Six degrees of separation:
The French and Love
Using my own rules for this fun meme hosted by Kate at Booksaremyfavouriteandbest (see there the origin of the meme and how it works – posted the first Saturday of every month), I started with a title containing the word French and ended up with Love!
This shouldn’t surprise you, lol.
Here are my own quirky rules:
1, Use your list of books on Goodreads
2. Take the first word of the title offered and find another title with that word in it
3. Then use the first word of THAT title to find your text title
4. Or the second if the title starts with the same word
NB: I goofed, I didn’t realize the book to start with this month was Fight Club!!
BUT we are in February after all, so nice to land on love!
After the covers, you can find the links to my reviews or to the title on Goodreads:
1. The French Lieutenant’s Woman = I confess I have never read it! And I don’t even remember if I ever watched the movie.
Convince me: why should I read and/or watch it?
2. Are We French Yet? = Nice collections of funny ad culturally aware vignettes highlighting how life can be enriched by being familiar with two cultures. My full review will be live on 2/6
3. When You Are Engulfed in Flames = this is not my favorite by Sedaris, though it’s very good. A collection of very funny essays. My favorite books by him are Me Talk Pretty One day, on learning the French language; and Holidays on Ice, super hilarious essays on Christmas. You HAVE to listen to Sedaris narrate his own audiobook
4. Miss Me When I’m Gone = this one is on my TBR, because I really enjoyed another book by the author: The Broken Teaglass
5. The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy = Within a contemplative atmosphere rich in descriptions of places and people, past and present, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy offers a beautiful lesson in simple happiness. A great voice in literary fiction I am ready to listen to again.
6. Love and Invention = A beautiful hymn to creativity, to the courage to be different, to be oneself while connecting with others. Set in France!
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Perfectly fine that you started with a different book – it’s all good. I have not read any of the books you listed, but I have read some books by Emily Arsenault. Not this one and not The Broken Teaglass, though both are on my TBR. I’ve read IN SEARCH OF THE ROSE NOTES and THE EVENING SPIDER and liked both. 🙂
thanks for sharing, definitely an author I need to read more
Goof or not, it’s still good fun.
I feel guilty about not having read The French Lieutenant’s Woman too. Why is it that some books make us feel that way?
me too. I guess because it seems everybody else have read it, and I feel it’s a gap in my personal cultural level. BUT, is it really worth reading? I ope some readers will give me insight into this here
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Maybe it’s the disappointment we feel with overhyped books published now, that make us suspicious about books that were hyped in the past? TFLW might be a great book, but I’d like to feel confident that my reading time will be well spent. That’s why I really like it when blogging friends review books published in the past as well as new ones.
Exactly. And that’s why I don’t hesitate DNF when a book does not seem satisfactory. There are too many great books and too little time to waste hours on something mediocre
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So now I’m curious what you thought the starting book was? Regardless of the fact you didn’t stick exactly to the ‘rule’ the string of books still works and you mention some really good novels
as you see, I started with the book for last month chain! As I had not done it last month, I didn’t find it awkward. I must have goofed when I looked at the bottom of the page where she mentions which book the next chain should start with
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A very enjoyable chain! Your picks are perfect for this month, so it really worked out well after all.
yes, happy fault, lol
I read The French Lieutenant’s Woman a very long time ago but I remember I loved it.
thanks for your input on this one!
This is perfect for February! I haven’t read any of these, I’m afraid. Although, like Kay, I have read something my Emily Arsenault before. I’ve tried a couple books by Sedaris, and discovered he’s not really for me. I hope you have a wonderful week!
The last 2 or 3 books by Sedaris are not for me either. But I thought his first ones were great