Six degrees of separation: From Moscow to Vimy


Six degrees of separation:
From Moscow to Vimy

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 in Moscow and ended up in Vimy, France, where many Canadian soldiers fought during WWI.
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

After the covers,
you can find the links to my reviews
or to the title on Goodreads

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 Mrs Pollifax and the second thiefStar For Mrs Blake

 Shakespeare's Star warsUnravelled

1. A Gentleman in Moscow
I was going to read it, as I have heard so many people rave about this book. But then, I talked with a Russian woman, and she told this could really never have happened in Moscow. As it’s a historical fiction, and I like my histfic to be based on real facts, I’ve passed so far. But you may convince me to read it?

2. Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Thief
The author Leblanc is basically the French Conan Doyle. This is a major classic in mystery, and totally fun! He’s a thief, yes, but what a gentleman!!

3. Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief
I discovered Mrs. Pollifax, because I wanted to read books set in different countries, for the 52 countries challenge.
I have loved this series to pieces, the character of Mrs. Pollifax is delightful: image a retired lady who’s afraid to get bored, and ends up working as a secret agent. Each book of the series is set in a  different country. This one is in Sicily, and is about art thieves and the mob.

4. A Star For Mrs. Blake
Excellent historical novel featuring Gold Star Mothers, whom I knew nothing about.
VERDICT: Very powerful, yet not overwhelmingly emotional historical novel, reflecting on many facets of international conflicts. Highly recommended to anyone curious to know what happened on the field of WWI, and how it affected people, relationships, and countries.

5. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars
This is an incredible series: imagine Star Wars, “all recounted in the style of the Bard,
with rhymes, chorus, list of characters entering and exiting for each scene, just like a real play. It really made me laugh aloud many times.”
VERDICT: For fans of Star Wars and Shakespeare,  this book offers a refreshing look at how it all began. Tension, suspense and humor are all present. Not to miss.
(the link is to book 1)

6. Unravelled: Two Wars. Two Affairs. One marriage
Another great historical novel, both on WWI and WWII. Great author!


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Book review: Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge

Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge
(William Shakespeare’s Star Wars’
Part the Third)

Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge

In full compliance with FTC Guidelines,
I received this book for free in exchange
for a fair and honest review.
I was in no way compensated for this post
as a reviewer,
and the thoughts are my own.
Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge
Ian Doescher

Publication Date:
September 8, 2015
at Quirk Books
Exists also as e-book

Pages: 168
ISBN: 978-1594748080
Genre: Play / Science Fiction

Source: Received
from the publisher


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This book counts for the following Reading Challenge:  



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Having enjoyed so much William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Trilogy, time has come to present the last volume of the prequel: Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge, which brings the whole series to amazing heights.

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2015: August wrap-up

August 2015 wrap-up

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Wow, quite an interesting month!
I managed to read 6 books only, and the average number of pages per day is pathetically low (though I do need to add that I daily read a few pages of some big books, and when I get to the end, the numbers are going to be big for whatever month it is).
BUT I listened also to 6 audiobooks, and my average/ day is quite explosive, for me – almost 2 hours!
You may wonder why: a road trip and several painting commissions, especially a large one, and I always listen to audiobooks while painting.

Here is what I read in August:

12 books.
= 6 books
with 972 pages, that is: 31.3 pages/day.
+ 6 audiobooks = 60:15 hours, that is an average of  1H56/day!

5 in  mystery:

  1. The Collector, by Anne-Laure Thiéblemont – ebook
  2. The Cruelest Month, by Louise Penny – audiobook
  3. The House of Silk, by Anthony Horowitz – audiobook
  4. Montmartre Mysteries, by Alaux and Balen – ebook, will be reviewed on 9/3
  5. The Art Forger, by Barbara Shapiro – audiobook

2 in  literary fiction:

  1. The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro – audiobook
  2. The Awakening, by Kate Chopin – audiobook

2 in children book:

  1. Interstellar Cinderella, by Deborah Underwood
  2. The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn

1 in historical fiction

  1. The Sisters of Versailles, by Sally Christie, will be reviewed on 9/5

1 in play

  1. Tragedy of The Sith’s Revenge, by Ian Doescher, will be reviewed on 9/5

1 in nonfiction

  1. H is For Hawk, by Helen Macdonald – audiobook

My favorites in August

    sisters of versailles  H is for Hawk  

Reading Challenges recap

French Bingo: 25/25 – DONE
Audiobook: 16/15 – DONE
Ebook challenge: 33/25 DONE
Historical fiction: 14/25
Japanese literature: 3/5
My Kind of Mysteries: 25/21-30
New authors challenge: 44/50
New Release (2015): 39/31-45
Nonfiction challenge: 8/16-20
TBR challenge: 4/12
Books in Translation: 18/12 DONE
What’s in a Name: 6/6 – DONE
Where Are You Reading?: 18/50 – to be finished in 2016?!

Total of books read in 2015 = 79/100

Number of books added to my TBR in August = 30

Blog recap

  • I finally announced my participation in the yearly Japanese Literature Challenge!
  • 4 only of the 12 books read were received for review, which means I’m getting much better at only requesting what I’m really dying to read, and plodding along with my TBR

  • I was a guest-post at International Book Bloggers for their Back to School feature

Most popular book review in August

Rebeccaclick on the cover to access my review

Can anyone tell me why suddenly
so many people come to read
my 3 year old review of Rebecca??

Most popular post last month
– non book review

Great kindle tip discovery

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Carole’s Chatter

please go visit

Top commenters of the month

Inspired by Becca at I’m Lost in Books!
and her Blogger Shout-Outs feature

= 1 point per month for the top 3.
The one who has the most points at the end of the year will receive a gift!
NB: just congratulating winners of giveaways does not count as a real comment 😉

7: Katherine at I Wish I Lived In a Library
6: Denise @DeniseDuvall2
5: Lucy at The Fictional 100
4: Martha at MG’s French Lit Page
1: MarinaSofia at Finding Time To Write

Blog milestones

1,195 posts
over 3,330 subscribers
over 95,610 hits

Blog plans for September

  • Like last year, I’ll be hosting an author for the #30 Authors event.
  • Really planning to do a few videos, for audiobooks and children books reviews
  • Come back tomorrow to see what I plan to read in September!

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How was YOUR month of  August?

Month in ReviewKathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
I’ll now be linking my monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!