Six Degrees of Separation: The Outsiders

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 October 2018 book is: The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

My chain this month features: paintings, Pulitzer Prize winners, mysteries, museums, Victorians, and Egyptians.

I haven’t read The Outsiders, but I have seen the film adaptation. To get things started, I decided to go with another YA novel that was also published in 1967…



The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

I adored this book when I was in Elementary school, and even wanted to create my own Egypt game. I have Egypt on the mind at the moment, since I’m currently reading…



Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters

I’m really enjoying this fun, easy, and entertaining read. It’s perfect for both my Victober and R.I.P reading challenges. I love the Victorian setting, strong female lead, dash of mystery and romance, and the focus on archaeology, antiquities, and museums. Another novel that features all of the above is…



And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander

One of the things  I remember most about And Only to Deceive, are the scenes set at the British Museum. This brought to mind other books that feature scenes set in museums, such as….



The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

In Wharton’s gilded age novel, Newland and Ellen meet for a clandestine tête-à-tête in the quiet antiquities department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Another Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that includes a major dramatic moment at the Met is…



The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt 

I bought this novel shortly after it was released, but still haven’t read it. I’m hoping to get to it before the end of the year, and I’ll be very disappointed if I don’t end up loving it. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to see the painting at the center of the novel – The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius – in an exhibition which also included the painting at the center of…


image Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

It was an unforgettable experience to view these two Dutch Golden Age masterpieces in the same afternoon. Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring was even more luminous in person than I had imagined. Tracy Chevalier’s descriptive and atmospheric novel is an interesting and engaging take on this famous work of art.


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


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  1. I loved the first two Amelia Peabody mysteries, but for some reason still haven’t continued with the series. Thanks for reminding me about it. I like your last link – you’re lucky to have seen both of those paintings!

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    1. Thanks, Helen! I feel very lucky to have been able to see both The Goldfinch and Girl in the Pearl Earring, especially in the same exhibition. I really enjoyed the first Amelia Peabody novel and am currently reading the second. I do wonder if the books would start to feel repetitive as the series goes on though? I’ll have to at least give the third one a try in the future. Hopefully we’ll both enjoy it!


    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one, Cathy! The size is definitely a bit intimidating, and since I’ve waited so long to read it, my expectations are super high as well. Hopefully we’ll both love The Goldfinch, whenever we do manage to read it!


  2. A brilliant chain, Jessie! I ‘read’ The Goldfinch in audio form and loved it – in fact, I was recently thinking about playing it again soon. It seems to be a bit of a marmite book so I really hope you are able to join me in the thumbs up camp in due course. I too saw Fabritius’ painting when it came to Edinburgh recently – totally breathtaking and I look often at my postcard of it. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Liz! I’m really hoping I’ll love The Goldfinch as well. I’m going to be a little bit devastated if I don’t! It seems like it would make an excellent audiobook, so I’ll have to check it out in that format in the future. Glad you’ve seen the painting too! And yay for postcards- I always try to collect a few every time I visit a museum.

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      1. It’s the little things in life that can sometimes give the biggest pleasures. I love to collect postcards from art exhibitions – I use them as bookmarks and it is always nice to be reminded of my favorite pictures. 🙂

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  3. Love this idea! I’ve been meaning to read so many of the books on this list, especially the last one. Who would have thought that The Outsiders could connect you to so many different books? 🙂

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