6 Degrees of Separation: Fates and Furies

February 4, 2017 | 5 comments


6 Degrees of Separation is a book meme hosted by Kate at Books are My Favorite and Best. The goal is to construct a chain with 6 other books, using any criteria you want, and see where you end up.

The starting book this month is Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. I haven’t read it and was really struggling to decide on a theme for the first link.

Another book that was hard for me to pick a link theme from was John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany, the starting book in the April 2016 chain. John Irving is one of Kate’s favourite authors, and it took me forever to find a link I felt was good enough.

Good Enough is Paula Yoo’s debut novel. It is about the girl Patti whose parents expect her to be absolute perfect and to get into an Ivy League school. Patti plays the violin and meets a cute trumpet-playing boy who shares her love for music.

A shared love for music is also an important part in Gayle Forman’s If I Stay about the girl Mia who plays the cello, and Adam who is in a rock band. Both the book, and the film based on it, made me cry.

Another case where both the book and the film based on it made me shed some tears is Before I Die by Jenny Downham, about the girl Tessa who is dying in leukemia and who sets out to complete her before-I-die to-do-list with some help from the neighbour boy Adam.

In Nicholas Sparks’ A Walk to Remember, the main character Jamie Sullivan is also dying in leukemia. The story is narrated by Landon Carter, a boy whose life was greatly affected by his relationship with Jamie. The title of the book can be interpreted to refer to both their brief walk through life together, and their walk down the aisle.

The book Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married by Marian Keyes starts with the main character being told by a tarot card reader that she will be getting married within a year. I have read a few of Keyes’ books and although some of them have had their funny moments, this one is not on my tbr list.

This time, my chain took me from Fates and Furies, via books from different genres but linked by love and music, and life and death, to Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married.

Why don’t you join us and make your own chain? Starting with Fates and Furies, where will you end up? Visit Books Are My Favourite and Best to read the rules and see who else made a chain this month.