6 Degrees of Separation: Year of Wonders

August 6, 2016 | 6 comments


6 Degrees of Separation is a book meme hosted by Kate at Books are My Favorite and Best. The goal is to construct a chain with 6 other books, using any criteria you want, and see where you end up.

This month, the starting book is Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks. It won the ALA Alex Award in 2002, and no matter how much I like reading books from award lists, I have no plans of reading this one.

Another award winning novel that I probably will not read is Max Brooks’ World War Z. I find it kind of intriguing, except for one thing: the zombies. I haven’t even seen the film adaption from 2013, even though it stars Brad Pitt. (And Brad Pitt trumps zombies every day.)

In spite of the zombie thing, a book I’m actually considering reading is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Jane Austen’s classic reimagined by Seth Grahame-Smith. I haven’t yet seen the film which premiered earlier this year, starring Lily James and Sam Riley as Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy.

My least favourite Jane Austen book is probably Lady Susan, but I’m definitely looking forward to seeing the film adaption Love & Friendship starring Kate Beckinsale in the title role.

A book/film pair I still need to read/see is The Dressmaker – the novel written by Rosalie Ham and the film starring the fabulous Kate Winslet.

Kate Winslet also starred, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, in the film adaption of Richard Yates’ novel Revolutionary Road. I liked the film, but have not read the book yet.

I also really liked Leonardo DiCaprio’s portrayal of Jay Gatsby in Baz Luhrmann’s film adaption of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Although, I must confess that I liked the costumes more than the story itself.


This time, my chain took me from an award winning novel I have no plan to read, via a film themed chain, to a classic I probably should read soon.

Why don’t you join us and make your own chain? Starting with Year of Wonders, where will you end up? Visit Books Are My Favourite and Best to read the rules and see who else made a chain this month.