Six Degrees of Separation Nov 2020 - One, Two, Buckle my Shoe

Saturday, November 7, 2020


Greetings! No, it's not raining cats and dogs. Yes, I did manage to have our Six Degrees of Separation published on the correct date. Yea to me and my Mommy! Did anyone else find the past month extremely long? Maybe it's been all the horror in the world lately. Ever noticed that your average Horror Movie seems way longer than say your average Romantic Comedy? Apparently it's the same in reality.  

Luckily today is a beautiful sun shining day and Mommy has some time to work on the blog. Needless to say, I made sure that she starts with Six Degrees of Separation. It's our fourth month taking part in this monthly feature hosted by Books are my Favorite and Best.

 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 is a bit of a freebie, as you can either start with the last book you featured in your previous Six Degrees Post, or the last book you've read. Last month, we started of with The turn of the screw by Henry James and our links were as follows:

1. The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
2. The shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen
3. Red Lily by Nora Roberts
4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K.Rowling
5. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Sanders
6. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman


So that will be our starting point today. Mommy says that Hindsight has 2020 vision. Not that I understand that expression. 2020 has no vision at all. Apparently that's not quite what it means. She says she should have checked the new prompt before she posted our Ghost Edition. She racked her brain with this prompt, but the lightbulb finally flickered on and here's our November Six degrees of separation:

1st Degree: The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult - We haven't read this one yet, but it is currently in the Book Club so hopefully next month will be our turn. My Mommy chose this book, because of the word book that is also appearing in The Graveyard Book. Obvious choice, but the possibilities are endless with such a magical word. 

2nd Degree: Three Blind Mice by Agatha Christie - Mommy wanted to use Dame Christie's One, Two, Buckle my Shoe for her second degree, hence the use of the poem in our header. But then she realized she's just going to get stuck again. Let's rather count up, use another nursery rhyme and use the iconic short story that would provide the basis for The Mousetrap, the longest running-play in history. It opened in 1952 and ran continuously until March 16, 2020 when Covid 19 happened. Both me and Mommy would still love to see this play one day. For vastly different reasons. 
 
3rd Degree: I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore We haven't read this book. But Daddy and half of the High School did read it and it was quite popular everywhere else. Did we miss something great?

4th Degree: Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris - Could have used another Agathie Christie here in the form of Five Little Pigs, what was it with that woman and nursery rhymes? I need to be like Parker Pyne and investigate the mystery. But then we would have been stuck again. So we rather chose Five Quarters of the Orange to proof we do read other books than murder mysteries. 

5th Degree: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo Just to really proof we can read other genres, Mommy pulled this one out. This is about a 360 degree turn from Agatha Christie, but gosh - she loved this book! We haven't read the rest of the series. But they are there on the toppling TBR list. One day soon...

6th Degree: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid - Another one we haven't read yet. But at least this one is purchased already and just waiting for the click on the Kindle. We've heard such great things of this book, hope it will be worth the wait and hype. 

We most probably could finish the whole nursery rhyme and end with number 10, but luckily we only need to count to 6 today. I am still learning here you know. 


Have you read any of our degrees today? We can't wait to see your link of Six Degrees, remember to share them!

Hope you will have a good November, almost time to for Christmas decorations to attack and Christmas trees to climb. Aaaah, the most magical time of the year.

Lots of Love,

Elza 





17 comments

  1. HA! "2020 has no vision at all." Too true! Some of my own favorites on this chain - Five quarters and Seven Husbands!

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    1. Hi Davida! True yes. Five Quarters of the Orange was an excellent read. I've read it recently and it was one of those spur of the moment reviews. Didn't even plan it or anything. I need to read more by Joanne Harris.

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  2. nice idea. I haven't read this one yet by Agatha Christie, but I'm currently reading all of Hercule Poirot, and then plan to go on with all of her works.
    my chain: https://wordsandpeace.com/2020/11/07/six-degrees-of-separation-from-truth-to-a-notebook/
    A year ago, I did a similar post from 1 to 10: https://wordsandpeace.com/2019/10/01/top-ten-book-titles-with-numbers-in-them/

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    1. Hi Emma! I hope you enjoy the Hercule Poirot books! I have read most of them and some are re-reads already.

      Thanks for sharing your posts! We will go and have a look.

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  3. Great, creative chain! Only one I've read is Six of Crows which I so enjoyed. Will check out the others. Happy reading.

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    1. Hi Beverley! I will always recommend Agatha Christie and Five Quarters of the Orange was a strong read.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Great books! I haven’t read any of them I’m afraid to say! Well that is a lie, I started Six of Crows and never finished it!

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    1. Hi Heather! I've listened to the audio book and LOVED it. I haven't "read" any Leigh Bardugo, all of them on audio.
      I haven't read The book of two ways or The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Both on my TBR list.

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  5. I didn't realise Jodi Picoult had a new book out. I'd never heard of Six of Crows until a student mentioned it earlier in the year, and now you're at least the third person to talk about it since then. Maybe I need to check it out!

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    1. Hi Melinda! Six of Crows or actually all the Leigh Bardugo books, is not for everyone. Have a look at it, read a reviews and keep an open mind. I enjoy them tremendously and it's not really my reading preference at all.

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  6. My starting book this month was Ready Player One so I very nearly did numbers too, but I ended up being more random!

    Enjoyed your chain!

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    1. Hi Marg! Aah Kindred Spirits.
      Glad you enjoyed my chain!
      Will have a look at yours now.

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  7. I enjoyed reading your chain. The only one I've read is The Graveyard Book. I haven't Agatha Christie's Three Blind Mice, although I have a copy of the play The Mouse Trap but not read it yet.

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    1. Hi Margaret, I haven't read a lot of the Christie short stories, so I actually haven't read Three Blind Mice myself. But gosh... I want ti see the play!!

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  8. Great list! I enjoyed reading The Graveyard Book, and agree that "book" is a very magical word. I haven't read Three Blind Mice yet, but I have seen The Mousetrap. It was a really great play! It's been long enough since I watched it that I would like to see it again.

    My #6Degrees post

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    1. Hi there Nicole! I am soooo jealous! Would love love love to see The Mouse trap! Book is definitely the most magical word ever invented. The possibilities are endless.

      Thanks for visiting us, will hop over to you now.

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  9. I love your counting chain! The Graveyard Book is so good! I went through a huge Agatha Christie phase in high school so I've probably read that book but I can't immediately place it. I read Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo but haven't read any of her other books yet. I keep hearing great things about them though.

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