A Month of Faves: 6 Degrees of Separation

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I’m SO late with this Month of Faves post! Crap on a cracker! I’ve never participated in the whole 6 degrees of Separation meme- and even though this pains me to admit- I’m feeling a bit out of my league with the idea (like I’m so not sure I’m doing it right!) Now, the whole 6 degrees meme is hosted at Annabel Smith’s blog (and the official linkup for this doesn’t happen till Dec 6th and her book selection is THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH). But don’t fret chickadees- Estella’s Revenge has a little linkup for all of us #amonthoffavesย  (created by Girlxoxo) peeps and then you can always join in to Annabel’s linkup on the 6th.ย 

However, I am totally breaking the rules- and doing this 6 degrees of Separation my way! Hold on to your hat!

Let’s start it off with what happens when parents don’t know what is happening in their children’s lives and the damage it can cause:

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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Which led me to think about it takes on another level of importance to know when they are teenagers:

reconstructing amelia

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Reconstructing Amelia: Makes me thing about how parents really have no clue what goes on in teenagers life. Which brought to mind another example of this:

the fever

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A whole damn town of parents who HAD no clue about the majority of what their kids were doing- even the parents who were educators. Which got me thinking about what happens when you don’t know what your child is doing:

and when she was good by laura lippman

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Your child becomes a hooker. Listen there is a lesson in this degrees of separation! So since your child is a hooker that naturally made me think of dysfunctional relationships with a whole damn family which led me to:


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Seriously… Great book- but dysfunctionality was in the water. Continuing with the dysfunctional theme- let’s talk about dysfunctional friendships:

dare me

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Addy and Beth had the most dysfunctional friendship I’ve read about in a while. And speaking on Beth- that personality, that controlling behavior, that psychotic behavior… as I was reading I had a flash of who Beth was like:

gone girl

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AMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Which totally links back toย  parents NOT knowing what their children are doing- because hello- those 2 parents raised Amy and had no idea what a freaking brilliant psychotic daughter they had raised!


I hope you enjoyed my meandering trip for 6 degrees of separation!


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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14 thoughts on “A Month of Faves: 6 Degrees of Separation

    • Oh, I’m so in the minority- BUT I love Amy. And I see the book playing out no other way than how it did- because while Nick had some interesting moments- Amy was the better character- and she outplayed him/outmaneuvered him every step of the way. Sure, she was crazy. But that is part of what made her such a delicious character!

      **I sometimes wonder what it means to like Amy like I do when others just can’t stand her. Then I just put that thought out of my head ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • A lot of readers didn’t like the ending, but I agree with you–it was the only way it could play out. Amy is a fascinating character. Nothing says we have to like the people in books or want them for our best friends. What they should be is interesting, intriguing, and capable of making us see the world in new light. Amy does that. But I’m afraid for a child being raised (used) by Amy & Nick.

        If I were doing a six degrees starting with Gone Girl, my next title would be American Psycho.

  1. Ha! I love this one! And – I read Reconstructing Amelia, Bittersweet, and The Fever this year….all great examples of parents not knowing what their children are up to! Actually, that was my favorite theme of the year in fiction….

    • Thanks so much! I knew 2 books I wanted in the circle (Dare Me and Gone Girl- because Beth is a younger Amy) and then the rest just kind of came to me with thinking about dysfunctional characters. And parents not knowing what their children are up to- that is a great theme!!!!

  2. ondbookshelf says:

    I’ve read five of these books, and as a mom of two teenage girls, they were frightening to say the least ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I thought I had commented your post and I’ve just discovered I haven’t even read it! Thanks to ‘I-already-don’t-remember-who’ that picks your post in her favorites, I’m finally here and I’ve been really happy to discover your list. I’ve read none of the books (but maybe some could interest me – I have to collect more information – and as I do not have children, I’m not frightened ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

    I love your: ‘there is a lesson in this degrees of separation’ OMG! ๐Ÿ˜€ I can’t help but laughing and, indeed, reading the links between the books, you seem to be right.

    • ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
      I REALLY liked all the books I listed. If you read Reconstructing Amelia, I have an interview with spoilers posted from the author!

      I just laughed and laughed when I wrote that line ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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