Six Degrees of Separation: How to be Both to Bel Canto

Six Degrees of Separation is a monthly blog event hosted by Kate at booksaremyfavoriteandbest. It’s inspired by the 6 Degrees of Separation, a movie game where you attempt to connect actors in six movies or less. But we do it with books!

This month we’re starting with How to be Both by Ali Smith.


Alright, I’ll show my lack of literary fiction chops here: I had never heard of How to be Both going into the post. I looked it up and read several reviews and summaries. Here’s what I got. Y’all, this book is ART. It won all kinds of awards, including the Man Booker Prize. I don’t typically read prize winning literature, but I have read one other Man Booker Prize winner…

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, and it’s sequel, Bring Up the Bodies. Have I brought this book up before on Six Degrees? Probably. Do I care? No. No I do not. I know it’s getting cliche to sing the praises of this book, but guys it is so good!!! I love historical fiction, especially anything about the Tudors. But I think Mantel really excels is in her characterization of Thomas Cromwell, a mysterious historical figure who she completely brings to life! Another book about the Tudors I enjoyed is…

The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory. I’m not crazy about Gregory’s books, they’re a little too heavy on the sex scenes for my taste, but this one about Catherine of Aragon is so amazing! I love reading about Catherine because we’ll never really know the truth, you know? Another book I enjoyed despite being heavy on the sex scenes was…

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. The paint-ball sequence in particular was on-point. I love a good Rom-Com! The will-they-won’t-they trope really works for me! The Hating Game is an office romance, and another office romance I am in LOVE with is…

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. Are y’all tired of hearing about her yet? I hope not, because I’m not tired of gushing about her! I loved how real the characters in this book were, and I loved that they were just dealing with regular real-life problems. The ensemble cast was truly amazing. Beth, Jennifer, and Lincoln are all completely fleshed out. Another great ensemble cast is…

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. I’m going to go ahead and call it, even though I read it way back in January, Bel Canto will be my favorite book of 2019. ALL OF THE FEEEEEEEELS!

So, there you have it! How to be Both to Bel Canto.

This was a pretty out there thread! Kind of went all over the place. Meh. Thanks as always to Kate for hosting, and I can’t wait to see everybody else’s connections!

3 thoughts on “Six Degrees of Separation: How to be Both to Bel Canto

    1. Yeah, I am surprised looking back so many years after reading it to discover how much I enjoyed it, because at the time I was hardcore freaked out by the sexy bits. But, you know, they are a LOT less graphic than many of her other novels, so thre’s that.

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