Six Degrees of Exploration! (signup & explanation)

If you spend a lot of time on the internet, sooner or later you’ll probably run into Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. It’s basically a game seeing if you can link any film actor to Kevin Bacon within six steps or less; it’s totally hilarious and a very handy party game.

This challenge is inspired from SDOKBacon and the recommended reading lists found somewhere in most books. You know, the ones that are like “if you like this book check out these similar books we publish.” I’ve never really paid too much attention to them until yesterday, when I was flipping through We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea. I thought, “Here’s a book I really love, and here’s a list of books that are kinda similar to it. Wonder if I’ll love those books, too?”

So: SDOKBacon + We Also Publish These lists = Six Degrees of Exploration!

It’s a little involved, but don’t be scared. Basically, it works like this:

Step 1: Pick a book. This’ll be your starter, so maybe pick one you love. If you’re feeling adventurous, pick a book at random. (Make sure it has a WAPT list in it, though.)

Step 2: Check out the WAPT list. Find a title that looks interesting.

Step 3: Read the book. If you like it, move on to Step 4. If you don’t like it, go back to the previous book and pick another title.

Step 4: Check out the WAPT list for the second book. Pick a title that looks interesting. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you’ve read 8 books total.

Step 5: Compare your starter book and your final book. How do they match up? Are they alike? Totally different? What was your journey like as a whole?

Step 6: Come back here and leave a link with your final post. Check out other people’s posts. Then do it all again if you want! Just finish some time before December 31, 2010. Actually, just finish whenever you want. 😀

It doesn’t have to be all the same publisher. I know older books (and some newer ones, even) were sold by more than one publisher (or at least different imprints), and it’d be interesting to see how many different publishers you can get on one line. The only niggles I can see is if one of the books you choose don’t have a WAPT list, but in that case try checking the back cover for “if you like [whatever] you’ll probably like this book” or even the blurbs for potential authors/books.

The goal is to have fun, discover new books, and see where the titles take you. It’s more like a game than a challenge, which is partly why it lasts so long forever. I want this to be fun and interesting and not stressful at all– that why it’s called Six Degrees of Exploration. Have fun!

I’m super into this, so I’ll probably go wild and do lots of stuff. Don’t feel that you have to follow me into my insanity, but I do hope you’ll check back and see what happens! I’m a secret stats junkie, and I love seeing how things are connected. And I kinda hope that there are at least a few other people out there who are interested in doing this with me, too? My post is here, for anyone interested.

You can sign up for the challenge using this Mr. Linky here. Please link to your post about the challenge, not just your main blog! (Thanks!)

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