Six degrees of separation: from truth to a notebook


Six degrees of separation:
from truth to a notebook

This month, we are supposed to start with the last book on our last chain, so for me, that was this awesome nonfiction on Conan Doyle – which is kind of neat, as I’m also participating in Nonfiction November.

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).

See where it led me, on the other side of the pond!

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

   Conan Doyle for the Defense  Aleppo Codex

  99 ways to tell a story   Ninety-three  

  Black Coffee    the-black-notebook

1. Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer
VERDICT: A must read for all Sherlock Holmes’ fan. A well researched piece of literary critique.

2. The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession Faith and the International Pursuit of an Ancient Bible
Do you like a good mystery? Do you like “serious” books about things that actually happened? Do you have lots of commuting time? Well, these are three reasons you have to listen to this book!

3. 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style
 Raymond Queneau and his famous Exercices de Style (Exercises in Style) is a great representative of the Oulipo movement: he takes one short and simple event, and then retells that same thing in 99 different styles.
Matt Madden does a fantastic job by doing the exact same thing, but this time all in different variations with graphics and comics. Loved it! 

4. [ok, I kind of cheated, I went from ninety-9 to ninety-3)
Most people read Les Misérables (at best), but have you also red Ninety-Three?
The last of Victor Hugo’s novels, it is regarded by many including as his greatest work. I recently revisited it to study with one of my students. Really good!

5. Black Coffee: A Mystery Play in Three Acts (Hercule Poirot #7)

I actually just finished reading this one!
As you may know, I’m into a project of listening to all of Hercule Poirot’s stories and novels, for The Classics Club. I hit an obstacle when I got to #7:  it is listed as a play, and I could see it was indeed played during Agatha Christie’s lifetime, but I could find no audio recording, nor even any play on videos. I would end up each time on a novel adaptation of this play, by another author! Even though this adaptation is famous, I still wanted to read the original play. As usual, my public library managed to find the precious book!
I wonder why no one seems to play this any more, it was a lot of fun. It was neat to see Hercule Poirot in a play setting. The mystery was very satisfying, with obviously lots of red herrings and a good amount of potential guilty parties.
“The story concerns a physicist named Sir Claude Amory who has come up with a formula for an atom bomb (Black Coffee was written in 1934!). In the first act, Sir Claude is poisoned (in his coffee, naturally) and Hercule Poirot is called in to solve the case. He does so after many wonderful twists and turns in true Christie tradition.”


6. The Black Notebook

VERDICT: Great typical book by Modiano. The excellent translation lets you plunge in Modiano’s hazy labyrinth between past and present.


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Nonfiction November 2018: New on my TBR



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As every year, a bunch of really cool bloggers are co-hosting Nonfiction November.

Here is the topic for week 5:


Hosted by Dewing Dewey

It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books!
Which ones have made it onto your TBR?
Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book

Here are the nonfiction books (19!!) I discovered this month and have added to my TBR, with the name of the blogger I found it in – some may not be participants in Nonfiction November:

Found in 13 book blogs:
– by alphabetical order of the blog name.
If the book was found on that blog, the link goes directly to it.
If the book was found in a comment made by that blogger on my site, the link lands on their homepage.

Bookgirl’s Nightstand:
How to Travel without Seeing: Dispatches from the New Latin America, by  Andrés Neuman

Jacob’s Room is Full of Books: A Year of Reading, by Susan Hill

Brona’s Books:
Books that Saved My Life: Reading for Wisdom, Solace and Pleasure, bMichael McGirr

Buried in Print:
Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting and Living with Booksby Michael Dirda

My French Quest: Literary France:
The Making of a Cultureby Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson

Psychanalyse de Victor Hugo, by Baudouin Charles

Reading With Jade: – bravo to her, 3 books from her blog!
Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computerby  Wendell Berry
Britain by the Book: A Curious Tour of Our Literary Landscape, by Oliver Tearle
The Joy of Forest Bathing: The Mysterious Japanese Art of Shinrin-Yoku, by Melanie Choukas-Bradley

The Content Reader:
The Uses of Literatureby Italo Calvino

The Emerald City:
A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetryby Gregory Orr

The Great Morrisson Migration:
The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York, by Deborah Blum

The Literary Saloon:
The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World, by Maya Jasanoff

Bookshops: A Reader’s History, by Jorge Carrión
The Courage to Createby Rollo May

What’s Nonfiction?:
The Lady in the Cellar: Murder, Scandal and Insanity in Victorian Bloomsbury, by Sinclair McKay

Found in an ad on my browser:
because of my review of Margalit Fox’s book on Conan Doyle!:
Talking Hands: What Sign Language Reveals about the Mind, by Margalit Fox

Found in Edelweiss catalogue:
Talk to Me: How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Think, by James Vlahos

Found on Book Page:
Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live, by Rob Dunn

It was actually a good exercise to keep track of the source. I had started doing this a bit on Goodreads, adding it as a comment, I need to do this more.

Thanks to all my fellow book bloggers who gave me the idea to read the books above listed.




Top Ten Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

Top Ten  Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

TTT for October 9, 2018


Click on the covers to know more about the books,
but as most are classics, you have probably heard about them

 top ten a

top ten b

Have you read any of these?
Which one is your favorite?
What’s the longest book you have ever read?