6 Degrees of Separation – Like Water For Chocolate

Better late then never! I finally got around to playing this month’s 6 degrees of separation! My chain took a nostalgic turn and has a lot of kids books.  See for your self below!

For those of you that don’t know: 6 Degrees of Separation is a monthly post hosted by Books are my Favorite and Best.  They pick a book to start you off, and then you list the next book that comes to mind, then you go from that book to another book, creating a chain. You do this 6 times (so you have 7 books including the one you started with).

If you missed my past “6 Degrees of Separation” posts here they are:

This month’s starter is Like Water For Chocolate

Disclaimer: The header titles are affiliate links to Amazon.  If you purchase any of these books through one of my links I will get a small commission! All the thoughts/opinions in this post are mine and in no way influenced by Amazon.

1. Like Water For Chocolate

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I have never read this book and probably never will, but the title reminds me of Water for Elephants, which is another book I will probably never read.

2. Water for Elephants

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When I was a kid I collected Elephant figurines.  My mom chose them for me when I was born.  She chose lambs for my sister.  I just realized that my little brother doesn’t have a “mom-chosen” collection, but right now he is collecting Pokemon cards.  He has a LOT.  His favorite book is a Pokemon Handbook

3. Pokemon Essentials Handbook

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That might not be the exact cover he has, but its similar enough.  I bought it for him so you would think I would know, but I don’t don’t.  When I was about his age, my favorite books were the babysitter club books.

4. The Baby-Sitters Club #1: Kristy’s Great Idea

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Side note: Apparently they have made some of the Babysitters Club books into graphic novels, so that is weird.

The original Author, Ann M. Martin, wrote the first 35 books in the series, and the rest were written by other people.  As far as I can tell there are 130 total books in the series.  That is a crazy amount of books.  I probably owned 25 or so Babysitters Club Books when I was younger.

Another Series I read that had a lot of books is the Stephanie Plum Series

5. One for the Money

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There are only 24 of these books but at one point I owned 1-17, plus all the random holiday specials.

Speaking of holidays and since it is almost Halloween:

6. Corduroy’s Halloween

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Corduroy’s Halloween was my favorite Halloween book.  My favorite Christmas book was:

7. The Snow Tree

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From Like Water For Chocolate to Snow Tree, my chain this month had a lot of kids books, but it was nice to take a trip down memory lane!

As always, I love this post and had so much fun making it! Let me know what you think and what books your chain included!

6 Degrees of Separation – Wild Swans

6 Degrees of Separation is a monthly post hosted by Books are my Favorite and Best.  They pick a book to start you off, and then you list the next book that comes to mind, then you go from that book to another book, creating a chain. You do this 6 times (so you have 7 books including the one you started with).

If you missed my first “6 Degrees of Separation” post it started with Pride and Prejudice.

This month’s starter is Wild Swans.

Disclaimer: The header titles are affiliate links to Amazon.  If you purchase any of these books through one of my links I will get a small commission! All the thoughts/opinions in this post are mine and in no way influenced by Amazon.

1. Wild Swans

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I have never read this book, but the closest book I can think of, that I have read, was an autobiography about a Chinese man and his childhood in China.  For the life of me I can’t remember the title and google failed me.  I am going to cheat a little and use that as my second book even though I can’t remember the name.

2. ????

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The circumstances of why I read the book still piss me off.  It was required reading in my American Lit Class.  It was a book written by a Chinese man about his childhood in China.  My teacher said it counted as American Lit because the author lived in America when he wrote it.  I think that is baloney. The teacher didn’t want to be teaching American Lit so she did whatever she wanted and that was her half-assed attempt at justifying it.  When I think of American Lit I think the plot, at very least, should take place in America.  We did read Pudd’nhead Wilson which, in my opinion, qualifies as American Lit.

3. Pudd’nhead Wilson

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Pudd’nhead Wilson is not a very well known Mark Twain book.  I think the most well known is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has a history of being banned for its use of the “N” word. I read this as part of my High School curriculum and didn’t have a problem with it.  When thinking of banned books The Diary of Anne Frank comes to mind.

5. The Diary of Anne Frank

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This book came to mind as a banned book, but I wasn’t 100% sure it was.  So I googled it and learned 2 things.  The title is not The Diary of Anne Frank, it is The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. And the book is not banned because of all the Nazi stuff, it is banned for a scene where Anne Frank learns about her anatomy.  Here is an article that includes the passage that upsets people.  While The Diary of a Young Girl was an actual diary, there are other books that are written as if they were diaries.  For example the American Diaries series.  The first American Diaries book I read was American Diaries #18: Janey G. Blue: Pearl Harbor, 1941.

6. American Diaries: Janey G. Blue

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This is a historical fiction book about a girl living in Hawaii when Pear Harbor is attacked.  It is written as if it were her diary.  Another historical fiction book that includes Blue in the title is Girl in Blue.

7. Girl in Blue

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This was my favorite historical fiction book as a child.  It was an awesome story about a girl running away and dressing like a boy to fight in the Civil War.


I love this post it’s so much fun 🙂 Let me know how your chains turn out!

6 Degrees of Separation – Pride and Prejudice

Guys!!!! Guess what I found!!!! There is this game* where you start with a given book and then you list the next book that comes to mind, then you go from that book to another book, creating a chain.  You do this 6 times (so you have 7 books including the one you started with).

* I call it a game because that is what I think of it as, but the word the originator uses is “meme.” I thought memes were viral pictures with different captions, so I am a little confused.  I am going to continue calling it a game even though that might not be technically correct.

I was just perusing (good word huh?) random blogs, searching for other Pride and Prejudice lovers, when I stumbled across a 6 Degrees of Separation post on a blog titled luv to read.  In the post she connects Pride and Prejudice to The Secret Garden. To see how she got there you will have to read her post!

The game/meme originates from a blog titled Books Are My Favorite and Best. Every month they pick a new book to start off the chains.  They have a set of rules that are super easy and fun.  Mostly they want you to link back to their blog so that everyone can play!  In her post, Kate connects Pride and Prejudice to Swing Time.

My goal from here on out will be to play every month!!! I am so excited! For August the pick is, my favorite book ever, Pride and Prejudice!!!!  Here goes nothing:

Disclaimer: The header titles are affiliate links to Amazon.  If you purchase any of these books through one of my links I will get a small commission! All the thoughts/opinions in this post are mine and in no way influenced by Amazon.

1. Pride and Prejudice
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I LOVE this book! I will save you the details, but if you want you can read my review here.

2. The Princess Bride

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Thinking of Pride and Prejudice, and how it is my favorite book, got me thinking about my other favorite books… and the fact that I don’t really have any other favorites.  But my favorite movie is The Princess Bride.  Which also happens to be a book!  This is one of the rare occasions where I watched the movie before I read the book.  (Because I didn’t know it was a book until after I watched the movie)

3. Eragon

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Thinking of more instances where I watched the movie before I read the book, reminds me of Eragon.  I loved the movie and was so excited when I found out it was a book.  After reading the book, I realized why everyone hated the movie (its an awful adaptation), but I still really liked both. Though that is only because I watched the movie first.  If I had read the book first I probably would have hated the movie.

4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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Thinking about Eragon reminds me how pissed off I was that the author stretched his trilogy into a “cycle” with four books.  There were a LOT of boring sections that added little or nothing to the story.  He didn’t need to stretch it out, he just wanted to milk more money out of the series.  Thinking about how bad Christopher Paolini treated his series got me thinking about authors that know how to write a good series.  The best of the best would have to be J.K. Rowling, which brings us to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

5. Anne of Green Gables

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone brings back lots of good memories:

  1. My 3rd grade teacher reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone aloud to the entire class.  All of us anxiously waiting for reading time so we could find out what happened.  Then when it was finished we begged Mrs. Chaney to read the next book but she refused, saying if we wanted to find out what happened in the next book we would have to read it ourselves. Which may sound mean, but was actually brilliant, because I am pretty sure the whole class read the second book on their own.
  2. My best friend Alyissa and I racing to buy/read the rest of the books in the series as they came out.
  3. Spending the night at my Aunt’s house and staying up till midnight to get the 7th book right as it came out.  We went to Walmart in our Pjs and waited in a huge line that wrapped around the store to get our copies.  Then we went home, and of course we had to start reading! We didn’t get a lot of sleep that night.

Unfortunately, none of these memories lead me to another book.  I don’t remember any of the other books Mrs. Chaney read to us.  Alyissa and I didn’t read any other books together.  I have never bought any other book at midnight right when it was released.

But thinking about books that bring back memories reminds my of Anne of Green Gables.  When we were kids we would take a road trip every summer.  On one of the road trips my Mom read Anne of Green Gables to us.  It was really cool to read a book together as an entire family.

6. Maze Runner

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After reading Anne of Green Gables I wanted to read the rest of the series, so my dad bought be the next couple books in the series. I never got around to reading them.  This reminded me of the time that I almost bought the entire Maze Runner series, without having read any of the books.  But then I thought of all the unread books I owned and decided I should only get the first one.  I knew I could come back and get the rest of the series later.

7. The Hobbit

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It is a good thing I didn’t buy the entire Maze Runner series because I ended up reading only half of the first book and then losing interest.  It is a rare thing for me not to finish a book.  Thinking of other books I didn’t finish, reminds me of The Hobbit. I had trouble reading The Hobbit.  The first time I read it I only got about half way through.  The second time I don’t even think I made it that far.  For such a tiny book it was super hard for me to get through.  I kept getting distracted and losing interest or getting confused.  Years later I decided to read the Lord of the Rings books, and really liked them.  Afterwards I gave The Hobbit one last chance, and was able to finish it!  I actually enjoyed it.  I think the first 2 times I tried to read The Hobbit, the timing just wasn’t right.  I was probably stressed out about some thing or another and a deep, in depth book was not what I needed.


Yay! That was fun. It really made me think about all the different books I have read.  I can’t wait to do this again next month!  Let me know what you think of my chain and share your own!