Six degrees of separation: daughter and mother


Six degrees of separation:
daughter and mother

Time for another quirky variation on this meme.
The book we are starting from and the book I landed on both are about connection between a daughter and her mother! Obviously not calculated on my part.
I also tried hard not to feature books I have already featured with 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

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No One is Talking About This

This is the book we are supposed to start from.
I haven’t read it and probably will not. I like the plot, but I would probably not like its humor. Some readers I really trust haven’t really enjoyed it either.

“Is there life after the internet?
As this urgent, genre-defying book opens, a woman who has recently been elevated to prominence for her social media posts travels around the world to meet her adoring fans. She is overwhelmed by navigating the new language and etiquette of what she terms “the portal,” where she grapples with an unshakable conviction that a vast chorus of voices is now dictating her thoughts. When existential threats—from climate change and economic precariousness to the rise of an unnamed dictator and an epidemic of loneliness—begin to loom, she posts her way deeper into the portal’s void. An avalanche of images, details, and references accumulate to form a landscape that is post-sense, post-irony, post-everything. “Are we in hell?” the people of the portal ask themselves. “Are we all just going to keep doing this until we die?”
Suddenly, two texts from her mother pierce the fray: “Something has gone wrong,” and “How soon can you get here?” As real life and its stakes collide with the increasingly absurd antics of the portal, the woman confronts a world that seems to contain both an abundance of proof that there is goodness, empathy, and justice in the universe, and a deluge of evidence to the contrary.
Fragmentary and omniscient, incisive and sincere, No One Is Talking About This is at once a love letter to the endless scroll and a profound, modern meditation on love, language, and human connection from a singular voice in American literature. ”

No Man is an Island A Man Lay Dead

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  Collector  Breath Eyes Memory  

1.  No Man is an Island, by Thomas Merton

To be honest, I read so many books by Merton, a few decades ago, that I don’t remember exactly the content of this one. But anyway, you can never go wrong with this author!
The topics of silence, solitude, and connected are so important, even more today.

2. A Man Lay Dead, by Ngaio Marsh

I so wanted to try this classic author, but the very first volume in the Roderick Alleyn series left me a bit disappointed. I actually read it only three months ago, but didn’t write a review right away, and I already have only vague memory of it.
Should I persevere? There are 33 books in the series.
Have you read volume 2, Enter a Murderer?

3. As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner

Now, I really enjoyed this other classic! The different point of views, some from unexpected voices (!) really worked for me for this short atmospheric novel.

4. The Collector of Dying Breaths, by M. J. Rose

A few years ago, I enjoyed M. J. Rose’s style. I read a few books by her. Now, I have gone to other reading horizons.
Here is the recap of my review:

VERDICT: The Collector of Dying Breaths is a smart and unforgettable mix of historical fiction, suspense, and fantasy, with a touch of romance. If you love history, France, and the haunting world of perfumes and fragrances, you won’t want to miss its message on what real love is all about.

5. The Collector, by Anne-Laure Thiéblemont

I really enjoyed this  mystery. Unfortunately, the author passed away befor writing the second volume.

VERDICT: Complex and suspenseful art heist on pre-Columbian art with a smart and unexpected twist. Highly recommended for lovers of art, gems, and mystery.

6. Breath, Eyes, Memory, by Edwidge Danticat

As my 5th book has only one word, I’m stuck, so I used the last word of title 4 to finish this chain! And it happens to be also about a daughter and her mother, like in the starting book!
This was a very powerful and emotional read.


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Book review and giveaway: The Witch of Painted Sorrows – I love France #138

And maybe you do too!
If you have recently read a good book in connection with France,
or watched a movie, read an article on France, etc,
please mention it in the comment section
and add a link to your blog post if you have one.
I will regularly post a recap of all the links mentioned.
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The Witch of Painted Sorrows


The Witch of Painted Sorrows cover

In full compliance with FTC Guidelines,
I received this ebook for free in exchange
for a fair and honest review.
I was in no way compensated for this post
as a reviewer,
and the thoughts are my own.
The Witch of Painted Sorrows
MJ Rose
Release date: March 17, 2015
by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 978-1476778068
Hardcover, 384 pages
also available as ebook

Genre:  historical suspense / paranormal

Source: Received
from the author for a
virtual book tour on France Book Tours

This book counts for the following Reading Challenges:

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  2015 ebook   New-Release-Challenge


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You know a book is really good when it’s in a genre you usually never read, and yet as soon as you open the book, you get totally glued to it, as another blogger said about this same book. And you just can’t stop flipping the pages. This has been my experience with two previous books by MJ Rose: Seduction and The Collector of Dying Breaths. And no, I usually do not read nor like paranormal themes. But with one exception for MJ Rose. She did it again with her latest, The Witch of Painted Sorrows, and I’m really thrilled to present it to you today.
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France Book Tours Stops for June 24th-26th

Paulita KINCER

Summer of France

Monday, June 24
Review + Giveaway at

Tues, June 25
Review + Giveaway at Suko’s Notebook

Wednesday, June 26
Highlights + Giveaway at Words And Peace

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Seduction Book Cover

Monday, June 24
Highlights + Giveaway at Words And Peace

Tues, June 25
Review + Giveaway at Chocolate & Croissants

Wednesday, June 26
Review at
Musings of a Writer and Unabashed Francophile
Review + Giveaway at The Victorian Librarian