Six degrees of separation: from a child to a professor



Six degrees of separation:
from a child to a professor

Time for another quirky variation on this meme.
It worked well this month, starting with a child and finishing with a professor, a nice life journey, isn’t it?

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

DEc 2022 six-degrees-of-separation

We are supposed to start from The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey.
At one point I think I considered reading it, but never did.

1.  The Snow Goose, by Paul Gallico
I just discovered Gallico a few weeks ago, and was very impressed by this story.
See my thoughts here.

2.  The Goose Fritz, by Sergei Lebedev
Yes, believe it or not, I did read another book with the word goosein the title!
VERDICT:  Revisiting your past, discovering your deep identity. Not always a comfortable journey.
My full review is here, with a few quotes.

3. Oblivion, by Sergei Lebedev
I’m stuck with the title, so I’m going now to my favorite book by Lebedev.
VERDICT: Powerful, intense, and poetic evocation of Soviet prison camps. Reading like a detective story, it will haunt the reader and help him escape oblivion. Unforgettable.
My full English/French review with quotes, is here.

4. The Memory Police, by Yoko Ogawa
Hmm, I’m going to jump from Oblivion to its opposite, memory!
VERDICT: Eerie dystopian allegory on the beauty of our world, and how it could disappear if we don’t resist, keep our conscience awake, and our heart alive.
Check here why I loved it so much

5.The Housekeeper and the Professor, by Yoko Ogawa
I have no other interesting book with the word ‘police’ in the title, so I’m going with another book by Ogawa, very different in genre, but very good too.
This is such a beautiful, warm, and quiet book, short but rich with so many layers. Here are all my thoughts about it

6.  The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary, by Simon Winchester.
Great book about books! Winchester is such an amazing nonfiction author!
“The Professor and the Madman, masterfully researched and eloquently written, is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionary — and literary history. “

So I started with a child and ended with a professor, like a life journey.


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24 thoughts on “Six degrees of separation: from a child to a professor

  1. The Memory Police is on my TBR and I read the Professor and the Madman years ago. Looks like your chain was a little more challenging this month, not finding an interesting title with “police” in it. 🙂 I actually built myself into a corner that I couldn’t get out of so deleted a couple books and went a different way. I struggled a bit this month for some reason. I enjoyed the chain you ended up with.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys


  2. Some twisty ducking and diving there for your links, well done! Interestingly enough, Lebedev sounds like lebeda, which means swan in Romanian, so there is a bit of a goose/swan/fowl link there.


  3. Hi Emma!

    I always love your spin. I have read and loved The Snow Child very much and The Snow Goose is one of my all-time favorite reads for sure.

    The Housekeeper and the Professor is on my TBR and I hope to get to it someday.

    Blessings for the upcoming Festive Season!

    Elza Reads


  4. Love how you chain went from child to Professor; incidentally I’ve read both the ‘professor’ books on your list and enjoyed them very much. I’ve only read one Gallico so far, one of his ‘cat’ books which I liked very much, but need to pick up some others soon.


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