Bout of Books 21: Day 4 challenge

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Bout of Books 21:
Day 4 challenge

 ALL THE FAVORITES!

We all have our bookish favorites so why don’t we share?
Share with us! Here’s a list to get you started. Answer as many or as few as you like.

  • Audiobook narrator
  • Illustrator
  • Series
  • Bookish blog
  • Vlogger
  • Favorite library (librarian)
Thanks to the Minx for today’s challenge.

AUDIOBOOK NARRATORS – yes, I need  a plural here

Simon Vance used to be all on all bloggers’ list of favorites, mine included, but I haven’t listened to anything by him for a while.

  • Ralph Cosham: very missed narrator of Louise Penny’s series, the best Armand Gamache ever! In fact, I have switched to reading the series after he passed away

  • Wil Wheaton: I have only listened to him once, BUT his performance made it the BEST audiobook I have ever listened to, so he needs to be here!

  • In 2017, I listened to all of Sherlock Holmes, with Simon Prebble, so so good!

You are going to tell me, where are the women? Well, sorry to say, I have not been awed by a female narrator recently. In fact, I have already DNFed an audiobook this yes, because I could not stand the female narrator.

SERIES

My favorite right now is definitely the one by Louise Penny mentioned above. I am actually planning a post on the series and on my visit to Three Pines!

BOOKISH BLOG

I follow a lot of blogs, and many I really really enjoy. The one that comes first to mind, for the excellent reviews and choice of books is BookerTalk

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I do watch some vlogs here and there, but none comes to mind right now. By the way, do you know mine?
BUT my favorite TV literary program is La Grande Librairie. Imagine, 2 hours at 8:30 pm on one of the major French channels!
And my public library, is definitely my favorite library, or possibly my second residence!
My favorite online library is Goodreads.
My favorite book club is the one I founded 6 years ago for my block. We meet once a month, and each time each member (between 8 to 12 members, men and women, sometimes even more men than women!) shares about the book he/she has read during the previous month. Talk about diversity!

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITES?

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Year of reading 2017 – my top 12

Year of reading 2017
Part 1
My top 12

To follow my tradition, here is part 1 of my yearly recap.
There will be a total of 3 parts:

  1. my favorites, with my usual categories, see here below

  2. my stats

  3. my fun list with titles

With 113 books read, this is my best year since I have been doing the Goodreads challenge.
My final choice is based on the quality of the book, on how it resonated with me and my own experience, and on how it stayed with me. Some of these books may actually have got only 4 out 5 Eiffel Towers at the time I read them.

MY FAVORITES

click on the covers to access either my review,
or the Goodreads page for the couple of titles I have not reviewed yet

PRINT COPIES

Fiction Historical Fiction NonFiction Mystery
Hell's Gate the-sun-king-conspiracy The World Between Two Covers Glass Houses

EBOOKS

Fiction Historical Fiction NonFiction Mystery
Sourdough The Muralist Manderley Un avion sans elle

AUDIOBOOKS

Fiction Mystery
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper Sous les vents de Neptune


OTHER

CHILDREN BOOK

Charlotte's Web

SPIRITUAL BOOK
YA Dystopian with Orthodox themes

IconSee here a wonderful interview with the author

BOOK COVER

One Sip at a Time

DO YOU HAVE SOME FAVORITES
IN COMMON WITH MINE?

MORE FUN RECAP TOMORROW!

HAPPY NEW YEAR OF READING TO YOU!

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Six degrees of separation: from It to the Broken Teaglass

Six degrees of separation:
from
IT
to
THE BROKEN TEAGLASS

 

Thanks to Karen’s posts at BookerTalk on Six Degrees of Separation, I finally discovered 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.
As every blogger can invent their own rules, I chose a quirky one, of course:

  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 by the same word

So here is my result for today:

   It  As you like it

  French Illusions   French house 

  Glass Houses  broken teaglass

1. IT
2. As you like IT
3. French Illusions: My Story AS an American Au Pair in the Loire Valley
4. The FRENCH House
5. Glass HOUSES
6. The Broken TEAGLASS

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HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE BOOKS?
HAVE YOU PLAYED
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION
THIS MONTH?