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6 Degrees of Separation #5 - Making Bookish Connections


This meme is something totally different but SO fun. I enjoy the way it makes me look for different or unusual connections between books. Join in the first Saturday of each month and share your list.....


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.

The starting book for this month is Beach Read by Emily Henry. I read this book in August last year and it's the third of hers I've read. I gave it a 3.5 rating.....I guess it took three of them to realize her books are really not for me. This one is about a couple of authors struggling with writer's block, meet in a small town, set a competition, sparks fly.



There are several directions I could go: a book set in summer, or on the beach, or location, or repeating a word in the title, etc.


First Degree: The Plot is also a book about books, and about a struggling author, but this one has an author dying and his teacher steals his manuscript and publishes it as his own. Shenanigans!



Second Degree: More shenanigans in Crime Writer as the author in this book suffers through writer's block but is surprised by a very creative solution - part mystery, part fantasy, part book about books.



Third Degree: Exploring a different kind of fantasy, Vintage 1954 is written by a very popular French author and the shenanigans in this story involve a group of friends drinking a very special bottle of wine - and when they wake up, they're in 1950s Paris! A simple time travel story but delightfully evocative of 'old' Paris.



Fourth Degree: No time travel, but The Forger is also set in Paris. I read this way before I even thought of having a book blog - it's historical fiction about an art forger in early WWII instead of a book forger.



Fifth Degree: Another historical novel also set during WWII in England, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society returns to the book theme as an author corresponds with a group that used their club to foil the Germans.



Sixth Degree: My final connection is The Little Paris Bookshop - a lonely man runs a bookshop on a barge in Paris until he receives a letter that sets him on a quest. So the tenuous connection is letters, skipping around it also connects to Paris, and connecting back to Beach Read as a book about books for a wonky circle.



6 Degrees of Separation is one of the most fun AND challenging memes. A few of these connections this month came to me pretty quickly. But by the end, I struggled a bit and my final one is a bit ...... light. But it works for me.


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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