Six degrees of separation: from fair to dining

#6Degrees

Six degrees of separation:
from fair to dining!

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 Fair (I did have to break my rule and start with the second word, as I didn’t have any title on my shelves with the word ‘vanity’) and ended up dining.
This is really fun, you never know where you’ll end up.

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

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

  vanity fair  Death at the Fair

  death-comes-for-the-archbishop  reader come home

  Proust's Search dining with proust

 

1. Vanity Fair = I confess I have never read anything by Thackeray, and I don’t really intend to, unless you manage to convince me!
2. Death at the Fair = very good historical novel by a Midwestern author I met at a book festival. Set during the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago
3. Death Comes for the Archbishop= great author, great classic, where the main character is the landscape – in my opinion
4. Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World = this one is on my TBR
5. Marcel Proust’s Search for Lost Time: A Reader’s Guide to the Remembrance of Things Past =  I read this a few years ago, as a companion to my reading of the seven books of In Search of Lost Time (here is my review of volume 1)- this title is closer to the French title.
So I would read one volume, and then read the corresponding chapter in this book, as a recap. After I finished the 7 books, I finished reading this book, which has lots of great background information on Proust’s society and times

6. Dining with Marcel Proust: A Practical Guide to French Cuisine of the Belle Epoque = obviously, I also read this one after I finished my Proust adventure. Click on the link to discover why I found it so cool!

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SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION
THIS MONTH?

Book review: Death Comes for the Archbishop

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Death Comes for the Archbishop

Around 1850, following the New Mexico territory’s annexation to the United States, the Vatican appoints Father Jean Marie Latour, a French Jesuit missionary priest previously serving in Ohio, as the first bishop of this region. He sets out for Santa Fe with Father Joseph Vaillant, a personal friend for many years.

The almost plotless historical novel Death Comes for the Archbishop follows the two priests for almost forty years. But the real story is the story of the peoples of New Mexico. Now American by law, they are actually Mexican and Indian by custom and belief.

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Bout of Books 18: Day 7 recap

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized
by Amanda @ On a Book Bender
and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal.
It is a week long read-a-thon that begins
12:01am Monday, January 2nd
and runs through Sunday, January 8th
in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure.
There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize,
but all of these are completely optional.
For all Bout of Books 18 information and updates,
be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
From the Bout of Books team

 Woohoo, I managed:

  • to read 52 pages more than my goal,

  • plus to listen to 4H43 minutes of audiobooks,

  • plus to post 2 reviews,

    and this the week of long Nativity Eve and Day services, and company!!

    Very happy.

So my average this week ended up being:

77.4 pages /day (my goal was 70) plus 40 mn of audiobooks/day

And I finished 4 books:

  • The Great and the Good, by Michel Déon – French literature in translation, for review BOOK FINISHED AND REVIEWED

  • The Shadow of the Cross, by Dmitry Yakhovsky – historical fiction, ebook for review – BOOK FINISHED AND REVIEWED

  • Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather – Classic Club, ebook – BOOK FINISHED

  • Audio: The Screwtape Letters, by C. S. Lewis – Classic Club – BOOK FINISHED

 

WHAT I READ ON DAY 7:

  1. Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather = 101  pages – BOOK FINISHED
  2. Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng – Audiobook = 23 mn

TOTAL PAGES IN DAY 7 = 101  pages
PAGES READ SO FAR = 542/490
TOTAL AUDIO = 4H43

WHAT I READ ON DAY 6:

  1. Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather = 67  pages
  2. Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng – Audiobook = 20 mn

TOTAL PAGES IN DAY 6 = 67  pages
PAGES READ SO FAR = 441/490
TOTAL AUDIO = 4H20

NOTES:

  • Today my Church celebrated the Nativity, so it was really like a Sunday, which means I come back late from Church (so same schedule tomorrow), plus we had some company. Happy I still managed to read, and listen to 20 mn of audiobook, thanks to doing the dishes and preparing the evening meal! Any little thing counts, lol!

WHAT I READ ON DAY 5:

  1. Highland Storm, by Tanya Anne Crosby = 4 pages (4 read and 4 translated into French)
  2. Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather = 11  pages
  3. The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis – Audiobook = 1H25 mn – FINISHED
  4. Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng – Audiobook = 30 mn

TOTAL PAGES IN DAY 5 = 15  pages
PAGES READ SO FAR = 374/490
TOTAL AUDIO = 4H

 ALSO:

  1. I did the challenge – see my tweet here
    If You Like This, Try This
    Since we all love recommending books, here’s your chance to share the love.
    Example: If you like paranormal romance with bloodthirsty vikings, try Shelly Laurenston’s Call of Crows series.
    Make sure you use the hashtags #BoBIfYouLikeThis and #boutofbooks on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, so we can see your recs.
  2. I wrote the review of the first book I finished for Bout of Books

 NOTES:

  • As predicted with our Nativity Eve prayer service, I was not able to read much today, but cleaning and preparing food allowed me a good time for audiobooks!
  • Today is the Nativity, with another long time in Church, just like a Sunday, plus tonight we have company, so I actually may not be able to reach my goal

WHAT I READ ON DAY 4:

  1. The World Between Two Covers, by Ann Morgan = 51 pages
  2. Highland Storm, by Tanya Anne Crosby = 3 pages (3 read and 3 translated into French)
  3. The Typikon Decoded = 3 pages
  4. Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather = 8 pages
  5. The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis – Audiobook = 1H14 mn

TOTAL PAGES IN DAY 4 =  65 pages
PAGES READ SO FAR = 359/490
TOTAL AUDIO = 2H05 mn

 NOTES:

  • I didn’t think my titles were working well for Spine Poetry, so I didn’t do the challenge

WHAT I READ ON DAY 3:

  1. The World Between Two Covers, by Ann Morgan = 50 pages
  2. Highland Storm, by Tanya Anne Crosby = 4 pages (4 read and 4 translated into French)
  3. The Typikon Decoded = 2 pages
  4. Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather = 20 pages
  5. The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis – Audiobook = 51 mn

TOTAL PAGES IN DAY 3 =  76 pages
PAGES READ SO FAR = 294 /490
AUDIO = 51 mn

 ALSO:

  1. I did the challenge – see my picture here
    Book to Movie
    Have a book you think would make an excellent movie? Now’s your chance to share it! Go as big or as simple as you want. Share fanart, casting choices, or just a book or series you think would be OUTSTANDING on the big screen. Use the hashtags #BoBBookToMovie and #boutofbooks to share your picks!

NOTES:

  • And I managed to write my review of The Great and the Good, scheduled for 1/6
  • The Screwtape Letters: OMG, the first pages feel like written a few weeks ago. So so relevant!
  • Death Comes for the Archbishop: why on earth was I thinking it was a play??!

WHAT I READ ON DAY 2:

  1. The Great and the Good, by Michel Déon = 99 pages – BOOK FINISHED
  2. Highland Storm, by Tanya Anne Crosby = 4 pages (4 read and 4 translated into French)
  3. The Typikon Decoded = 7 pages
  4. The Shadow of the Cross, by Dmitry Yakhovsky = 5 pages – BOOK FINISHED
  5. Audiobook = 0 mn

TOTAL PAGES IN DAY 2 = 115 pages
PAGES READ SO FAR = 218 /490

 ALSO:

  1. I did the challenge – see my picture here
    2017 in a Picture
    Share your goals/plans/etc. for 2017 with your fellow #boutofbooks-ers. These could be book goals, life goals, or goals for ANYTHING you’re looking to tackle in 2017. Take a picture of the books you plan on reading this year! Share a vision board of what you’re trying to accomplish! Use the hashtags #BoB2017Goals and #boutofbooks and let us cheer you on!

NOTES:

  • The Shadow of the Cross is a graphic historical novel, with gorgeous illustrations. It has a total of 34 pages, but I only counted the ones with text, 5.

WHAT I READ ON DAY 1:

  1. The Great and the Good, by Michel Déon = 86 pages
  2. Highland Storm = 4 pages (4 read and 4 translated into French)
  3. The Typikon Decoded = 14 pages
  4. Audiobook = 0 mn

TOTAL PAGES IN DAY 1 = 103 pages
PAGES READ SO FAR = 103 /490

ALSO:

  1. I did the challenge:
    Introduce Yourself #insixwords
    In case you have not seen it, come this way
  2. I posted a book giveaway
  3. I took part in the crazy chat. There were some new questions. I enjoyed the question about some 2017 goals we had not shared with anyone else before, and was amazed by the honesty of the participants. It was also sad to see that many people are struggling against depression. Book blogging is closer to my prayer life than you would imagine!

NOTES:

  • Considering I spent 1 hour in the chat, plus an extra 25 mn to go through Twitter notifications received during the chat, to follow other bloggers and share spreadsheets with them, I am super happy with this result of 103 pages for day 1!

My challenge is to read 490 pages (average of 70 pages/day).
According to my  2016 stats, I read an average of 68 pages per day throughout 2016, so I would like to challenge myself to do a tiny bit more that first week of 2017!
Not counting some time for audiobooks as well.

It’s going to be tough, as I actually celebrate the Nativity with my Church Friday night and Saturday – I’m Russian Orthodox, and we follow the Julian Calendar, so Christmas in on January 7.

What will I be reading from:

  • The Great and the Good, by Michel Déon – French literature in translation, for review BOOK FINISHED AND REVIEWED

  •  The World Between Two Covers, by Ann Morgan – nonfiction, for review – reading

  •  The Shadow of the Cross, by Dmitry Yakhovsky – historical fiction, ebook for review – BOOK FINISHED AND REVIEWED

  • Two Days Gone, by Randall Silvis – mystery, received at BEA 16, for review

  • Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather – Classic Club, ebook – BOOK FINISHED

  • Highland Storm, by Tanya Anne Crosby – historical romance, ebook, currently translating into French

  • The Typikon Decoded, by Job Gretcha – nonfiction, Orthodoxy – reading

  • Audio: The Screwtape Letters, by C. S. Lewis – Classic Club – BOOK FINISHED

  •  Audio: Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng – TBR- listening

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Challenges/Giveaways

Monday 1/2
Introduce Yourself #insixwords
And I posted a giveaway!

Tuesday 1/3
2017 in a Picture

Wednesday 1/4
Book to Movie

Thursday 1/5
Book Spine Poetry

Friday 1/6
If you like this, try this…

Saturday 1/7
FREE DAY!

Sunday 1/8
FREE DAY!

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