Six degrees of separation: From trouble to wedding

#6Degrees

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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2020: January wrap-up

JANUARY 2020 WRAP-UP

📚 Wow, 2020 has been starting crazy on the reading scene. I have been reading a lot, according to my standards.

📚 Besides The Classics Club, I have been doing the Japanese Literature Challenge (until March), I joined the #Pondathon (a reading competition: I earn points for my #Xiaolong team based on the number of pages I read and the number of books I finish), and the Murakami online Book Club.
Oh and of course at the beginning of January was Bout of Books. It was a busy week, so I didn’t read as much as I wanted, but still it worked fine.

📚 The biggest news for me is that so far, I have managed to review all the books I have been reading this month, and even started catching up on books read last year.
Posting again for the Sunday Post has been very helpful for that, as I post there small reviews when a much longer review is really unnecessary.
I also enjoy doing a Book Journal section in this weekly Sunday Post: I update it every day, recapitulating what I read the night before. Looks like more and more of you have been enjoying this section of my post as well. This helps me keep track and be more consistent.

📚 There were lots of posts in the blogosphere related to the previous decade. In case you missed them, I have a post on my favorite books and one on my favorite book covers of the past decade.

📚 Also, as I am reading a difficult Orthodox theology book, I have been again reposting book notes after a couple of chapters or so on my Orthodox blog.
I suddenly remembered I had lots of Orthodox notes and quotations on a very old book blog, so I’m going to republish these on my new Orthodox blog the coming months.

So here are the titles I read in January:

11 books:
8 in print 
with 1,862 pages, an average of 60 pages/day
3 in audio
= 11H37
, an average of 22 minutes

5 in literary fiction:

  1. Book of Genesis – audio
  2. Sanshiro, by Natsume Soseki – ebook
  3. Goddess Power, by Yung In Chae – for review
  4. And Then, by Natsume Soseki – ebook
  5. The Gate, by Natsume Soseki – ebook, review will be live on 2/4

What a wonderful experience to read Soseki’s whole trilogy in the same month

4 in mystery:

  1. Perfect Little Children, by Sophie Hannah – ebook, for review
  2. Eagle Strike, by Anthony Horowitz
  3. Pietr-le-Letton, by Georges Simenon – ebook
  4. The Haunted Bookshop, by Christopher Morley – audio

1 in children:

  1. Crenshaw, by Katherine Applegate

1 in nonfiction:

  1. The Book of Tea, by Kakuzo Okakura – ebook

It feels so good to see all these links under the books I read THIS month!

MY FAVORITE BOOKS IN JANUARY

And Then  The Book of Tea

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 15/50 (from October 2019-until September 2024)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 4 books read

Total of books read in 2020 = 11/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 9 (less than 10, I deserve some applaud, lol)

OTHER BOOKS I REVIEWED IN JANUARY

Besides the books above listed, this month I also reviewed:

Lady Clementine  Dreamland   Treachery

Figure Drawing for Kids Dogs Logic Puzzles The Fascinating Animal Book fort Kids

Essential Keto Bread The Healthy Breakfast Cookbook   Minimalism

 

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has created a Month In Review meme
where you can link your monthly recap posts
Thanks Nicole!

 

Bout of Books 27: Day 7 and final recap

BOUT OF BOOKS 27

Bout of Books 27

#boutofbooks

Click on the logo to join the fun!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized
by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple.
It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th
and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in.
Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.
For all Bout of Books 27 information and updates,
be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. 
– From the Bout of Books team

FINAL RECAP

As you can see below, I didn’t manage to read as much as I would have liked, even though this was less than my previous Bout of Books record.
So instead of an average of 82 pages/day, I reached 74.
BUT I’m happy, as I actually didn’t have much time this week, because it was our Nativity celebration at Church, and it ended up being quite exhausting.

And I’m happy I finished 3 books (5 already total) in 2020, and I have only 39 pages left in Sanshiro, so I’ll finish this one tonight.
So far, I have also reviewed ll the books I have read this year, which is unreal for me. I’ll try to make this last…

  1. Eagle Strike, by Anthony Horowitz = FINISHED
  2. Audiobook: The Book of Tea, by Kakuzo Okakura = FINISHED
  3. Audiobook: The Book of Genesis = FINISHED

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DAY 7 RECAP
Here is what I read on DAY 7:

  1. Sanshiro, by Natsume Soseki = 18  pages
  2. Audiobook: The Haunted Bookshop = 24 minutes = equivalent to 16 pages

Total for Day 7:  34 pages
TOTAL so far:   523/575

That’s great for the audio time I had ironing to do!

I did the Instagram challenge, featuring (some of) my shelves

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DAY 6 RECAP
Here is what I read on DAY 6:

  1. Sanshiro, by Natsume Soseki =  112 pages
  2. Audiobook: The Book of Genesis = 2H15, equivalent to 10 pages = FINISHED
  3. Audiobook: The Haunted Bookshop = 25 minutes, equivalent to 15 pages

Total for Day 6:  137 pages
TOTAL so far:   489/575

That’s great for the audio time I had ironing to do!

I did the Instagram challenge, about an anticipated release

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DAY 5 RECAP
Here is what I read on DAY 5:

  1. Sanshiro, by Natsume Soseki = 56 pages

Total for Day 5:  56 pages
TOTAL so far:  352/575

This is getting more pathetic than even anticipated. It was definitely not a good idea to do it with this super busy and exhausting week

I did the Instagram challenge.
And on Twitter, I posted the perfect book for the “The One With the Books in It” challenge.

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DAY 4 RECAP
Here is what I read on DAY 4:

  1. Audiobook: The Book of Genesis = 10 minutes, equivalent to 2!! pages

Total for Day 4:  2 pages!!
TOTAL so far:  296/575

Who knew this was going to be the most pathetic day!!! I went to a late Christmas party and so had no time at all to read in the evening. And another party tonight, unless snow comes and changes our plans.

I did the Instagram challenge (the other one didn’t inspire me):

AND I did manage to write a short review for Eagle Strike. It will be live on 1/12 in my Sunday Post.

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DAY 3 RECAP
Here is what I read on DAY 3:

  1. Eagle Strike, by Anthony Horowitz = 111 pages – FINISHED
  2. Audiobook: The Book of Genesis = 1H05, equivalent to 18 pages

Total for Day 3:  129 pages
TOTAL so far:  294/575

I also did 2 challenges:

– on Twitter, bookish matchmaking, books I’m looking for
– on Instagram, a winter-themed book from my shelves

I also managed to write 2 reviews:
– For Perfect Little Children: will be live on 1/15.
– For Figure Drawings for Kids: will be live on 1/10

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DAY 2 RECAP
Here is what I read on DAY 2:

  1. Eagle Strike, by Anthony Horowitz = 80 pages

Total for Day 2:  80 pages
TOTAL so far:  165/575

I also did 2 challenges:

– on Twitter, my 2020 goal
– on Instagram, my feel-good book

With Church (Nativity celebration) and an evening party, I didn’t have much time, and decided to use the little reading time I had with an easy one, which is YA adventure/mystery.

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DAY 1 RECAP
NB: This is my 14th participation in #boutofbooks

Here is what I read (actually listened to) on DAY 1:

  1. Theological Territories, by David Bentley Hart = 16 pages
  2. Sanshiro, by Natsume Soseki = 4 pages
  3. Eagle Strike, by Anthony Horowitz = 30 pages
  4. Audiobook: The Book of Tea, by Kakuzo Okakura: 1H40 minutes = 35 pages
    FINISHED

Total for Day 1:  85 pages
TOTAL so far:  85/575

I also did 2 challenges:

– on Twitter, Introduce yourself #insixwords
– on Instagram, currently reading

The Book of TeaAnd I managed to write a short review for The Book of Tea (will be live on 1/12).
So not too bad withe little time I had today.

So glad I had to cook something for Church and wrap gifts for our Nativity celebration this Tuesday – that gave me time to listen to audiobooks!

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Books I’m reading:

  1. Theological Territories, by David Bentley Hart
  2. Sanshiro, by Natsume Soseki
  3. Eagle Strike, by Anthony Horowitz = FINISHED
  4. The Ten Loves of Mr Nishino, by Hiromi Kawakami
  5. Audiobook: The Book of Tea, by Kakuzo Okakura = FINISHED
  6. Audiobook: The Book of Genesis = FINISHED
  7. Audiobook: The Haunted Bookshop, by Christopher Morley

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