Six degrees of separation: The French and Love


Six degrees of separation:
The French and Love

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 French and ended up with Love!
This shouldn’t surprise you, lol.

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

NB: I goofed, I didn’t realize the book to start with this month was Fight Club!!
BUT we are in February after all, so nice to land on love!

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

  thefrenchlieutenant27swoman Are We French Yet

  when you are engulfed in flames  

  The Love Song of Miss Queenie Love and invention

1. The French Lieutenant’s Woman = I confess I have never read it! And I don’t even remember if I ever watched the movie.
Convince me: why should I read and/or watch it?

2. Are We French Yet? = Nice collections of funny ad culturally aware vignettes highlighting how life can be enriched by being familiar with two cultures. My full review will be live on 2/6

3. When You Are Engulfed in Flames = this is not my favorite by Sedaris, though it’s very good. A collection of very funny essays. My favorite books by him are Me Talk Pretty One day, on learning the French language; and Holidays on Ice, super hilarious essays on Christmas. You HAVE to listen to Sedaris narrate his own audiobook

4. Miss Me When I’m Gone = this one is on my TBR, because I really enjoyed another book by the author: The Broken Teaglass

5. The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy = Within a contemplative atmosphere rich in descriptions of places and people, past and present, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy offers a beautiful lesson in simple happiness. A great voice in literary fiction I am ready to listen to again.

6. Love and Invention = A beautiful hymn to creativity, to the courage to be different, to be oneself while connecting with others. Set in France!


Visit other chains here
using the book assigned for this month!
My mistake




Top Ten Books with love in the title

Top Ten Books
with LOVE in the title

TTT for February 13, 2018

Today at Top Ten Tuesday, it’s a freebie about LOVE.
So I have selected my top 10 books containing the word LOVE on my Goodreads READ-Shelf.

Next time, I’ll do something easier to read…

But click on the picture, and you’ll be able to access details, and the links to my reviews.

top 10 love a

top 10 love b

Have you read any of these?
Which one is your favorite?
What was the last book you read
with the word LOVE in the title?


2015: February wrap-up

Plenty of snow and cold in Illinois = no hiking time = hibernation, that is, plenty of reading!

Here is what I read in February:

9 books.
= 8 books
with 1,949 pages, that is: 69.6 pages/day.
+ 1 audiobook = 19:11 hours, that is an average of  41 mn/day

 3 in  mystery:

  1.  Cognac Conspiracies, by Alaux and Balen – ebook
  2. The Fourth Rule of Ten, by Gay Hendricks – ebook, upcoming review
  3. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn – audiobook, upcoming review

2 in science fiction:

  1. Aoleon The Martian Girl – The Luminess of Mars, by Brent LeVasseur – ebook
  2. Aoleon The Martian Girl – The Hollow Moon, by Brent LeVasseur – ebook, review on 3/4

2 in literary fiction:

  1. The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, by Rachel Joyce – ebook
  2. Close to Destiny, by Adria J. Cimino – ebook, review up tomorrow!

1 in historical fiction:

  1. The Tapestry, by Nancy Bilyeau – ebook, review on 3/16

1 in nonfiction:

  1. The Showings, by Julian of Norwich – upcoming review



My favorites this month

   The Love Song of Miss Queenie The Tapestry


Reading Challenges recap

French Bingo: 7/25
Audiobook: 3/15
Ebook challenge: 12/25
Historical fiction: 4/25
My Kind of Mysteries: 6/21-30
New authors challenge: 8/50
New Release (2015): 11/16-30
Nonfiction challenge: 3/16-20
TBR challenge: 0/12
Books in Translation: 3/12
What’s in a Name: 3/6
Where Are You Reading?: 16/50 – to be finished in 2015?!
Japanese literature: 0/6 (starts in June)

Total of books read in 2015 = 19/100

Number of books added to my TBR in February = 26


Blog recap

  • 8 of the 9 books read this month were received for review.

  • Already 15 reviews posted for my French Bingo 2015 Challenge, don’t forget to link yours with the mr Linky widget.

  • Created a Goodreads Group to accompany our Bingo Challenge. Feel free to add titles on the bookshelf of the group. In the section: what are we reading this, add the Bingo squqres you think ti would fit
  • I organized 3 giveaways this past month. There’s always one going on at France Book Tours. Be sure to check the March Giveaway! 2 books offered on 2 amazing women!

  • Otherwise nothing much new on the blogging front for February, the reason being I am in the process of translating anther amazing mystery in French, so I really try to remain focus. And because of that, the list of your blog posts to visit is getting longer and longer.


Most popular book review in February

That's Paris
click on the cover to access my review

Most popular post last month – non book review

The top 10 books I must finally read in 2015

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Caravana De Recuerdos

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 real comment 😉

2: Katherine at I Wish I Lived In a Library
2: Martha at MG’s French Lit Page
1: Denise @DeniseDuvall2
1: Lucy at The Fictional 100

Blog milestones

1,083 posts
over 2,010 subscribers
over 83,000 hits


Blog plans for March

  • The really exciting reading plan for March is that I’ll be joining the Independent Foreign Fiction Shadow Panel, with Tony at Tony’s Reading List and other really cool book bloggers! That means a LOT of books in translation to read. I’m really thrilled about this
  • Come back in a couple of days to see what I’ll be reading in March. I’m actually already in 3 awesome novels!



How was YOUR month of  February?