I've fancied doing Six Degrees of Separation for a long time, just never got around to it. It's hosted by Books Are My Favourite and Best and is a monthly meme.
Books can be linked in obvious ways – for example, books by the same authors, from the same era or genre, or books with similar themes or settings. Or, you may choose to link them in more personal ways: books you read on the same holiday, books given to you by a particular friend, books that remind you of a particular time in your life, or books you read for an online challenge.
A book doesn’t need to be connected to all the other books on the list, only to the ones next to them in the chain.
I decided to try and use books that I've either read or are on my to be read pile.
The chain begins this month with Daisy Jones and the Six, a book I'd neither read nor even heard of. (Good start!)
I gather it charts the rise and fall of a 1970s rock band and centres on a female songwriter connected to them, Daisy Jones. It doesn't sound like a book I'll be rushing to read but I assume young Daisy is an independently minded young woman who went her own way and so is another 'Daisy', one of my favourite characters from the crime genre, Daisy Dalrymple.
Superfluous Women is one of the best in the series as it deals with the serious subject of the two million 'superfluous' women left without any hope of marrying after the carnage of World War One. Three of these women have moved in together in this book and are unfortunate enough to find a body in their cellar. Which is also what ex-Chief Inspector Wexford has to deal with in my next book.
Wexford has retired in The Vault, and is spending quite a lot of time in London. He has his books but it's not quite enough so he walks the streets of the city every day discovering new places and eventually comes across an ex-colleague. The colleague asks him to help solve a case he's on where the remains of three bodies have been found in an underground coal-hole. Also walking the streets of London was author, Mark Mason.
In Walk the Lines the author decides to walk the entire length of the London Undergroud, or 'Tube', but not down there (because... you know... 'dangerous') above ground on the streets, taking in all of the stations. And stations are the main theme of my next book.
I haven't read Station to Station by James Attlee yet but it's on my TBR pile. The author focusses on the London to Bristol railway line and explores what lies around it... various towns, The Thames Valley, many different people with amazing stories. And ghosts. Charles 1, Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens, Lawrence of Arabia, Diana Dors (!), the spooky list is endless apparently. And it seems the railways are very good hunting (or should that be 'haunting'?) grounds for your average ghost, which leads me to my next book.
The Ghost Now Standing on Platform One edited by Richard Peyton is one of my all-time favourite ghost anthologies. It's full of fictional ghost stories and real life experiences and is beautifully illustrated. A real gem.
Well that was fun! From the first book I moved on to murder in dark undergroud places, to strolling around London, to railway stations and thus to the ghosts that haunt them. Quite a journey! Will definitely have another go at this meme at some stage.
Next month's Six Degrees will start with Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Ackner, another book I've not heard of.