Six Degrees of Separation: Atonement to Wolf Hall

Six Degrees of Separation is a monthly blog event hosted by Kate at booksaremyfavoriteandbest. This is my first time participating, and I’m pretty excited. My brother-in-law play 6 Degrees every weekend, movie version of course, and I always thought about how this could be applied bookishly.

If you’ve never played the 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon, the idea is that any actor can be connected to Kevin Bacon by going through other actors they were in movies with in six actors or less. You don’t have to connect to Kevin Bacon if you don’t want, you can use any two actors. For example, can you connect Julia Roberts to Steve Carrell? I can do it in one…

This month we’re starting with Atonement by Ewan McEwan.

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I’ve never read Atonement, but I have seen the movie. It’s one of those outstanding adaptations that won academy awards and junk. It stars Kiera Knightly and James McAvoy. James McAvoy was also in a movie that I loved called Becoming Jane, which was about the “true story” that inspired Jane Austen to write…

Pride and Prejudice. This is tied for my favorite book of all time. (Conincidence, Kiera Knightly also starred in my favorite movie adaptation of this book!) I love Elizabeth Bennett, she reminds me of me if I was actually clever and funny. Her sarcastic streak! And while Darcy starts out being a total butt-head, I love that he is willing to become a better person to win her love. But the real gem of this book is the outrageous side-characters. Mr. Collins, Mrs. Bennett, Lady Catherine, they all make me laugh out loud. But, as I said, it’s tied for my all-time favorite. My OTHER all-time favorite is…

The Lord of the Rings. What is there to even say about The Lord of the Rings? I actually didn’t finish the first time I tried to read it in 7th grade. I think I likely set it down to read a required school reading, and by the time I got to pick it back up I couldn’t remember what was going on. But second time was the charm. I gobbled it up in like, a month. Another book that I liked better the second time is…

The Catcher in the Rye! I re-read it this summer thanks to The Great American Read on PBS. John Green talked about why he loved it so much and read the first line. The first line just cracked me up, it was so stereotypical teenager! So I read it, and I really liked it. John has a YouTube Channel with his brother, Hank, and Hank has ALSO convinced me to read a book!

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is maybe the best fantasy novel I have ever read. Except LOTR, obviously. I recommend it to almost everyone, especially people I know love fantasy. Unfortunately the sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear was a BIG disappointment, and the third has STILL not been released! I’m twiddling my thumbs waiting for it. Another book that I’m anxiously awaiting the final installment in the trilogy is…

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. This one also does not even have a release date yet. WHAT ARE THEY DOING TO ME?!?!?! Wolf Hall is the first book in the Thomas Cromwell trilogy set during the reign of Henry VIII. I didn’t know much about Cromwell before reading this book, and he is just fascinating. Hilary Mantel is a master at blending fiction with history.

So there you have it! Atonement to Wolf Hall. 

Incidentally, Wolf Hall takes place in the same time period as The Other Bolyn Girl, and the movie adaptation stars Natalie Portman, who looks almost the same as Kiera Knightly, so I basically went full-circle on this one. 😉

Thanks to Kate for hosting this event! I had a ton of fun. Next month we’re starting with Where am I Now by Mara Wilson. See you then!

12 thoughts on “Six Degrees of Separation: Atonement to Wolf Hall

  1. Good job on your first time! Loved it! And I’ve actually read several of the books and seen several of the movies. That doesn’t happen all that much for me. Mine are usually about crime novels and that’s mostly what I read. Anyway, I enjoy seeing how each chain differs. Though I will say that Sense and Sensibility is my favorite Austen book. I know – everyone loves P&P, but I think I was Elinor Dashwood in another life. Ha!

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  2. Interesting jumps there from one link of the chain to the next! And, as with so many, the movie element was strong. I haven’t actually seen the film adaptation of Atonement, but I did see and like Becoming Jane.

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