6 Degrees of Separation: Lincoln in the Bardo

February 4, 2018 | 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 Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. It takes place during one night in a graveyard.

Another book where a graveyard is central stage is The Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Koike, who is one of the most popular writers in Japan today.

I’ve recently started reading more Japanese authors and one of my favourites is Keigo Higashino. The first book of his that I read was Malice, which is the fourth book in the Kyoichiro Kaga series.

With Malice by Eileen Cook is about 18-year-old Jill Charron who wakes up in a hospital room after being in a fatal car accident while on a school trip in Italy, of which she doesn’t remember a thing. She also doesn’t remember what happened to her best friend, Simone, who Jill is accused of having killed.

Best friends Lilly and Ellen are two of the main characters in The Moonlit Garden by Corina Bomann. Together with musicologist Gabriel Thornton they investigate a mystery related to an old violin.

A cello is at the center of one of the best chapters in If I Stay by Gayle Forman. One of the best things about the film adaption of the book was the beautiful soundtrack.

Many of the passages in Eric Rickstad’s The Silent Girls, made me think of songs.

This time, my chain took me from Lincoln in the Bardo, via multiple countries and themes, to The Silent Girls.

Why don’t you join us and make your own chain? Starting with Lincoln in the Bardo, 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.