Six Degrees of Separation (8)

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 How to be Both by Ali Smith. 

Passionate, compassionate, vitally inventive and scrupulously playful, Ali Smith’s novels are like nothing else.Borrowing from painting’s fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, How to be both is a novel all about art’s versatility. It’s a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions. There’s a Renaissance artist of the 1460s. There’s the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real—and all life’s givens get given a second chance.

I haven’t read How To Be Both but the idea of a Renaissance artist at the centre of the story did have my mind jumping to another book.  The Da Vinci Code by Dan brown features the “Renaissance Man” himself and also pulls the 15th century icon into a more modern tale and mystery.

Thinking about the book, The Da Vinci Code, led me to start thinking about the movie, starring Tom Hanks. He’s an actor I’ve always enjoyed watching and apparently he’s also received mostly positive feedback for his short story collection, Uncommon Type. He also narrates the audiobook version!

Another book written by a celebrity I like is A Keeper by Graham Norton. It’s due to be released in August and I was quite excited to have my Net Galley approved last month.  I’m really looking forward to that read.

A Keeper utilises a dual time line and centres around a mother-daughter relationship. Another book I really enjoyed that does the same is Father Figure by James J. Cudney. Familial love, betrayal and mystery engross readers of this contemporary tale.

Speaking of James, his latest book was just released. Flower Power Trip is book 3 in the Braxton Campus Mysteries series. It’s a joy to read and most definitely my favourite in the series so far.

To close off this month’s chain I’ll go with another book that’s the third in its series and also my favourite so far. Restaurant Weeks Are Murder by Libby Klein solidified the Poppy McAllister Mystery series as one of my absolute favourites.

This month’s chain dealt with artists, celebrities, dual time line stories and ended with two of my favourite cozy mysteries. I never know where the book-thought-chain will take me!

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

Next month (May 4, 2019), we’ll begin with Jane Harper’s debut best-seller, The Dry.

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