Saturday, January 03, 2015

Six Degrees of Separation

We did this in December as part of the Month of Favorites, I enjoyed doing it  it so much that I decided to do it again this month. In my December post  I started with my own choice, this time I'll start with the prompt on Annabel's Blog .

I don't know if I will ever read this book, but I read the description and a review and it did bring  to mind a book that I have read and that is:
In The Dinner, two set of Dutch parents meet to discuss a terrible act committed by their sons. Before I read The Dinner, I had read a book about another dysfunctional Dutch family: 
Tirza came to me as a bonus with my subscription to Open Letter Books. While I was preparing this blog entry the mail came with the current book in the subscription:
This was a triple serendipity (and I do love me some serendipity): 1. because it  came when I was working with another Open Letter book, 2. because it also came when just when I decided I would read more poetry this year. This decision was prompted by my reading:
I found this on Project Gutenberg yesterday and enjoyed it so much that I mentally added "more poetry" to my reading goals for the year. The third serendipity was that I had just checked this out from the library:
I was wondering if someone with as many years as a reader as I have would get anything out of this book. But I've discovered that it has a chapter on "Reading Poetry" and I could really use some guidance there--it's been a long time since I read serious poetry (or read poetry seriously).

Here are the Six Degree meme rules (which I may have inadvertently followed) :


  1. I haven't read any of the books on your list, but I do have a Herman Koch book sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. The Dinner sounds pretty interesting, too. Like you, I have neglected poetry. It is on my 'to do' list for this year.

  2. The other Herman Koch that I've read is Summer House With Swimming Pool. I liked both Koch novels, but I liked Tirza better.

    1. Summer House with Swimming Pool is the book I have on my shelf. Glad to hear you liked it.