A new year. A new decade. A new beginning? Before I start my first post of the year, I want to wish you all a happy new year! I hope 2020 will be a truly amazing year with lots of wonderful books. And what better way to start the new year than with my favourite bookish meme?
Six Degrees of Separation is hosted by Kate, who each month decides on a starting book, from which everyone builds a chain of six books. Feel free to join in and post your link here.
Starting point: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This month we start with Daisy Jones & The Six, which is about sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll in the 70s. I haven’t actually read it, but it seems to have taken the blogging community by storm.
1. A Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
Strike, the protagonist in Robert Galbraith detective series, also has ties to the music scene; his father was a rock star and his mother a super groupie. Despite of being a detective, Strike possesses certain rock star qualities himself. Slightly overweight with boxer’s nose and pube-like hair, attractive women still seem to throw themselves at him en masse.
2. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
From one Strike to another. In Atlas Shrugged a group of business leaders go on strike to rebel against a useless, counterproductive government and business environment. This novel can challenge Trump, Brexit and Marmite, when it comes to dividing people and provoking extreme reactions. Besides from an impressive 34,749 one-star ratings on Goodreads, it also features on this list of most hated books of all times. I quite enjoyed it.
3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Another book from the above mentioned list is Jane Eyre. Opposite Atlas Shrugged, I find it hard to see, why some readers would react so strongly against Jane Eyre (40,115 one-star ratings at Goodreads). Having said that, I must admit, it wasn’t really my cup of tea.
4. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Rebecca has several similarities to Jane Eyre. Both include the sinister presence of the first wife. Also, a deus ex machina fire is used in both novels to bring the story to a conclusion. It took me a couple of attempts to finish Rebecca. Young, naive, timid heroines falling in love with older men, just isn’t my kind of thing. I did find du Maurier’s writing, the building of tension and the mystery surrounding ‘the other woman’ exquisite, though.
5. My Sister The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Living in the shadow of someone else is always challenging. Rebecca is struggling to live up to the former wife of her husband. Korede in My Sister The Serial Killer is constantly being overshadowed by her younger, beautiful sister. Besides from being a fun and different read, this novel also demonstrates the extent of African family loyalty – for good and for bad.
6. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
My Sister The Serial Killer takes place in Nigeria. I’ve always been fascinated by Africa and enjoyed the setting immensely. Another great read from the African continent is The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, which is the first book in the series about the wonderful Mma Ramotswe. The many quirks inherent in the African culture are entertaining and endearing to read about, but they would probably drive me crazy, if I lived there for an extended period of time.
This was my first Six Degrees of the decade. Where did your chain take you?
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