I don’t participate in a lot of memes, but this one really struck my fancy. I love looking at how multiple books connect and intersect, so 6 Degrees of Separation is a fun challenge. This meme was started by Annabel Smith and Emma Chapman. I found out about it on Fourth Street Review.
Here’s how it works:
- 1984 – This is a book that I’ve always wanted to read, but never have. It’s one that I keep seeing at used bookstores and thinking, “I should really get that….” and I always pick something else.
- The Swiss Family Robinson – This is another one that I’ve put off reading for years and years. I did finally pick it up at a bookstore, but it has stayed woefully on my shelf ever since. This book does have a fantastic movie version (not the one with Jane Seymour).
- Anna Karenina – Anna has a wonderful movie version, featuring one of my favorite actresses ever, Keira Knightley. But Anna was the first Tolstoy I’ve ever read and it made me realize that I might not actually like Russian literature as much as I thought. I might just like Dostoevsky.
- Crime and Punishment – The inspiring novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Raskolnikov is one of my favorite characters of all time, ever, because he struggles (mentally) with all kinds of ethical and philosophical dilemmas—like “Is it ok to kill someone? Even sometimes?”
- Gone With the Wind – Scarlett O’Hara doesn’t at all struggle with moral decisions. She just refuses to make them, period. She’s ruthlessly practical and I love her to pieces.
- Jane Eyre – You know who else I love to pieces? Jane. Come on now, where did you think was going to end? One of the reasons I love JE so much is that I see so many ties and connections to other books! I promise I’m starting to get my act together on reviewing JE. I’ve decided I just have to take it slow and cover little bits at a time. There’s no way I can cover it all in one post.
So there you have it: from dystopia to Russian literature to Jane Eyre. Go figure.