Year of reading 2018 part 3

And after my list of 2018 favorites,
as well as my 2018 stats,
here is to a fun wrap up:

Year of reading 2018 part 3

There are a lot of those online, but these are my favorites. The idea is to finish the sentences and answer the questions exclusively with titles I read in 2017.

If you are intrigued by a title, just copy and paste it in the search button, and you will access the review. If nothing shows up, look it up in Goodreads

– When I was younger I was : Carnegie’s Maid
– People might be surprised to discover that I’m:  The Clockmaker’s Daughter
– I will never be: The Lady Killer
– At the end of a long day I need: Little Culinary Triumphs
– Right now I’m feeling: Framed
– Someday I want to: Look For Her
– At a party you’d find me: Unsheltered
– I’ve never: (been) Minced, Marinated, and Murdered
– I really don’t enjoy: Walking the Bones
– In my next life I want to be: The Song Peddler of the Pont Neuf

– If you could go anywhere, where would you go: The Shadow Land
– Your favorite form of transportation: Armada
– Your best friend is: The Book Artist
– You and your friends are: Modern Orthodox Thinkers
– What’s the weather like: Temps glaciaires
[Glacial weather
– though the book was published in English as: A Climate of Fear]
– Favorite time of day: While Beauty Slept
– If your life was: Fear
– What is life to you: A Moveable Feast
– Your fear: Democracy in Chains
– What is the best advice you have to give: Defy the NIght
– Thought for the Day: La nuit n’est jamais complète
[The night is never complete – no English publication as far as I know]
– How I would like to die: Visiting Tom
– My soul’s present condition: The Face of Another

I began the day with Alex Rider.
On my way to work I saw Nymphéas Noirs [Black Water Lilies]
and walked by The Bridge on the Drina,
to avoid L’armée furieuse [The Ghost Riders of Ordebec]
but I made sure to stop at The Piano Shop on the Left Bank.
In the office, my boss said : Go
and sent me to research 99 Ways to Tell a Story.
At lunch with Monet, Itinerant of Light,
I noticed (a) Skeleton Key
under (the) Portrait of a Murderer,
then went back to my desk, Un peu plus loin sur la droite
[A Little Further on the Right – though the book was published in English as:
Dog Will Have His Day].
Later, on the journey home, I bought The Master Key
because I have The Body in the Casket;
then settling down for the evening, I picked up The Provocative Colette
and studied The Letters to Saint Olympia
before saying goodnight to The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly.

I have so much fun with this every year!
Have you tried with the titles of the books you read in 2018?


In 2018, I participated in 3 Reading Challenges, and a few virtual book tours.
Classics Club: 25/50 (until end of 2020) or 39/64!
Mount TBR: 3/12 + 2 DNFed – unfinished!!
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??


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thanks for stopping by and leaving comments,
with great reading recommendations!
Thanks again for following this blog!

Happy year of reading 2019 to each of you!

Please leave the link of your post in a comment
if you did some of that fun stuff
with the titles you read yourself in 2018


Year of reading 2018: Part 1 – My top 14

Year of reading 2018
Part 1
 My top 14

To follow my tradition, here is part 1 of my yearly recap.
There is a total of 3 parts:

  1. my favorites, with my usual categories, see here below
  2. my stats
  3. my fun list with titles

With only 77 books read, this is my most pathetic year in the last decade.
My final choice is based on the quality of the book, on how it resonated with me and my own experience, and on how it stayed with me. Some of these books may actually have got only 4 out 5 Eiffel Towers at the time I read them.


click on the covers to access either my review,
or the Goodreads page for the couple of titles I have not reviewed yet


Fiction Historical Fiction NonFiction Mystery
Killing Commendatore  The Shadow Land  The Piano shop  Only the Rain


Fiction Historical Fiction NonFiction Mystery
 The Face of Another  The Blue  Conan Doyle for the Defense  The Word is Murder


Fiction NonFiction Mystery
 Armada Democracy in Chains  Les nymphéas noirs






Modern Orthodox Thinkers


On la trouvait plutot jolie









Top Ten Thanksgiving Titles

Top Ten  Thanksgiving Titles

TTT for November 20, 2018


For this edition of #TopTenTuesday, we can choose our theme.
So I’ve decided to have fun with the letters of the word THANKSGIVING.
Ok, Thanksgiving has 12 letters, so you will have 2 extra books!

Apart from the letters N and I, all the following titles I have read in 2018.

Click on the covers to know more about these books.


Masako Togawa   Anthony Horowitz   Kobo Abe
The Master Key   The Word is Murder   The Face of Another

   Trevor Noah   Kazuki Kaneshiro   Randall Silvis

born-a-crime   Go   two-days-gone

Pascal Garnier   Kazuo Ishiguro   Fred Vargas

Gallic Noir 1   The Buried Giant   pars-vite-et-reviens-tard

Hamid Ismailov   Sylvain Neuvel    C.W. Gortner

The Dead Lake   Sleeping giants   Romanov Empress

And Happy Thanksgiving!

Have you read any of these? Which one if your favorite?