Six degrees of separation: from a chef to a gorilla


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

Nov 2022 six-degrees-of-separation

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.


Visit other chains here




35 thoughts on “Six degrees of separation: from a chef to a gorilla

  1. 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.


  2. 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.


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  4. 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!!


  5. 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!

    Elza Reads


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