This month’s six degrees of separation‘s starter book is one of last year’s popular reads Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow. Read on to see where the links lead me, and head over to check out others’ six degrees as well – always so very cool to see the various paths the same starting point takes us on.
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Didn’t See that Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow Coming!
Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow —> The Unknown Unknown —> The Horologicon —>The Dogs of War —> Dog (Shaun Tan) —> The Arrival —> Didn’t See That Coming —> and back again!
Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow —> The Unknown Unknown
The link: repeated words in the title
Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin (Fiction)
Book Description: Spanning thirty years, from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Venice Beach, California, and lands in between and far beyond, Gabrielle Zevin’s book examines the multifarious nature of identity, disability, failure, the redemptive possibilities in play, and above all, our need to connect: to be loved and to love.
My Quick Thoughts: Yet another of those books I have been meaning to read in forever, or since a yesterday before a yesterday before a yesterday before…..
The Unknown Unknown: Bookshops and the Delight of Not Getting What You Wanted by Mark Forsyth (Short Reads/Nonfiction/Essays)
Book Description: Mark Forsyth – author of the Sunday Times Number One bestseller The Etymologicon – reveals in this essay, specially commissioned for Independent Booksellers Week, the most valuable thing about a really good bookshop.
My Quick Thoughts: I downloaded this and had to stop reading this short short read to write the post, but I am finding it delightful
The Unknown Unknown —> The Horologican
The link: the author
The Horologicon: A Day’s Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language by Mark Forsyth (Nonfiction/Linguistics)
Book Description: Mark Forsyth presents a delightfully eccentric day in the life of unusual, beautiful and forgotten English words.
My Quick Thoughts: I love words, and I love books, so it goes to follow that I love books about words!! I wrote about unusual and forgotten English words in this post here (some of them inspired by/from The Horologican). Read the linked post and let me know which word is your favorite.
The Horologicon —> The Dogs of War
The link: part of the author’s name (Forsyth)
The Dogs of War by Frederick Forsyth is a spy thriller I read ages ago when I was in a thriller phase, way before I started this blog, or even before I accessed the internet for the first time.
The Dogs of War —> Dog
The link: the word ‘dog’
Dog by Shaun Tan (Short Stories/10 – 16 years, and up)
Book Description: A beautifully poignant gift book exploring the relationship between man and man’s best friend, from the masterful Shaun Tan.
My Quick Thoughts: Unique and beautiful both in the narrative and the artwork. Without realizing it, I have read so many Shaun Tan books/and if I look at the list closely, most of them actually! Each one brings a ‘wow’ reaction in me, and I am always inspired at the end of the book, regardless of the topic/the length/the audience’s age group/etc.
Dog —> The Arrival
The link: the author
The Arrival by Shaun Tan(Fiction/Social Experiences; 7 – 13 years, and up)
Book Description: In a heartbreaking parting, a man gives his wife and daughter a last kiss and boards a steamship to cross the ocean. He’s embarking on the most painful yet important journey of his life—he’s leaving home to build a better future for his family. Shaun Tan evokes universal aspects of an immigrant’s experience through a singular work of the imagination. He does so using brilliantly clear and mesmerizing images. Because the main character can’t communicate in words, the book forgoes them too. But while the reader experiences the main character’s isolation, he also shares his ultimate joy.
My Quick Thoughts: Not sure what else I can say about Shaun Tan’s magical books that speak to you through pictures and words (and in the case of this book, just the stunning emotive pictures!!).
The Arrival —> Didn’t See That Coming
The link: arriving/coming 🙂
Didn’t See That Coming by Jesse Q. Sutanto (Teen and YA Fiction)
Book Description: A hilariously fresh and romantic send-up to You’ve Got Mail about a gamer girl with a secret identity and the online bestie she’s never met IRL until she unwittingly transfers to his school, from the bestselling author of Dial A for Aunties, The Obsession, and Well, That Was Unexpected.
My Quick Thoughts: This is a cute, quick read and perfect for those who enjoy YA reads and video games and well, like mentioned in the description, movies/books like You’ve Got Mail
Disclaimer: Thanks to Netgalley for the digital review copy of this book.
Didn’t See That Coming —> Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow
The link: video games…
And Now, the End of This Post
Dear reader, have you read any of these books? Which of these books would be on your chain of six degrees? Or what would be your #6degrees of books? Do let me know which of these books you picked up to read as a result of this post!