6 Degrees of Separation – 3rd April 2021 – Shuggie Bain

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!

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 Suggie Bain by Douglas Stuart to Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert

I’ve heard so many good things about Shuggie Bain and it’s currently sat on my shelf waiting to be read! I really enjoy books which are a social commentary and feature characters overcoming struggles. This book is set in Scotland which reminds me of another Scottish book called Sal by Mick Kitson.

Sal tells the story of a teenage girl who flees to the wilderness in Scotland to escape her mother’s abusive partner. I listened to this book via the library and I thought the narration was brilliant. I really enjoy listening to audiobooks and one I have enjoyed recently, which also had great narration is Queenie by Candice Carty Williams.

Queenie is all about its eponymous MC and the challenges she faces in life, from dating, to self esteem, to racism. Queenie offers a really powerful social commentary much like Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid.

I read Such A Fun Age last summer and it was our book club pick for January. We spent hours talking about this book via Zoom and disecting the themes of racism and performative allyship. Sometimes at book club, we can spend 10 minutes talking about a book, or several hours. Another that provoked lengthy discussion was Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel.

Station Eleven I think has to be one of my favourite books of all time and I’m kicking myself that I lent it to my sister as I want to reread it so badly! The book has multiple timelines and POVs which weave together to tell the story of humanity pre- and -post pandemic after 99.9% of the human population is wiped out. There is such a great sense of what it means to be human in this book, just like another favourite of my: La Nuit by Elie Wiesel.

I will talk about La Nuit until the cows come home. Night (to give the title its English translation) is a literary representation of the author’s experience as an inmate in Auschwitz. I have very rarely seen a book which uses language as powerfully as this. I studied La Nuit during my degree. I wasn’t fortunate enough to always read books I liked in my studies…

One book I hated was Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert. I know it is a classic but I could not stand this book. I was bored stiff. I had to write an essay on it and mostly used the reading I did around it and searching for key words on my kindle to help me out as I couldn’t finish it.

And there were have it! Where will your 6 degrees take you?

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