Six degrees round robin

Jeanne suggested that we do this again, round robin style. I think it sounds like fun. It’ll be interesting to see the book selections. I won’t be here next week (see my blog for details, if you’re so inclined), so see if you can keep this going for a couple of weeks. Here’s what to do:

I’ll start with a book, then the first person who comments uses my book as inspiration. Each person after that uses the book of the person above as their inspiration. There will be times when there’s an overlap, with two or more people using the same book as their inspiration. When that happens, the next person will have their choice.

I hope that all make sense. If you need it said a little differently, see Jeanne’s comment. Also, not required, but it would be nice if you link to the blog that inspired your book choice.

Since this one needs to go for a couple of weeks, feel free to play more than once!

The first book

I don’t read classics as often as I should, but when I do I usually love them. One of my favorites is Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. My husband has a nice collection of leather-bound books, and it’s his special edition of this book that I first read. It made the experience just that much more enjoyable for me. The smell of the leather, the fine gilt-edged pages, the beauty of the prose, the eerie feeling of the tale, all made my first sojourn into this wonderful story that much more special.


15 responses

  1. I propose Jamaica Inn’ by Daphne du Maurier. I read this book in the 1970’s when on holiday’s at my grand parents. That summer was awfully hot and i spent the afternoons readins in the coolest room of the house. My grand mother owned a lot of what was then called ‘Women books’ (that meant written by women). Among them were all du ùaurier’s books and I read them all and loved them.
    In 1996, I holidayed in the southern Coast of England with my husband and daughter. I bought the book when I got back home, read it again and loved it !

  2. Sorry, I forgot to put the link to my blog.
    Here it is :

  3. “Jamaica Inn” makes me think of adventure stories — specifically Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island”. Even though this was (and still is, I suppose) seen as a “boy’s book,” I enjoyed it tremendously, with its tales of the sea and derring-do, and its wonderfully vivid characters. “Pieces of eight, pieces of eight!”

  4. Okay, I had to think about this but Jeanne’s comment about Treasure Island being a “boy book” leads me to a very recent read of mine, Guys Write for Guys Read edited by Jon Scieszka. Guys Read ( is an organization designed to increase the literacy of boys. The book is essays and drawings by male authors and illustrators. Like Jeanne and Treasure Island, this book is for boys but I absolutely loved it. So many wonderful tales of childhood from dozens of “guys.” A must read.

  5. I’m following in Bill’s footsteps. Here’s my link:

  6. Mary’s mention of childhood stories and “guys” made me think of a novel of a childhood happening in the absence of reliable guys…men, rather. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, written in the Forties by Betty Smith, is a poignant novel that traces the childhood of Francie Nolan, a little girl living in the Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn in the first decades of the 20th century. More than just a tale of bright and imaginative Francie as she grows and perseveres, the book is also a wonderfully charactered portrayal of the women who hold strong and keep the families whole, even when they are failed again and again, often by the men in their lives. This is one of my all-time favorite books…beautifully written and deeply moving.
    Here is my link:

  7. Emmanuelle from Nantes (France) just posted a comment on my blog. She said : All those books about boys and girls make me think of “Tom Sawyer” by Mark twain, and as a good girl from Nantes, I must mention “Around the world in 80 days, written by Jules Verne, who was also born in Nantes. The 100th anniversary of his death was hugely celebrated in 2005.

  8. Hmmm..not sure if I’m doing this bear with me. LOL But the aforementioned authors being French reminded me of the book I read for my French class in high school several years ago. We read The Little Prince in French of course. LOL It was such a compelling novel and I remember thinking was there more to the story than just what was written. Was it somehow a reflection upon the human race and society? Did it contain some religious aspects that weren’t clear? I loved that book! I still have the copy of it I used in high school as I just couldn’t sell it back. It meant too much.

  9. The Little Prince was made into a cartoon and that made me think of one of my favorite books that was also made into a cartoon, Watership Down. Written by Richard Adams it is a coming of age/quest story whose main characters are Rabbits.

  10. Watership Down puts me in mind of Redwall by Brian Jacques, since they are both about animal societies. Redwall is about mice.

  11. I know I’m coming in late but I still wanted to play too, so I’ve joined in with my own post –
    following on from Redwall and mice societies with Joesephine the Singer by Kafka.

  12. I decided to play again since it is a new week. One turn per week, right?

    I went from Kafka’s Josephine the Singer to Mann’s Magic Mountain.

    See how at my blog:

  13. Karla (ThreadBndr)

    I have a blog with some book content, but it’s mostly for my knitting and needlework, so I’ll post here instead.

    Mary got to Mann’s “Magic Mountain”, which is set, in part, in the Alps

    From there to another book set in the Alps, and also a nod to the above childhood favorites and books made into movies/cartoons, let’s go to “Heidi” by Johanna Spyri

  14. Going from Heidi to another children’s book, but in a different genre, one of my favourite books when I was in grade school was “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle. I’ve since read just about all of her fiction and much of her non-fiction.

  15. A Wrinkle in Time, in my opinion, stops pretty ubruptly. Neil Stephenson does this with most of his works and I will pick my favorite: The Diamond Age. The book follows some young girls who come across a copy of a primer that is interactive and helps them grow into women who will change the world. Fantastic book that stops rather than ends.

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