Six degrees of separation: from the screw to the deerstalker

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Six degrees of separation:
from the screw to the deerstalker

Yeah, feels good to be back!
I finally found time to join this meme – last time was in March.

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 famous classic and ended up with the detective with the deerstalker!

Will you dare follow me to track them?

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

  The Turn of the Screw No Turning Back

  No Woods So Dark As These A Walk in the Woods

  The Most Beautiful Walk Conan Doyle for the Defense

1. The Turn of the Screw
A classic om my Classics Club TBR, I hope to read it soon!

2. No Turning Back
I did cheat a bit, from turn to turning

VERDICT: With a nice flow in the writing and rich diversity of genre and content, Dan Burns offers a captivating collection of short stories. A great invitation to lean forward and jump.

3. No Woods So Dark As These
VERDICT: Not your usual page-turner: Randall Silvis is great at mixing crime and metaphysics.

4. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
From my review (that was 10 years ago, and I was not writing a “verdict” back then!):
Bryson writes very well, he’s so funny and witty, while giving you great information at the same time, such as ecological, historical, and geological facts in this book.
NB: I did end up walking a bit on the Appalachian Trail!

5. The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris
From my review:
I really enjoyed very much his book, full not only of fun and personal anecdotes, but also rich in plenty of cultural, historical,  and literary references.
It really gives you the desire to pack and go, and follow him with his book as a guide, through the fun tours, well organized.
It reminded me that, as he says, the best walk is the one you make up yourself.

6. Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer
VERDICT: A must read for all Sherlock Holmes’ fan. A well researched piece of literary critique.

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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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