It’s time again for my favorite monthly meme, Six Degrees of Separation, hosted by Annabel Smith and Emma Chapman. This month’s starting point is Gone Girl (review), which is awesome, as my HIGHLY SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH has shown that if Kevin Bacon were a book, he’d be Gone Girl. Kismet, no?
1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. My first stop on this crazy train is going to be in Hannibal, MO. (Bonus points if you now have “Shoeless Joe from Hannibal, MO” from Damn Yankees stuck in your head.) Gone Girl is set in Hannibal, MO whose most famous alumnus (before the Dunnes got all crazy up in there) is Mark Twain. Hence, the first book in my chain is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
2. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. One of my favorite adventures of Huck Finn occurred when he landed in the middle of the Shepherdson and Grangerford family feud. It got me to thinking about literary family feuds so OF COURSE, I landed on the infamous antics of the Capulets and Montagues!
3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (review). How did I arrive here from Romeo and Juliet? Well. Doomed lovers, for a start. BUT. The title The Fault in Our Stars is totally a Shakespeare reference. Unfortunately, it’s NOT from Romeo and Juliet, it’s from Julius Caesar. However, now that we’re in ancient Rome, my next book choice totally makes sense!
4. I Am Livia by Phyllis T. Smith (review). How better to attach two books than with the assassination of a historical figure?! I Am Livia opens with the plotting of Caesar’s demise and goes on to get down with its Roman self. The thing about Rome is not everyone was thrilled to be conquered and stuff. That leads us to…
5. Hannibal: Enemy of Rome by Ben Kane (review). Carthage haaaaaaaaaated Rome. And Rome haaaaaaaaaated Carthage. And the kids who lived there grew up and fought in wars and stuff. But Hannibal, leader of the Carthaginian army, had a flock of WAR ELEPHANTS, which is kind of awesome, and connects to…
6. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. War elephants, circus elephants. Potato, potahto. We made it all the way from the crazy media circus of Gone Girl to the actual circus. With elephants. And now you know why I can never get anything done. This is how my brain works. Oye.
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