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 everyone is well and happy. Over the last month, I’ve acquired a puppy and two cats which is very exciting (and a little overwhelming). I’m enjoying the countryside around our house now the weather is on the turn. I’ve also done lots of reading and made great progress on my second novel. All in all, our lives in the UK feel like they are settling into a happy equilibrium!
This month we’re starting with:
The Rosie Project/ Graeme Simsion
I adored this book when I read it last year. It’s funny and unpretentious, and a great one for book clubs.
Before We Met/ Lucie Whitehouse
Speaking of great book club titles, this one by Lucy Whitehouse is sure to set tongues wagging. It builds to an extremely thrilling conclusion, and I couldn’t put it down.
Like Before We Met, Gone Girl is a marriage thriller – a new genre of books which centre on creepy marriages (How To Be A Good Wife is one too!). I adored the twists and turns in Flynn’s narrative, and was totally in awe of her plotting abilities.
We’re going for a creepy theme here: this novel explores what happens when one person wants to commit suicide and employs another person to impersonate them on social media and email so that their loved ones will think they are still alive. A very intersting premise, and well implemented.
This one isn’t out for a month and a half, but also has a very interesting premise and lives up to its promise. It’s about a religious cult that takes a dark turn, and asks lots of interesting questions about what we will do to be happy.
I’m pretty sure I’ve used this book before in #6degrees (perhaps more than once) – the link here is the religious theme. It’s a dystopian novel about what would happen if a right-wing fundamentalist religious group took over North America after a fertility crisis.
An Atwood link: this is the only one she’s won The Booker for and it’s brilliant. In fact, I might go and reread it right now…
Let’s see where Annabel Smith ended up…
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 2nd May
and we’ll be starting with Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey.