Six degrees of separation: From the Renaissance to Versailles

#6Degrees

Six degrees of separation:
From the Renaissance to Versailles

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 went back in time, from the Renaissance to Versailles!

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, or you are stuck

After the covers, you can find the links to my reviews or to the title on Goodreads:

How to be Both How the Light Gets In

Light And Dark Too Dark To Sleep

before I go Before Versailles

1. How to Be Both
I have just read one book by Ali Smith: There But For The. It was very confusing, but could be because I made the mistake to listen to it. This is probably the type of literary fiction that needs to be read rather.
The synopsis of this novel here says part of the story is set in the Renaissance.

2. How the Light Gets in
I haven’t reviewed this book #9 of this amazing series by Louise Penny. This one is excellent, as almost all the others. But you really need to read them in order. I am looking forward to #15, to be released in August 2019.

3. Light and Dark
Excerpt from my review:
“This book is unlike any other I have read by this author: like in Proust it focuses on social interaction and analysis, and just like Proust’s narrator, I find the characters too self-tortured. But the writing is very good and there are some very interesting images.”
Soseki is definitely a Japanese author you need to try.

4. Too Dark To Sleep
My verdict was: A stunning new voice in psychological thrillers. An amazing battle of the brains you are not going to forget. 

5. Before I Go to Sleep
Another amazing psychological thriller.
Listen to it if possible, Orlagh Cassidy is an outstanding narrator. In fact, I listened to this one because she was narrating it.

6. Before Versailles
A historical novel about Louis XIV.
“The characters sounded true to life, the topic was well researched, the descriptions beautiful.”

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HAVE YOU READ AND ENJOYED ANY OF THESE BOOKS?
HAVE YOU PLAYED
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION
THIS MONTH?

 

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Book review: The Shape of the Ruins

The Shape of the Ruins

The Shape of the Ruins
by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
Translated by
Anne McLean
Riverhead Books

9/25/2018
Originally published as La forma de las ruinas
in 2015
Genre: Literary fiction/Historical fiction
528 pages

Goodreads

This Man Booker International 2019 longlist has definitely an issue with genre. I already presented a novel that was supposed to be a historical novel but was not; an autobiography included as a novel, though it was not a novel and even received a nonfiction award last year; and today I’m presenting The Shape of the Ruins, a novel that actually offers a sweeping modern history of the Republic of Colombia, with the author himself deeply inserted within the narrative.

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Top Ten places to visit

Top Ten Places Mentioned In Books
That I’d Like to Visit

TTT for February 26, 2019
#TopTenTuesday

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For this edition of #TopTenTuesday, we are talking about
“Places Mentioned In Books That I’d Like to Visit” (submitted by Georgia @justreadthemm).
Here are actually the 10 places I most recently visited in books. The first 7 books alone are books I have read in 2019.
And yes, I would love to visit them all, definitely Japan!

Orange HHhH

  1. Japan
  2. Czechoslovakia

The Goose Fritz La vie mode demploi

3 and 4: Germany and Russia
5: France

The Moonstone The Plotters

6. England
7. South Korea

The only woman in the room Che

8. Austria
9. Cuba

Kingdom of the Blind

10. Canada

Have you read any of these? Which one is your favorite?
What is the place encountered in books
you would most want to visit?