Six degrees of separation:
from friends to home
Wow, fnally back to this meme. Last time I participated was in March!
I started with the theme of friendship and ended up home, in a book that does contain beautiful friendships.
And I was tired of the ugly logo I used before. Well, this is not the best looking, but at least I made it.
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 if you are stuck
5. To help you understand what I’m doing, you will find in orange the word that will be used in the following title, and in green the word used in the previous title
We are supposed to start from
Friendaholic, by Elizabeth Day.
I have not read it, nor plan to do so.
1. Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs (Roscoe Riley Rules #1), by Katherine Applegate
Roscoe Riley Rules #1 and #2 are short funny stories about a young boy getting constantly into trouble, although he means well and has always great reasons. This 7 book series is not as deep as the two novels I have read by Applegate. However, they are funny and do have nice life lessons. Set in the context of trouble in class, they remind me a lot of the French classics Le Petit Nicolas, by René Goscinny, though they are shorter and for younger kids.
2. Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Hishiguro
Definitely my favorite by Ishiguro. I loved that for quite a while, you have no idea what’s really going on in this special boarding school. And then, oh wow. Dystopia at its best.
3. Let‘s Explore Diabetes with Owls, by David Sedaris
In this book, you will travel all over the world, not only to France, but also to Australia, to China and Japan, etc. I really enjoy his style, his views always right on target, with love and humor, and the way he knows how to suddenly give a final twist you were not expecting at all.
Read my full review.
4. Jasmine Toguchi, Brave Explorer (Jasmine Toguchi #5), by Debbi Michiko Florence
Here is a short review I write in December 2022:
I went to the kids floor of my library to check the illustrations on Kipling’s Just So Stories. They didn’t have it available, BUT on my way out, I looked at the display of new books, and I found this cute MG set in Japan. I’m going through a Japan/Japanese obsession right now, so this book was perfect.
Jasmine is quite a pistol, though once she understands what’s going with her sister for instance, she does all she can to make it work.
But anyway, the emphasis is on Jasmine’s discovery of her grandparents’ country: Japan. As she flies there for the first time, she learns some basic words and customs, and discovers a couple of must see places in Tokyo.
A lovely book, with cute illustrations as well. I am looking forward to the next book in the series, to come out in 2023, which whill also be set in Japan, as Jasmine will finally meet her grandparents after a long trip.
Oh, and there’s a super easy Dorayaki recipe at the end!
I’m glad I featured this book. It reminded me to check out volume 6!
5. Home of the Brave, by Katherine Applegate
Another book by Applegate today! She’s really a great author.
And this is the book that made me discover her.
OMG Home of the Brave, I started crying page 16 and didn’t stop until I reached the last page 2 hours later.
Very powerful book on immigrationand friendship.
6. Homecoming, by Kate Morton
This is Morton’s latest book, published in April.
wow, another excellent book by Kate Morton.
She has this flowing style that makes you at the same time want to keep turning the pages to understand what happened AND to slow down to enjoy each sentence, and to stop to smell the roses and other flowers present in the gorgeous descriptions.
As usual, there are two timelines, she’s really good at that and at eventually tying it all together. Plus some other timelines inserted through memories or even reading of books and journals – and sometimes the reader is different, which I thought was very neat.
And of course, an important character here is a gorgeous old mansion!
The terrible scene discovered very early on by Percy could be repellng for some readers, but please keep reading. Totally worth it.
It’s about love, loss, and families ties, and even though these themes don’t usually work for me, I really enjoyed this book.