Six degrees of separation: from the screw to the deerstalker


Six degrees of separation:
from the screw to the deerstalker

Yeah, feels good to be back!
I finally found time to join this meme – last time was in March.

Using my own rules for this fun meme hosted by Kate at Booksaremyfavouriteandbest (see there the origin of the meme and how it works – posted the first Saturday of every month), I started with a famous classic and ended up with the detective with the deerstalker!

Will you dare follow me to track them?

Here are my own quirky rules:

1. Use your list of books on Goodreads
2. Take the first word of the title offered and find another title with that word in it
3. Then use the first word of THAT title to find your text title
4. Or the second if the title starts with the same word, or you are stuck

  The Turn of the Screw No Turning Back

  No Woods So Dark As These A Walk in the Woods

  The Most Beautiful Walk Conan Doyle for the Defense

1. The Turn of the Screw
A classic om my Classics Club TBR, I hope to read it soon!

2. No Turning Back
I did cheat a bit, from turn to turning

VERDICT: With a nice flow in the writing and rich diversity of genre and content, Dan Burns offers a captivating collection of short stories. A great invitation to lean forward and jump.

3. No Woods So Dark As These
VERDICT: Not your usual page-turner: Randall Silvis is great at mixing crime and metaphysics.

4. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
From my review (that was 10 years ago, and I was not writing a “verdict” back then!):
Bryson writes very well, he’s so funny and witty, while giving you great information at the same time, such as ecological, historical, and geological facts in this book.
NB: I did end up walking a bit on the Appalachian Trail!

5. The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris
From my review:
I really enjoyed very much his book, full not only of fun and personal anecdotes, but also rich in plenty of cultural, historical,  and literary references.
It really gives you the desire to pack and go, and follow him with his book as a guide, through the fun tours, well organized.
It reminded me that, as he says, the best walk is the one you make up yourself.

6. Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer
VERDICT: A must read for all Sherlock Holmes’ fan. A well researched piece of literary critique.


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24 thoughts on “Six degrees of separation: from the screw to the deerstalker

  1. Wow, your rules are fun but could be difficult! The only book I’ve read that you listed is A Walk in the Woods. I normally love Bill Bryson but he irritated me with this book when he wrote off most of North Carolina and flew over it to Virginia. I’m a North Carolina mountain girl so I know he missed some spectacular scenery! Otherwise, I have to admit the book was hilarious.

    I read a lot of Sherlock Holmes when I was younger. I should look at the Conan Doyle book. And who wouldn’t want to visit Paris, even if it’s only in the pages of a book? I’ll have to look for that one too. Great list!


    • I have read a lot of books, and documented them on Goodreads, so that’s actually the easiest way for me to do this meme.
      Funny, this is actually the only book by Bryson I liked. I was irritated by the one on Iowa – I lived there for a while, and I thought he was really disrespectful of the inhabitants.
      Yes, the Conan Doyle book is excellent


  2. A neat solution, I thought, to use words in the titles to make the links, and all elegantly done. I’ve read the Henry James, and a couple of Bryson titles (not the one you’ve read but one on etymology and another on Shakespeare) but the others are new to me.


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