book contest answers and winner!

My bookshelf being too crowded, I decided to giveaway a pack of 5 books to a lucky winner. And I decided to turn it into  a game, in which you had to guess the titles of books #4 an #5. Using important words in the clues I gave you and using the Search button of this blog led you quickly to the answers:

MeadowlarkClues for book mystery #1

  1. bird
  2. not at sunset
  3. Lakota
  4. reviewed here in 2013

= Searching for Lakota sends you to my review of Meadowlark, posted in Dec 2013, as shown in the url of the post.  (1) A meadowlark is a bird (2) The author’s first name is Dawn, not sunset 😉

Bed of NailsClues for books mystery #2

  1. sleep
  2. French
  3. suicide
  4. reviewed here in 2014

= Searching for suicide sends you to a few reviews. Close to Destiny is set in France was reviewed in 2015, and there’s no link with sleep.  Other participants thought the answer was Hercule Poirot’s Christmas was the answer. Actually, he is not French, but Belgian. Next came Bed of Nails. (1) you sleep in a bed. (2) The author is French

So these 2 “mystery books” plus these 3 here…

 Me on the floor In his stead

The Third Son

…will go to the first participant to get both answers correct.
And our





The Fictional 100

Lucy has an interesting blog and a fascinating book, I’m actually currently reading, and that I really encourage you to check out.

The Fictional 100:
Ranking the Most Influential Characters
in World Literature and Legend

Some of the most influential and interesting people in the world are fictional. Sherlock Holmes, Huck Finn, Pinocchio, Anna Karenina, Genji, and Superman, to name a few, may not have walked the Earth (or flown, in Superman’s case), but they certainly stride through our lives. They influence us personally: as childhood friends, catalysts to our dreams, or even fantasy lovers. Peruvian author and presidential candidate Mario Vargas Llosa, for one, confessed to a lifelong passion for Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. Characters can change the world. Witness the impact of Solzhenitsyn’s Ivan Denisovich, in exposing the conditions of the Soviet Gulag, or Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom, in arousing anti-slavery feeling in America. Words such as quixotic, oedipal, and herculean show how fictional characters permeate our language. This list of the Fictional 100 ranks the most influential fictional persons in world literature and legend, from all time periods and from all over the world, ranging from Shakespeare’s Hamlet [1] to Toni Morrison’s Beloved [100]. By tracing characters’ varied incarnations in literature, art, music, and film, we gain a sense of their shape-shifting potential in the culture at large. Although not of flesh and blood, fictional characters have a life and history of their own. Meet these diverse and fascinating people. From the brash Hercules to the troubled Holden Caulfield, from the menacing plots of Medea to the misguided schemes of Don Quixote, The Fictional 100 runs the gamut of heroes and villains, young and old, saints and sinners. Ponder them, fall in love with them, learn from their stories the varieties of human experience–let them live in you. [Goodreads]


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