Six Degrees of Separation is a meme hosted by booksaremyfavouriteandbest where you take one given title, and link through six other titles of your choice and see where you end up.
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I’ve missed the past few months, but am back this month! Let’s see where we go and let’s start off with this month’s selection:
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Official Synopsis from Goodreads: Ian McEwan’s symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness provides all the satisfaction of a brilliant narrative and the provocation we have come to expect from this master of English prose.
On a hot summer day in 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives—together with her precocious literary gifts—brings about a crime that will change all their lives. As it follows that crime’s repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century, Atonement engages the reader on every conceivable level, with an ease and authority that mark it as a genuine masterpiece.
Blurgh. I tried to read this book a long time ago (in a galaxy far, far away), and just couldn’t get into it. I did see the movie and liked that and keep thinking that maybe I should give this title another chance. Popular literary reads that I didn’t connect with brings me to my next selection:
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Here’s another one that I just couldn’t get. And they made a sequel/companion novel to this! I really don’t think that repeating timelines are for me (a la the movie Groundhog’s Day), which brings me to:
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Now this title I was able to read all the way through, but oh my word it irritated me to no end. I disliked the repeating timeline, and also couldn’t stand the way the teens acted (they were just so mean to each other!). Another YA book where the behavior bugged me was in:
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
The teens in this one weren’t so much mean to each other, but they were just teenage boys acting like teenage boys, and I really have no desire to read about that. (Sorry.) As the major theme of Goodbye Days is about grief, one book that I read recently also tackled this topic:
Half Moon Bay by Alice LaPlante
This was a psychological suspense novel that I really loved, and really felt that it handled the aspect of grief well. Another recent novel that I read about grief was:
Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky
This was a book I struggled to get through as it was much slower than I anticipated it would be. The main character has left and gone to a new state to start over, and I’m reminded of another book that has a person going off and trying to begin again:
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
I actually liked this book when I read it! I know a lot of people dislike this book, but I did enjoy it and liked the writing. I did find the movie absolutely beautiful, but totally boring. And I find it funny that I ended my chain with a book I liked that was made into a movie I hated, while starting out with a book I couldn’t stand that was made into a movie I enjoyed.