It’s time for #6degrees. Join in and see where your book chain takes you.
This month we begin with Stephen King’s It.
Although most of his publications are novels, On Writing is King’s reflections on his creative process. Likewise, Bill Bryson, who specialises in the travel memoir, has published Bryson’s Dictionary for Writers and Editors. It’s a surprisingly useful reference book that covers alternative spellings; commonly used foreign words; and various other language oddities.
I have quite a few dictionaries and writing reference books but my favourite is one that I regularly foist on my kids – The Greatest Gatsby: A Visual Book of Grammar by Tohby Riddle.
It would have been too obvious to link to The Great Gatsby, so instead I’m jumping to Sara Benincasa’s retelling, Great.
Retellings are generally either atrocious or fabulous. One that I thoroughly enjoyed was Curtis Sittenfeld’s Eligible.
Eligible revolves around a Bachelor-style reality-tv show, which links neatly to a novel written by a reality-tv star – Lauren Conrad’s L.A. Candy.
I began with scary clowns, zipped by reference books and retellings, and finished with the girl-next-door (if you live in the OC), Lauren Conrad. I wonder if other chains will get away from horror as quickly as I did?
Next month (January 6, 2018), we’ll begin with an international bestseller (that I haven’t read!) – Alexander McCall Smith’s No.1 Ladies Detective Agency.