#6Degrees of Separation: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

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: #6degrees rules

I’m off to Cheltenham this weekend for the literary festival.  Very much looking forward to hearing Don McCullin and Rick Stein speak, as well as having a little holiday.  Next week, I’m doing an event at the Crickhowell Literary Festival – if you are around the area, please come along!

This month we’re starting with:

ImageHandler.ashxA Little Life / Hanya Yanagihara

I read this book a couple of months ago and am still thinking about it.  It has the incredible ability to be the most harrowing book I’ve ever read, while at the same time feeling uplifting and redemptive.  I would highly recommend and am thrilled it is on the Booker shortlist.

 

when-nights-were-coldThe Year of the Runaways / Sunjeev Sahota

This book is also on the Booker shortlist.  It’s on my TBR pile: I greatly enjoyed Sahota’s first novel Ours Are The Streets, and can’t wait to dive into this one once I’ve finished my own novel.

 

when-nights-were-coldGo Set A Watchman / Harper Lee

This book is also on my TBR pile: I’ve heard so much about it that I can’t wait to see what I think.

 

when-nights-were-coldTo Kill A Mockingbird / Harper Lee

No clues for guessing the link here!  I can’t remember enough about this novel, having not read it since school, so I’d like to re-read it before I dive into Go Set A Watchman.

 

when-nights-were-coldThe Hunger Games / Suzanne Collins

It’s the Mockingjay in this series which made me think of To Kill A Mockingbird.  I’ve only read the first one, and I really enjoyed it.  I also love Jennifer Lawrence in the films.

 

when-nights-were-coldThe Giver / Lois Lowry

I just saw the film adaptation of this book, which is another dystopian novel I loved in adolescence.  It brough back a lot of memories to see the story again on the big screen.  I found it an interesting exploration of society’s role in our lives.

 

when-nights-were-cold 1984 / George Orwell

Another dystopian novel about the intervention of the state in the lives of its citizens.  I believe we’ve start a chain with this book before, so there’s a nice sense of symmetry to finish on it here.

So from my favourite book of the year (so far) to a dark, dystopian novel.

What does your chain look like? Please post it or a link to your blog post in the comments below. The next #6Degrees post on this blog will be up on Saturday 5th December.  Annabel Smith will be posting next month, on Saturday 7th November, so if you can’t wait, you can check out her chain here. 

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