This month is the first time I’m trying the Six Degrees of Separation meme, run by Books Are My Favorite and Best. You take a given title, and mentally wander your way through six books, seeing where you end up! There really are no rules, you don’t have to choose books that you’ve read, and it’s fun to see where everyone ends up. There’s a different title each month, and this month’s title is Pride and Prejudice, so how could I resist?
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Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite novels. It’s such a fun romantic comedy, and the sparkle and wit between Darcy and Elizabeth is a joy to read.
Thinking of Jane Austen naturally leads me to my favorite Austen book, Persuasion. I adore this slow burn romance, and love the atmosphere of Bath and the sea that is prevalent here.
Since we’re in “ye olden times”, and the British coast, this leads me to my next selection: Tracy Chevalier’s Remarkable Creatures, which is about the female fossil hunters Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot. I read this book when it first came out, and while it was very slow (truly not much happens in it), I found it fascinating and illuminating, and it’s a book I keep thinking about.
Again, back to the ocean, and what sails on the ocean? Pirates! Who doesn’t love a pirate book? I bring you Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown, a fun book that takes place during the Opium Wars, and our British hero, Owen, who happens to be a chef, is kidnapped by pirates and forced to cook for them. And oh yeah, did I mention that the pirate captain is a woman? This was a book club choice, and it really was a fun read and discussion!
Pirates make me think of the detective Cyrus Barker who features in the Barker and Llewellyn historical murder mystery series by Will Thomas. This series is great fun and is set in Victorian London, with Barker being the detective (very similar to Sherlock Holmes), and Llewellyn is his assistant. Their banter is delightful, and Barker spent a lot of time in China during the Opium Wars, and has history with pirates. Some Danger Involved is the first book in the series.
Detectives that remind me of Sherlock Holmes bring me to my next book, with a lead detective so dashing and mysterious! I’m talking about Nicholas Brisbane from Deanna Raybourn’s Lady Julia mysteries. These mysteries are set in Victorian London, and the first book, Silent in the Grave, sets up a delicious romance between Lady Julia and Brisbane. In the fourth book of the series, Dark Road to Darjeeling, the scene shifts to India, which leads me to my next selection.
The children’s classic The Secret Garden begins in India, and then loops back to England. I’ve been hoping to get to this book this year, and I think now that I’ll start reading it!
What a fun meme! I’ve discovered a book to move to the top of my TBR, and got to revisit a few old favorites that I haven’t discussed yet on the blog. Where will next month take us?
Have you read any of these books? Do any sound interesting? Where does Pride and Prejudice take you?