Sunday, August 02, 2020

Six Degrees of Separation: How to Do Nothing to What I Like About Me


Welcome to this month's edition of Six Degrees of Separation, which is a monthly meme hosted by Kate from Books Are My Favourite and Best.  The idea is to start with a specific book and make a series of links from one book to the next using whatever link you can find and see where you end up after six links.  I am also linking this post up with The Sunday Salon, hosted by Deb at Readerbuzz.



This month's starting book is How to do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny ODell. I don't read a lot of non fiction so this is a book that I wasn't familiar with, and I am unlikely to read.

Having done this for a few months now, I am coming to realise that often the first idea is the best, if you have an idea in the first place! I probably should at least look at the cover before I decide on a theme though because I could have done something around flowers too. Anyway, the first thing that I thought of when I saw the title was to focus on the word how, and that then led to other interrogative words like how, who, what, where, why, when.

So here are my connections:



How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O'Neal - I first read Barbara O'Neal around 9 years ago when this book beat out two other books that I loved to win a RITA award in the Novel with Strong Romantic Elements category. I have since read a lot of this author's books and I always enjoy them. (review here)



The Ape Who Guards the Balance by Elizabeth Peters -  This is the tenth book in the Amelia Peabody mystery series, which is predominantly set in Egypt in the late 1880s through the 1920s. It is such a fun series, featuring Egyptian archaeology, a dastardly archenemy, humour,crimes and so much more. I might need to go back and pick up where I left off. Or maybe, restart at a point in the series and then go forward. (review here)



Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens - This is one of those books that sticks around the bestsellers list for a long time. It was also a selection for Reese Witherspoon's book club and then with a movie adaptation in the works, it will probably stay around for a while longer yet. I listened to it on audio earlier this year.




Why Shoot a Butler? by Georgette Heyer -Georgette Heyer was much better known for her regency romances but she also wrote a number of mysteries. I read this one many years ago!



When It All Went to Custard by Danielle Hawkins
- From a book that I read many years ago to an author I have only discovered this year, Danielle Hawkins is a New Zealand author who writes rural romance. I have read a couple of her books so far and I have thoroughly enjoyed them




What I Like About Me by Jenna Guillaume
- This was Australian YA author Jenna Guillaume's debut novel. I am due to read her second novel in the next few weeks.

Next month's starting point is Rodham by Curtis Sittenfield. As of now, I don't even have a first idea. Good thing I have a month to come up with something.

Where has your six degrees taken you this month?



12 comments:

  1. A lot of us struggled to find the first link this month. Next month doesn't look any easier. Enjoyed your chain!

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  2. This one came to me pretty quickly Yvonne. I have no idea about next month

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  3. A clever theme Marg! Thanks for sharing your chain.

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    1. Thanks Shelleyrae. Occasionally I come up with something interesting

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  4. Yes, a very clever idea for this chain. Next month will be even harder, I think...

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    1. Normally I have an idea straight after the book is announced but so far I am drawing a blank Davida. Thankfullly we have a while to come up with something

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  5. I loved Georgette Heyer as a girl, but I didn't know she'd written mysteries too...

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  6. What a fun feature! I've seen so many great reviews for Where the Crawdads Sing. And I hadn't even heard that it was being adapted into a movie. How great!

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    1. It is a fun post to put together every month Tanya!

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  7. That is a very clever way to think about the links - well done!

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  8. What a great job on six degrees! I just couldn't get inspired so missed out this month but hopefully next time I'll join in.

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