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6 Degrees of Separation #6 - 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 Trust by Hernan Diaz. Although it supposedly showed up on the most "Best of" lists for last year, I'm not familiar with it. Nominated for a Booker award, it's historical fiction set in the 1920s about a very wealthy couple in NYC. Let's see what sort of connections I can make.

First Degree: A debut novel also set in the 1920s, but in London, is about a gang of women thieves who steal from very wealthy people; The Forty Elephants by Erin Bledsoe, is based on true events.

Second Degree: Portrait of a Thief by Grace Li is another book about an unlikely gang of thieves - college students who are hired to steal priceless Chinese art and return it to China!

Third Degree: Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine is yet another book about thievery and when a young woman thief is caught, she's put into a space exploration program that pairs two people with a sentient spaceship.

Fourth Degree: This connection is by the author's first name, Rachel. Self Portrait With Boy by Rachel Lyon is about a female photographer who took a selfie that happened to catch a boy falling by outside her apartment window and what happens to her and her art from that single image.

Fifth Degree: Another novel about art and thievery is a debut work, The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro. A woman who makes her living painting reproductions of famous artworks for an online retailer is lured into a dangerous arrangement as she searches for the truth about the provenance of a painting.

Sixth Degree: The last one often seems to be the most difficult because I've kind of set a path and then can't come up with the final piece. I'm connecting The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey to The Art Forger because they are both debut novels. And, The Snow Child connects back to the first book, Trust, because they are both set in the 1920s.

My chain this month seems to focus a lot on art and thieves - EXCEPT for the first and last books which manage to barely connect to make a full circle chain. I travel from NYC to London to China to outer space, ending in Alaska, and from the 1920s to the future and back to the 1920s.

Next month (March 4), the 6 Degrees of Separation begins with the book Passages by Gail Sheehy.

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

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