Six degrees of separation: from a redhead to an alien head


Six degrees of separation:
from a redhead to an alien head

I had another great fun with this one, especially seeing where I landed. Read below to understand my final book.

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
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

  Redhead by the side of the road  Red Handed

  The Kissing Hand A Kiss Before Dying

  the night before Binti The Night Masquerade

1. Redhead by the Side of the Road
A book longlisted for the Booker. I haven’t read it and don’t intend to.
“Micah Mortimer is a creature of habit. A self-employed tech expert, superintendent of his Baltimore apartment building seems content leading a steady, circumscribed life. But one day his routines are blown apart when his woman friend tells him she’s facing eviction, and a teenager shows up at Micah’s door claiming to be his son.
These surprises, and the ways they throw Micah’s meticulously organized life off-kilter, risk changing him forever.”

2. Red Handed
This is actually a thriller I was asked to translate into French!
Katerina has a knack for getting herself stuck into impossible situations, and dangerous on top of it. More than once the reader wants to shout to her, no, don’t do that!
If she trusted more her boyfriend and his advice, she might fare better, but there would be less adventures for the reader!
Her tribulations usually happen outside her professional activities, but she still uses her gifts as a forensic accountant to scent trouble and to expose the bad guys (and gals).
There are good scenes of suspense.

3. The Kissing Hand
VERDICT: A cute little story


4. A Kiss Before Dying
A classic (1953) mystery I actually haven’t read yet, but it’s been on my list
A Kiss Before Dying not only debuted the talent of best-selling novelist Ira Levin to rave reviews, it also set a new standard in the art of mystery and suspense. Now a modern classic, as gripping in its tautly plotted action as it is penetrating in its exploration of a criminal mind, it tells the shocking tale of a young man who will stop at nothing–not even murder–to get where he wants to go. For he has dreams; plans. He also has charm, good looks, sex appeal, intelligence. And he has a problem. Her name is Dorothy; she loves him, and she’s pregnant. The solution may demand desperate measures. But, then, he looks like the kind of guy who could get away with murder. Compellingly, step by determined step, the novel follows this young man in his execution of one plan he had neither dreamed nor foreseen. Nor does he foresee how inexorably he will be enmeshed in the consequences of his own extreme deed.”


5. The Night Before
VERDICT: Strong psychological thriller, with nice twists and complex characters.

6. The Night Masquerade (the link goes to my short 8 minutes video about it on Instagram)
This is in the genre Africanfuturism.
Totally original and fascinating mix, and I have devoured this and the previous two books in the series.
It’s about a Himba girl, going to attend a university on another planet. S it’s a mix of African cultural elements and science fiction! I don’t think I could find more diverse than that!

The connection with the head is that Himba women have amazing hairdos, and on this other planet, the girl discovers creatures with very weird heads!


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Year of reading 2020 part 3

And after my list of 2020 favorites,
as well as my 2020 stats,
here is to a fun wrap up:

Year of reading 2020 part 3

There are a lot of those online, but these are my favorites. The idea is to finish the sentences and answer the questions exclusively with titles I read in 2020.

If you are intrigued by a title, just copy and paste it in the search button, and you will access the review. If nothing shows up, look it up in Goodreads

– When I was younger I was The French Widow
– People might be surprised to discover that I’m The Missing Sister
– I will never be Celle qui pleurait sous l’eau [The girl who was crying under the water]
– At the end of a long day I need (a) Second Sister
– Right now I’m feeling (like) The Girl Behind the Wall
– Someday I want to (have a) Summer of Reckoning
– At a party you’d find me… no ! Don’t Look For Me!
– I’ve never (been) Complètement cramé
– I really don’t enjoy Migrations
– In my next life I want Inhabitation

– If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Au Soleil redouté
– Your favorite form of transportation: Vesper Flights
– Your best friend is La Panthère des neiges [The Snow Leopard]
– You and your friends are The Letter Killers Club
– What’s the weather like: The Inugami Curse
– Favorite time of day: A Thousand Mornings
– If your life was: A Hundred Million Years and a Day
– What is life to you: L’Humanité en péril
– Your fear: Wild Dog
– What is the best advice you have to give: Civil Disobedience [NB: as understood by Thoreau!!]
– Thought for the Day: Or What You Will
– How I would like to die: Upstream
– My soul’s present condition: A Wild Sheep Chase

I began the day with Black Coffee.
On my way to work, I saw Le Chien jaune [The Yellow Dog]
and walked by The Gate,
to avoid The Norwegian Wood,
but I made sure to stop at The Haunted Bookshop.
In the office, my boss said, I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf 
and sent me to research The Murder on the Links.
At lunch with The One and Only Bob,
I noticed (a) Silver Spoon
under La Tête d’un homme [A Man’s Head],
then went back to my desk (in)  The Readers’ Room.
Later, on the journey home, I bought The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
because I have Three Hours in Paris.
Then settling down for the evening, I picked up The Book of Tea
and studied The Education of Delhomme
before saying goodnight to La Femme au carnet rouge [The Red Notebook].

I have so much fun with this every year!
Have you tried with the titles of the books you read in 2020?


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2020: October wrap-up

October 2020 WRAP-UP

Not much has been happening recently here, apart from a few book reviews, not as many as I would want of course, I have read so many great books waiting for their review!

I did start something new, Throwback Thursday, to highlight posts written 10 years ago, as my book blog turned 10 in September.

Well at least, I have done some serious reading, reaching in fact almost my highest average per month this year.

📚 Here is what I read in October.

11 books:
6 in print 
with 2,193 pages, a daily average of 70 pages/day
5 in audio
= 22H49
, a daily average of 44 minutes

4 in mystery:

  1. The Mystery of the Blue Train, #6 by Agatha Christie – audio, for The Classics Club
  2. Peril at End House, #8 by Agatha Christie – audio, for The Classics Club
  3. The Girl Behind the Wall: Edgar Allan Poe, the Girl, and the Mysterious Raven Murders, by Bruce Wetterau – for review
  4. L’Énigme de la chambre 622, by Joël Dicker – French ebook with my Discord French Book Club

3 in nonfiction:

  1. The 1st & 2nd Book of Esdras (yes, I have actually decided to count these as 1) – audio, for The Classics Club
  2. The Book of Nehemiah – audio, for The Classics Club
  3. L’Humanité en péril, by Fred Vargas – French ebook

1 in literary fiction:

  1. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami – ebook with my Discord Murakami Book Club

1 in historical fiction:

  1. Alina: A Song for the Telling, by Malve von Hassell – book for review for France Book Tours (review to be posted on November 4

1 in science fiction:

  1. Foundation, by Isaac Asimov – readalong with Lory @ Emerald City Book Reviews

1 in manga/YA:

  1. Silver Spoon #1, by Hiromu Arakawa


  The Girl Behind the Wall  L'humanité en péril


Classics Club: 46/50 (from October 2019-until September 2024)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9 books read during the challenge + 6 since.

Total of books read in 2020 = 95/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 16


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How was YOUR month of October?


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