Six degrees of separation: from a chef to a gorilla

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Six degrees of separation:
from a chef to a gorilla

Time for another quirky variation on this meme.
You may have heard about a man coming from a monkey, but how about starting with a chef and ending up with a gorilla? That’s the journey I propose to you today.

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 if you are stuck
5. To help you understand what I’m doing, you will find in orange the word that will be used in the following title, and in green the word used in the previous title

Nov 2022 six-degrees-of-separation

We are supposed to start from The Naked Chef, by Jamie Oliver.
I have not read it.

1.  Naked, by David Sedaris
This is the only book I have read with this word in the title!
It was funny, but I didn’t appreciate it as much as some others by Sedaris, maybe because a lot was about family stuff.

2.  Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris
Well, with only word in the title, I’m stuck, so to keep going with my chain, I’m choosing my favorite book by Sedaris, the first one I read actually.
Hilarious essays as the author tries to adjust after moving to France.

3. Talk to Me: How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Think, by James Vlahos
VERDICT: Extremely well-documented and up-to-date research, showing where civilization is heading to, through current technological advances. 
My full review with quotes, is here.

4. How Do You Live?, by Yoshino Genzaburo
This is a Japanese classic (written in 1937) for middle graders.
VERDICT: Japanese variation on “Know Thyself”. Classic middle grade novel full of wisdom. If we were to apply all its advice, the world would definitely be a better place. The first step is to read the book!
Check here why I loved it so much

5. One Sip at a Time: Learning to Live in Provence, by Keith Van Sickle
Another funny book about France! The author has written a few others, also about his move to France.
VERDICT: Hilarious vignettes on adjusting to French living. Neat way of discovering real France!
My review contains a couple of funny passages.

6.  The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate.
Applegate always impresses me a lot, in her so deep books for children.
And yes, Ivan is a gorilla.
I wrote a short review about it in this post.

So my chain of evolution today looks like a chef, to a French learner, to an A.I., to a Japanese kid, to a French expat, to a gorilla!
That’s more fun than Darwin’s, lol.

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Six degrees of separation: from a nuclear power plant to bird migration

#6Degrees

Six degrees of separation:
from a nuclear power plant to bird migration

Time for another quirky variation on this meme.
There does not seem to be much in common between a nuclear power plant and bird migration, but they are connected! See how:

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
5. To help you understand what I’m doing, you will find in orange the word that will be used in the following title, and in green the word used in the previous title

Ichi-F

This time, we are supposed to start from the book we ended up with in our last participation.
At this time when we are on the brink of another nuclear disaster, I highly recommend you to read Ichi-F.
Plus, it’s a great example of a well done “graphic novel” nonfiction.
 Six Degrees of Separation September 2022

Ichi-F
(Ichi means 1 in Japanese)

1. The One and Only Bob, by Katherine Applegate

This is the sequel to The One And Only Ivan, and just as good. Great children’s literature author!

“Bob sets out on a dangerous journey in search of his long-lost sister with the help of his two best friends, Ivan and Ruby. As a hurricane approaches and time is running out, Bob finds courage he never knew he had and learns the true meaning of friendship and family.”

2. The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs, by Elaine Sciolino

VERDICT: Beautiful portrait of a street, both unique and representative of the real Paris.
Full review here

3. Bears in the Streets: Three Journeys Across a Changing Russia, by Lisa Dickey

I have not read this one yet. I put it on my TBR five years ago. Alas, life in Russia must have changed a lot since the book was written (in 2017), but I’m still interested.

“Lisa Dickey traveled across the whole of Russia three times—in 1995, 2005 and 2015—making friends in eleven different cities, then coming back again and again to see how their lives had changed. Like the acclaimed British documentary series Seven Up!, she traces the ups and downs of ordinary people’s lives, in the process painting a deeply nuanced portrait of modern Russia.
From the caretakers of a lighthouse in Vladivostok, to the Jewish community of Birobidzhan, to a farmer in Buryatia, to a group of gay friends in Novosibirsk, to a wealthy “New Russian” family in Chelyabinsk, to a rap star in Moscow, Dickey profiles a wide cross-section of people in one of the most fascinating, dynamic and important countries on Earth. Along the way, she explores dramatic changes in everything from technology to social norms, drinks copious amounts of vodka, and learns firsthand how the Russians really feel about Vladimir Putin.
Including powerful photographs of people and places over time, and filled with wacky travel stories, unexpected twists, and keen insights, Bears in the Streets offers an unprecedented on-the-ground view of Russia today.”

4. Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey Into Bhutan, by Jamie Zeppa

Excellent nonfiction!
See the synopsis and my thoughts on the book

5. To the Spring Equinox and Beyond, by Natsume Soseki

It’s not my favorite by Soseki, but still, I enjoyed it a lot. Alas, I never took time to write a review.

“Legendary Japanese novelist Soseki Natsume dissects the human personality in all its complexity in this unforgettable narrative. Keitaro, a recent college graduate, lives a life intertwined with several other characters, each carrying their own emotional baggage. Romantic, practical, and philosophical themes enable Soseki to explore the very meaning of life.”

6. North on the Wing: Travels with the Songbird Migration of Spring, by Bruce M. Beehler

Another book I haven’t read yet, on my TBR since December 2017.

“The story of an ornithologist’s journey to trace the spring migration of songbirds from the southern border of the United States through the heartland and into Canada.
In late March 2015, ornithologist Bruce M. Beehler set off on a solo four-month trek to track songbird migration and the northward progress of spring through America. Traveling via car, canoe, and bike and on foot, Beehler followed woodland warblers and other Neotropical songbird species from the southern border of Texas, where the birds first arrive after their winter sojourns in South America and the Caribbean, northward through the Mississippi drainage to its headwaters in Minnesota and onward to their nesting grounds in the north woods of Ontario.
In North on the Wing, Beehler describes both the epic migration of songbirds across the country and the gradual dawning of springtime through the U.S. heartland–the blossoming of wildflowers, the chorusing of frogs, the leafing out of forest canopies–and also tells the stories of the people and institutions dedicated to studying and conserving the critical habitats and processes of spring songbird migration. Inspired in part by Edwin Way Teale’s landmark 1951 book North with the Spring, this book–part travelogue, part field journal, and part environmental and cultural history–is a fascinating first-hand account of a once-in-a-lifetime journey.
It engages readers in the wonders of spring migration and serves as a call for the need to conserve, restore, and expand bird habitats to preserve them for future generations of both birds and humans.”

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Top Ten Books with Dynamic Duos

Top Ten Books with Dynamic Duos

TTT for February 21, 2022
#TopTenTuesday
 

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For this one, I have used two interpretations:
two names in the title and/or two persons on the cover!

Please click on the book covers to access my reviews
or the relevant page

  The Little Wooden Robot Monet and Oscar  

  Hikikomori Because of Winn-Dixie  

  Trap for Cinderella Hard-boiled wonderland  

  Summer of Reckoning The Missing Sister  

  Crenshaw Lady Clementine

Have YOU read any of these?
Any great books you have read, that fit this meme?
Please leave the link to your own list,
so I can visit.