Six Degrees of Separation - Hitting a Six for the New Year

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Happy New Year Everyone! How was your Christmas and your New Year? It's the first Saturday of 2021 and the first one in January. That means it's time for Six Degrees of Separation  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!  

Our creative juices for the New Year are still only a bit of a drip and we didn't came up with any clever chain this month. We are just going to jump on the first letter, first title bandwagon here. The fun thing about this month's Six Degrees, is that the start-off book is six letters long. In some or other sport, that is like a winning score. So we'll just score today.

Our start-off book for January is a book that my Mommy haven't read yet, but still wants to:

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

Drawing on Maggie O'Farrell's long-term fascination with the little-known story behind Shakespeare's most enigmatic play, HAMNET is a luminous portrait of a marriage, at its heart the loss of a beloved child.

Warwickshire in the 1580s. Agnes is a woman as feared as she is sought after for her unusual gifts. She settles with her husband in Henley street, Stratford, and has three children: a daughter, Susanna, and then twins, Hamnet and Judith. The boy, Hamnet, dies in 1596, aged eleven. Four years or so later, the husband writes a play called Hamlet.

Award-winning author Maggie O'Farrell's new novel breathes full-blooded life into the story of a loss usually consigned to literary footnotes, and provides an unforgettable vindication of Agnes, a woman intriguingly absent from history.


Even the cover of this book is making this month's chain easy for us. And to make it even easier, we are going to use the books that matches the letters for our Alphabet Challenge 2020.

I have tried to see if I can get that fancy font, but no such luck. I'll just improvise with what we've got.


That was rather easy! We might go this route again later this year.


I'm sure most of you will be way more creative than we are this month. I'm looking forward to seeing you chains. 

May you have a wonderful 2021 and may you all the best books link your path.

Lots of Love,




19 comments

  1. Great spin on the challenge this month!

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    1. So do I! I run a EASY program for kiddies that struggle academically. Yes, that's also an acronym Edublox Academic Support Years.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Oh, I like how you've used an acronym for this #6Degrees post! I must try it out too one of these months. Ninth House - I keep telling myself I've GOT to try it out. Please tell me it doesn't end on a cliffhanger and that a sequel is needed to know the rest... I can only deal with standalones these days.

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    1. Hi Lex! No it doesn't end on a Cliffhanger. It ends very well. There's room for a follow up (that there is), but if you don't want to read it, I don't think you are going to miss out completely.

      I like a series, but don't tend to stick to them as much as I should!

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  4. Clever! I love the variety of connections we can make! Happy New Year! 🎉🥂

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    1. That sure is the wonder of Six Degrees! Everyone can make their own chain!

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  5. Well, that was brilliant. Brava for thinking up something so creative. Lucky thing that the book's title had six letters.

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    1. Thanks Davida! It sure was a lucky shot this month.

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  6. I love the way you linked up. I haven't read this O'Farrell book but I've read a few by her so must look this one up.
    Lynn :D

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    1. Hi Lynn! I haven't read any Maggie O'Farrell's yet, Hamnet seems like a good enough start for sure.

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  7. How creative you are! I enjoyed that! Bravo!

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    1. Thank you Marina! It was actually just a lack of time and a sudden brainwave.

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  8. Awe--cutest graphics!! Love your little kitties! Excellent work on your chain!

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    1. Thank you Lisa! I've spend hours in December making graphics for all the memes that just work a bit better if all the headers are the same.

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  9. What a great idea! You’ve inspired me to try this one time.

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    1. Thanks Linda! That's wonderful news! Will be great if you can join us, it's always a lot of fun.

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  10. Oh, brilliant, I didn't even realize we had a title in 6 letters!

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