Six Degrees of Separation (7)

Six Degrees of Separation is a monthly meme hosted by Books Are My Favourite and Best. 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.

I haven’t done this meme in sooooo long.  It is a bit time consuming with all the formatting and linking but it is so fun to see what chains you can come up with. 

This month the chain begins with The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper. 

On February 7, 2009 – a day that would become known as Black Saturday – bushfires burned vast areas of Victoria.  Extreme heat, high winds, low humidity, and severe drought combined to create the worst bushfire conditions in Australia’s recorded history (the heat from the fires was equivalent to 500 atomic bombs exploding). Black Saturday resulted in Australia’s highest ever loss of life from a bush-fire event. The total area burnt was approximately half a million square kilometres – to put that in perspective, the size of SpainThe trauma can’t be measured.  Some of the fires were deliberately lit and the man responsible for starting the Central Gippsland fires is the topic of Chloe Hooper’s enthralling book, The Arsonist.(Read Kate’s gripping review).

I haven’t read The Arsonist and from the chills I felt just reading Kate’s review, I’m not sure I’d be able to handle the actual book either.  True Crime stories always disturb me so much as you know what happens.  You know it’s real.  You know the suffering is real.  It’s easier for me to handle fictional tales of fire, such as the arson attacks covered in A Merciful Truth (Mercy Kilpatrick Book 2) by Kendra Elliot. 

Another series set in rural Oregon and featuring a strong female police officer is the Rogue River series. Kendra Elliot co-authored that series with Melinda Leigh.  In Book 2, Gone To Her Grave, the focus is on Carly Taylor, a dedicated social worker who can’t ever seem to leave her work at the office.

Speaking of social workers, You Were Always Mine by Nicole Baart also features one who is severely impacted by the realities of trying to help at-risk children.  This book is centred on the issue of adoption and how biological ties aren’t all that tie a family together. 

In Christmas at the Chocolate Pot Café by Jessica Redland, Tara learns the love of an adopted family.  Through a series of unfortunate events and eventual revelations, she ultimately learns just how strong a mother’s love can be for an adopted daughter.

We may be a long time away from Christmas, but another Christmas story that focusses on bringing the spirit of Christmas back to someone who is lost and sad is A Miracle on Hope Street by Emma Heatherington.  This sweet and inspiring Christmas tale takes place in Ireland and while it’s not overly descriptive, it does contain some dreamy settings.

To close off this month’s chain I’ll go with another book that is set in Ireland and definitely focusses on the breath-taking sights of the Emerald Isle (and includes a castle too!). The Ex-Lottery by Kim Sanders is the endearing, romantic story of how Tori finds her happily ever after. 

This month’s chain dealt mostly with crime based books but ended with some sweet romance. You never know where the book-thought-chain will take you!

Try this meme, if you haven’t before.  The link is open all month.  

Next month (April 6, 2019), we’ll begin with Ali Smith’s award-winning novel, How to be Both.

18 thoughts on “Six Degrees of Separation (7)

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  1. Loved reading this and thrilled to be featured. I’ve never read a true-crime book myself. I enjoy crime and thrillers but I think I’m with you that the thought that it really did happen is almost too scary to contemplate. One day, though. This one sounds very intriguing x

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  2. Great chain Nina. I always love this post whenever anyone I follow does it. I keep saying I am going to try it, maybe I will do it in April, I can start planning the post now and have lots of time. I am also not a lover of True Crime because it is real. It breaks my heart knowing that these are real people that this happened to. When I do read it, it is often by accident.

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  3. I love reading the different takes on these prompts, everyone goes in such different directions with them! I can’t wait to read The Arsonist; it will be horrifying and confronting, I’m sure, but I feel like it’s such an important part of Australia’s recent history, it would be so compelling nonetheless! ❤️

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  4. I would enjoy this, but as you said “it is time consuming” that would be a problem with me unless I back off of other activities I am involved with. I am already feeling a time restraint on my weeks and days. Oh doesn’t that sound so pathetic? But unfortunately true. Have a wonderful weekend Nina 😉

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