Six Degrees of Separation – from Sweet Tooth to A Room with a View

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 book you finished your August chain with. For me, that was Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan.

You know I love a tenuous link, right? So, for all those with a sweet tooth out there, I have to link to Beatrix Bakes by Natalie Paull. Paull’s North Melbourne bakery was a cake institution until just a few weeks ago – sadly Paull hung up her whisk and closed the store (but I’m waiting for Beatrix Bakes 2.0).

Think cake, and my mind goes to Sloane Crosley’s hilarious essay collection, I Was Told There’d Be Cake. Crosley’s latest novel is titled Cult Classic. It’s on my 2022 new-releases-wishlist. Also on that list is Marshmallow by Victoria Hannan.

I’m looking forward to seeing Hannan at this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival. I’ll also be seeing Sarah Winman, who is talking about her latest novel, Still Life.

My final link is to A Room With a View by E. M. Forster – like Still Life, it is a story about Florence, and the parallels between the two stories form the basis for Winman’s novel.

A sweet and Florentine theme for me this month! Where will other chains go? Link up below or post your link in the comments section.

Next month (October 1, 2022), we’ll start with Notes on a Scandal by Zoë Heller.

26 responses

    • Well you’re actually a bit ahead of me Margaret because I haven’t read Notes on a Scandal (although picked it up from the library today, so will see how I go).

      • It’s a quick, if unsettling read. Interesting that you haven’t yet read it Kate. I rather assumed you generally picked something you’d recently enjoyed … or not enjoyed, as the case may be!

  1. Oh my daughter love, loved, loved Beatrix and Natalie. I think some friends ordered her a bunch of cakes when it closed. (I think daughter was in COVID isolation that week). Anyhow, I enjoyed your first linking to the book. I’ve never heard of your next link but a hilarious essay collection has me intrigued. Enjoyed your links, Kate. Here are mine …

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  3. Delicious! I’d like to read I Was Told There’d Be Cake. My husband loves Florentines, whereas I love A Room With A View. The film as much as the book, which takes me to Notes On A Scandal – I’ve seen the film, haven’t read the book.

    Mine is a lazy chain this month, centred on the catalogue of a local independent publisher

  4. I have a sweet tooth also. Last night I had dinner with one sibling – was too full for dessert so went to walk the other sibling’s dog for necessary exercise. By the time I had finished I had room for molten chocolate lava cake with him and his wife!

    I have read just the Forster and Notes from a Scandal. However, someone borrowed my copy of Still Life by Penny so whenever I see the Sarah Winman it catches my eye. Maybe I should buy it and shelve with the Louise Penny books? Here is my chain:

  5. An, beautiful Florence! Lovely links there. My contribution this month is a bit of bittersweet one, as I lost my beloved cat Zoe this week, so I had a cat-themed series of links (the last book I read was Jennie by Paul Gallico, featuring cats)

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