Six degrees of separation: from wintering to tasting Paris

#6Degrees

Six degrees of separation:
from wintering to tasting Paris

Time for another quirky variation on this meme.
From wintering to tasting Paris: sounds like a great life journey, isn’t it?
Plus, I end up in Paris, which is neat for Paris in July!
Please come walk with me.

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 you are stuck

Click on the covers 
links will send you to my review or to the relevant page

Wintering

This is the book we are supposed to start from.
I have not read it, and I am not planning to.

“An intimate, revelatory book exploring the ways we can care for and repair ourselves when life knocks us down.
Sometimes you slip through the cracks: unforeseen circumstances like an abrupt illness, the death of a loved one, a break up, or a job loss can derail a life. These periods of dislocation can be lonely and unexpected. For May, her husband fell ill, her son stopped attending school, and her own medical issues led her to leave a demanding job. Wintering explores how she not only endured this painful time, but embraced the singular opportunities it offered.
A moving personal narrative shot through with lessons from literature, mythology, and the natural world, May’s story offers instruction on the transformative power of rest and retreat. Illumination emerges from many sources: solstice celebrations and dormice hibernation, C.S. Lewis and Sylvia Plath, swimming in icy waters and sailing arctic seas.
Ultimately Wintering invites us to change how we relate to our own fallow times. May models an active acceptance of sadness and finds nourishment in deep retreat, joy in the hushed beauty of winter, and encouragement in understanding life as cyclical, not linear. A secular mystic, May forms a guiding philosophy for transforming the hardships that arise before the ushering in of a new season. ”

Wintering A Season With Geese The Wild Geese

  A Brush With Birds Travels with a Writing Brush  

  Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes Taste of Paris  

Click on the covers to read my review
or the relevant page

Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times

1. Wintering: A Season with Geeseby Stephen Rutt

If I have no intention of reading the Wintering title offered to start this chain, I do have this other Wintering book on my TBR:

“A celebration of winter and of the bird that heralds it; the perfect seasonal gift book for bird lovers.
The arrival of huge flocks of geese in the UK is one of the most evocative and powerful harbingers of winter; a vast natural phenomenon to capture the imagination. So Stephen Rutt found when he moved to Dumfries in the autumn of 2018, coinciding with the migration of thousands of pink-footed geese who spend their winter in the Firth.
Thus begins an extraordinary odyssey. From his new surroundings in the north to the wide open spaces of his childhood home in the south, Stephen traces the lives and habits of the most common species of goose in the UK and explores the place they have in our culture, our history and, occasionally, on our festive table.
Wintering takes you on a vivid tour of the in-between landscapes the geese inhabit, celebrating the short days, varied weathers and long nights of the season during which we share our home with these large, startling, garrulous and cooperative birds.

2. The Wild Geese, by Ogai Mori

VERDICT: Short novel with a good social portrait of the time, but disappointing in its pace and ending.

3. A Brush With Birds: Paintings and Stories from the Wild, by Richard Weatherly

If you love art, travels, and birding, this is the most gorgeous book!

4.  Travels with a Writing Brush: Classical Japanese Travel Writing from the Manyoshu to Bashoby Meredith McKinney (Editor / Translator).
Texts from
Matsuo Bashō and many more.

 I haven’t read it yet, but I have read excerpts from Basho and so want to read this one!

A rich, exquisite and original anthology that illuminates Japanese travel writing over a thousand years.
‘Oh journey upon journey, my life is a brief moment, and I cannot hope that we will meet again’
Roaming over mountains and along perilous shores, this anthology illuminates over a thousand years of Japanese travel writing. It takes in songs, diaries, tales and poetry, and ranges from famous works including The Pillow Book and the works of Basho to pieces such as the diary of a young girl who longs to return to the capital and her beloved books, or the writings of travelling monks who sleep on pillows of grass. Together they illuminate a long literary tradition, with intense poetic experience at its heart.
 ”

5. Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes, by Robert Louis Stevenson

Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes is the narrative of the 12 days Robert Louis Stevenson traveled with his donkey Modestine in this very isolated area of France, marked by fierce fights between Roman Catholics and Protestants. I really enjoyed his humor at describing the mentality of the area and the people he met. Some passages were really hilarious. Who would have thought!

6. A Taste of Paris: A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food, by David Downie

VERDICT: A gourmet walking tour of Paris for all gastronomy and history buffs. Irresistible.
I highly encourage you to read my detailed review (click on the book cover to do so)

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Six degrees of separation: from New York to Paris

#6Degrees

Six degrees of separation:
from New York to Paris

Time for another quirky variation on this meme.
Last month, I started in New England and ended up in Paris!
And today, I started in New York and also ended up in Paris (not a bad place to be on January 1st), with a very different chain! Exceptionally, it has several spiritual books, including my own!
Enjoy my chain, and happy new year, with of course many awesome new books!

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 you are stuck

Click on the covers 
links will send you to my review or to the relevant page

Rules of Civility

This is the book we are supposed to start from.
I haven’t read it and probably will not. This type of focus on high echelons of society doesn’t grab me. Plus the word “entertaining” in the synopsis is enough to make me run away.

This sophisticated and entertaining first novel presents the story of a young woman whose life is on the brink of transformation. On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a year-long journey into the upper echelons of New York society—where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve. With its sparkling depiction of New York’s social strata, its intricate imagery and themes, and its immensely appealing characters, Rules of Civility won the hearts of readers and critics alike. ”

The 4th rule of ten The Wisdom of the Desert

  Seasons of Grace  Light to Enlighten My Darkness  

  Paris Paris Bridges of Paris  

1.  The Fourth Rule of Ten: A Tenzing Norbu Mystery, by Gay Hendricks

I read 4 books in this series.
VERDICT: Original and riveting mysteries combining Buddhist wisdom and threats from dangerous powerful people on the international scene. Very good if you enjoy trying something different.

2. The Wisdom of the Desert: Sayings from the Desert Fathers of the Fourth Century, by Thomas Merton

I read it in a previous life, when I was not reviewing books.
It’s an excellent introduction and sampling of the Wisdom of the Desert Fathers (4th century Christian monks). Those monks knew human psychology better than we do today! And if you have read any book by Merton, you know how good he is.

“The personal tones of the translations, the blend of reverence and humor so characteristic of him, show how deeply Merton identified with the legendary authors of these sayings and parables, the fourth-century Christian Fathers who sought solitude and contemplation in the deserts of the Near East.
The hermits of Screte who turned their backs on a corrupt society remarkably like our own had much in common with the Zen masters of China and Japan, and Father Merton made his selection from them with an eye to the kind of impact produced by the Zen mondo.”

3. Seasons of Grace: Wisdom from the Cloister, by Mother Gail Fitzpatrick

Also read in my previous life!
Excellent everyday wisdom, especially if you need a guide for your spiritual likfe.

“This wonderful book contains fifty scripturally-based reflections developed from the “chapter talks” delivered to the Trappistine Sisters and their guests at the Abbey of Our Lady of the Mississippi (in Dubuque, Iowa).”
Check them out, they have great short videos, and they sell delicious caramels and other home-made goodies!

4. A Light To Enlighten The Darkness: Daily Readings for Meditation during the Winter Seasonby Emma Cazabonne (Editor)

Yes, this is my own book!
The Winter season has started recently, so it’s not too late to enjoy the book!

“God is light, says Saint John, and in him there is no darkness at all. These passages from the works of early Cistercian monks and nuns reflect on the mystery of that divine light. If we have the light of Christ in our heart, we discover it is there to shine both for ourselves and for others and to guide us ever closer to the mystery of God.
Emma Cazabonne compiled her selections over twenty years of lectio divina and a growing fascination with similarities between Cistercian and Orthodox spirituality.”

5. Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Lightby David Downie

I have read many books with the word light in the title, so I decided to highlight one you may not have heard about.

MY THOUGHTS:
There’s a great balance between history, art, culture, and all kinds of anecdotes. I particularly enjoyed the way he highlighted what each recent French president changed in Paris, as far as architecture or city planning is concerned. This is an original and very interesting way of looking at the city of light, and I highly recommend it to any Paris lover.

6. Bridges of Parisby Michael Saint James

If I have read many books with the word light in the title, I have read even more with the word Paris in it! Again, you probably haven’t run often into this one, plus it’s gorgeous, and in case you need a last minute awesome gift for a fan of France, that would do it! 

VERDICT: Gorgeous coffee table book on Paris that will both delight your guests and teach them lots of fascinating facts on Paris history.

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Top Ten Books with love in the title

Top Ten Books
with LOVE in the title

TTT for February 13, 2018
#TopTenTuesday

Today at Top Ten Tuesday, it’s a freebie about LOVE.
So I have selected my top 10 books containing the word LOVE on my Goodreads READ-Shelf.

Next time, I’ll do something easier to read…

But click on the picture, and you’ll be able to access details, and the links to my reviews.

top 10 love a

top 10 love b

Have you read any of these?
Which one is your favorite?
What was the last book you read
with the word LOVE in the title?