book contest answers and winner!

My bookshelf being too crowded, I decided to giveaway a pack of 5 books to a lucky winner. And I decided to turn it into  a game, in which you had to guess the titles of books #4 an #5. Using important words in the clues I gave you and using the Search button of this blog led you quickly to the answers:

MeadowlarkClues for book mystery #1

  1. bird
  2. not at sunset
  3. Lakota
  4. reviewed here in 2013

= Searching for Lakota sends you to my review of Meadowlark, posted in Dec 2013, as shown in the url of the post.  (1) A meadowlark is a bird (2) The author’s first name is Dawn, not sunset 😉

Bed of NailsClues for books mystery #2

  1. sleep
  2. French
  3. suicide
  4. reviewed here in 2014

= Searching for suicide sends you to a few reviews. Close to Destiny is set in France was reviewed in 2015, and there’s no link with sleep.  Other participants thought the answer was Hercule Poirot’s Christmas was the answer. Actually, he is not French, but Belgian. Next came Bed of Nails. (1) you sleep in a bed. (2) The author is French

So these 2 “mystery books” plus these 3 here…

 Me on the floor In his stead

The Third Son

…will go to the first participant to get both answers correct.
And our

winner

is

Lucy

at

The Fictional 100

Lucy has an interesting blog and a fascinating book, I’m actually currently reading, and that I really encourage you to check out.

The Fictional 100:
Ranking the Most Influential Characters
in World Literature and Legend

Some of the most influential and interesting people in the world are fictional. Sherlock Holmes, Huck Finn, Pinocchio, Anna Karenina, Genji, and Superman, to name a few, may not have walked the Earth (or flown, in Superman’s case), but they certainly stride through our lives. They influence us personally: as childhood friends, catalysts to our dreams, or even fantasy lovers. Peruvian author and presidential candidate Mario Vargas Llosa, for one, confessed to a lifelong passion for Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. Characters can change the world. Witness the impact of Solzhenitsyn’s Ivan Denisovich, in exposing the conditions of the Soviet Gulag, or Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom, in arousing anti-slavery feeling in America. Words such as quixotic, oedipal, and herculean show how fictional characters permeate our language. This list of the Fictional 100 ranks the most influential fictional persons in world literature and legend, from all time periods and from all over the world, ranging from Shakespeare’s Hamlet [1] to Toni Morrison’s Beloved [100]. By tracing characters’ varied incarnations in literature, art, music, and film, we gain a sense of their shape-shifting potential in the culture at large. Although not of flesh and blood, fictional characters have a life and history of their own. Meet these diverse and fascinating people. From the brash Hercules to the troubled Holden Caulfield, from the menacing plots of Medea to the misguided schemes of Don Quixote, The Fictional 100 runs the gamut of heroes and villains, young and old, saints and sinners. Ponder them, fall in love with them, learn from their stories the varieties of human experience–let them live in you. [Goodreads]

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Bout of Books 13: Final recap

Bout of Books 13#boutofbooks

 And another Bout of Books done! It always goes too fast.

With lots of other things going on, I managed to read 551 pages, which is an average of 78 pages/day
and listened to 3H45 of audio, which as average of 32 mn/day.
I’m actually not counting the number of pages read and translated from the novel I’m currently translating into French

I finished 3 books and DNFed an audio.
I also took part in a Twitter party and did 4 challenges.

I also organized a contest, but as no one seems to have even tried it (it is SO easy!), I will now open it to my regular followers. One winner, the first person to give me the correct answers, will win the pack of 5 books! So try it right away!

So all in all I’m quite happy for this reading week.

WHAT I READ ON DAY 7:

  1. The Fictional 100: Ranking the Most Influential Characters in World Literature and Legend, by Lucy Pollard-Gott = 4 pages
  2. The French Sultana, by Zia Wesley = 125 pages – FINISHED. Awesome histfic, such a fascinating story.

PAGES READ ON DAY 7 = 129.

TOTAL PAGES READ = 551 plus 3H45 of audio

WHAT I READ ON DAY 6:

  1. The Fictional 100: Ranking the Most Influential Characters in World Literature and Legend, by Lucy Pollard-Gott = 4 pages
  2. The French Sultana, by Zia Wesley = 63 pages

PAGES READ ON DAY 6 = 67.

PAGES READ SO FAR= 422 plus 3H45 of audio

ALSO:

  1. I did the Favorite Read Photo Challenge

WHAT I READ ON DAY 5:

 

Finally a decent reading day!

  1. Player Choice, by Jeff Deck = 110  pages FINISHED! Great book!
  2. The French Sultana, by Zia Wesley = 25 pages
    =
    histfic, the amazing story of Josephine’s sister. Supposedly taken away by pirates, ended up as a Sultana in Turkey

PAGES READ ON DAY 5 = 135.

No review to write tonight, so hopefully I’ll do better!

PAGES READ SO FAR= 355 plus 3H45 of audio

ALSO:

  1. I did the Cover Color Challenge

WHAT I READ ON DAY 4:

 

  1. Player Choice, by Jeff Deck = 67  pages
  2. Fatal Grace, by Louise Penny = audio = 30 mn

PAGES READ ON DAY 4 = 67.

No review to write tonight, so hopefully I’ll do better!

PAGES READ SO FAR= 220 plus 3H45 of audio

ALSO:

  1. I did the challenge From Modern To Classic
  2. I can’t believe no one has found yet the answer to the contest. So easy, pick up one of the clues and use that word in the search engine of my blog, it will come up quickly. A winner will get these 5 books!

WHAT I READ ON DAY 3:

  1. Player Choice, by Jeff Deck = 72 pages
  2. Fatal Grace, by Louise Penny = audio = 1 hour

PAGES READ ON DAY 3 = 72.

I had to write a review yesterday night, so that cut out on my reading time, and I will have to rite another one tonight. This Boutofbooks is definitely NOT what I had planned it to be.

Plus, did you notice, suddenly Station Eleven is gone from the list?
According to Goodreads, I’m part of the 3% who did not like this book.
I so wanted to like it. The parts on what’s going on after the flu epidemic are fine, but in between there are way too many flashbacks on before the event, that really slowed down and bogged down the whole thing for me. Stopped after about 25%.
Not wanting to risk DNFing another audio this week, I’ll wait next time to try a recently released and am back on Louise Penny’s series, so I started volume 2. Such a delight!

PAGES READ SO FAR= a pitiful 153, plus 3H15 of audio

WHAT I READ ON DAY 2:

  1. The Fictional 100: Ranking the Most Influential Characters in World Literature and Legend, by Lucy Pollard-Gott = 4 pages
  2. Player Choice, by Jeff Deck = 25 pages
  3. Station Eleven, by Emily St John Mandel – audio = 15 mn

PAGES READ ON DAY 2 = only 29.

I’m ending up reading less during Bout of Books Week! The culprit yesterday was the movie Mr. Turner which I had checked out at the library and had to watch before returning. If you are an artist and/or like biographies and fantastic acting, this is for you!
A real portrait of a complex character, not a simplification à la Hollywood, as some other recent successful movies. They worked so hard to make that movie, real ART. I highly recommend you watch the documentary part going with the DVD, explaining how they did the movie.

PAGES READ SO FAR= 81 only

I didn’t do any challenge yesterday

 ***

WHAT I READ ON DAY 1:

  1. The Homilies of Saint Gregory Palamas = 4 pages
  2. The Fictional 100: Ranking the Most Influential Characters in World Literature and Legend, by Lucy Pollard-Gott = 4 pages
  3. The Holy Lance, by Andrew Latham = 44 pagesBOOK FINISHED
  4. Station Eleven, by Emily St John Mandel – audio = 2 hours

PAGES READ SO FAR= 52 only, because of 1 hour spent at the Twitter party

ALSO:

  1. I took part in the insane Twitter Chat and added loads of book bloggers on my Twitter account
  2. I did the Bookish Survey
  3. I posted a book contest – remember, the 1st to guess the 2 correct answers wins the 5 books! Seriously, use the clues and the search button on my blog, and you will find them quickly!

HOW IS YOUR BOUT OF BOOKS GOING?

Bout of Books 13: Day 7

Bout of Books 13#boutofbooks

 

WHAT I READ ON DAY 6:

  1. The Fictional 100: Ranking the Most Influential Characters in World Literature and Legend, by Lucy Pollard-Gott = 4 pages
  2. The French Sultana, by Zia Wesley = 63 pages

PAGES READ ON DAY 5 = 67.

PAGES READ SO FAR= 422 plus 3H45 of audio

ALSO:

  1. I did the Favorite Read Photo Challenge

WHAT I READ ON DAY 5:

 

Finally a decent reading day!

  1. Player Choice, by Jeff Deck = 110  pages FINISHED! Great book!
  2. The French Sultana, by Zia Wesley = 25 pages
    =
    histfic, the amazing story of Josephine’s sister. Supposedly taken away by pirates, ended up as a Sultana in Turkey

PAGES READ ON DAY 5 = 135.

No review to write tonight, so hopefully I’ll do better!

PAGES READ SO FAR= 355 plus 3H45 of audio

ALSO:

  1. I did the Cover Color Challenge

WHAT I READ ON DAY 4:

 

  1. Player Choice, by Jeff Deck = 67  pages
  2. Fatal Grace, by Louise Penny = audio = 30 mn

PAGES READ ON DAY 4 = 67.

No review to write tonight, so hopefully I’ll do better!

PAGES READ SO FAR= 220 plus 3H45 of audio

ALSO:

  1. I did the challenge From Modern To Classic
  2. I can’t believe no one has found yet the answer to the contest. So easy, pick up one of the clues and use that word in the search engine of my blog, it will come up quickly. A winner will get these 5 books!

WHAT I READ ON DAY 3:

  1. Player Choice, by Jeff Deck = 72 pages
  2. Fatal Grace, by Louise Penny = audio = 1 hour

PAGES READ ON DAY 3 = 72.

I had to write a review yesterday night, so that cut out on my reading time, and I will have to rite another one tonight. This Boutofbooks is definitely NOT what I had planned it to be.

Plus, did you notice, suddenly Station Eleven is gone from the list?
According to Goodreads, I’m part of the 3% who did not like this book.
I so wanted to like it. The parts on what’s going on after the flu epidemic are fine, but in between there are way too many flashbacks on before the event, that really slowed down and bogged down the whole thing for me. Stopped after about 25%.
Not wanting to risk DNFing another audio this week, I’ll wait next time to try a recently released and am back on Louise Penny’s series, so I started volume 2. Such a delight!

PAGES READ SO FAR= a pitiful 153, plus 3H15 of audio

WHAT I READ ON DAY 2:

  1. The Fictional 100: Ranking the Most Influential Characters in World Literature and Legend, by Lucy Pollard-Gott = 4 pages
  2. Player Choice, by Jeff Deck = 25 pages
  3. Station Eleven, by Emily St John Mandel – audio = 15 mn

PAGES READ ON DAY 2 = only 29.

I’m ending up reading less during Bout of Books Week! The culprit yesterday was the movie Mr. Turner which I had checked out at the library and had to watch before returning. If you are an artist and/or like biographies and fantastic acting, this is for you!
A real portrait of a complex character, not a simplification à la Hollywood, as some other recent successful movies. They worked so hard to make that movie, real ART. I highly recommend you watch the documentary part going with the DVD, explaining how they did the movie.

PAGES READ SO FAR= 81 only

I didn’t do any challenge yesterday

 ***

WHAT I READ ON DAY 1:

  1. The Homilies of Saint Gregory Palamas = 4 pages
  2. The Fictional 100: Ranking the Most Influential Characters in World Literature and Legend, by Lucy Pollard-Gott = 4 pages
  3. The Holy Lance, by Andrew Latham = 44 pagesBOOK FINISHED
  4. Station Eleven, by Emily St John Mandel – audio = 2 hours

PAGES READ SO FAR= 52 only, because of 1 hour spent at the Twitter party

ALSO:

  1. I took part in the insane Twitter Chat and added loads of book bloggers on my Twitter account
  2. I did the Bookish Survey
  3. I posted a book contest – remember, the 1st to guess the 2 correct answers wins the 5 books! Seriously, use the clues and the search button on my blog, and you will find them quickly!

HOW IS YOUR BOUT OF BOOKS GOING?