Six Degrees of Separation

Hope your year is off to a great start. I’ve enjoyed day of reading and organizing but it is time for  Six Degrees of Separation, which is a monthly meme hosted by Kate from Books Are My Favourite and Best.  The idea is to start with the book chosen for the month and connect the following six books. Where will you end up?

This month we start off with Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell. I haven’t read this book yet but it is certainly on my TBR list. Given that it won the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2020, it made me think of other highly praised books that I would like to read.

So another publication I enjoy is Criminal Element and one of their top books is When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole. Not only does it promise thrills but also social commentary.

Other newsletters I read to find out what about highly anticipated books is from B&N and Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam was one of the finalists for best book of 2020. A magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrong.

Then I thought why not see what some of my local booksellers are recommending and Bookwoman, Austin’s Feminist bookstore, gift guide for 2020 included The Once and Future Witches by Alex E. Harrow. There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be. So intrigued by this one.

Another favorite bookshop of mine is BookPeople and one of their 31 Favorites of 2020 was A Silent Fury by Yuri Herrera. A story about a real life tragedy and the exploration of what happened. I read one of his books last year and would certainly like to read more by this author.

There is another indie bookstore I love, Malvern Books, and they also have a favorites list and I was happy to see a poetry book. They listed Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz, also a 2020 finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry. Definitely going on my TBR list.

Finally, my local newspaper also had had recommendations for the year and the one I’m interested in is Big Girl, Small Town by Michelle Gallen, which is a novel set in Ireland.

Let me know if you’ve read and of these and if you are participating in Six Degrees. Again, thank you to Kate and look forward to seeing your lists!

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