Six Degrees of Separation – January

Hello bookworms!

This year I have decided to take part in some more memes. After seeing this one a lot last year I decided to bite the bullet and give it a go.

Six Degrees of Separation is a monthly meme hosted by Kate @ Books Are My Favourite and Best. The idea is to start with the book that Kate gives us and then create a chain of six books, each suggested by the one before…

Books can be linked in obvious ways – for example, books by the same authors, from the same era or genre, or books with similar themes or settings. Or, you may choose to link them in more personal ways: books you read on the same holiday, books given to you by a particular friend, books that remind you of a particular time in your life, or books you read for an online challenge.

A book doesn’t need to be connected to all the other books on the list, only to the ones next to them in the chain.

How to Join the Meme

Each person’s chain will look completely different.  It doesn’t matter what the connection is or where it takes you – just take us on the journey with you. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the first book either: you can always find ways to link it based on your expectations/ideas about it.

Join in by posting your own six degrees chain on your blog and adding the link in the Linky section (or comments) of each month’s post. If you don’t have a blog, you can share your chain in the comments section. You can also check out links to posts on Twitter using the hashtag #6Degrees

Kate has chosen to start the chain with Rules of Civility by Amor Towles for this month. I am not familiar with this book so I may need to go with a more general link to start with. As this is a historical fiction novel I am going to link up with another book of the same genre, The Rose Garden by Tracy Rees.

The Rose Garden tells the story of four courageous women who try to fight the social norms expected of them and to live a life they choose. Another book I have read with similar themes is Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal.

Circus of Wonders follows the story of Nell, a young girl who was sold to the circus because of how she looks. Nell has an unusual birthmark on her face but this is what makes her perfect to join Jaspar’s circus. As Nell settles into life at the circus she meets others who are different. Freckles by Cecelia Ahern also feature a character with unusual birth marks.

As soon as I started listening to Freckles the character Allegra instantly made me think of another much loved character. Eleanor from Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. I really enjoyed this book a few years ago and often find myself reminded of Eleanor when reading other books.

Gail Honeyman’s novel won the Costa Book Awards in 2017. Another worthy winner in 2018 was The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. This book was very cleverly written and another one I really enjoyed!

So there are my first set of links completed. I tried to do a different link for each book to keep things interesting.

Have you read any on my list? Which one looks most intriguing to you?


4 thoughts on “Six Degrees of Separation – January

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      1. I participate here and there and enjoy it. If I haven’t read the first book, I usually pass, but I think I should give it a try anyone. Next month for sure.

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