Six degrees of separation:
from a chef to a gorilla
Time for another quirky variation on this meme.
You may have heard about a man coming from a monkey, but how about starting with a chef and ending up with a gorilla? That’s the journey I propose to you today.
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).
Here are my own quirky rules:
1. Use your list of books on Goodreads
2. Take the first word of the title (or in the subtitle) offered and find another title with that word in it – see the titles below the images to fully understand, as often the word could be in the second part of the title
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 if you are stuck
5. To help you understand what I’m doing, you will find in orange the word that will be used in the following title, and in green the word used in the previous title
We are supposed to start from The Naked Chef, by Jamie Oliver.
I have not read it.
1. Naked, by David Sedaris
This is the only book I have read with this word in the title!
It was funny, but I didn’t appreciate it as much as some others by Sedaris, maybe because a lot was about family stuff.
2. Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris
Well, with only word in the title, I’m stuck, so to keep going with my chain, I’m choosing my favorite book by Sedaris, the first one I read actually.
Hilarious essays as the author tries to adjust after moving to France.
3. Talk to Me: How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Think, by James Vlahos
VERDICT: Extremely well-documented and up-to-date research, showing where civilization is heading to, through current technological advances.
My full review with quotes, is here.
4. How Do You Live?, by Yoshino Genzaburo
This is a Japanese classic (written in 1937) for middle graders.
VERDICT: Japanese variation on “Know Thyself”. Classic middle grade novel full of wisdom. If we were to apply all its advice, the world would definitely be a better place. The first step is to read the book!
Check here why I loved it so much
5. One Sip at a Time: Learning to Live in Provence, by Keith Van Sickle
Another funny book about France! The author has written a few others, also about his move to France.
VERDICT: Hilarious vignettes on adjusting to French living. Neat way of discovering real France!
My review contains a couple of funny passages.
6. The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate.
Applegate always impresses me a lot, in her so deep books for children.
And yes, Ivan is a gorilla.
I wrote a short review about it in this post.
So my chain of evolution today looks like a chef, to a French learner, to an A.I., to a Japanese kid, to a French expat, to a gorilla!
That’s more fun than Darwin’s, lol.
Nice chain! I do love David Sedaris.
Yes, some are really good
That’s quite a jump – chef to gorilla. This is a fun meme.
I haven’t read any of these – amazing how all the chains I’ve read today have been full of books I’ve not read or even come across before. These all sound fascinating.
That’s the fun of this type of memes
This exercise seems so hard but you always have good examples😁
My way of doing it is the easiest for me, I just use the same words. Most other bloggers use more mind association
Great chain. I haven’t read any of yours but the Genzaburo and Applegate are on my list to get too. I’ve read one other by her, and really enjoyed it.
Yes, she is so good
Hmm. I’m not a fan of Sedaris, or of the Hapless-Englishman-in France type books ( I’m probably being very unfair here). Voice computing? Nah. Which leaves me with a Japanese classic! Nevertheless, an interesting chain.
Talk to Me is actually quite an eye opener. But yes, the classic Japanese book for children is a must – and I can’t wait for Miyazaki’s anime on it, his favorite book as a kid
Oh, I was worried how you’d go from your first link to your next one, but you did it! Good thing. Well done my friend!
You take an unorthodox approach to the chain but always end up with something interesting
Thanks. It’s usually a way for me to highlight some books I really enjoyed
I like your twist though it twists my brain a bit. I also used Naked as my gateway to my first degree, but went a whole different route. That’s the fun of this particular meme.
Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys
It just using keywords. But it’s fun yes to see people doing things differently. Did you see Marianne’s? She did a visual “key word”, really awesome: https://momobookblog.blogspot.com/2022/11/six-degrees-of-separation-from-naked.html
Thanks for that, Emma. I sometimes do words like you do and really like it but this one asked for a picture. LOL
Fun chain as always! Well done!
Brilliant chain again. I was not a big fan of Me Talk Pretty One Day, in fact it made me not trying another book by the author again. But I’m glad you liked it.
I went with a different method this time.
My Six Degrees of Separation took me from The Naked Chef by Jamie Oliver to Lisa and Lottie by Erich Kästner.
Oh wow! I thought his jokes on the French language were so on target
Maybe they are. Maybe they are funnier if you are French or know the language better than I do. But, if I didn’t “get” the jokes what about readers who don’t speak French at all?
Indeed I think you probably miss a lot if you know nothing about French or the culture. Like the whole thing about the bells going to Rome for Easter.
I do know a lot about French culture because that was part of my education and I have a very good friend whom I see regularly. I totally get Astérix, for example. Maybe his sense of humour isn’t mind.
For sure his humor is special
That explains it. Too slapsticky for me.
I usually don’t like slapstick either
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As someone who moved to France and whose French got constantly corrected (for which I was grateful but also embarrassed at times), I could really relate to Me Talk Pretty One Day, also my favourite Sedaris. I do like reading about expats in France, perhaps because I saw first-hand that the cliches are sometimes quite true!
Yes, I think you need to have fought with the French language to appreciate this book, lol.
And yes, some high brow readers say, oh these are full of clichés, but guess what, they are right on target!!
Hi Emma! Oh I love what you did with this month’s Six Degrees. From a chef to a gorilla – LOL!! Well, if you become a really good Chef, you might eat yourself to the size of a gorilla?
One sip at a time seems like fun. Reminds me of Debbie @ Readerbuzz…
I’ve enjoyed The One and Only Ivan, still want to read the next one as well.
Have a good week ahead Emma!
Yes, One sip at a time: I organized a book tour for it several years ago. Very nice and kind author too