Six Degrees of Separation is a monthly meme hosted by Books Are My Favourite andBest. The idea is to start with the book that Kate gives us and then create a chain of six books, each suggested by the one before.
It’s time for #6degrees. Join in and see where your book chain takes you.
This month the book chain begins with a book that generated a lot of debate when it was published in 1990 – The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf.
I have not read The Beauty Myth and was originally planning to link to a book by Virginia Woolf but as the spelling of the names is different, I decided to link instead to Beauty and the Beast but a retelling of it by talented, independent author, K.M Shea.
Another fairly tale retelling by Shea is Cinderella and the Colonel. In which Cinderella is much more a master of her destiny.
As I am a fan of Cinderella and its reimaginations, especially where the heroine is far more fiesty, I jumped at the chance to be an advanced reader for another talented independent author Chauncey Rogers and his latest book Happily.
Almost every time I read Chauncey’s name my mind jumps to the medieval writer and poet Geoffrey Chaucer. I
suffered through read Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for Literature class when I was in school. I don’t regret reading it but it was tough.
Finally, Jane Eyre brings me to Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, which is both a response and a prequel to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, set in the Caribbean and imagining the lives of Bertha Mason and her family. It’s the first Mrs. Rochester’s side of the story.
From a book that questions our definition of a woman’s beauty to fairy tale retellings featuring fierce heroines and ending with a post-colonial response to Jane Eyre, this month’s #6degrees was another thrilling ride.
Try it, if you haven’t before. The link is open all month. Link me so I can follow your journey too!
Next month (April 7, 2018), the journey begins with Arthur Golden’s bestseller, Memoirs of A Geisha.