Six degrees of separation: From Hooper to Hooper


Six degrees of separation:
The French and Love

OMG! 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), something absolutely amazing happened this month: without even working on it, I started with author Chloe Hooper and ended up with Emma Hooper!

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:

Arsonist Born on a blue day

born-a-crime Portrait of a Murderer

james joyce Etta and Otto

1. The Arsonist: A Mind of Fire 
= I haven’t read anything yet by this author, but this one sounds good!

2. Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant
= I read this a long time ago, and really enjoyed it a lot. That’s Tammet’s autobiography. He is a British autistic savant with Asperger’s syndrome. He associates words and numbers with colors, and has the most amazing memory. It was fascinating.

3. Born a Crime =
It’s time to read this other autobiography if you have not yet. I don’t have TV, so I didn’t know who Trevor Noah was. After reading the book, I went to Youtube to watch excerpts of his TV show. I hated it. So, even if you hate his shows and his disparaging humor, you have to read this book, it’s very different from the style of the shows. It’s an amazing portrait of South Africa, and his mother is incredible!
Incidentally, I read this book with a read-along with another blogger, and the posts related to this book are super super popular. So if you want to increase your blog traffic, review this book!!

4. Portrait of a Murderer: A Christmas Crime Story
= my verdict was: An unusual classic mystery, where you know early who did what. But why?  

5. James Joyce: Portrait of a Dubliner – A Graphic Biography
= I love reading biographies as “graphic novels”. This one was fascinating – I really didn’t know much about James Joyce. And the art was excellent as well.
Unfortunately, I haven’t reviewed it yet.
Now, do you think I have read a book with the word James in the title?

6. Etta and Otto and Russell and James
= I remembered right away, because this is a charming book, and James is actually a little coyote! I listened to this one, and enjoyed it a lot:
A lovely account of a journey with a talking coyote, both through the land and the self, where memories and discoveries combine to better know oneself and others.


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Art of the Novella Challenge – wrap up


Level: Fascinated — Read 3 novellas, during the month of August 2011
Hosted by MelvilleHouse Publishing

Novella #1:  The Dead, by James Joyce
Novella #2: Bartleby the Scrivenerby Herman Melville
Novella #3: The Death of Ivan Ilych, by Leo Tolstoy
Novella #4: The Touchstone, by Edith Wharton


That will be it for this Challenge. I’m discovering that I don’t like novellas as much as novels – though I just read Of Mice and Men, by Steinbeck, and I enjoyed it very much – my review will be posted on Aug 22 for the Steinbeck Classics Circuit Tour





As summer is reigning as a powerful monarch these days in the Midwest at least, I’ll offer you a lighter list, with only 3 non-fiction titles:


The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov
To Be Sung Underwater, by Tom McNeal
Sex on the Moon, by Ben Mezrich
Before I Go To Sleep, by S.J. Watson
The Map of Time, by Félix J. Palma
The Lake, by Banana Yoshimoto
could be a good idea if you are trying the Japanese Literature Challenge

The Lover’s Dictionary, by David Levithan
Before Ever After, by Samantha Sotto


Books of the Century:  A Hundred Years of Authors, Ideas and Literature
a book on books!
The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England, by Ian Mortimer
A Most Dangerous Book, by Christopher Krebs
a very intriguing book…

As for me, I just finished Before Versailles, a very  good historical novel on Louis XIV. I plan to finish Being As Communion, and to read French Leave, published by Europa – for the Europa Challenge. I may well begin When The World Spoke French, a dense and interesting analysis on the place of French in the world some centuries ago.

My next religious book is probably going to be Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives: the Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica

I have recently discovered You receive every day, or when you choose, a passage of a book of your choice, either in your email or in your RSS Feed Reader. I love it! You can choose short passage or longer ones. I’m reading with it in French Du côté de Chez Swan (Swann’s Way), and am rediscovering  Proust with great great pleasure. I also use it to reread The Dead, by James Joyce. This was the first novella I read a few weeks ago for the Novella Challenge, but I already forgot what this was all about – not striking, to say the least!!