The Six Degrees of Separation meme is a monthly meme hosted by Books are my Favorite and Best. This is my second go at this so it looks like it's going to become a regular thing with me.
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.
This month's chain begins with Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner, a book set in New York about a newly divorced man who is suddenly irresistibly attractive to women.
I haven't read this and have no intention of doing so, so the link I've chosen is New York as I don't know enough about the book to choose another. Also living in New York, but in real life, is screenwriter, film director and essayist, Nora Ephron.
Her book, I Feel Bad About My Neck, is a book of essays about all sorts of subjects but my favourite by far were those where she speaks about everyday life in New York. Fascinating.
Another excellent book of essays is Making It Up As I Go Along by Marian Keyes.
Marian is Irish and speaks about her homeland and its people with warmth and humour, I loved this book. Also set in Ireland is Haunted Ground by Erin Hart.
This rather good archaeological crime story with a wonderful sense of Ireland is based around the finding of a severed head in peat bog. Severed heads (isn't this lovely?) also feature strongly in Head in the Sand by Damien Boyd.
This excellent series is set in and around the county of Somerset in the UK. As is the title story in a book of short stories, The Sedgemoor Strangler by Peter Lovesey.
It's an excellent murder story set on the Somerset Levels not far from where I live, in fact this is a very solid short story collection all told.
So, my journey this month has taken me from New York to Ireland and thus to Somerset in the UK. Not many stops this time but good fun nevertheless.
Next month will begin with Wolfe Island by Lucy Treloar.