SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION – From Lincoln in the Bardo to Freaky Games


Six Degrees of Separation is a monthly meme hosted by Books Are My Favourite andBest. The idea is to start with the book that Kate gives us and then create a chain of six books, each suggested by the one before.


It’s time for #6degrees. Join in and see where your book chain takes you.



This month we begin with the book that topped the critics list in 2017 – Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.

I have not read Lincoln in the Bardo, although a historical fiction book based on Abraham Lincoln and his son does have its appeal.  Saunders is also the author of  Tenth of December: Stories.

In December, just gone, I read and reviewed an absolute delight of a Christmas story by Jessica Redland called Charlee and the Chocolate Shop.

On the topic of chocolate, I like milk chocolate bars.  But back to the books, Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel is a book that I absolutely must read, in Spanish.  I’ve had the Spanish version on my kindle for almost two years now and must get to it especially as it’s on the syllabus for our Spanish Literature students.  Thankfully, I’m not the teacher for that course!

Speaking of books I should read in Spanish, 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez is another one.  I’ve already read this book in English and really did not like it and there’s no way I’ll be re-reading in Spanish.

The magical realism of 100 Years of Solitude does bring me to a key theme in The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which was on my TBR for this month and was absolutely fantastic!

Finally, on the topic of the circus, I can round off this list with Freaky Games by Amanda M. Lee.  Freaky Games is the most recent instalment of the Mystic Caravan Circus mystery series.



Form historical fiction to paranormal cozy mystery, my first six degrees of separation journey was quite varied and lots of fun.  I’m looking forward to continuing next month.

You really should try it, if you haven’t before.  The link is open all month.  Link me so I can follow your journey too!


Next month’s journey begins with a controversial book that had everyone talking in the nineties – The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf.


18 thoughts on “SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION (1)

  1. I love your chain! How fun that a chocolate shop and The Night Circus were included along with the Lincoln book! Each person’s chain is so unique and that’s the fun of it! Great job!

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  2. I love this meme and your answers! Also I didn’t know you taught Spanish- that’s very cool! I hear you about 100 years of solitude- I didn’t enjoy it- although I put that down to the fact I never like stream of consciousness books (obviously I wouldn’t be reading it in Spanish even if that is a remote possibility- which it isn’t 😉 ) I’m so so glad you enjoyed Night Circus though! 😀

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    1. Basic Spanish! Lol. I mostly do the Latin American history and Politics…. Spanish when I’m course short 😊
      Stream of consciousness!!! That’s the perfect way to describe 100 years. That is definitely something that did not appeal to me.
      Night Circus… Oh My Goodness 😳😳😊😊

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