Six degrees of separation: From the Renaissance to Versailles


Six degrees of separation:
From the Renaissance to Versailles

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 went back in time, from the Renaissance to Versailles!

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:

How to be Both How the Light Gets In

Light And Dark Too Dark To Sleep

before I go Before Versailles

1. How to Be Both
I have just read one book by Ali Smith: There But For The. It was very confusing, but could be because I made the mistake to listen to it. This is probably the type of literary fiction that needs to be read rather.
The synopsis of this novel here says part of the story is set in the Renaissance.

2. How the Light Gets in
I haven’t reviewed this book #9 of this amazing series by Louise Penny. This one is excellent, as almost all the others. But you really need to read them in order. I am looking forward to #15, to be released in August 2019.

3. Light and Dark
Excerpt from my review:
“This book is unlike any other I have read by this author: like in Proust it focuses on social interaction and analysis, and just like Proust’s narrator, I find the characters too self-tortured. But the writing is very good and there are some very interesting images.”
Soseki is definitely a Japanese author you need to try.

4. Too Dark To Sleep
My verdict was: A stunning new voice in psychological thrillers. An amazing battle of the brains you are not going to forget. 

5. Before I Go to Sleep
Another amazing psychological thriller.
Listen to it if possible, Orlagh Cassidy is an outstanding narrator. In fact, I listened to this one because she was narrating it.

6. Before Versailles
A historical novel about Louis XIV.
“The characters sounded true to life, the topic was well researched, the descriptions beautiful.”


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#93 review: There But For The

There But For The



Narrator: Anne FLOSNIK

Audiobook 7:30 hours

Published by Highbridge Company in September 2011

Received from Highbridge Company, through Audiobook Jukebox

This book counts for

2011 Audio Book Challenge


I requested this CD from the wonderful service offered by Audiobook Jukebox (click on the link above if you are a reviewer looking for audiobooks), because the plot sounded intriguing:
during a party in a private home, this guy Miles gets up in the middle of the meal, goes upstairs; but instead of going to the bathroom, as the other guests assume he is doing, he actually locks himself in a room, and stays in there for ever!
For such a long time that neighbors start organizing themselves to bring him food, that he receives through a window, so that at least he won’t starve.
Isn’t that exciting? yes, but the excitement stops right there!

During the whole book, people with slight connections with Miles reminisce about their past.
There’s in particular Brooke, this 10 year old “cleverest” girl, who is supposedly really funny. At the beginning, yes kind of, but after a while, it was way too much, even though, as you know if you follow this blog, I have a real passion for words, puns and word plays.

But seriously, this was the MOST BORING audiobook I ever listened to. I’m glad it was only 7:30 hours long. Because I received it from the publisher, I had to listen to it all.
Plus, apparently I read that there’s no quotation marks in the written book. So in the audio, after each sentence, you hear: Miles said, Brooke said, Miles said, Brooke said, ad nauseam.
And I didn’t like too much the sound of the narrator’s voice: her tone of voice was rather flat, I guess it fit the book but added even to the boredom.

I have the feeling it may not be that bad in print.

I suggest you don’t waste your time with it, but listen instead to something much more exciting, for instance to  Before I Go To Sleep.

Click on the publisher’s website, under the title, if you are curious about more positive reviews.


At a dinner party in the posh London suburb of Greenwich, Miles Garth suddenly leaves the table midway through the meal, locks himself in an upstairs room, and refuses to leave. An eclectic group of neighbors and friends slowly gathers around the house, and the story of Miles is told from the points of view of four of them: Anna, a woman in her forties, Mark, a man in his sixties, May, a woman in her eighties, and a ten-year-old named Brooke. The thing is, none of these people knows Miles more than slightly. So how much is it possible for us to know about a stranger? And what are the consequences of even the most casual, fleeting moments we share every day with one another?  [excerpt of Goodreads synopsos]


Ali Smith is a writer, born in 1962 in Inverness, Scotland, to working-class parents. She was raised in a council house in Inverness and now lives in Cambridge. She studied at Aberdeen, and then at Cambridge, for a Ph.D. that was never finished. In a 2004 interview with writing magazine Mslexia, she talked briefly about the difficulty of becoming ill with chronic fatigue syndrome for a year and how it forced her to give up her job as a lecturer at University of Strathclyde to focus on what she really wanted to do: writing. Openly gay, she has been with her partner Sarah Wood for 17 years and dedicates all her books to her.