#6Degrees of Separation: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

It’s the first Saturday of the month and that means that it’s #6Degrees of bookish separation time!

Here’s a recap of the rules:

#6degrees rules

How are things wherever you are in the world?  Here in England, Spring is trying its best to emerge: though it snowed today – the waether just can’t seem to make its mind up.  Perfect weather for curling up with a book in front of the fire: one of the main things I missed about England.  My little office even has an open fire, so as you can imagine I’m in heaven!

This month, we’re starting with…


Wild/Cheryl Strayed

This book is back in the public mind due to the recent film release.  I haven’t read the book, but I’ve heard a lot about it.  Reese Witherspoon is playing the main character, and she is an actress I like.




Les Liaisons Dangereuses/Choderlos de Laclos

A bit of a leap here, but Reese Witherspoon also starred in the film Cruel Intentions, which was based on Les Liaisons Dangereuses.  I’ve always wanted to read the original book.





Les Misérables/Victor Hugo

Another French classic, the stage adaptation of which is my favorite musical.  I wonder what ol’ Hugo would have made of the singing, dancing spectacular…?


when-nights-were-coldOld Possum’s Book of Magical Cats/T. S. Eliot

A stage adaptation link here: this is the book of poetry that the musical Cats was based on.  Anpther wonderful musical, and a great collection of lighthearted poetry from the usually intellectual Eliot.



when-nights-were-coldThe Wasteland/ T. S. Eliot

The marvellously dense and profound collection that T. S. Eliot is most known for.  I read this at university and loved how little of it I understood.




when-nights-were-coldUlysses/ James Joyce

During our move, I discovered I have two copies of this novel, and I understand neither.  I’ll have to revisit this book when I’m older and wiser.  Like The Wasteland, there is a strange satisfaction from being lost in the words without a clue as to the meaning…


when-nights-were-coldThe Odyssey/ Homer

This epic poem tells the story of Odysseus’ (known in Roman mythology as Ulysses) jounrey home after the fall of Troy.  We had to memorise lines from this poem for our Latin GCSE, though I can’t remember any of it these days.


So, from Wild, we’ve taken a jounrey through film and stage, ending up with an epic Greek poem.  You just can’t predict what will happen with this blog meme!

Let’s see where Annabel Smith ended up…

What does your chain look like? Please post it or a link to your blog post in the comments below.

Our next #6Degrees post will be up on Saturday 4th April
and we’ll be starting with The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.

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