Sunday, November 07, 2021

Six Degrees of Separation: What Are You Going Through to The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

 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. 

The starting point for this month is a book called What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez. I found this a tough book to start with. I am also realising that so often my go to books for this meme are the same ones! I think I have avoided that this time, but only just. And there's no guarantee that it won't happen in future!

What You Are Going Through appears to have a number of themes, but one of them is about euthanasia which brings me to my first book which is Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

After the death of a loved one, what follow is grief. Grief is a central theme of The Secret of Snow by Viola Shipman which I read this week.

There was a lot of snow in The Secret of Snow and the word snow is what made me choose In Falling Snow by Mary-Rose MacColl. I loved this book when I read it a few years ago. It is set in WWI France.

Also partially set in WWI is Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole, and you can't do a connections about an epistolary book set during war without then linking to the next book. You just can't!

That right! The next book is The GuernseyLiterary and Potato Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows.

From there, the final choice is The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley, part of the Flavia de Luce mystery series.

Next month's starting book is Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, and I already have two ideas of what my first links might be.


  1. Ah... Letters from Skye. What an amazing book! As is Guernsey Literary, for that matter!

    1. They are both good books for sure Davida!

  2. Great links. I love the Flavia de Luce series!

  3. Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is a book that a friend gave me for my birthday a few years ago. Such a good series. And all of us love Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society.

  4. The only one I have read from your chain is the Flavia Luce series. Letters from Skye sounds tempting...

  5. I haven't read any of them, but I do love the cover of Letters from Skye.

  6. I like chains where I know the books! I enjoyed Letters from Skye and the Guernsey book. I will admit I even enjoyed Me Before You, although I didn't expect to (I was already a fan of Moyes or probably would not have read something so sappy). I am not familiar with Viola Shipman but will look for her. I think I am the only person who could not get into those Flavia de Luce books but maybe I should try again. Here is my chain:

    I am glad your son is all right. It is horrible to have to replace a car unexpectedly. A tree fell on mine a couple years ago when it was nearly paid for. Most upsetting (and expensive)!

  7. I enjoyed The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, but I'm afraid I must be one of the few who could not stand the Guernsey Potato Peel Pie book. I was probably in a bad mood or something, and I ought to give it a second chance.

    I haven't read The Secret of Snow or The Falling Snow, but I love both of those covers. Snow is such an emotive thing - I feel I could imagine a story just by looking at that picture of the woman with the umbrella.

    I think I'd enjoy all of these books (except, perhaps, the dreaded potato peel pie....)

    Thanks for a lovely chain.