Six degrees of separation: from fair to dining


Six degrees of separation:
from fair to dining!

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 with a title containing the word Fair (I did have to break my rule and start with the second word, as I didn’t have any title on my shelves with the word ‘vanity’) and ended up dining.
This is really fun, you never know where you’ll end up.

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

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

  vanity fair  Death at the Fair

  death-comes-for-the-archbishop  reader come home

  Proust's Search dining with proust


1. Vanity Fair = I confess I have never read anything by Thackeray, and I don’t really intend to, unless you manage to convince me!
2. Death at the Fair = very good historical novel by a Midwestern author I met at a book festival. Set during the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago
3. Death Comes for the Archbishop= great author, great classic, where the main character is the landscape – in my opinion
4. Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World = this one is on my TBR
5. Marcel Proust’s Search for Lost Time: A Reader’s Guide to the Remembrance of Things Past =  I read this a few years ago, as a companion to my reading of the seven books of In Search of Lost Time (here is my review of volume 1)- this title is closer to the French title.
So I would read one volume, and then read the corresponding chapter in this book, as a recap. After I finished the 7 books, I finished reading this book, which has lots of great background information on Proust’s society and times

6. Dining with Marcel Proust: A Practical Guide to French Cuisine of the Belle Epoque = obviously, I also read this one after I finished my Proust adventure. Click on the link to discover why I found it so cool!


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Top Ten Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

Top Ten  Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

TTT for October 9, 2018


Click on the covers to know more about the books,
but as most are classics, you have probably heard about them

 top ten a

top ten b

Have you read any of these?
Which one is your favorite?
What’s the longest book you have ever read?


2016: May wrap-up

May 2016 wrap-up

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This is not fair! Why are Spring and Summer months going faster than Winter months??
Well, I got my revenge anyway, because I managed to read a few good books:

Here is what I read in May:

8  books
with 2,146 pages, that is: 69.2 pages/day
+ 1 audiobook
with 13H03, that is: 25 mn/day

4 in literary fiction:

  1. The Sacred Combe, by Thomas Maloney – ebook
  2. Villa Triste, by Patrick Modiano
  3. The Vegetarian, by Han Kang
  4. The Inferno, by Dante

2 in nonfiction:

  1. Thirsty Dragon: China’s Lust for Bordeaux and the Threat to the World’s Best Wines, by Suzanne Mustacich – audio
  2. Marcel Proust’s Search for Lost Time: A Reader’s Guide to The Remembrance of Things Past, by Patrick Alexander

1 in play:

  1. Lacombe Lucien, by Patrick Modiano

1 in poetry:

  1. The Collected Poems, by Marcel Proust

1 in mystery:

  1. Tainted Tokay, by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen – ebook

A few notes:

  1. With Le temps retrouvé finshed last month, I wanted to revisit the 7 volumes without rereading them all. Alexander’s book was perfect for that. And then I thought it was high time to read this book of Proust’s poems, purchased several years ago. Not impressive at all. I think this time, I am Prousted out for a while.
  2. I can’t believe I waited for Han Kang to receive the Man Booker Prize International to finally open her book that I had received months ago!

My favorites in May

The Sacred Combe  The Vegetarian

 Reading Challenges recap

French Bingo: 22/25
Audiobook: 4/15
Classics Club: 4/50 (until end of 2018)
Cloak and Dagger (Mysteries): 12/30
Ebook challenge: 16/25
Historical fiction: 6/15
Japanese literature: 3/5
New authors challenge: 19/50
New Release (2016): 15/30
Nonfiction challenge: 6/15
Books in Translation: 11/12
What’s in a Name: 2/6
Where Are You Reading?: 19/50 – to be finished in 2016??

Total of books read in 2016 = 36/100

Number of books added to my TBR in May = 10

Blog recap

  • I hosted 3 guest-posts
  • 5 of the 9 books I read were received for review
  • French Bingo 2016 has 17 participants and 21 reviews posted so far. It’s not too late to join. Don’t forget to link your reviews! And in case you are stuck, we have plenty of choices regularly updated.

  • I organized 5 giveaways in February. The one for June at France Book Tours is here. This is the perfect book to spend your summer in France, without the current annoyance of too much rain, flooding, and insane strikes and demonstrations. Be sure to follow through email not to miss weekly giveaways.

  • But of course the most important event in my blogging life was participating for the first time in BEA live, not just from my armchair, because for once it was taking place in Chicago. It was a fantastic experience, I brought back friends, books, and multiple ideas. Look here if you have not had a chance yet to read my recap posts about it.

Most popular book review in May

The Sacred Combe

click on the cover to access my review

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

After BEA16: Haul of books and goodies

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Mom’s Small Victories

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 😉

5: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

4: Karen at Booker Talk

3: Freda at Freda’s Voice

2: Katherine at I Wished I Lived In a Library

1: Elizabeth at Silver’s Reviews

Blog milestones

1,368 posts
over 3,750 subscribers
over 113,650 hits

Plans for June

Another local book event is on the horizon, much smaller than BEA, but still, I met there some interesting authors last year. I’m talking about the Printers Row Li Fest in Chicago. I also love its street ambiance.

And courtesy of BEA and all the generous authors and presses, I have zillions of books to read.


Come back tomorrow
to see what I plan to read in June!

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How was YOUR month of  May?

Month in Review

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