The positively fabulous Katie from Words for Worms recently alerted me to the new-ish 6 Degrees of Separation meme, started by Emma Chapman and Annabel Smith. Basically, they pick a new book each month, and you start with your thoughts on that book...then, through free association, you link it to 6 other books. Yup, totally one of those awesome meme ideas that makes you think, "WHY didn't I get that superb idea first??"
This month's book is The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. AND GO!
You may remember that I read this one pretty recently, and loved it (review here). I read very few chunksters last year (The Goldfinch is hella long), and this book reminded me why it's nice to slow down and do a longer read sometimes. Which brings to mind my current chunky read...
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
I am about 60% done with this book, and positively adoring it. It's pretty much the definition of an "epic novel". Based on the cover and tidbits I've heard about the book/movie in the past, I assumed this was going to be one long romance about Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler. But it is way, WAY more than that. Scarlett is one of the most fabulous characters I've encountered in quite some time, and I'm learning way more about the Civil War than I ever did in history class (sorry, high school history teachers).
Hmm, when was the last time I even read anything concerning the Civil War? I guess that would be...
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
(This counts as a Civil War book, yes?) I went through my Goodreads list, and this is the closest I've gotten to anything Yankees v. Confederates since 2010. Even though this book is totally NOT historically accurate, it IS hilarious and basically blames vampires for starting the Civil War. Just don't bother seeing the movie version, which totally sucked in comparison.
You know what other book was completely butchered on the big screen?
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Just UGH. How can you take a stellar book that is practically DEFINED by its ending, make a movie about it...and CHANGE THE ENDING?? I saw this movie several years ago, and it still makes me mad to think about it. Humph.
I love it when a book has such a shocking, rock-solid ending. One of my favorite twist-ending novels is definitely...
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
If you've read it, you know what I'm talking about. The conclusion is unexpected, but in such a subtle way, it will leave you thinking about it for weeks. (And thankfully, Scorcese got it all right on screen.)
The cover for this book (pictured above) is awesomely creepy, much like the story itself. But of course, when the movie came out, they started releasing the book with a movie-version cover. I HATE it when that happens, and I will always buy the pre-movie book cover when I have the chance. Honestly, I think the only book I own that has a movie-version cover is...
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
And that's because it was a cheap buy in the airport on my way to a conference in Dallas back in 2008. Luckily I like Natalie Portman, or I might find it unbearable.
This book is likely responsible for starting my interest in historical fiction...I hadn't read much in that genre beforehand. However, one of my all-time favorite historical fiction novels is actually one that I read for a class in high school, and that would be
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
I am totally due for a re-read of it.
So there's my 6 degrees! Hope you enjoyed following my train of thought on this one! Any other participants out there for this month? I've read a few good ones already, especially at The Steadfast Reader and GirlXOXO.