Six Degrees of Separation – from A Christmas Carol to Tiny Beautiful Things

It’s time for #6degrees. Start at the same place as other wonderful readers, add six books, and see where you end up!

This month we begin with A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

Dickens was the first festive book that came to mind when I was setting the book for December but as it happens, my daughter is reading ‘Tis the Season by Ann Martin. My daughter hasn’t been a keen reader but Ann Martin has helped to change that – she loves the Main Street books.

I didn’t read many series as a child, with the exception of the Nancy Drew mysteries by Carolyn Keene.

There’s a reference to Nancy Drew in Craig Silvey’s Jasper Jones.

In fact, there are loads of literary references in Jasper Jones, including to Truman Capote. When I think Capote, I think of the Seinfeld episode where George attempts to hire the movie of Breakfast at Tiffany’s instead of reading it before his book group discussion.

Confession time: when my book group picked Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies I couldn’t face reading it… so I listened to the audio. Not quite as bad as George but almost…

The movie rights to Big Little Lies were snapped up by actress Reece Witherspoon, and it seems she has optioned a bunch of books, including the wonderful Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed.

Where will other chains go? Link up below or post your link in the comments section.

Next month (January 5, 2019), we’ll begin with The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles.

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50 responses

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  2. Hi Kate, my links at first were far too serious for Christmas cheer. I went from Carol by Patricia Highsmith and Childhood of Jesus by J M Coetzee. I diverted to How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss;The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay; Christmas Wombat by Jackie French. and finished with Yes, Virginia,There is a Santa Claus by .Francis Pharcellus Church

    • It does feel a bit like cheating! I usually have a hard copy of any audio books I listen to – I sometimes want to mark bits. That said, it’s why I pick books like BLL – unlikely that I will want to save any passages in that for later!

  3. Great choices! Reading via audiobook definitely still counts as reading! 🙂 That’s the thing that puts me off book groups, I don’t know if I could bring myself to read the books if they didn’t interest me…

    • Sometimes it’s great to be out of my reading comfort zone – I have certainly discovered some great books that way but it is hard to b enthusiastic about a genre that you are simply not into.

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    • Christmas Carol is a very short story so you could whip through it. That said, my reading of A Christmas Carol was so long ago that it shouldn’t even count and I really ought to ‘whip through it’ again.

  6. I do love the way you do your links, I am not that creative. I like all the mentions of connections to TV shows and films. I have linked my 6 Degrees post above. I missed the past few months and am glad to be back.

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