Six degrees of separation: from beach reading to beach walking

 

#6Degrees

Six degrees of separation:
from beach reading to beach walking

Time for another quirky variation on this meme – and quite quirky!
I decided to include more books that are on my Goodreads TBR,
and not just stick to books I have read, to bring in more diversity,
and I was shocked I ended up on the beach, where I started!

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

 

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We are supposed to start from Beach Read, by Emily Henry.
I have not read it, nor plan to do so.

1. Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation: A History of Literary Paris in the Twenties and Thirties, by Noël Riley Fitch
I did warn you it was going to be even more quirky!
So from beach in the title, I went to beach as the author’s name.
“The story of Sylvia Beach’s love for Shakespeare and Company supplies the lifeblood of this book.” Definitelyone I want to read.

 

2.  A Beautiful Mind, by Sylvia Nasar
And we are going back to an author’s name, using a word form the previous title!
I did read this one. This is the thorough biography of “John Nash, one of the most brilliant mathematicians of his generation, who spiraled into schizophrenia in the 1950s.”
It is actually a very sad story. It’s one the rare cases where I found the movie better than the book, in the sense that in the movie, Nash’s wife is full of loving care for him.
In real life, they divorced, and things were very difficult, as can be expected with such a disturbed genius.

3. The Most Beautiful Book in the World, by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt
I have read and really enjoyed several books by this Belgian author, like Oscar and the Lady in Pink, and Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Qur’an, but I still have to read this one, which is actually a collection of 8 novellas.

4. The Fictional 100: Ranking the Most Influential Characters in World Literature and Legend, by Lucy Pollard-Gott
I have reviewed and often recommended this book, written by a book reviewer and friend.
VERDICT: Smart presentation and ranking of literary characters, across countries and times. If you believe in diversity in literature and consider yourself a lover of books, you absolutely need to have this reference volume on your shelf.

5. Six Walks in the Fictional Woods, by Umberto Eco 
Umberto is such an amazing author, novelist of course, but also essayist (I so enjoyed Chronicles of a Liquid Society), professor of semiotics, and author of many books on language. 
This book was originally a The Charles Eliot Norton Lecture.
REading the synopsis, you can understand why it would be on my TBR:
“In Six Walks in the Fictional Woods Umberto Eco shares with us his Secret Life as a reader–his love for MAD magazine, for Scarlett O’Hara, for the nineteenth-century French novelist Nerval’s Sylvie, for Little Red Riding Hood, Agatha Christie, Agent 007 and all his ladies. We see, hear, and feel Umberto Eco, the passionate reader who has gotten lost over and over again in the woods, loved it, and come back to tell the tale, The Tale of Tales. Eco tells us how fiction works, and he also tells us why we love fiction so much. This is no deconstructionist ripping the veil off the Wizard of Oz to reveal his paltry tricks, but the Wizard of Art himself inviting us to join him up at his level, the Sorcerer inviting us to become his apprentice.”

6. Six Walks: In the Footsteps of Henry David Thoreau, by Ben Shattuck
Yes, I do have 2 books on my TBR starting with “six walks!”
I added this one after I recently read two books by Thoreau, and an excellent one on him. See my review: Lessons from Walden: Thoreau and the Crisis of American Democracy,
by Bob Pepperman Taylor.

Here is the synopsis for this one:
“On an autumn morning in 1849, Henry David Thoreau stepped out his front door to walk the beaches of Cape Cod. Over a century and a half later, Ben Shattuck does the same. With little more than a loaf of bread, brick of cheese, and a notebook, Shattuck sets out to retrace Thoreau’s path through the Cape’s outer beaches, from the elbow to Provincetown’s fingertip.”

And here you go: from beach reading, to a book about walking the beaches!

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Six degrees of separation: from a child to a professor

 

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Six degrees of separation:
from a child to a professor

Time for another quirky variation on this meme.
It worked well this month, starting with a child and finishing with a professor, a nice life journey, isn’t 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

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We are supposed to start from The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey.
At one point I think I considered reading it, but never did.

1.  The Snow Goose, by Paul Gallico
I just discovered Gallico a few weeks ago, and was very impressed by this story.
See my thoughts here.

2.  The Goose Fritz, by Sergei Lebedev
Yes, believe it or not, I did read another book with the word goosein the title!
VERDICT:  Revisiting your past, discovering your deep identity. Not always a comfortable journey.
My full review is here, with a few quotes.

3. Oblivion, by Sergei Lebedev
I’m stuck with the title, so I’m going now to my favorite book by Lebedev.
VERDICT: Powerful, intense, and poetic evocation of Soviet prison camps. Reading like a detective story, it will haunt the reader and help him escape oblivion. Unforgettable.
My full English/French review with quotes, is here.

4. The Memory Police, by Yoko Ogawa
Hmm, I’m going to jump from Oblivion to its opposite, memory!
VERDICT: Eerie dystopian allegory on the beauty of our world, and how it could disappear if we don’t resist, keep our conscience awake, and our heart alive.
Check here why I loved it so much

5.The Housekeeper and the Professor, by Yoko Ogawa
I have no other interesting book with the word ‘police’ in the title, so I’m going with another book by Ogawa, very different in genre, but very good too.
This is such a beautiful, warm, and quiet book, short but rich with so many layers. Here are all my thoughts about it

6.  The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary, by Simon Winchester.
Great book about books! Winchester is such an amazing nonfiction author!
“The Professor and the Madman, masterfully researched and eloquently written, is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionary — and literary history. “

So I started with a child and ended with a professor, like a life journey.

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Six degrees of separation: from a chef to a gorilla

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Six degrees of separation:
from a chef to a gorilla

Time for another quirky variation on this meme.
You may have heard about a man coming from a monkey, but how about starting with a chef and ending up with a gorilla? That’s the journey I propose to you today.

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

Nov 2022 six-degrees-of-separation

We are supposed to start from The Naked Chef, by Jamie Oliver.
I have not read it.

1.  Naked, by David Sedaris
This is the only book I have read with this word in the title!
It was funny, but I didn’t appreciate it as much as some others by Sedaris, maybe because a lot was about family stuff.

2.  Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris
Well, with only word in the title, I’m stuck, so to keep going with my chain, I’m choosing my favorite book by Sedaris, the first one I read actually.
Hilarious essays as the author tries to adjust after moving to France.

3. Talk to Me: How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Think, by James Vlahos
VERDICT: Extremely well-documented and up-to-date research, showing where civilization is heading to, through current technological advances. 
My full review with quotes, is here.

4. How Do You Live?, by Yoshino Genzaburo
This is a Japanese classic (written in 1937) for middle graders.
VERDICT: Japanese variation on “Know Thyself”. Classic middle grade novel full of wisdom. If we were to apply all its advice, the world would definitely be a better place. The first step is to read the book!
Check here why I loved it so much

5. One Sip at a Time: Learning to Live in Provence, by Keith Van Sickle
Another funny book about France! The author has written a few others, also about his move to France.
VERDICT: Hilarious vignettes on adjusting to French living. Neat way of discovering real France!
My review contains a couple of funny passages.

6.  The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate.
Applegate always impresses me a lot, in her so deep books for children.
And yes, Ivan is a gorilla.
I wrote a short review about it in this post.

So my chain of evolution today looks like a chef, to a French learner, to an A.I., to a Japanese kid, to a French expat, to a gorilla!
That’s more fun than Darwin’s, lol.

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