Six degrees of separation: from an Australian gang to a Brit who never told a lie


Six degrees of separation:
from an Australian gang to a Brit
who never told a lie!

Time for another quirky variation on this meme.
The book we are starting from speaks is about a famous Australian gang, and I end up with a classic full of humor about a Brit who said he never told a lie! Can you guess who these people are?

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 page

True History of the Kelly Gang

This is the book we are supposed to start from.
I have not read it, and I am not planning to.

“In True History of the Kelly Gang, the legendary Ned Kelly speaks for himself, scribbling his narrative on errant scraps of paper in semiliterate but magically descriptive prose as he flees from the police. To his pursuers, Kelly is nothing but a monstrous criminal, a thief and a murderer. To his own people, the lowly class of ordinary Australians, the bushranger is a hero, defying the authority of the English to direct their lives. Indentured by his bootlegger mother to a famous horse thief (who was also her lover), Ned saw his first prison cell at 15 and by the age of 26 had become the most wanted man in the wild colony of Victoria, taking over whole towns and defying the law until he was finally captured and hanged. Here is a classic outlaw tale, made alive by the skill of a great novelist.”

Conan Doyle for the Defense   An Elegant Defense

  The Novel of the Century A Novel Bookstore

  Mr Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore Meet Mr Mulliner

Click on the covers to read my review
or the relevant page

1. Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer, by Margalit Fox

VERDICT: A must read for all Sherlock Holmes’ fan. A well researched piece of literary critique.

2. An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives, by Matt Richtel

For once, this is not a book that I have read, but that I added to my TBR (In February).
Here is just a short paragraph from the synopsis:
“A magnificently reported and soulfully crafted exploration of the human immune systemthe key to health and wellness, life and death. An epic, first-of-its-kind book, entwining leading-edge scientific discovery with the intimate stories of four individual lives, by the Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times journalist.”

3. The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables, by David Bellos

It is very sad I never reviewed it!
If you love Les Misérables, especially the book itself, this is a MUST read, with so much fabulous background information. And so well written by a very gifted translator.

4. A Novel Bookstore, by Laurence Cossé

The end was a bit disappointing for me, though the concept of the boo is really neat.

5. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan

VERDICT: The most yummy book I have read this year. Cook and learn French at the same time!

6. Meet Mr. Mulliner, by P.G. Wodehouse

I read several books by Wodehouse about twenty years ago, this one among others, and really enjoyed it a lot. To be honest, I really can’t remember a thing, except that I had great laughs. Listing it here is a great reminder that I really need to go back to Wodehouse.
According to his own statement, Mr. Mulliner never told a lie…

A fun self-description to end up with, when we started with a famous infamous Australian gang…


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Throwback Thursday: January 2012

Throwback Thursday


Revisiting what I posted 10 years ago
(my blog was born on September 29, 2010)
following the idea I found at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog
(click on this link or the logo to see where the idea started from,
and to post the link to your own post).

On the first Thursday of the month available on my site,
I’m planning to post about the previous month, 10 years before.

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Today, I’ll be revisiting January 2012.
I published 21 posts, 9 of these were reviews.

Of these books, here is the one that received most views:

dickens a life

Not surprisingly, the post that actually got most views was not a book review,
but my very first annual recap, with the first time I did charts.
I’m glad to be still doing this in 2022, with even more detail.

Year of reading 2011

I would like to mention 2 books I reviewed that month and really enjoyed a lot.
The first one is probably my most favorite book ever, this was a reread.

Le Grand Meaulnes is that a fish

Click on the covers to know more

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My next post on this meme will be on March 3

Nonfiction November: My Year 2017 in Nonfiction



Click on the logo to see the detailed schedule

As every year, a bunch of really cool bloggers are co-hosting Nonfiction November.
Here is the topic for week 1:

Your Year in Nonfiction:

Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions:
What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet?
What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?

First of all, here is the recap of the nonfiction I have read (the links will send you to my review when it’s posted):


  1. A Forger’s Life, by Sarah Kaminsky
  2. Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
  3. Marie Antoinette’s Darkest Days, by Will Bashor
  4. Manderley Forever, by Tatiana de Rosnay
  5. The Madeleine Project, by Clara Beaudoux
  6. Bonjour Kale, by Kristen Beddard
  7. Audubon, on the Wings of the World, by Fabien Grolleau
  8. A Prodigal Saint: Father John of Kronstadt and the Russian People, by Nadieszda Kizenko

About books:

  1. The World Between Two Covers, by Ann Morgan
  2. The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of les Misérables, by David Bellos

About nature:

Unseen City, by Nathanael Johnson

Orthodox spirituality:

  1. Amour Sans Limites, by Lev Gillet
  2. To Open One’s Heart, by Michel Evdokimov
  3. The Typikon Decoded, by Job Gretcha
  4. The River of Fire, by Alexandre Kalomiros
  5. Le Regard du Ressuscité, by Archimandrite Gabriel

16 books so far.
By the end of the year, I also plan to read or finish reading:

  1. A Taste of Paris, by David Downie
  2. Man of God: Saint John of Shanghai & San Francisco, by Peter Prekrestov
  3. The Sherlock Holmes Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained), by DK Publishing
  4. A Curious Collection of Dates: Through the Year with Sherlock Holmes, by Leah Guinn, Jaime N. Mahoney
  5. Chronicles of a Liquid Society, by Umberto Eco

    What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?

The World Between Two Covers    The Novel of the Century

Click on the covers to read my detailed reviews
I had to pick 2 titles!

What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?


Plus of course the top 2

What is one topic or type of nonfiction
you haven’t read enough of yet?

As usual, current issues!

What are you hoping to get out
of participating in Nonfiction November?

Get acquainted with more nonfiction readers and good titles unknown to me.