Six degrees of separation: From Hooper to Hooper

#6Degrees

Six degrees of separation:
The French and Love

OMG! 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), something absolutely amazing happened this month: without even working on it, I started with author Chloe Hooper and ended up with Emma Hooper!

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:

Arsonist Born on a blue day

born-a-crime Portrait of a Murderer

james joyce Etta and Otto

1. The Arsonist: A Mind of Fire 
= I haven’t read anything yet by this author, but this one sounds good!

2. Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant
= I read this a long time ago, and really enjoyed it a lot. That’s Tammet’s autobiography. He is a British autistic savant with Asperger’s syndrome. He associates words and numbers with colors, and has the most amazing memory. It was fascinating.

3. Born a Crime =
It’s time to read this other autobiography if you have not yet. I don’t have TV, so I didn’t know who Trevor Noah was. After reading the book, I went to Youtube to watch excerpts of his TV show. I hated it. So, even if you hate his shows and his disparaging humor, you have to read this book, it’s very different from the style of the shows. It’s an amazing portrait of South Africa, and his mother is incredible!
Incidentally, I read this book with a read-along with another blogger, and the posts related to this book are super super popular. So if you want to increase your blog traffic, review this book!!

4. Portrait of a Murderer: A Christmas Crime Story
= my verdict was: An unusual classic mystery, where you know early who did what. But why?  

5. James Joyce: Portrait of a Dubliner – A Graphic Biography
= I love reading biographies as “graphic novels”. This one was fascinating – I really didn’t know much about James Joyce. And the art was excellent as well.
Unfortunately, I haven’t reviewed it yet.
Now, do you think I have read a book with the word James in the title?

6. Etta and Otto and Russell and James
= I remembered right away, because this is a charming book, and James is actually a little coyote! I listened to this one, and enjoyed it a lot:
A lovely account of a journey with a talking coyote, both through the land and the self, where memories and discoveries combine to better know oneself and others.

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Short reviews: Colette and Che Guevara

I enjoy reading biographies presented as graphic “novels”.

At the end of 2018, I read

  the provocative colette  Che

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2018: December wrap-up

DECEMBER WRAP-UP

You may have seen in my stats of the year, that there was a peak for December. Seeing how few books I had read compared to my usual average (about 30 less books than usual), I tried to read more in December!!
It worked, and December was by far my best month in 2018. Best in reading, and also very good in audio time.

Here is what I read in December:

14 books:
12 in print 
with 3,276 pages, an average of 105.6 pages/day
2 in audio
with 25H12, an average of 48 mn/day

7 in nonfiction:

  1. Modern Orthodox Thinkers: From the Philokalia to the Present Day, by Andrew Louth
  2. A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway – for Classics Club
  3. The Provocative Colette, by Annie Goetzinger – biography, “graphic novel”
  4. Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace
    by Michael Perry – for my Winter LIbrary Challenge, book picked by the staff for me 
  5. Che: A Revolutionary Life, by Jon Lee Anderson – biography, “graphic novel”
  6. Hedy Lamarr: An Incredible Life, by William Roy – biography, “graphic novel”. I chose to read this to compare with Marie Benedict’s historical novel on Hedy Lamarr, see below
  7. Letters to Saint Olympia, by Saint John Chrysostom

4 in mystery:

  1. Kingdom of the Blind, by Louise Penny
  2. Maman a tort, by Michel Bussi – audio, in French
  3. The Book Artist, by Mark Pryor – 2019 release, for review
  4. N’oublier jamais, by Michel Bussi – audio, in French

2 in historical fiction:

  1. The Shadow Land, by Elizabeth Kostova
  2. The Only Woman in the Room, by Marie Benedict – 2019 release, ebook for review

1 in Fiction:

  1. The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly, by Sun-Mi Hwang

MY FAVORITES IN DECEMBER

 The Shadow Land  Maman a tort

READING CHALLENGES RECAP

Classics Club: 25/50 (until end of 2020) or 39/64!
The 2018 TBR Pile Challenge: 3/12, but none reviewed yet !!
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??
Total of books read in 2018= 77/100
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 26

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

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MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

Born a Crime chapter 9-14:
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BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

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Month in Review

Kathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
where you can link your monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!