Six Degrees of Separation: The Goldfinch

July 11, 2014 Six Degrees of Separation 14

Good Day Bookworms!

It’s time again for one of my FAVORITE monthly memes, Six Degrees of Separation hosted by Annabel Smith and Emma Chapman. They choose a book as a starting point, and then we create a chain of books connecting them in any old way we please. Seriously. I once connected two books using yogurt. It’s awesome. This month I’m happy to announce that I have indeed read the starting point book, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (review). Ready set? Let’s do this!


1. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo: Ooooh yes. I went there. Boris was my favorite character in The Goldfinch and seriously, if he had been born in 19th Century Paris, he would have been Gavroche! Gavroche was, no surprises here, my favorite character in  Les MisérablesI love a plucky street urchin.

2. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (review): I’m switching gears from Paris to Georgia here. Two sweeping epics full of political unrest and corsets? They didn’t specifically mention any hoop skirts in Les Misérablesbut I’ve got my suspicions. And did you see Samantha Barks’s teeeeeeeeeny tiny waist in the movie version of Les Misérables? You know there were corsets all up in there. How could I not connect these two?

3. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith: Sometimes I get cheeky, and “sometimes” is now. Clearly I’m connecting Gone with the Wind to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter through the American Civil War. They’re both fiction… The latter is just a bit less realistic. (Spoiler Alert: Vampires aren’t real. I’d have been eaten by now, if my attractiveness to blood sucking insects is any indication.)


4. World War Z by Max Brooks (review): Vampires are mythological creatures that feed on humans, zombies are mythological creatures that feed on humans. It works.

5. Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank (review): A zombie apocalypse will bring about the end of the world as we know it just as easily as nuclear war will. Of course, nuclear war is ACTUALLY a thing that could happen, so it’s even scarier…

6. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (review): Speaking of terrifying potential dystopian scenarios can we TALK about The Handmaid’s Tale?! Women sold and used as breeding stock? Women forbidden to read? Worst nightmare, much?

There we have it! The Goldfinch to The Handmaid’s Tale in six easy steps… Including pit stops for corsets, vampires, and zombies. So much fun! Alright Bookworms, tell me something. What book would YOU link to The Goldfinch

#6Degrees Rules


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14 Responses to “Six Degrees of Separation: The Goldfinch”

  1. Annabel Smith

    First yoghurt, now corsets – your connections rock! I LURVE The Handmaid’s Tale. Never heard of Alas Babylon – off to look that one up. Thanks for playing!

  2. April @ The Steadfast Reader

    Love it! Lovelovelove.

    Also. Samantha Bark’s waist FREAKED ME THE EFF OUT in that movie. WHERE DID THE POWER TO SING COME FROM?!

    I’m also madly in love with four out of the five books I’ve read on your list here. (I’ve not read The Goldfinch or Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – so I’ll let you guess which one I don’t like. 😉 )

  3. AMB

    Well done! This is such a fun game. I’m not sure what I would link to The Goldfinch (other than the obvious, like Dickens). I’ll have to think about it!

  4. Darlene @ Lost in Literature

    I just downloaded Alas, Babylon this week. I also have Goldfinch, and The Handmaid’s Tale is STILL on my TBR. The time is coming soon, very soon, for me to read freely. And I can’t wait!

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