Six degrees of separation: From a wolf to tales


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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2013: February wrap-up

February, though only 28 days short, has been dragging, with all that snow coming in the Chicagoland. I am ready for you Spring, where are you? Thank God there are books to spend those cold nights.

I’m not sure why all I read amounts to only 7 books, with a total of 1906 pages, that is, 60 pages/day.
And I listened to 1 audiobook, a long one of 6:34 hours, which gives a 14mn/day. This is because I started a much longer audiobook, The Painted Girls, not quite yet finished.

This is not counting the books I have translated from the English to the French: 2, with a total of of 171 pages and about 60,000 words.

Here are the books I read:

2 non-fiction:

Writing the Icon of the Heart, by Maggie Ross
Five-Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History, by Helene Stapinski

3 historical fiction:

The Sign of the Weeping Virgin, by Alana White
A Tainted Dawn, by B.N. Peacock
Flesh And Grass, by Libby Cone – ebook

1 fiction

Paris Adieu, by Rozsa Gaston – ebook

2 mysteries:

The Amazing Mrs Pollifax, by Dorothy Gilman – audiobook
Leaving Everything Most Loved, by Jacqueline Winspear – ebook

My favorites this month:

Five-finger Discount  Sign of the Weeping Virgin


Reading Challenges recap

Around the World in 12 books:  1/12
Audiobook: 2/12
Books on France: 5/12
Cozy Mysteries: 2/10
Ebook challenge: 6/10
European reading challenge: 5/5
Historical fiction: 7/15
New authors challenge: 12/25
TBR challenge: 1/12
What’s in a Name: 2/6
Where Are You Reading?: 2/50
Japanese literature: 0/? (starts in June)


Blog recap

  1. I reviewed 2 books for Virtual Book Tours; and hosted 2 giveaways. One is still open!
  2. 22 readers signed up for my Books on France Challenge, and 18 reviews have already been posted. Don’t forget to post your reviews!

Most popular recent book review

The Dervish

Plans for March

  1. Review of Leaving Everything Most Loved: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear, around March 12
  2. Review of House of Rocamora for Virtual Book Tours, on March 28
  3. I’m starting to read an old French classic I read a long time ago; this time in English: Iron King, by Maurice Druon. After that, I may read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, for my US state challenge (Georgia). And I’m excited to begin very soon the audiobook on the Life of Benjamin Franklin, by Water Isaacson

How was YOUR month of February?
And what are your reading plans for March?