Six Degrees Of Separation – October 2021

Six Degrees of Separation is the brain child of Kate over at Books Are My Favourite and Best where we all start with the same book, and head down the rabbit hole to add six more, and see where our links take us!

Follow the hashtag #6degrees on Twitter to check out everyone else’s chains. Six Degrees of Separation takes place on the first Saturday of the month.

The starting book for this month is The Lottery by Shirley Jackson.

Perhaps a kind of obvious jump, but I’m participating in a readathon in the month of October, and for one of the prompts I am choosing to read The Haunting Of Hill House which is also by Shirley Jackson, so that is my first jump.

So next I’m going to go to another haunted house style book, that I read recently, and that is Bly by Kelsey Ketch.

Next I’m going to the inspiration behind Bly which was The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James.

Okay, this next jump is totally a me issue, but I have always gotten the titles of Taming Of The Shrew and Turn Of The Screw mixed up, so logically, that has to be my next book.

And now we are at Shakespeare, so I am going to end of That Way Madness Lies edited by Dahlia Adler, which is a book containing 15 different Shakespeare retellings.

Have you read any of these books? What path would you take? Let me know!

6 thoughts on “Six Degrees Of Separation – October 2021

  1. I do love Shirley Jackson – look forward to hearing what you think of Hill House. And I had to laugh at the ‘Shrew’ ‘Screw’ mix-up, yes it really does sound confusing. I’ve got a couple of those problems distinguishing authors in particular (I always get my Penelopes mixed up, for example, and Anita Shreve and Anita Brookner, no matter how dissimilar they are)!

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  2. I’m awfully late with the comments, but I wanted to say that I listened to The Turn of the Screw as an audiobook on BBC Sounds this time last year, and enjoyed it very much. I heard part of it while wandering about our vilage graveyard on a bleak October afternoon – very atmospheric!

    Before that the only Henry James I’d read was Daisy Miller, which I loved – I’d been put off his longer books by his ‘difficult’ reputation. I don’t know how I would have fared with the actual book of The Turn of the Screw, but I later listened to The Portrait of a Lady (also on BBC Sounds) and it was excellent. I’ve found it much easier to get into ‘hard’ classics this way (eg I also listened to Wuthering Heights, which had defeated me on at least three previous attempts, and in this format I was able to persevere, and got so much from it.)

    I don’t think I could cope with Shirley Jackson in any format though!

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