It’s the first Saturday of the month and that means that it’s #6Degrees of bookish separation time!
Here’s a recap of the rules:
I hope the January blues haven’t hit you too hard: we’ve just moved house and are yet to set up the internet, so I’ve been living like an eighteenth century hermit and it’s actually been quite fun! I’ve had to journey out to the neighbouring town to post this, so I very much hope you enjoy it!
This month, we’re starting with…
Although it’s been out for some time, this book caused quite a splash when it first came out, and it sticks in my mind partly because of it’s beautifully garish cover, festooned with pop-artish donuts.
Another book which has a beautiful bright cover (just what we need in chilly England at this time of year) is Helen Walsh’s The Lemon Grove. I read this book last summer and loved the languid prose and the holiday setting. Although it had a strong central idea, I felt it rather petered out towards the end and didn’t quite live up to what it could have been.
The Lemon Grove was a book I picked up on my Indie Book Crawl this summer. Visiting so many bookshops, it was inevitable that I would spend a small fortune, and another book I bought and read on the journey was Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey, which has just won the Costa First Novel Award. I loved how this book dealt with dementia as well as the strength of the protagonist’s voice.
Elizabeth is Missing’s main character is trying to piece together the clues to solve a fifty year old mystery. In Megan Abbott’s The End of Everything, the protagonist is also trying to get to the bottom of a missing person case: that of her best friend.
At times painfully dark and difficult to read, Abbott’s book but me in mind of Lolita: both books dealing with older men praying on young girls. Despite its shadowy core, Lolita is as compelling as it is horrifying.
Another book dealing with similar themes is Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones, which was a huge success and was also made into a blockbuster film. For me, the supernatural aspects of the ending became a little far-fetched, but again, I loved the concept behind the book.
If I’m not wrong, this book came out in the same year as The Lovely Bones. Also made into a successful film, I preferred the book, which played with the unreliable narrator motif and the reader’s imagination to great narrative effect.
So, from This Book Will Save Your Life, to Life of Pi, even the titles of my first and last books link back to each other this week!
Annabel Smith ended up with Willy Vlautin’s The Free, a book I’ve never heard of. I wonder how she got there…
What does your chain look like? Please post it or a link to your blog post in the comments below.
Our next #6Degrees post will be up on Saturday 7th March and we’ll be starting with Cheryl Strayed’s Wild. See you