6 Degrees of Separation – 4th September 2021- A Second Place

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

September – from A Second Place by Rachel Cusk to V For Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd.

I’ve been doing Six Degrees for a while now and I still have not read any of the books which have been the starting point, so I’m having to go by what I can find on Google. A Second Place has been nominated for The Booker Prize 2021 and the story features an artist. So that is going to be the starting point for my chain today. A book which jumps out at me for being about art is The Girl With The Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier.

This novel is based on the painting of the same name which was painted by Dutch painter Vermeer. Chevalier tells of a story of how the painting came into being and the backstory of the woman who is featured. The story is set in The Netherlands, just like The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank.

I imagine the whole world has heard about Anne Frank and her diary, even if they haven’t read it. Anne’s story is incredibly powerful, even if I didn’t actually enjoy reading her diary that much when I read it as a teenager. Another very famous diary, albeit fictional, is The Secret Dairy of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend.

I never read Adrian Mole as a teenager, but I read it last summer as an adult. Very bizarre and pretty funny, it was an enjoyable read and I know many people find it hilarious. Sue Townsend is from Leicestershire, where I now live, as is the author Nina Stibbe whose book Reasons To Be Cheerful I read with my bookclub.

I must admit, comedy isn’t my go-to genre so I wasn’t totally on board with Reasons To Be Cheerful until someone died and then I felt it got interesting! Maybe that says something about my choose in books… On the whole, this book was well received by my book club. For book club, we try to read a multitude of genres and August was Graphic Novel month so we read Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.

Telling of her childhood in Iran during the revolution, the book is beautifully illustrated. I don’t read many graphic novels but the first one I read was the iconic V For Vendetta. It was fantastic and I hope to read more graphic novels in the future!

So there we have it! My chain for this month. Where has your 6 degrees taken you?

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