Six degrees of separation: From the Renaissance to Versailles

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Six degrees of separation:
From the Renaissance to Versailles

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 went back in time, from the Renaissance to Versailles!

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, or you are stuck

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

How to be Both How the Light Gets In

Light And Dark Too Dark To Sleep

before I go Before Versailles

1. How to Be Both
I have just read one book by Ali Smith: There But For The. It was very confusing, but could be because I made the mistake to listen to it. This is probably the type of literary fiction that needs to be read rather.
The synopsis of this novel here says part of the story is set in the Renaissance.

2. How the Light Gets in
I haven’t reviewed this book #9 of this amazing series by Louise Penny. This one is excellent, as almost all the others. But you really need to read them in order. I am looking forward to #15, to be released in August 2019.

3. Light and Dark
Excerpt from my review:
“This book is unlike any other I have read by this author: like in Proust it focuses on social interaction and analysis, and just like Proust’s narrator, I find the characters too self-tortured. But the writing is very good and there are some very interesting images.”
Soseki is definitely a Japanese author you need to try.

4. Too Dark To Sleep
My verdict was: A stunning new voice in psychological thrillers. An amazing battle of the brains you are not going to forget. 

5. Before I Go to Sleep
Another amazing psychological thriller.
Listen to it if possible, Orlagh Cassidy is an outstanding narrator. In fact, I listened to this one because she was narrating it.

6. Before Versailles
A historical novel about Louis XIV.
“The characters sounded true to life, the topic was well researched, the descriptions beautiful.”

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

 

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November 2011 wrap up

Wow, here we are already in December, time to look at our statistics, wrap up all our Reading Challenges, and see what else we want to read before the end of the year, and sign up for new fantastic Reading Challenges for 2012!

In November, I read only 5 books, but with a total of 1961 pages, which is a good average for me of 65.36 pages/day; thanks Murakami, I would not have done it without your most amazing 1Q84

Sadly, it looks like I did not finish any non-fiction book this past month, I’m still in the middle of 2.

And I listened to only 1 audiobook, 11:32 hours long, which is an average of 23 mn/day. But I have 2 going on right now…

So here are the novels I read:

1Q84, by Haruki Murakami – 924 p.
In A Strange Room, by Damon Galgut – 207 p.
Departure Lounge, by Chad Taylor – 173 p.
The Broken Teaglass, by Emily Arsenault – 370 p.
The First Rule of Ten, by Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay – 287 p. [ebook]

Alas, I only reviewed 1Q84 so far.

The next 2 I read to finish my Europa Challenge, not too great.

As for the last 2, they are mysteries, easy and good. The very last one will be published next year actually, it’s with of a former Buddhist monk who became a detective, with some bits of Buddhist wisdom here and there. Neat actually. So reviews upcoming for all these.

And my favorite is with no doubt, as I give it my 2011 favorite award:

 

Read my review if you have not done so yet, and run to your library to get the book!

AUDIO BOOKS

As you know if you follow this blog, my favorite female narrator is Orlagh Cassidy. Even if I had listened to another audiobook this past month, this one would probably have been my favorite anyway:

My review is here

 

Reading Challenges

2011 Audio Book Challenge – Addicted- Listen to 12 Audio Books: 12/12   DONE!
My Dewey Decimal Challenge – Master Level =4.  26/4!  DONE!
2011 Non-Fiction Challenge – 7-9 books from different categories: Future Jeopardy Champion. 22/9!  DONE!
Europa Challenge – Ami Level =4. 4/4DONE!
Japanese Literature Challenge – 1 book between June 1, 2011 and January 30, 2012: 3/1  DONE!

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I am all covered as for Reading Challenges for 2011, and am in the process of signing for quite a few for 2012 – a post will come soon.

Here are the books I would like to read before the end of this month:

– Saint Gregory Palamas As A Hagiorite [in process]
– Is That A Fish In Your Ear? [in process]
– A l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs, part 2, maybe [in process]
– The Man In My Basement [in process]
– There But For The – audio [in process]
Heresy – audio [in process]

Then I would like to listen to Heresy’s sequel: Prophecy

And I plan to read these, at least:

– For The King – very good historical novel I believe
– Reamde –trying again this author, they say this book is easier than his other ones
– Books Can Be Deceiving – a good mystery
– To Say Nothing Of The Dog –famous classic science-fiction book

How was your November month?
What do you absolutely want to read before the end of the year?

GOOD BOOKS FOR YOUR WEEK-END 07/30-31

GOOD BOOKS FOR YOUR WEEK-END 

07/30-31/2011

Amazing, already the last week-end of July!

Do you still have some vacation time, and you are not sure what to read next?

Here are some good suggestions for you:

FICTION:

 Sunset Oasis, by Bahaa Taher.
Have you ever been to Egypt? Have you ever read Egyptian authors? If not, why not travel with a book and read this famous book? The link will direct you to some other famous Egyptian authors.

Everything Beautiful Began After, by Simon Van Booy
This author is getting more and more renowned. Follow the link to watch 2 interesting video interviews of the author, especially the 2nd one, not sure you can resist his charm!

Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel, by S.J. Watson, read by Orlagh Cassidy
This is another must of the summer. I recommend you actually listen to this book: the narrator is fantastic. I heard her read The Postmistress

Norwegian Wood, by Murakami
I’m among the crowds waiting for Murakami BIOG book coming in the Fall, 1Q84.  For now, if you have not read Murakami, why not try this one?

Or if you prefer a gool classic, what about
Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie   

NON-FICTION:

The Shallows: How the Internet is Changing the Way We Think, Read and Remember, by Nicholas Carr

Quiet Corners of Paris – Paris au Calme, by Jean-Christophe Napias
A really cool book on Paris, with neat out of the track pictures, if your wallet does not allow you  vacation in the enchanted city this year!

If you prefer more exotic destinations:
On the Road to Babadag: Travels in the Other Europe, by Andrzej Stasiuk

Or some time travel?:
Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution, by Simon Schama

And a good old classic work of literature:
Aesop’s Fables

And as usual, you can click on the left menu on the titles I am reading right now to get extra ideas.

SO WHAT WILL BE YOUR SELECTION?
HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE YET?