6 Degrees of Separation: Wild Cards

November 7, 2015 | 4 comments


6 Degrees of Separation (usually hosted by Annabel Smith and Emma Chapman) is my favourite book meme. The goal is to construct a chain with 6 other books, using any criteria you want, and see where you end up.

This month, Emma and Annabel did not announce a starting book. So I picked my own. I’m a rebel like that… To go with the rebel theme, my starting book is Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles. It is the first in a series, similar to Elkeles’ other series Perfect Chemistry, following the same main theme of bad boy meets good girl.

Michael Dobbs’ thriller House of Cards, also has a bad boy (Francis Urquhart who has his hands on every secret in politics and is willing to betray them all to become Prime Minister) and a good girl (the young political correspondent Mattie Storin, who is determined to reveal the truth, no matter the cost).

The Cider House Rules by John Irving follows the orphan boy Homer Wells who becomes the protege of Dr. Wilbur Larch.

The main character in House Rules by Jodi Picoult is the teen boy Jacob Hunt who has Asperger’s Syndrome. Jacob’s big interest is in forensic analysis and he often tries to help the police. Everything changes when Jacob is the main suspect in a murder.

In Someone to Watch Over Me by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, lawyer Thora is hired to investigate a case where a young man named Jakob, with Down’s Syndrome, has been convicted of burning down his care home and killing five people. Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, with her series about Thora, is one of my favourite Icelandic authors that I discovered this year.

Another new favourite series set in Iceland is Fire and Ice, starting with Where the Shadows Lie, by Michael Ridpath. The main character is homicide detective Magnus Jonson, who returns to Iceland from Boston to help with a murder investigation. Magnus was raised in the US following his mother’s death, but his ties to Iceland helps his investigation of a murder connected to a mysterious Icelandic saga.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón is the first book in the series The Cemetery of Forgotten Books. It is about Daniel, the son of an antiquarian book dealer, who mourns the loss of his mother but finds solace in a mysterious book.


This time, my chain took me from the first book in a young adult series set in the US, via several heavy reads with complex plots and characters, and two series set in Icleand, to the first book in a series set in Spain.

Did you make your own chain this month? If so, which book did you start with? And more importantly, where did you end up?


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