Six degrees of separation: from lottery to tides


Six degrees of separation:
from lottery to tides

Time for another quirky variation on this meme.

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).

Here are my own quirky rules:

1. Use your list of books on Goodreads
2. Take the first word of the title (or in the subtitle) offered and find another title with that word in it – see the titles below the images to fully understand, as often the word could be in the second part of the title
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

Click on the covers 
links will send you to my review or to the relevant Goodreads page

  the-lottery  dining with proust

  Joie de vivre  The Secret World of Arrietty

  The World Between Two Covers  The House Between Tides


1.  The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

For once, I have read the first book we are supposed to start with.

VERDICT from my review:
Tense writing, most efficient for a totally unexpected outcome.

(You can read my full review by clicking on the book cover)

2. Dining with Marcel Proust: A Practical Guide to French Cuisine of the Belle Epoque, by Shirley King

As I haven’t read any other book with the word “lottery” in it, I couldn’t follow my usual quirky rules. I debated and finally decided to go with another Shirley for the author of the second book.

This book is so cool! It’s about all the food and dishes mentioned in Proust, in In Search of Lost Time of course, but other books as well.

3. Joie de Vivre: Secrets of Wining, Dining, and Romancing Like the French, by Harriet Welty Rochefort

I haven’t yet read this one, it has been collecting dust for a while on my French shelf. Not sure why, as it does look so good.

“An engaging exploration of the style that permeates all things French—perfect for anyone looking to achieve that classic French flair”

4. The Secret World of Arrietty, by Hayao Miyazaki

Sad, but gorgeous art, so detailed, so good with nature, colors. Actually a Film Comic Adaptation of the amazing Hayao Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli)

“Arrietty isn’t your ordinary fourteen-year-old girl—she small enough to make her home under the floorboards of a typical house, “borrowing” what she and her family needs from the giants in whose shadows they live. A young boy named Sho befriends Arrietty, but when adults discover the Borrowers, Arrietty and Sho must work together to save her family.”

5. The World Between Two Covers, by Ann Morgan

VERDICT from my review:
Superb fresco on world literature today. A must have reference for all interested in literature and cultural diversity. Leave the familiar, open yourself to new horizons through books.

6. The House Between Tides, by Sarah Maine

VERDICT from my review:
A very enjoyable atmospheric novel, spanning over a few generations, rich in landscape descriptions and suspense, that will delight lovers of Kate Morton’s books.



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2017: March wrap-up

March 2017 wrap-up

March has been dragging on, teasing us with some days in the 70s, or even a couple of hours, to plummet back in the 30s and 40s. And lately a lot of run. So if you can’t go hiking because it’s too wet, what else can you do? Read!

Here is what I read in March.
A low total of pages, mostly due to the fact
that actually everyday I’m reading a few pages of 4 books. Two of them are based on the calendar, so I won’t be down with them until end of 2017. So I will only count them next December.

9  books:
8 in print
with 1,738 pages, that is: 56 pages/day
+ 1 audiobook
with 10H09, that is: 19 mn/day

3 in literary fiction:

  1. The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson – ebook
  2. La nuit sacrée, by Tahar Ben Jelloun
  3. Hell’s Gate, by Laurent Gaudé

3 in nonfiction:

  1. Marie Antoinette’s Darkest Days, by Will Bashor
  2. A Prodigal Saint: Father John of Kronstads and the Russian People, by Nadieszda Kizenko
  3. Amour Sans Limites, by Lev Gillet – ebook

2 in mystery:

  1. Remnants, by Carolyn Arnold – ebook
  2. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook

1 in historical fiction:

  1. The Enemies of Versailles, by Sally Christie


My favorites in March

la-nuit-sacree   Hell's Gate

 Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 19/50 (until end of 2018)
Back to the Classics Challenge: 4/12
Mount TBR: 12/48
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2017 = 31/100

Number of books added to my TBR in March= 15

Blog recap in March

Most popular book review in March

the-lotteryclick on the cover to access my review

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

The top 10 books to read in March

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

The Classics Club

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 😉

3: Karen at Booker Talk

3: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

3: Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

Blog milestones

1,595 posts
over 4,110 subscribers
over 132,600 hits

Plans for March

  • Still persevering with and enjoying thoroughly The Complete of Sherlock Holmes on audio, with Simon Prebble as the narrator

  • With my current plan of focusing on my TBR and being more strict at accepting books for reviews, I am discovering an advantage I had not thought about originally at the beginning of the year. I can combine flexibility with other events going on in the blogosphere. That’s how I ended up reading La nuit sacrée in March: it had been on my TBR for a while, and a great opportunity came up to read it in March, as Travel The World In Books was focusing on North African authors.

  • So along these lines, in April, besides the book I need to read for The Classics Spin, I will try to read other books on my TBR and on my list for The Classics Club: My Cousin Rachel, with the Goodreads TuesBookTalk Read-Alongs; Tender is the Night, with the Goodreads Classic Book a Mont Club;  and Charlotte’s Web for Classics Children’s Lit Event 5. And other books of course

Come back on Monday
to see all the books I plan to read in April!

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How was YOUR month of  March?

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!







Short-story review: The Lottery


The Lottery

A member of our book club is very fond of Shirley Jackson’s writings. I have to admit I was not at all familiar with this author, partly due to the fact that I rarely read short stories. So some months ago, when I saw The Lottery available as a graphic novel in my library, I picked it up, curious.

I decided to read the text itself recently, seeing there was a discussion organized on it by The Goodreads Group Catching Up on Classics.
I wonder how I would have reacted if I had not had the shock first through discovering the story in the graphic novel form.

Click to continue reading