Six degrees of separation: From Hooper to Hooper


Six degrees of separation:
The French and Love

OMG! 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), something absolutely amazing happened this month: without even working on it, I started with author Chloe Hooper and ended up with Emma Hooper!

Here are my own quirky rules:

1. Use your list of books on Goodreads
2. Take the first word of the title offered and find another title with that word in it
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

After the covers, you can find the links to my reviews or to the title on Goodreads:

Arsonist Born on a blue day

born-a-crime Portrait of a Murderer

james joyce Etta and Otto

1. The Arsonist: A Mind of Fire 
= I haven’t read anything yet by this author, but this one sounds good!

2. Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant
= I read this a long time ago, and really enjoyed it a lot. That’s Tammet’s autobiography. He is a British autistic savant with Asperger’s syndrome. He associates words and numbers with colors, and has the most amazing memory. It was fascinating.

3. Born a Crime =
It’s time to read this other autobiography if you have not yet. I don’t have TV, so I didn’t know who Trevor Noah was. After reading the book, I went to Youtube to watch excerpts of his TV show. I hated it. So, even if you hate his shows and his disparaging humor, you have to read this book, it’s very different from the style of the shows. It’s an amazing portrait of South Africa, and his mother is incredible!
Incidentally, I read this book with a read-along with another blogger, and the posts related to this book are super super popular. So if you want to increase your blog traffic, review this book!!

4. Portrait of a Murderer: A Christmas Crime Story
= my verdict was: An unusual classic mystery, where you know early who did what. But why?  

5. James Joyce: Portrait of a Dubliner – A Graphic Biography
= I love reading biographies as “graphic novels”. This one was fascinating – I really didn’t know much about James Joyce. And the art was excellent as well.
Unfortunately, I haven’t reviewed it yet.
Now, do you think I have read a book with the word James in the title?

6. Etta and Otto and Russell and James
= I remembered right away, because this is a charming book, and James is actually a little coyote! I listened to this one, and enjoyed it a lot:
A lovely account of a journey with a talking coyote, both through the land and the self, where memories and discoveries combine to better know oneself and others.


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Top Ten Thanksgiving Titles

Top Ten  Thanksgiving Titles

TTT for November 20, 2018


For this edition of #TopTenTuesday, we can choose our theme.
So I’ve decided to have fun with the letters of the word THANKSGIVING.
Ok, Thanksgiving has 12 letters, so you will have 2 extra books!

Apart from the letters N and I, all the following titles I have read in 2018.

Click on the covers to know more about these books.


Masako Togawa   Anthony Horowitz   Kobo Abe
The Master Key   The Word is Murder   The Face of Another

   Trevor Noah   Kazuki Kaneshiro   Randall Silvis

born-a-crime   Go   two-days-gone

Pascal Garnier   Kazuo Ishiguro   Fred Vargas

Gallic Noir 1   The Buried Giant   pars-vite-et-reviens-tard

Hamid Ismailov   Sylvain Neuvel    C.W. Gortner

The Dead Lake   Sleeping giants   Romanov Empress

And Happy Thanksgiving!

Have you read any of these? Which one if your favorite?

2018: February wrap-up

February 2018 wrap-up

I have to admit, this is a record… of my worst reading month EVER!!
I have started a few other books than the ones listed here, so next month my average should be higher.
But the main reason for this low record is my now many commitments at church, especially with the Great Lent going on.

Here is what I read this past month:

3  books:
3 in print – yes only 3 and I didn’t manage to finish 1 audiobook!!
with 505 pages, that is a pitiful 18 pages/day

2 in mystery!

  1. Minced, Marinated, and Murdered, by Noel Balen and Vanessa Barrot – ebook
  2. Only the Rain, by Randall Silvis

1 in liteary fiction:

  1. Go, by Kazuki Kaneshiro  – ebook

My favorite in February    

Only the Rain

Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 21/50 (until end of 2020) or 30/59!
The 2018 TBR Pile Challenge: 0/12
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2018= 11/100

Number of books added to my TBR in February= 34

Most popular book review in February


click on the cover to access my review.

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

Born a Crime
chapters 9-14 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

Karen at Booker Talk

Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

Freda @Fredalicious

Blog milestones

1,768 posts
over 4,480 subscribers
over 150,950 hits

Plans for March

Nothing special, just trying to combine more reading with Church activities!

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

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How was YOUR month of  January?

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!