Six Degrees of Separation: Atonement

The 6 Degrees of Separation meme is a monthly meme hosted at booksaremyfavoriteandbest, that explores the ways in which a chosen book can be linked to six other books.

The August 2018 book is: Atonement by Ian McEwan


My chain this month includes: iconic dresses, NYC, food, black and white photographs, memoirs, Paris, and pink covers.


I really loved Atonement and there were a lot of directions my chain  could have gone this month. Ultimately, I couldn’t shake the thought of THAT dress from my mind.

imageThis green dress is one of my all-time favorite fashion moments in film.


Another of my favorite iconic dresses is this little black dress from the film adaptation of….



Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

This is not actually one of my favorite Audrey Hepburn films, but I do love all the costumes. I still haven’t read Capote’s novella though!


Continuing with books set in NYC featuring a black and white photograph on the cover…



Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, this is seemingly a novel about a glamorous and glittering world, but once you look more closely, there is a darkness and a seediness lurking underneath the surface. I loved the setting of Rules of Civility and all the period details. I think it has the potential to make an excellent film or TV series.


My most recent read also happened to be set in New York City, and has been turned into a TV series…


Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danier 

Sweetbitter was a quick and engrossing read that I found hard to put down. I loved being immersed in the crazy restaurant world. The descriptions of food and wine did make my mouth water at times.

A book that also made me hungry was…



Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard

Instead of taking place in NYC, this memoir that celebrates love and food is set in Paris. I enjoyed Elizabeth Bard’s voice and want to read her follow-up: Picnic in Provence.


Another memoir set partly in Paris with a cover in the Millennial pink family is..




The Victorian and the Romantic: A Memoir, a Love Story, and a Friendship Across Time by Nell Stevens

Like Lunch in Paris, this is referred to as “a love story” and features an illustrated woman with medium length brown hair on its cover. I’m very excited to read this nonfiction book that explores the connections between the lives of a PhD student and the Victorian writer Elizabeth Gaskell.

Speaking of Gaskell and pink covers…



Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell

This edition of Wives in Daughters is very pink indeed, I absolutely adore this novel and would love to re-read it again soon. I’ve watched the BBC miniseries countless times and it always cheers me up.




Where did your #6degrees chain take you this month?


18 thoughts on “Six Degrees of Separation: Atonement

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  1. You’ve got some particularly gorgeous covers this month. I especially love the one for Sweetbitter, a book I’ve never come across before. My favourite movie dress is the one Grace Kelly wears in Rear Window the one with the black bodice and the floaty white skirt… 😀

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    1. Thanks, FictionFan! I really like that cover of Sweetbitter too. Ooh, that is also an excellent movie dress!! I love Grace Kelly’s entire Rear Window wardrobe for that matter.

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  2. This is a fantastic chain. I’m so pleased to see the pictures of that amazing dress – it was the one thing from the film that stuck in my mind too. I will have to look out that Wives & Daughters miniseries. I am slightly obsessed with the BBC production of North and South, so am sure I would also enjoy W&D. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Liz! It’s definitely a very memorable dress. Please do check out the Wives and Daughters miniseries! It has a different feel than N&S – it’s more cheerful and comedic but still has emotional depth – but I love them both equally.

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