It’s time for #6degrees. Join in and see where your book chain takes you.
This month we begin with the book that topped the critics list in 2017 – Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. I haven’t read it (yet) but I know that a Greek chorus is an important part of the narrative.
A Greek chorus was also used in The Mothers by Brit Bennett.
To be honest, I picked The Mothers for the cover alone. Another book that I have selected using this highly dicey method is Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi.
I was excited to get approved for an ARC of Call Me Zebra but then crushed to discover that it was in a format that doesn’t work for my Kindle. That happened once before (and I was equally disappointed), with Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia.
I still haven’t read Bellweather Rhapsody but I do know that it’s about a school band competition. I was in the school band (flute) and every year we attended the South Street eisteddfod in Ballarat. Obviously the highlight was the fierce competition between concert bands, not the visit to Maccas on the way home. Anyway, I do recall cursing the arrival of the bus in Ballarat one year (85 or 86?) because it meant I had to put down the engrossing Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks and pick up my flute…
Apparently 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher is the ‘Go Ask Alice of this generation’. Have told my teenagers they have to read it before they can watch it.
Most of the time, my rule is ‘read before watch’ but every so often I break that rule – as I did with Dangerous Liaisons by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos (and I’m not sorry because I loved the movie version).
From superficial choices and reading format issues (the struggle is real, people!) to significant books for generations and French literature, my chain took some odd turns this month. Where will other chains lead? Join in and link up!
Next month (March 3, 2018), we’ll begin with a controversial book that had everyone talking in the nineties – The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf.