Six degrees of separation: from a place to a killer


Six degrees of separation:
from a place to a killer

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

Second Place Second Sister

  Hikikomori The Rose Rent  

  Lady Agnes Mystery 1 The Lady Killer

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

1.  Second Place, by Rachel Cusk

I have not read this book, should I?
“A woman invites a famed artist to visit the remote coastal region where she lives, in the belief that his vision will penetrate the mystery of her life and landscape. His provocative presence provides the frame for a study of female fate and male privilege, of the geometries of human relationships, and of the struggle to live morally in the intersecting spaces of our internal and external worlds.
With its examination of the possibility that art can both save and destroy us, Rachel Cusk’s Second Place is deeply affirming of the human soul, while grappling with its darkest demons.”

2. Second Sister, by Chan Ho-Kei

VERDICT from my review:
If you are looking for something different, geeky, suspenseful, and smart, don’t wait, read Second Sister now.

3. Hikikomori and the Rental Sister, by Jeff Backhaus

From my review:
“It’s a very deep book I think, that will stay with me. The ending was very satisfying.”

4. The Rose Rent, by Ellis Peters

OK, I could not find another title in my list with the adjective ‘rental’, so I went with ‘rent’, though it doesn’t mean at all what it meant in the previous title. I warned you about the quirkiness, didn’t I?

I have devoured this whole Cadfael series by Ellis Peters, alas no review here, as it was mainly before I started blogging. Highly recommended! The movies as well.
“A late spring in 1142 brings dismay to the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, for there may be no roses by June 22nd. On that day the young widow Perle must receive one white rose as rent for the house she has given to benefit the abbey or the contract is void. When nature finally complies, a pious monk is sent to pay the rent – and is found murdered beside the hacked rose-bush.
The abbey’s wise herbalist, Brother Cadfael, follows the trail of bloodied petals. He knows the lovely widow’s dowry is far greater with her house included, and she will likely wed again. But before Cadfael can ponder if a greedy suitor has done this dreadful deed, another crime is committed. Now the good monk must thread his way through a tangle more tortuous than the widow’s thorny bushes — or there will be more tears…”

5. The Lady Agnès Mystery vol 1: Book 1. The Season of the Beast Book 2. The Breath of the Rose, by Andrea Japp

VERDICT from my review:
Suspenseful saga set in France in the 14th century, at the time of the dreadful Inquisition. Rich in historical details and ripe with secrets powerful enough to kill or to die for.

6. The Lady Killer, by Masako Togawa

VERDICT from my review:
Great suspenseful Japanese thriller with very smart plot.


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2018: September wrap-up

September wrap-up

Seriously, September already over?!
I just celebrated my 8th blogiversary this past Saturday, September 29. I knew it was coming, but it came too fast and I didn’t have time to do anything special for it!
It was not a stellar month for reading, though better than the summer.

Here is what I read in September:

6 books:
5 in print and 1 in audio 
with 1,441 pages, an average of 48 pages/day
1 in audio
with 10H54, an average of 21 mn/day

3 in nonfiction

  1. The Piano Shop on the Left Bank, by Thad Carhart

  2. Democracy in Chains, by Nancy MacLean – audio

  3. Fear: Trump in the White House, by Bob Woodward

2 in mystery:

  1. The Lady Killer, by Masako Togawa – ebook, for review

  2. Point Blank, by Anthony Horowitz

1 in literary fiction:

  1. Love and Invention, by Benjamin Constable – for review


My favorites in September

Love and invention Point Blank

Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 24/50 (until end of 2020) or 36/62!
The 2018 TBR Pile Challenge: 3/12, but not none reviewed yet !!
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2018= 46/100

Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 31

Most popular book review this past month

Love and invention

click on the cover to access my review

Most popular post this past month
– non book review –

Born a Crime
chapters 1-3 read-along at
Book Bloggers International

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

That Artsy Reader Girl

Top commenters of the month

Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

Karen at Booker Talk

Judy K.

Blog milestones

8th blogiversary on September 29!
1,823 posts
over 4,490 subscribers
over 160,350 hits

Plans for October

  • Catch up with a few long reviews, and start doing short reviews posts!! Possibly experiment with weekly wrap up.
  • I have tons of quotations from books I read this past year, I would like to start scheduling some of that.
  • Possibly also a meme based on top Google search queries and my Goodreads shelves! 

Come back tomorrow
to see the books I plan to read in October!

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How was YOUR month of September?

Month in Review

Kathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
I’ll now be linking my monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!

Book review: The Lady Killer

The Lady Killer

The Lady Killer

by  Masako Togawa
Pushkin Vertigo
First published in 1963
Republished 10/02/2018
Genre: Thrillers / Crime fiction
Pages: 224


With The Master Key, the author Masako Togawa has gotten me used to very clever mysteries, a bit like another amazing Japanese mystery writer, Keigo Higashino in The Devotion of Suspect X, for instance. So I’m thrilled to present today another classic by Togawa: The Lady Killer. I actually don’t like the official synopsis, which I think takes off a major part of the suspense, so for your own reading pleasure, skip it.
Apart from that, Pushkin Vertigo is doing an awesome job at publishing mysteries in world literature.

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