Six Degrees of Separation – from The Outsiders to The Other Typist

It’s time for #6degrees. Start at the same place as other wonderful readers, add six books, and see where you end up!

This month we begin with the classic teen novel, The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton.

My first link is to Rob Lowe’s autobiography, Stories I Only Tell My Friends because the chapters on the making of the film version of The Outsiders are brilliant.

Stories I Only Tell My Friends links to The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney. How? Both books were given to me by a dear friend (and to be honest, very few friends dare buy me books but this friend always gets it right).

Lisa McInerney has the best Twitter handle (she’s @SwearyLady) so my next link is to The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clark, who also has a fab handle – @slamup.

Maxine talked poetry with Paul Kelly at the Melbourne Writers Festival this year, which links to Kelly’s book, How to Make Gravy.

How to Make Gravy is described as a ‘memoir in a hundred songs’. Similar is Nick Hornby’s 31 Songs.

When I first started this blog I wrote a post about ‘lad lit’ for readers who love Nick Hornby. It remains one of the most popular posts I’ve written, second only to my spoiler post for Suzanne Rindell’s The Other Typist.

Movies, gifts, Twitter and songs and yet it’s still about books! Where will other chains go? Link up below or post your link in the comments section.

Next month (November 3, 2018), we’ll begin with Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray.

34 responses

  1. I love how varying all our #6degree posts end up – you went down the lad lit, song, social media road while I headed off on a circle of life journey.

    • I really enjoyed your chain, despite it reminding me of Australian books that I want to read but inexplicably aren’t published in the UK so I can’t get them through my library. I love Emma as a character. She’s the most realistic of Jane Austen’s characters, I think.

      • Thanks Jan… That’s a shame re the Aussie books. I think the smaller publishers in particular struggle to publish/distribute overseas, though some will be available electronically!?

        Yes, that’s a good point about Emma. She’s a very “round” character, isn’t she?

      • I’ll be able to get them as e-books, yes. Just as soon as I knock some off my teetering book pile! I’ve temporarily banned myself from buying books, you see.

        “Round” is a very good way of describing Emma. I love how Knightley completely has the measure of her too.

    • It is always interesting to read how each of you link one book to another. The difference with ours is that your links often deal with personal experiences, something we can’t do at Muse & Views Bookclub.

    • Kathryn – is your blog broken. I’ve been trying to visit it since you posted this comment, but it refuses to open – from this link or from a Google search on your name? I don’t know whether you are monitoring responses to your comment here but just thought I’d say.

  2. Hi Kate, I really enjoy Six Degrees of Separation. I love your second link. My selections were different, but I had fun thinking about them. I linked The Outsiders to The Messenger by Markus Zusak, (again YA);, Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess;The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins; The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier, True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey and Too Afraid to Cry by Ali Cobby Eckermann.

  3. I do not generally read autobiographies by famous people, but it might be worth it to read Rob Lowe’s if only to read the chapters about The Outsiders. I really want to read The Other Typist. I love how you connected each of the books, Kate. Have a great weekend!

    • Promise me that if you read The Other Typist, you won’t go anywhere near google until you’ve finished the book. The ending is conversation-inducing so better yet, make a friend read it at the same time!

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  5. I always enjoy reading your links, Kate, but I think this month is one my favourites. I almost went downt the Paul Kelly route because of the link to poetry, but ended up on a different path.

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  7. You find the most interesting way to link books. I could never be that inventive. I do hope I can find time to do next month’s Six Degrees, starting with Vanity Fair. That is a book I am putting on my Classics list, even at its huge length.

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  9. I just bought a copy of The Other Typist and can’t wait to read it. I’ll definitely have to check out your post once I’ve done so! Excellent chain as always!

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