Sunday, August 07, 2022

Six Degrees of Separation: From The Book of Form and Emptiness to The Good Earth


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 The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki.

I chose to use the phrase "The book of" as my first step and which led me to The Book of Lost Threads by Tess Evans

The word threads made me think of sewing and tapestry, which lead me to the book 

Needle in the Blood by Sarah Bowers which is partially features a story of one of the women who worked on the Bayeux Tapestry.

My next choice is The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani, a book I read and loved a number of years ago now.

My next two choices are because of the name Anita. First, there is 

Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray by indigneous Australian author Anita Heiss. My review is here.

My next book by an Anita is Weight of Water by Anita Shreve, which I read way back in 2008 because it was chosen as one of the Oprah Book Club books.

My final choice this month is another Oprah book club choice, The Good Earth by Pearl Buck. This is one that I read along with along with other readers on the forums. I met so many other passionate readers on those forums!

The starting point for next month we need to start with the book we finished this month, so I will be starting with The Good Earth by Pearl S Buck.


  1. I like the way your Six Degrees of Separation list went this time. It's a fun exercise, and it gives us all a chance to see books we may have forgotten about.

    The Good Earth is one of my all-time favorite books. I love the main character, O-Lan. What a tough life she had.

    Have a great week, Marg.

    1. It is a fun exercise. I think I need to start keeping a list of the books I use in this as I tend to use the same books over and over.

  2. The cover of the Book of Lost Threads would attract me to pick it up. So colorful. I have read some of Anita Shreve's books but not the one you mentioned. I am going to see if I can get that from the library.

  3. Excellent. I meant to join in and never remember!

    Have a great week!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
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  4. I haven't read any of these - I am a fan of Anita Shreve's books and met her a couple times. I own but am not sure I have read The Weight of Water. She was a lovely person - very warm and friendly:

    1. I didn't realise or maybe remember that she had passed away.

  5. What a great idea to use the phrase “The Book of” as a search! I’ll be borrowing your idea! Thanks!
    Your books are now on my TBR! Such great sounding reads! Thank you for sharing!

  6. The Good Earth is such a wonderful saga! If I had more time, I'd love to read it a second time. Maybe it would be good on audio...

  7. Wow! Impressive thread of books.

  8. I especially love the Thread and Needle links. And how lovely to see the Good Earth in your chain. A book I enjoyed very much and also revisited last year

  9. Looks like I cannot comment with my account. Still a problem with the blogs. Sorry. Marianne here from Let's Read.

    Great chain there. I love how you went with the "sewing" links. I have read your last two books and would have tosn of books to carry on with "The Good Earth". Mind you, I can't complain, I've also got a great starter book next month.

    I read a tapestry book that might interest you. It's called The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier, a remarkable author IMHO.

    Thanks for visiting my Six Degrees of Separation which ended with The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.

  10. Some good links here … I am about to post on Anita Heiss’s book, and I still have Pearl Buck’s on my TBR. (Whispering Gums)

  11. What a nice and effortless chain. Love your association from Thread to Needle! And I look forward to see what you come up with next month, starting with The Good Earth :-)