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Sunday, December 6, 2020

Six Degrees of Separation: ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET to...

Six Degrees of Separation

Starts with: 

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume  

I just read this book, finally, many years after my eldest daughter talked about how much it meant to her as a young girl. I determined to read it for that reason but took years getting around to it.

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen 

Another book recommended to me by my daughters. They and all their classmates loved this book when they were in 4th or 5th grade. It is another book I've been meaning to read for years but finally got around to it this year.

Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

I just finished this book this week after starting it over thirteen years ago. I had a lot of starts and stops with this book because of the complex plot involving a story-within-the-story.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Another book long on my TBR that I read this year. This clever and funny book also includes a story-within-the-story, though in this book that story is the main event. I read this book mainly because I love the movie so much.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Another book I read because I love the movie so much. Gaiman is one of my favorite authors and admire his work in several genres/types.

Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Another favorite author who dabbles in different genres and mediums. This book is my favorite of hers partially because of the book trailer Stiefvater made for it which includes music and art that she created. View it here. Turn up the sound.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated the Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente

Another book with a fabulous book trailer.  Check it out here, scroll down. It also has a crazy, fun title. The main character is a preteen girl.

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

That brings me back around to where I started. Margaret is a preteen girl who has lots of growing-up questions. And the title is very memorable.

Note: I am always surprised what books populate this list. How did I get from a rather serious book about real-world problems to a mystical fantasy book? I hope you can follow my train of thought as I make my way from one book to the next. One never knows when they embark on the Six Degrees trip where they will end up. 

Six Degrees is hosted over at BooksAreMyFavouriteAndBest



  1. Nice chain! I am particularly interested in The Girl Who Circumnavigated the Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making because quotes from it kept coming up when I was researching a graduate school assignment last month. I need to add it to my TBR.

    When I worked in publishing, Neil Gaiman was just about to publish his first book, Neverwhere. We had a really nice lunch with him and I liked that he mentioned some of his favorite childhood authors.

  2. We read Neverwhere for book club which was sort of a first for the club since most gals don't read fantasy or horror genres.

  3. This is a great trip with books, the Scorpio Races has my attention.

  4. I still have never read any Neil Gaiman. I think I might be the only person who hasn't.

  5. An excellent chain, and one to enjoy as it's reminded me that it's wa while since I enjoyed one of Neil Gaiman's offerings. In fact I don't know Stardust, so maybe this is the one to choose. Thanks!

  6. That's a great chain! Apart from the Judy Blume book, I haven't read any of them, but both The Blind Assassin and Stardust are on my TBR.

  7. Ooh, nice! I love, love, love Stardust (the movie, have't read the book), Scorpio Races and Princess Bride!!!
    Girl who Circumnavigated has been on my TBR pile since ages after I saw its book trailer on YouTube, hope I'll finally get to finish the series in 2021.
    Hatchet is a new find, will look it up. Thanks a bunch!

  8. 13 years to finish a book, wow! I would have tossed it ages ago. :-)

    1. I started it for book club thirteen years ago and never finished it. Then I saw it on so many lists extolling it, I thought I should give it a better try. It wasn't a favorite but I'm glad I completed it finally.


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