Saturday 6 February 2016

#6Degrees of Separation: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone to ...

Jim (@YAYeahYeah) contacted me earlier this week about a meme he is  launching today over at Tales of Moon Lane and asked me if I would like to take part. Well, I jumped at the chance of taking part. I LOVE this idea of a meme!

Annabel Smith and Emma Chapman run a version of #6degrees on their blogs and have kindly allowed Jim to take the rein and bring us a YA/MG focused version, where people  can create a chain of links, each starting from the same book, and form connections in any way they like. As I understand it, you start with the first book and then use six links in order to get to the last book. However, I have seen others do it as six books rather than six links. I've gone for the former style rather than the latter. 

The book chosen to start the chain is Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone.  Here are my chosen books for #6degrees. 

I thought this would be a toughie. Where do I go from greatness? I mulled over the storyline and ended up thinking about the actors involved in the films. Instantly I thought of how amazing an actor Daniel Radcliffe is. How he has grown up with the films and now is doing so well in so many others. Which led me to my first book, Woman in Black by Susan Hill, where Daniel played the main lead character.

This is one of the scariest books I've ever read and it reminded me of a conversation I had on Twitter  with Middle Grade author, Michelle Harrison a few years ago. I'm sure she told me she had visited Osea Island where the book is set. At the time Michelle was publicising her own rather scary novel, Unrest. 

Unrest was Michelle first venture into YA novels. Normally she is better known for her Middle Grade fae novels, which brings me to 13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison.

I loved 13 Treasures, but then I love fae novels. I went through a phase when they were the only books I would read. My favourite fae novel of all time is Tithe by Holly Black.

But then Holly Black is basically one of my favourite authors. And everyone knows that Holly Black is best friends with Cassandra Clare, which leads us to another brilliant novel, City of Bones. 

City of Bones, leads me nicely to my last link in the chain. After reading Banished by Liz De Jager, I stated that we had discovered our very own British Cassandra Clare!
So my #6degrees has led me from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by Harry Potter to Banished by Liz De Jager.  

I can't wait to see where everybody ends up.
 Thanks to Jim for hosting!


  1. Great picks! Going down the actor/actress route is such a good idea, and you're right: 'The Woman In Black' is TERRIFYING! Definitely one of the best horrors I have read! I've read both Tithe and Valiant and liked them both though I think Valiant is my favourite (Holly Black is one of my all time favourite authors too...such imagination!) I want to read more books with the Fae featured, I do seem to enjoy them a lot.

    Katrina @ Chased By My Imagination

  2. I almost went with the Harry Potter/Woman In Black connection too, genuinely one of the creepiest books I've read (up there with The Shining, which is still my best/worst) and the movie more than did the book justice.

    Here's my 6 Degrees.


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