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6 Degrees of Separation #1 - a creative book "chain"

This meme seems totally fun and a bit challenging. Don't remember where I first saw it (Mareli at Elza Reads maybe?) but I thought I'd try and see how far I get.

This is a monthly link-up hosted by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best. Each month a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain of seven. A book doesn’t need to be connected to all the other books on the list, only to the one next to it in the chain. The rules are:

  • Link the books together in any way you like.

  • Provide a link in your post to the meme at Books are My Favourite and Best.

  • Share these rules in your post.

  • Paste the link to your post in the comments on Kate’s post and/or the Linky Tool on that post.

  • Invite your blog readers to join in and paste their links in the comments and/or the Linky Tool.

  • Share your post on Twitter using the #6Degrees hash tag.

  • Be nice! Visit and comment on other posts and/or retweet other #6Degrees posts.

Click the book cover image to go to my review or the Goodreads blurb.

Since this is my first participation, my chain starts with the last book I finished last month which was:

First Degree: This book set in Australia leads me to another book set in Australia; I read The Secret River several years ago, loved it and rated it a 4-star read.

Second Degree: The Secret River is an Orange Prize (Women's Prize) winner. So is Hamnet - I read it last year and rated it a 4.5

Third Degree: The story in Hamnet is about the little known wife and children of Shakespeare. The story in The Other Einstein is about the little known wife and family of Albert Einstein. I rated this book a 3.5 stars.

Fourth Degree: The Other Einstein is about a woman scientist and The Calculating Stars is about women scientists. I rated this book 4 stars.

Fifth Degree: The author's name is 3 names starting with Mary; the author of Doc (#1) also has 3 names: Mary Doria Russell. I rated Doc 5 stars.

Sixth Degree: Doc is the first in a duology; Spellbreaker (#1) is also the first in a duology and I rated it 3.5 stars.

Next month everyone will start with the same book: What Was She Thinking? [Notes on a Scandal] by Zoe Heller.

This is my first time participating in this meme of 6 Degrees of Separation and I have to say, it's really fun. It strained my brain a bit to find connections between books, but in a good way. I started out with nonfiction set in Australia and ended up with a fantasy novel set in Victorian England. So fun! (thank God for my Excel tracking spreadsheet!)

I'm looking forward to seeing the connections other bloggers make. Do you want to play? (it's only monthly, not a huge commitment)

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