Six Degrees of Separation – from The Snow Child to Pioneer Girl

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 Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. It’s been sitting in my TBR stack for years. All I know about it is that it is a fairy tale.

Fairy tales link me to Chloe Hooper’s brilliant memoir, Bedtime Story.

Hooper refers to dozens of books in Bedtime Story, from fairy tales and poetry to history texts. She makes mention of Songlines by Margo Neale and Lynne Kelly (‘Criss-crossing all of Australia are sacred stories….’), which coincidentally I have just started reading in attempt to complete my Nonfiction Reader challenge.

The other book I have pulled off the shelf for the Nonfiction Reader challenge is Yarra by Kristin Otto. I’ve read bits and pieces of this book as I’ve completed parts of my Yarra walking project, but I am looking forward to reading about the history of the river from start to finish.

The most recent book I read for the Nonfiction Reader Challenge, was Why We Can’t Sleep by Ada Calhoun. The book was aimed at Gen X women.

Calhoun, knowing exactly what her audience would be familiar with, makes mention of Little House of Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I loved these books as a child, and when Wilder’s handwritten autobiography, Pioneer Girl, was found and published ten years ago, I pounced on a copy.

I started with a snow child and ended with a prairie girl – seems fitting! Where will other chains go? Link up below or post your link in the comments section.

Next month (January 7, 2023), we’ll start with Beach Read by Emily Henry.

25 responses

  1. I think you recommended a different book by Chloe Hooper once which I read but I don’t know this one. Of course, I was brought up on Laura Ingalls Wilder and have been meaning to go visit some of the sites in the books. I own Pioneer Girl but have not read it yet – a former coworker saw it at a trade show and kindly picked it up and mailed it to me. Isn’t it funny how one’s own family might not think of something yet a man I only saw once or twice a year at annual meetings remembered me years later?

    Here is my chain:

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  3. I hadn’t picked up on there being a rediscovered autobiography by Laura Ingots Wilder. Little House on the Prairie was a favourite of mine as a child, along with Anne of Green Gables. I’ll have to get a copy of Prairie Girl.

    My chain has been hard to define, but I’m going with travelling beyond the bounds of our present reality as a summary!

  4. This is the first time the starting book is one that I’ve read and it’s the first time my connections are all from my TBR – weird backwards thing there. I’ve also read Beach Read for next month and connections were already clicking in my head. I like that you went down the nonfiction path including books you’ve just read – nice chain!
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

  5. This is the first time I hear about Prairie Girl – like you, I loved the fiction series as a child, so may have to track this one down. A lovely chain, as usual, demonstrating that you don’t need to have read the first book! This month I’ve managed to get myself organised and am publishing the post today, Sunday, instead of several days late!

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