Six degrees of separation: daughter and mother

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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

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

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

  As I Lay Dying  Collector of Dying Breaths cover2  

  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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Six degrees of separation: from New York to Paris

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Six degrees of separation:
from New York to Paris

Time for another quirky variation on this meme.
Last month, I started in New England and ended up in Paris!
And today, I started in New York and also ended up in Paris (not a bad place to be on January 1st), with a very different chain! Exceptionally, it has several spiritual books, including my own!
Enjoy my chain, and happy new year, with of course many awesome new books!

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

Rules of Civility

This is the book we are supposed to start from.
I haven’t read it and probably will not. This type of focus on high echelons of society doesn’t grab me. Plus the word “entertaining” in the synopsis is enough to make me run away.

This sophisticated and entertaining first novel presents the story of a young woman whose life is on the brink of transformation. On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a year-long journey into the upper echelons of New York society—where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve. With its sparkling depiction of New York’s social strata, its intricate imagery and themes, and its immensely appealing characters, Rules of Civility won the hearts of readers and critics alike. ”

The 4th rule of ten The Wisdom of the Desert

  Seasons of Grace  Light to Enlighten My Darkness  

  Paris Paris Bridges of Paris  

1.  The Fourth Rule of Ten: A Tenzing Norbu Mystery, by Gay Hendricks

I read 4 books in this series.
VERDICT: Original and riveting mysteries combining Buddhist wisdom and threats from dangerous powerful people on the international scene. Very good if you enjoy trying something different.

2. The Wisdom of the Desert: Sayings from the Desert Fathers of the Fourth Century, by Thomas Merton

I read it in a previous life, when I was not reviewing books.
It’s an excellent introduction and sampling of the Wisdom of the Desert Fathers (4th century Christian monks). Those monks knew human psychology better than we do today! And if you have read any book by Merton, you know how good he is.

“The personal tones of the translations, the blend of reverence and humor so characteristic of him, show how deeply Merton identified with the legendary authors of these sayings and parables, the fourth-century Christian Fathers who sought solitude and contemplation in the deserts of the Near East.
The hermits of Screte who turned their backs on a corrupt society remarkably like our own had much in common with the Zen masters of China and Japan, and Father Merton made his selection from them with an eye to the kind of impact produced by the Zen mondo.”

3. Seasons of Grace: Wisdom from the Cloister, by Mother Gail Fitzpatrick

Also read in my previous life!
Excellent everyday wisdom, especially if you need a guide for your spiritual likfe.

“This wonderful book contains fifty scripturally-based reflections developed from the “chapter talks” delivered to the Trappistine Sisters and their guests at the Abbey of Our Lady of the Mississippi (in Dubuque, Iowa).”
Check them out, they have great short videos, and they sell delicious caramels and other home-made goodies!

4. A Light To Enlighten The Darkness: Daily Readings for Meditation during the Winter Seasonby Emma Cazabonne (Editor)

Yes, this is my own book!
The Winter season has started recently, so it’s not too late to enjoy the book!

“God is light, says Saint John, and in him there is no darkness at all. These passages from the works of early Cistercian monks and nuns reflect on the mystery of that divine light. If we have the light of Christ in our heart, we discover it is there to shine both for ourselves and for others and to guide us ever closer to the mystery of God.
Emma Cazabonne compiled her selections over twenty years of lectio divina and a growing fascination with similarities between Cistercian and Orthodox spirituality.”

5. Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Lightby David Downie

I have read many books with the word light in the title, so I decided to highlight one you may not have heard about.

MY THOUGHTS:
There’s a great balance between history, art, culture, and all kinds of anecdotes. I particularly enjoyed the way he highlighted what each recent French president changed in Paris, as far as architecture or city planning is concerned. This is an original and very interesting way of looking at the city of light, and I highly recommend it to any Paris lover.

6. Bridges of Parisby Michael Saint James

If I have read many books with the word light in the title, I have read even more with the word Paris in it! Again, you probably haven’t run often into this one, plus it’s gorgeous, and in case you need a last minute awesome gift for a fan of France, that would do it! 

VERDICT: Gorgeous coffee table book on Paris that will both delight your guests and teach them lots of fascinating facts on Paris history.

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Top Ten Books with the word heart in the title

Top Ten Tuesday:
Top Ten Books with the word heart in the title

TTT for February 9, 2021
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Today, the prompt is Valentine’s Day/Love Freebie.
As I have already done something last year with the word LOVE in the title, this year, I’ll go with ❤️.

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Top ten books with heart in the title

 Have you read any of these?
Any other good book with ❤️ in the title?