A new month and time for another Six Degrees! Six Degrees of Separation is a meme hosted by Kate at booksaremyfavouriteandbest in where she challenges bloggers to start with one title, and link six other titles together. The connection can be anything – cover, title, author, topic, character, setting, etc. I’m always intrigued by this meme as the “rabbit hole” effect is one of the things I love about reading!
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This month’s Six Degrees is a wild card of sorts. We’re to start with the book we left off of from last month, and last month I ended with Laini Taylor’s beautiful Strange the Dreamer.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Strange the Dreamer was my favorite read of 2017, and this month we’re going to stay along the themes of fantasy and mythology. With the thought of goddesses especially, we’ll head to the exquisite:
Circe by Madeline Miller
I adored this book. Circe is one of the most compelling characters I’ve ever read, and I loved this book. One of the characters mentioned in Circe is Odysseus, who plays a role in:
The Iliad by Homer
Telling the story of the Trojan War, we’ve got gods and goddesses, and many famous characters: Odysseus, Patroclus, Hector, Helen of Troy, and Achilles, which brings me to my next link:
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Another Madeline Miller book! This one tells the story of Achilles and Patroclus. Miller has them as lovers here, and this book also ventures into the Trojan War. This was a book I enjoyed, and Madeline Miller has definitely become an auto-buy author for me! At one point in this book Achilles and Patroclus are trained by the centaur Chiron, and centaurs are our link to the next read:
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
Okay, this read is my favorite Harry Potter of the series due in part to one of the best villains ever, Dolores Umbridge, who meets her match in the centaurs in the forest towards the end of the book. Oh dear, now that I’m thinking of Harry Potter, is a re-read in order? After Umbridge is dealt with by the centaurs, the students fly off to the Ministry of Magic, where Ron battles literal brains in one of my favorite scenes of the series. Don’t ask me why I love it so, I really have no idea! Anyways, brains is a link to the next read:
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Sing it with me now! If I only had a brain da-doo-da-doo-da-doo. The Scarecrow journeys with Dorothy to the Wizard of Oz in order to get a brain. He feels that he is lacking one, even though time and again Baum shows us that the Scarecrow is extremely clever. Perhaps this was Baum’s statement towards higher learning? The author, L. Frank Baum, is the link to my next read:
Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts
This is a lovely read that tells the story of L. Frank Baum’s wife, Maud. Finding Dorothy tells how Frank and Maud met, their love story, and Frank’s inspiration behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Also in the story is Maud on the set of the movie The Wizard of Oz and her friendship with a young Judy Garland. A wonderful read!
So there’s this month’s Six Degrees of Separation! I wonder where we will head off to next month?