Six degrees of separation: From a wolf to tales

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Six degrees of separation:
From a wolf to tales

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 somebody a wolf(e) and ended up with tales, which makes total sense.
Will you follow the wolf with me?

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

 Wolfe Island Five on a Treasure Island

 Five-finger Discount French house

fairy-tales Canterbury tales

1. Wolfe Island
I hadn’t paid attention before to what this book was about. Actually, I may end up reading this dystopian novel. Should I?
By the same author, I read Salt Creek. I almost gave it 4 stars, great writing, but it was so so sad!

2. Five of a Treasure Island
My favorite series as a kid!

3. Five-Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History
“I understand now why this book has been on the Book Club shelf of my library for a long time: it is both so funny and so true, and seems to describe very well a page of Americana one may not always be proud of.”

4. The French House: An American Family, a Ruined Maison, and the Village That Restored Them All
VERDICTWith hauntingly beautiful descriptions of a tiny French island and its inhabitants, this book will take you to a different place, and might even inspire you to reconsider your life and finally follow your dreams where you and your family can become whole.

5. Fairy Tales for the Disillusioned: Enchanted Stories from the French Decadent Tradition
VERDICT: Remarkable anthology of famous fairy tales as reinterpreted by French authors of the Decadent movement. Fascinating and very enjoyable example of comparative literature at its best.

6. The Canterbury Tales
A witty satire of the English society and Church of the 14th century.

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Six degrees of separation: From trouble to wedding

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Six degrees of separation:
From trouble to wedding

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 somebody in trouble and ended up with a wedding, which could be a wonderful journey – that wedding is rather gruesome – but, what an amazing book!
Will you dare follow me on this journey?

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

Fleishman in is Trouble  The Word is Murder

 In Other Words unseen-city

 Venetian Blood Blood Wedding

1. Fleishman is in Trouble
I haven’t read this book and have no intention to do so.

2. The Word is Murder
VERDICT: Brilliant take on the whodunit formula, where the author is himself a character of the book. Or is he?

3. In Other Words
VERDICT: Fascinating “linguistic autobiography” or self-portrait of an author in love with the Italian language, and how it is changing her mind and her life.

4. Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness
VERDICT:  THE book to read by all nature lovers and city dwellers. Also a great example of ‘edutainment’.

5. Venetian BloodMurder in a Sensuous City
VERDICT: Very atmospheric. Beautiful descriptions and suspenseful scenes in the enchanting and dangerous Venice.

6. Blood Wedding
The link goes to my vlog about it, so you’ll have to watch, it’s just 6 minutes, and really, if you want to read an amazing psychological thriller/crime fiction, you HAVE to watch this and read the book!

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Six degrees of separation: From Daisy Jones to Japan

#6Degrees

Six degrees of separation:
From Daisy Jones to Japan

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 Daisy Jones and ended up in Japan!
Come with me!

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

Daisy Jones & the Six  The One And Only Ivan

 To Open One's Heart  Open World

 The Secret World of Arrietty  Ikigai

1. Daisy Jones and the Six
I haven’t read this book and have no intention to do so. I couldn’t find any book on my Goodreads shelf with the first two words, so I had to go with and.

2. The One and Only Ivan
From my review: “Applegate has a knack for writing deep stories full of wisdom, in a very accessible style for middle graders.”

3. To Open One’s Heart
A beautiful short book on the heart in Orthodox spirituality. Unfortunately, I never took the time to review t, so here’s the Goodreads synopsis:
“There are many ways to open one’s heart. The heart is opened in those who love, and yet the heart is injured in those who sorrow. It is a deep well, and he who plumbs its depths can find spiritual wonders. The heart is the locus of the person— emotional, physical, and moral. But over and above all these dimensions, the heart is also the place of spiritual encounter with God.
Since God is constantly inviting each person to open his heart, he also wishes to heal those whose hearts have been bruised or injured by the hardships of life. Drawing freely from the writings of Scripture, the saints, and even Pascal, Michel Evdokimov offers an initiation into this spirituality of the heart born out of the traditions of Orthodox Christianity.”

4. Open World: The Collected Poems 1960-2000
This one has been on my TBR for a while. It looks like these nature poems should talk to my heart.
“His vision is a remarkably consistent one and the same elements recur again and again—rocks, sea, mist, gulls and the natural world.”
Have you read this Scottish poet?

5. The Secret World of Arrietty
Sad, but gorgeous art, so detailed, so good with nature, colors. Totally my cup of tea!It is actually a Film Comic Adaptation, I didn’t even know such a thing existed before I discovered Miyazaki, one of my major 2019 discoveries.

6. Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life
From my review: “Fascinating, about the Japanese concept of ikigai – a reason for living, as the root of happiness. This little book is packed with goodness, lots of great tips on health.”

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