Six Degrees of Separation - August 2020

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Who else sits with a piece of paper or a diary when you do a bit of blog hopping? My Mommy sure does, but she's not very good with linking all her little notes up. If she had made 6 notes on a paper, she won't be able to recall in a week's time how they actually link up. She saw the Six Degrees of Separation monthly meme on someones blog, but you are welcome to bath me if you can help her figure out whose blog that was. Luckily, with about six clicks and a basic idea of where to go, she managed to find Books are my favorite and best, the host of this feature. 

I'm sure you are all aware of the phrase "six degrees of separation"? The idea that everyone in the world is separated from everyone else by just six links. I'm not quite sure if it will work for cats, I can't even remember how many siblings I've had before my mommy adopted me. But apparently it's quite possible for humans and books to create a chain of only six links between everyone and every book. 

But I'm getting side tracked here. Back to the meme: On the first Saturday of every month, a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. Books can be linked in obvious ways, for example: same authors, same era or genre, or books with similar themes or settings. Or you might choose to link them in more personal ways: books you read in the same holiday, books given to you by a particular friend or books that remind you of a particular time in your life. The choices are endless here! 

This month's starting point is: How to do nothing - resisting the attention economy by Jenny Odell. Now we need to find six books that can link up with that book. You should know that my Mommy has a wonderful, but wandering mind. She loves pretty covers and it will sometimes be her reason for choosing a book. 

So number 1 for us will be: The language of flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (Because of the pretty flowers on the chosen book's cover)

If I think of language, of think of education, so our second book will have to be: Educated by Tara Westover

If you have a good education, it will lead you to our third choice: Me talk pretty one day by David Sedaris

If I look at that phrase (Me talk pretty one day), I can't help thinking of Enzo from The art of racing in the rain by Garth Stein. Enzo so desperately wanted to be able to speak the human language and to be a human. 

One word that jumps at me from our fourth selection, is the word 'art'. So our fifth selection will have to be: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt 

Just like that, we are back to making a selection based on a cover. From one bird, to the next. Our sixth link for today, is: To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee  



And with that book, we come to a full circle from the original one based on one, little word. We all know the story of To kill a Mockingbird. We all know the dangers of good men doing nothing. 

Be an Atticus Finch this August. 

Lots of  Love,




  1. What a lovely chain, and nicely linked! I'm thrilled you joined in on this monthly meme. You know that next month we start with the novel Rodham, right? I've got mine ready already and I look forward to seeing where that book takes you!

  2. Welcome to 6 Degrees! It's such a fun meme and you did a great job!

  3. Hi Davida! Thanks! I've enjoyed putting this together and I'm looking forward to next month. Yes, I saw that Rodham is the starting point. I also have an idea or two already.

    Hope you will have a good weekend.

  4. Thanks for putting it under my attention Marg!

  5. Great chain - great books. Have read your first and last and loved both.

  6. I really enjoyed this chain! The Goldfinch is an excellent read and the Stein sounds great.

  7. I carry a pad paper with me whenever I drive for rideshare. This helps me get ideas for blogs and remember my clients more specifically. Or else it all becomes a big blur. I kept a journal as a kid and that was the best thing I ever done in my life.

  8. Excellent linking work, and welcome aboard to this my favourite monthly meme! I love to see what ideas people come up with - we all seem to embark on such different journeys.

  9. HI Beverley! They are great books! Tend to make it onto a number of lists.

  10. Hi Heather! It was great fun putting them all together. I am already planning next months....

  11. Welcome to the meme! It's a lot of fun ... once you make the first link. Enjoyed your chain. Well done!

  12. Hi there Liz! Yes, they are both great reads. Try to get your hands on The art of racing in the rain. I've never met anyone who didn't love it.

  13. Hi Trin! I am terrible with a diary. One of my students gave me a diary for my birthday last year, so I felt rather forced to use it. I do find that it does work, so I might make this a permanent habit. Thanks for the tips!

    Have a great week!

  14. Hi Marina! Thank you so much. I am very happy that I've stumbled on this meme, just my kind of thing.


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