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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Six Degrees of Separation - From The Tipping Point to Jade Dragon Mountain

I'm here with Six Degrees of Separation, a monthly link-up hosted by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best. She chooses a book as a starting point and then links to six other books to form a chain. A book doesn’t need to be connected to all the other books on the list, only to the one next to it in the chain.

The starting book in this month's chain is one that I've certainly heard about, but I've not read (and probably won't) - The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell.



The Tipping Point is about 'how little things can make a big difference' - certain behaviors or circumstances hit a threshold or 'tipping point' and then catch on like wildfire and spread.  The author, Malcolm Gladwell, has been a writer for The New Yorker magazine for over 20 years.



Connecting to The New Yorker, Roz Chast, the author of the graphic novel Can't we talk about something more PLEASANT?, tells of her life while her parents were aging.  It's about decisions and life and also death.  I have read this book and think it's very good, very realistic, and certainly sad.  Roz Chast has had her cartoons published in The New Yorker for years and years.



Also by an author named, Roz, the next connection is to Our Little Secret by Roz Nay.  Recently published and also nominated for a 'Best First Crime Novel' award, this book is a psychological thriller.  I haven't read it yet, but I plan to try it soon.



Another book with the word 'Secret' in the title, we have The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty.  I read this book a couple of years ago and loved it.  I also reread it on audio with narrator Caroline Lee, who is wonderful.



Our next connection is another book that is narrated by the fabulous Caroline Lee on audio.  It's The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton.  I read this one with our mystery group and it was really well done.  Set in both Cornwall and Australia, this is the author's 'hat tip' to The Secret Garden.



Erin Kelly's book He Said, She Said is also set in Cornwall.  I've also read this book and was fascinated with the way this author told her story.  It occurs during a festival to observe a total eclipse of the sun and something really bad happens.  I read it last summer when another total eclipse took place.


  
Our last link for this month is another solar eclipse, which occurs in Elsa Hart's Jade Dragon Mountain.  This mystery is set in 18th century China and Tibet and I have not read it as yet.  It's on my list to try.   

I always enjoy creating these chains and, as usual, mine are populated with a bunch of crime novels.  What can I say?  I love mysteries.  We started with a non-fiction bestseller and ended with a mystery set in 18th century China.  The connections were 'The New Yorker magazine', 'authors named Roz', 'Secret in the book title', 'audio narration by Caroline Lee', 'setting of Cornwall', and 'solar eclipses'.  Plus, I've read over half the books.  Not a bad track record.  Next month, July 7th, I'll be on a blogging break, but I hope to be back with another chain in August.  

28 comments:

  1. Every month I end up adding some books to my TBR stack after spotting them in chains - it's the odd links to other books that grab my attention. This month, the Roz Chast will be added - hadn't heard of it but it sounds terrific (and relevant for me personally).

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    1. I do recommend the Roz Chast book. As I said, it's realistic and sad, but also funny in many ways. Also, have you read Being Mortal by Atul Gawande? I suggest the two books together.

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  2. I really enjoyed The Forgotten Garden. Jade Dragon Mountain sounds quite interesting! Enjoy your blogging break.

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    1. Thanks! I plan to enjoy it - makes a little more intensive reading easier and then I come back with fresh enthusiasm.

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  3. I've read three of these. I want to read OUR LITTLE SECRET as well. JADE DRAGON MOUNTAIN also sounds interesting.

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    1. I definitely want to try Jade Dragon Mountain. Maybe in the fall.

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  4. I've read and enjoyed all of these except Can We Talk About Something More Pleasant and He Said, She Said. How interesting to see how you've linked them from one to another.

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    1. Thanks, Jenclair. My mind just kind of wanders around and finds connections. LOL

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  5. Isn't that funny - we both have two books with the word 'secret' in the titles, but different books. I suppose it's not so surprising as we both like crime fiction! I've read The Forgotten Garden but not the other books, although I'd like to.

    Enjoy your blogging break!

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    1. The Forgotten Garden was really good. I bet you'd enjoy the other 'secret' book as well.

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  6. Great chain - lots of secrets and eclipses there! The only one I've read is He Said/She Said but I have the Liane Moriarty on my TBR, so will get to it one of these days...!

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    1. You'd have to be in the right mood for The Husband's Secret, but it might work for you at some point. Think domestic thriller. Just saying...

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  7. Loving your crime filled chain - loved He Said/She Said and The Husband's Secret and The Forgotten Garden.

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    1. I don't seem to know how to do one of these without crime novels. Surprising, right? LOL

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  8. I can't stay away from mystery novels in my chains, either, Kay. I got a copy of Can't we talk about something more PLEASANT? by Chast at the annual book sale last year but still haven't read it. I am interested in The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty but it has not made it onto my shelves yet.

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    1. I do recommend the Roz Chast book, but know that it is realistic and sad because it's about end of life decisions, etc. It's good though.

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  9. Two books set in Cornwall that I didn't know were set there. I must look those up.

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    1. Oh, yes - they were both really good!

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  10. I always love seeing which books you will connect--and how you connect them. I have Can't we talk about something more PLEASANT? on my shelf, but haven't read it yet. I know it will be a tough one, but worth it. The Husband's Secret was really good, I agree!

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    1. It's a fun thing to do when I can - this chain I mean.

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  11. Wow, that is impressive! I love Kate Morton, so glad to see her up there.

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    1. I've really liked her books that I've read too. Haven't gotten to all of them, but some.

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  12. I love seeing how you make the connections. I loved The Forgotten Garden and the rest of these sound pretty good too!

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    1. The Forgotten Garden was really good wasn't it? I also liked The Distant Hours and The Lake House.

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  13. Love to see how the books are connected. You mentions several books I want to read!

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    1. There were some good ones here.

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  14. Lovely links, Kay! The only one I've read so far is The Forgotten Garden, but several others are on my TBR list. Hope you'll enjoy Jade Dragon Mountain; it sounds really interesting!

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    1. I haven't started Jade Dragon Mountain as yet, but I'm looking forward to it at some point. Thanks for your kind words, Jessie!

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