Six degrees of separation: from New York to the Atlantic



Six degrees of separation:
from beach reading to beach walking

Time flies so fast, it’s only by visiting another blogger that I reaized I had missed to post last Saturday for this meme. I double checked that I have the date scheduled for next post in March!
My quirky rules were challenged with this one word title we had to start from. Apparetly, I haven’t read any book with the word trust in the title, which I actually find surprising.
I did read a book by another Diaz, but I found it so so bad that I certainly do not want to feature it here.
Trust was published in May 2022, so I went with another book published in May 2022 – at least in one of its English translations (I read it in the original – French).

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 if you are stuck
5. To help you understand what I’m doing, you will find in orange the word that will be used in the following title, and in green the word used in the previous title

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We are supposed to start from Trust, by Hernan Diaz (published in May 2022).
I have not read it, nor plan to do so.

1. A Single Rose, by Muriel Barbery (published in May 2022)
Each word seems chiseled. The result is an amazing gem.
See my short review.

2.  The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco
I so enjoyed it, but read it in French a few decades ago, way before the existence of this blog. Totally time to reread it, in Italian this time!

3. My Name is Asher Lev, by Chaim Potok
The comment for #2 fits perfectly for this one as well!
I so liked it that I devoured in a row all the books by Potok – yes, I was just as book obsessed in my younger years, lol.

4. The Year of My Life, by Kobayashi Issa
This was a book I cherished a lot last year. I have lots of notes, and haven’t published them yet!!

5. A Hundred Million Years and a Day, by Jean-Baptiste Andrea
VERDICT: Beautifully written and remarkable narrative about following one’s dreams, and human behavior in harsh conditions. I promise you, you won’t forget this expedition! 
Read my full review

6. Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms & a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories, by Simon Winchester
This is the most thorough “biography” I have ever read, and the most entertaining as well. One thing I would like to highlight, however, is the plan of the book, a genius idea I believe. 
Read my full review

So I didn’t have far to go: I started in New York, where Trust is set, and ended up in the Atlantic!


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Top Ten Books with adjectives in the title

Top Ten Books with adjectives in the title

TTT for March 22, 2022

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For this list, I started from my latest reads. I also only considered the presence of an adjective in the title -not in the subtitle- and only selected books I liked.

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My reviews:
📚 The Clairvoyant Countess
📚 The Final Days of Abbot Montrose
VERDICT:  A clever plot symbolizing different layers of the Norwegian society of early 20th century. A nice glimpse into the impressive work of Sven Elvestad, aka Stein Riverton.
📚 Red is my Heart
VERDICT: If you want to begin 2022 with love and beauty, heart and art, run right away under the glow of Red is My Heart.
📚 Une Rose seule (A Single Rose)
📚 L’Ombre chinoise [the Chinese shadow] – published as The Shadow Puppet

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My reviews:
📚 The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess
📚 The Satanic Verses
📚 Double Indemnity
VERDICT: You like feisty heroines and a lot of action and suspense? Buy the book and meet Mel today!
📚 The Thirteenth Tale
📚 The Hands on French Cookbook
VERDICT: The most yummy book I have read this year. Cook and learn French at the same time!

Have YOU read
or are YOU also planning to read any of these?
Please leave the link to your own list,
so I can visit.

Friday Face Off: Lips

Friday Face Off

The Friday Face-Off was originally created by Books by Proxy:
each Friday, bloggers showcase book covers on a weekly theme.
Visit Lynn’s Books (@LynnsBooks) for a list of upcoming themes.
Please visit also Tammy at Books, Bones & Buffy (@tammy_sparks)
thanks to whom I discovered this meme.

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This week, the theme is “lips, or the impression left by a kiss

I’m totally thrilled by this prompt, which allows me to highlight what’s probably my most favorite book read in 2021:

Une Rose seule

Click on the cover to read my review
The book is available in English translation – see the cover below

As you can see, very few publishers kept the lips, few featured roses, but the color rose/pink does come back more often than not.

Click on the picture if you want to identify the various editions
You can also right click and open image in new tab to zoom in


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My favorite is the Actes Sud (French) edition.
NB: the red frame is mine, it’s not part of the cover.
I love the artistic background, totally evocative of Japan (where the book is set),
the focus on the face, though only showing half of it, which can refer to a certain mystery or change in identity,
the color rose/pink referring to the woman’s name,
and the lips, because of her experience in Japan.
And I think the last cover is totally off.

Please, read this book. Only 160 pages, and so so gorgeous.
Totally different style (and definitely length) from The Elegance of the Hedgehog, which was also a fascinating book.

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Have you read this book?
Next Friday: Hate to Love,
not sure I’ll participate