I’ll be at the back of the queue – I think Charlotte has quite a few people interested to do an interview for her…. But soon, soon, I promise!

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