Six degrees of separation: from a chef to a gorilla

#6Degrees

Six degrees of separation:
from a chef to a gorilla

Time for another quirky variation on this meme.
You may have heard about a man coming from a monkey, but how about starting with a chef and ending up with a gorilla? That’s the journey I propose to you today.

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).

Here are my own quirky rules:

1. Use your list of books on Goodreads
2. Take the first word of the title (or in the subtitle) offered and find another title with that word in it – see the titles below the images to fully understand, as often the word could be in the second part of the title
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 if you are stuck
5. To help you understand what I’m doing, you will find in orange the word that will be used in the following title, and in green the word used in the previous title

Nov 2022 six-degrees-of-separation

We are supposed to start from The Naked Chef, by Jamie Oliver.
I have not read it.

1.  Naked, by David Sedaris
This is the only book I have read with this word in the title!
It was funny, but I didn’t appreciate it as much as some others by Sedaris, maybe because a lot was about family stuff.

2.  Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris
Well, with only word in the title, I’m stuck, so to keep going with my chain, I’m choosing my favorite book by Sedaris, the first one I read actually.
Hilarious essays as the author tries to adjust after moving to France.

3. Talk to Me: How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Think, by James Vlahos
VERDICT: Extremely well-documented and up-to-date research, showing where civilization is heading to, through current technological advances. 
My full review with quotes, is here.

4. How Do You Live?, by Yoshino Genzaburo
This is a Japanese classic (written in 1937) for middle graders.
VERDICT: Japanese variation on “Know Thyself”. Classic middle grade novel full of wisdom. If we were to apply all its advice, the world would definitely be a better place. The first step is to read the book!
Check here why I loved it so much

5. One Sip at a Time: Learning to Live in Provence, by Keith Van Sickle
Another funny book about France! The author has written a few others, also about his move to France.
VERDICT: Hilarious vignettes on adjusting to French living. Neat way of discovering real France!
My review contains a couple of funny passages.

6.  The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate.
Applegate always impresses me a lot, in her so deep books for children.
And yes, Ivan is a gorilla.
I wrote a short review about it in this post.

So my chain of evolution today looks like a chef, to a French learner, to an A.I., to a Japanese kid, to a French expat, to a gorilla!
That’s more fun than Darwin’s, lol.

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IF YOU HAVE CREATED A CHAIN,
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Throwback Thursday: September 2012

Throwback Thursday

#ThrowbackThursday

Revisiting what I posted 10 years ago
(my blog was born on September 29, 2010)
following the idea I found at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog
(click on this link or the logo to see where the idea started from,
and to post the link to your own post).

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Today, I’m revisiting September 2012.
I published 18 posts, but most were blogging events, and I only reviewed 3 books.

Of these books, here is the one that received most views then,
and that really stayed with me:

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The Mirrored World

If you like historical fiction, I highly recommend Debra Dean.
At the end of my review, you will find the link to my review of another book by her: The Madonnas of Leningrad, as well as to my interview with her.

 

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My next post on this meme will be on December 8

The top 9 books to read in November 2022

Here are
The top 9 books
I plan to read in November 2022

Two special events I’ll be participating in this month:
Nonfiction November and Novellas in November:

Nonfiction November 2022  Novellas in November 2022

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And as you can see here below, besides a brand new French audiobook and a book written twenty years ago, my focus is definitely the classics, in various genres.

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📚 CURRENTLY READING 📚

Bel-Ami📚 Bel-Ami, by Guy de Maupassant
 French literary fiction
Published in 1885
Reading with French student F.
It counts for The Classics Club

“Guy de Maupassant’s scandalous tale of an opportunistic young man corrupted by the allure of power.
Young, attractive and very ambitious, George Duroy, known to his admirers as Bel-Ami, is offered a job as a journalist on La Vie française and soon makes a great success of his new career. But he also comes face to face with the realities of the corrupt society in which he lives – the sleazy colleagues, the manipulative mistresses, and wily financiers – and swiftly learns to become an arch-seducer, blackmailer and social climber in a world where love is only a means to an end. Written when Maupassant was at the height of his powers, “Bel-Ami” is a novel of great frankness and cynicism, but it is also infused with the sheer joy of life – depicting the scenes and characters of Paris in the belle époque with wit, sensitivity, and humanity.”

Les nouvelles enquêtes de Maigret

📚 Les nouvelles enquêtes de Maigret,
by Georges Simenon

Mystery – short stories collection
Published in 1944
Reading with French student E.
It counts for The Classics Club

This is the first collection of short stories in the Maigret series.

These are 20 short stories written between 1936-1938.
It’s really neat to see that Simenon displays the same quality of writing, in his plots and his way of creating bleak atmosphere, than in his novels.

Respire

📚 Respire, by Niko Tackian
French Mystery
Published on January 5, 2022
Reading with French student S.

“The very white sand, the turquoise ocean. This is what Yohan discovers when he wakes up. A heavenly place where he will start a new life. Have a second chance to be happy. To arrive on this unknown island, he signed up with a mysterious company that promised to make him disappear and erase all traces of his past.
During the first few days, Yohan savored his rediscovered carelessness. Even if little by little, a feeling of strangeness gets over him. The island is home to a dozen inhabitants, each more enigmatic than the next. Yet the abandoned houses, the deserted stalls in the windswept streets, suggest that they were once much more numerous. Where have the others gone?
Yohan wants to understand. But he should never have looked behind the scenes. Because it is well known that knowledge can shatter Paradise…”

Wanderlust📚 Wanderlust, by Rebecca Solnit
Nonfiction / History and Travel Essays
Published in 2001

I bought this book a long time ago, and am finally reading it!
I was actually planning to read it with another blogger, but I didn’t write down who was talking about a read-along on this, and I can no longer find who it was! Let me know if you know who!

“This volume provides a history of walking, exploring the relationship between thinking and walking and between walking and culture. The author argues for the preservation of the time and space in which to walk in an ever more car-dependent and accelerated world.”

The Lifted Veil📚 The Lifted Veil,
by George Eliot
Gothic, Horror
Published in 1859
Reading it for Novellas in November
and for The Classics Club

I have already read a good chunk of it, so far it’s definitely more gothic than horror per se, though psychological horror might be a good way to look at it — so far.

“Quite unlike the realistic fiction for which Eliot is best known, The Lifted Veil explores themes of extrasensory perception, the essence of physical life, possible life after death, and the power of fate. ”

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The Snow Goose📚 The Snow Goose, by Paul Gallico
Novella, Historical fiction
Published in 1941

I will be reading it
for Novellas in November.
It counts for The Classics Club.

“Classic storytelling from a bestselling author. Gallico’s most famous story, The Snow Goose,
is set in the wild,
desolate Essex marshes and is an intense and moving tale about the relationship between a hunchback and a young girl. ”

Scarlet Sails

📚  Scarlet Sails, by Alexander Grin
Novella, Classic Russian fiction
I don’t know yet the translator
Published in 1922
It counts for The Classics Club
And I will be reading it
for Novellas in November.

“In this Russian classic of romance and adventure at sea, Arthur Grey falls in love with Asole without ever having exchanged a word with her.
Also known in English translation as “Crimson Sails.”

These are just two of several (possibly 8??) novellas I’m planning to red this month.

🎧 CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS 🎧

  Unbeaten tracks in Japan  The Story of the Treasure Seekers

🎧 Unbeaten Tracks in Japan, by Isabella Lucy Bird
Nonfiction, Travel, Japan
Published in 1885
It counts for The Classics Club

I am very happy I am able to listen to this one.

“This classic travel book details Isabella Bird’s 1878 trip, where she set out alone to explore the interior of Japan – a rarity not only because of Bird’s sex but because the country was virtually unknown to Westerners. The Japan she describes is not the sentimental world of Madame Butterfly but a vibrant land of real people with a complex culture and hardscrabble lives.”

🎧 The Story of the Treasure Seekers (Bastable Children #1),
by
E. Nesbit
Children classic
Published in 1899
It counts for The Classics Club

It’s about time to discover this great classic.
If I like it, I may go on and listen to the 4 books in the series, we’ll see.

“When their father’s business fails, the six Bastable children decide to restore the family fortunes. But although they think of many ingenious ways to do so, their well meant efforts are either more fun than profitable, or lead to trouble…”

Eiffel Tower Orange

HAVE YOU READ
OR ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ
ANY OF THESE?
WHAT ARE YOUR READING PLANS FOR NOVEMBER?

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