Six degrees of separation: from lottery to tides


Six degrees of separation:
from lottery to tides

Time for another quirky variation on this meme.

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 you are stuck

Click on the covers 
links will send you to my review or to the relevant Goodreads page

  the-lottery  dining with proust

  Joie de vivre  The Secret World of Arrietty

  The World Between Two Covers  The House Between Tides


1.  The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

For once, I have read the first book we are supposed to start with.

VERDICT from my review:
Tense writing, most efficient for a totally unexpected outcome.

(You can read my full review by clicking on the book cover)

2. Dining with Marcel Proust: A Practical Guide to French Cuisine of the Belle Epoque, by Shirley King

As I haven’t read any other book with the word “lottery” in it, I couldn’t follow my usual quirky rules. I debated and finally decided to go with another Shirley for the author of the second book.

This book is so cool! It’s about all the food and dishes mentioned in Proust, in In Search of Lost Time of course, but other books as well.

3. Joie de Vivre: Secrets of Wining, Dining, and Romancing Like the French, by Harriet Welty Rochefort

I haven’t yet read this one, it has been collecting dust for a while on my French shelf. Not sure why, as it does look so good.

“An engaging exploration of the style that permeates all things French—perfect for anyone looking to achieve that classic French flair”

4. The Secret World of Arrietty, by Hayao Miyazaki

Sad, but gorgeous art, so detailed, so good with nature, colors. Actually a Film Comic Adaptation of the amazing Hayao Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli)

“Arrietty isn’t your ordinary fourteen-year-old girl—she small enough to make her home under the floorboards of a typical house, “borrowing” what she and her family needs from the giants in whose shadows they live. A young boy named Sho befriends Arrietty, but when adults discover the Borrowers, Arrietty and Sho must work together to save her family.”

5. The World Between Two Covers, by Ann Morgan

VERDICT from my review:
Superb fresco on world literature today. A must have reference for all interested in literature and cultural diversity. Leave the familiar, open yourself to new horizons through books.

6. The House Between Tides, by Sarah Maine

VERDICT from my review:
A very enjoyable atmospheric novel, spanning over a few generations, rich in landscape descriptions and suspense, that will delight lovers of Kate Morton’s books.



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Top Ten Book Titles with Numbers In Them

Top Ten Books Book
Titles with Numbers In Them

TTT for October 1st, 2019
#TopTenTues day


I’m so thrilled and honored that for this edition of #TopTenTuesday, my suggestion topic was accepted!
So this is about Book Titles with Numbers In Them. You can challenge yourself and do numbers 1-10 or just any numbers you want.
I’m listing books that I have really enjoyed, and that you may not have heard about.

Please click on the covers to access my reviews


One Sip at a Time


The World Between Two Covers


Three Lives Tomomi


The Sign of Four


Five on a Treasure Island


The 6:41 to Paris


Seven Letters From Paris


The Band that Played On:

The Extraordinary Story of the 8 Musicians

Who Went Down with the Titanic

the band that played on


Nine Fold Heaven


the first rule of ten

Have you read any of these?
Show me your list!

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017

TTT for Jan 2, 2018

Here are 10 authors I discovered in 2017. The first five are French – their books are available in English, even I display the cover in French when I did read them in my language:

  Laurent Gaudé  Hell's Gate

  Yves Jégo the-sun-king-conspiracy

  Michel Bussi Un avion sans elle

  Paul Colize  Concerto pour quatre mains

  Gilles Pétel  under-the-channel

And now for authors who are not French:

  Ann Morgan The World Between Two Covers 

  Georgia Briggs Icon

  Randall Silvis two-days-gone

  André Alexis the hidden keys

  Christine Evelyn Volker Venetian Blood


Have you read any of these?
What great authors did you discover in 2017?