Sunday, December 03, 2023

Six Degrees of Separation: Kitchen Confidential to The Burning Island

 

 

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 point is 

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain.




I am going to go with my first thought and see where that leads us, so my first pick is Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto.




I am planning to participate in Japanese Literature Challenge which is hosted at Dolce Bellezza so whenever I go to a bookstore I am looking for books that I might read. One of the ones that caught my attention in the City Lights bookstore in San Francisco was Days at the Marisaki Bookshop by Satoshi Yagisawa. If anyoone has any recommendatons of books to read for the challenge I am taking suggestions.




Recently I read another book set in a  bookstore that was originally published in a different language which was the Door to Door Bookstore which was originally published in German.




The most obvious jump from here is to another book about a bookstore, but instead I am focusing on the word door. I am also jumping to another genre and selecting the YA book Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins




One of the characters in Lola is named Cricket, so my next choice is The Rules of Backyard Cricket by Jock Serong. I read this book for my old book club and didn't mind it, but to be honest his later books are more appealing to me.




I am therefore choosing his book, The Burning Island, which won the 2021 ARA Prize for Historical Fiction.

Next month's starting point will be Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin


18 comments:

  1. Nice list. If you're looking for Japanese fiction, Emma over at Words and Peace is really into Japanese literature, so you should check out her blog.

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  2. Nice work!! Door-to-Door Bookstore was very good. I read/reviewed it this year. I've read many good Japanese books--most, but not all, for Japanese Lit challenge. I listening to the final Before the Coffee Gets cold book now. It should have not been my thing at all, but instead I've loved all four books.

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    1. I have that on my list to listen too soon as well!

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  3. This one was always hard for me! You did great-Cindy from Cindysbookcorner

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  4. I haven't read the other books, but I did read Anthony's book and enjoyed it.

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  5. I haven't done one of these degrees of separation for months and months. I have trouble doing them if I haven't read the book. Sigh. I like where your brain went on this one.

    Have a lovely month! Cheers! My Sunday Salon post

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    1. I think the key is to not worry about having read the book. Often I just use words or cover pictures as my prompt rather than what the book is about!

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  6. Nice links - I remember reading Yukio Mishima when a teenager - not very nice though...

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  7. I would love to take part in the Japanese Reading Challenge. There are so many wonderful books that have been translated from Japanese. I recommend all the books of Murakami, although he is rather quirky.

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  8. I enjoyed Lola and the Boy Next Door; must check to see what that author has written lately. I love books and bookstores but I am getting tired of books about them! They seem too gimmicky to me.

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    1. I don't think she has written much later to be honest!

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