6 Degrees of Separation: From The Tipping Point to Charlotte’s Web
Welcome back to 6 Degrees of Separation. In case you’re new to this, let me briefly summarise the guidelines:
- Kate from booksaremyfavouriteandbest names the title of the first book.
- Participants (yes, that can include you!) link it to whatever book comes into your head next, regardless of how random that connection may seem.
- Repeat until you have a chain of six book titles, not including the initial one.
- Publish on your own blog, or let me know in the comments.
- Head over to booksaremyfavouriteandbest to add your link to the list, thus sharing your chain with other 6 Degrees participants.
This month’s starting title is The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell.
The tipping point is described as that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behaviour crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate.’
My instant response was to link The Tipping Point to Love in Small Letters by Francesc Miralles, as it was a story about someone who made small changes in his life with big consequences. However, I included that title last month. Instead, I’ll pick the book that came to me second, which was Sara Foster’s All that Is Lost Between Us, about a girl whose secret is about to go viral on social media, leaving her in terrible danger.
Grace, the protagonist of Kathryn Heyman’s Storm and Grace has secrets of her own. She also finds herself in grave danger after becoming smitten with world-famous freediver, Storm Hisray.
My next book is linked by the name of a character in the title. Margaret Atwood wrote Alias Grace in 1996. This is still on my to-read list, and one I want to read before I attempt the recently released series.
However, I am currently watching The Handmaid’s Tale, also by Margaret Atwood. From memory, the book ends in a similar way to the first season, which I found as gripping as many led me to believe.
A very different book with ‘tale’ in the title is The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo, which delighted my children long before it, too, was adapted for screen. I bought it from one of my favourite bookshops in the Great Southern district of Western Australia, then read a chapter aloud each night during a holiday to Tasmania.
When I was a young child, one of my favourite books also contained animals as the central characters. I loved the nurturing, encouraging spider (Charlotte) and the loveable pig (Wilbur) in Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. I was inconsolable, not just by the sad turn of events later in the story, but because my brothers tore the book into pieces, while I was visiting my grandparents without them.
As usual, the chain led me in an unexpected direction. Beginning with the notion of ideas spreading like wildfire and secrets going viral in the present, the books went back in time to the 1800s and then forward to a dystopian future that at times seems all too possible – and in some parts of the world is too close to currrent realites. From there an escape from reality to worlds in which animals talk, but where perhaps we are best shown how to treat one another.
Over to You
Where has 6 degrees of separation led you?
Join in by giving me the link to your chain on your blog (and posting the link over at booksaremyfavouriteandbest to get the word out). And if you don’t have a blog, that’s no problem – simply leave your chain in the comments on this post – I’d love to hear from you!
Next month (7 July 2018), we’ll begin with Tales of the City, the first in the much-loved series by Armistead Maupin.