#6Degrees of Separation – 6th March 2021 – Phosphorescence

Six Degrees of Separation is a monthly meme hosted by Kate over at Books Are My Favourite and Best. Each month a new book is chosen as a starting point and you have to try to link six other books to form a chain. There could be any reason for the link, be it same genre, author or something that this reminded you of! I did this for the first time last month so I really want to make it more of a regular feature.

Here are her rules:

Join in by posting your own six degrees chain on your blog and adding the link in the Linky section (or comments) of each month’s post. If you don’t have a blog, you can share your chain in the comments section. You can also check out links to posts on Twitter using the hashtag #6Degrees

March – from Phosphorescence by Julia Baird to The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Now, I’ve not read this month’s book, nor do I know much about it so I’ve taken some pointers from Kate’s wonderful review. The book apparently starts off with ocean swimming, which makes me think of We Are Okay by Nina Lacour.

We Are Okay is an emotional ride in which Marin moves from California to New York after a devastating family event. The sea features heavily in her life in California. Marin moves away to go to university, just like Marianne and Connell in Normal People by Sally Rooney.

Normal People seems to really divide opinion. It has an incredibly distinctive style and I found the story of the protagonists’ relationship through the years incredibly moving which left me in floods of tears at the end. I’ve now watched the BBC series adaptation which I enjoyed but not as much as the book, which is the same I found when they adapted His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman.

I absolutely adore Northern Lights, the first book in the trilogy. I’ve read it numerous times. Lyra’s journey to discover what the mysterious “dust” is in a world that runs parallel to our own is action packed and so iconic. One of the central themes is religion, which reminds me of Songs and Innocence and Experience by William Blake.

I studied Blake’s poetry at school for GCSE and the imagery it evokes is just stunning. I think it is a fantastic commentary of life in the industrial revolution. I can still recite large parts of his poems over a decade on! One of Blakes most iconic poems is The Tyger.

One of the books on my 21 books for 2021 is The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga which is a commentary on the class system in India. It was recommended to my partner by one of his colleagues which he then passed on to me. I really enjoy book recommendations from other people and one of the recommendations I have enjoyed the most is The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.

The Rosie Project introduces us to Don Tillman, a neurodiverse genetics professor who is looking for love through a scientific survey. He then meets Rosie, who is so far away from his ideal match but little does he know…. This book is set in Australia, just like Phosphorescence so I feel like I’ve come full circle!

I really enjoy doing this meme and, reading my post back, I’ve come up with so many more connections! I’m really looking forward to seeing what connections everyone else has come up with.


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