It’s time for #6degrees. Start at the same place as other wonderful readers, add six books, and see where you end up.
This month we start with Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. When I wrote my review of this book, Anne at Head Full of Books pointed me in the direction of Reid’s inspiration for the story – a shared look between two people who love each other deeply. It immediately reminded me of that look between Marina Abramovic and her ex, Ulay during The Artist is Present. And I can’t mention that exhibition without linking to The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose. It’s an extraordinary novel focusing on the fictional lives of people who participated in the exhibition.
Rose wrote much of The Museum of Modern Love during a residency at MONA. I was fortunate to see a retrospective of Abramovic’s work at MONA some years ago and found the collection so strange and unnerving that I have been fascinated by her ever since. I’m hoping her memoir, Walk Through Walls, will give me some insight into her complex world.
When I think about complex artists, the character of Ingrid in Deborah Levy’s Hot Milk comes to mind. On name alone, Hot Milk links to Soviet Milk by Nora Ikstena.
After a year of reading sample chapters of books I’m interested in, I select 10-15 books to buy. I’ve only bought two off the 2019 list – Soviet Milk and My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams.
My Friend Anna caught my eye because I’d read Fake by Stephanie Wood, another real-life story about a charming con-artist.
Musicians, artists and con artists – where will other chains go? Link up below or post your link in the comments section.
Next month (February 1, 2020), we’ll begin with a book that topped the critics ‘best of 2019’ lists, Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner.
I’ve actually read 3 books in your chain – a personal record! But perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised as I picked up MOML and Hot Milk based on your recommendations 🙂
Mission accomplished 😉
Well, I’ve read The museum of modern love, and I gave Fake to my son’s partner at Christmas, so that’s not too bad.
Enjoyed your links Kate. Love Hot milk to Soviet milk. My chain is almost all artists of some sort, but not Maria Abramovic! Here’s my chain: https://whisperinggums.com/2020/01/04/six-degrees-of-separation-from-daisy-jones-and-the-six-to/
I thought Fake was really interesting because it highlighted how scams/ con artists usually work over a long period of time to groom their victims – all too often they’re presented in a 60 Minutes format and people are incredulous that the victim was sucked in…
I’ve never heard of next month’s book, but I will check it out!
Here’s my chain, half of which contains your best books of the decade which are now on my immediate tbr 😁:
I hadn’t either until it kept popping up on the ‘best of’ lists – apparently it was plugged by Leigh Sales on her podcast and then books shops couldn’t stock enough copies!
Who knew Leigh was such a literary influence?!
I’ve gone off-piste with my chain! https://anzlitlovers.com/2020/01/04/six-degrees-of-separation-daisy-jones-and-the-six-to/
Very interesting. Now if I had read “Museum of Modern Love” and had it on my list, I know exactly what book I’d link it to – “Smash All the Windows” by Jane Davis, about an accident on the London Underground Tube where the survivors end up contributing to an art exhibition to remember those they lost. I don’t know this next book, but I look forward to working on February’s chain!
Oh, and here’s mine (which I also put in the linky page) https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2020/01/04/6degrees-of-separation-for-january-4-2020/
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Very effortless chain, Kate. I am intrigued by Museum of Modern love, I love novels which revolve around art. My chain:
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I love that first link, Kate! The Museum of Love is almost at the top of my TBR, there thanks to you.
I am confident you’ll love MOML – it’s an extraordinary book and very cleverly blends fact and fiction. I’m still astounded that Marina agreed to Rose using her as the subject…
Happy 2020, Kate. Lots of interesting books in your list that I haven’t read. I love that shot of Marina and Uday too. Utter silence that speaks volumes.
My chain went off in an unhappy direction. I’m blaming the book I’m currently reading for my focus on how unfairly women are treated in a world continuously biased towards men!
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I enjoyed your chain – very different from mine, although my first two links were to real rock bands I managed to include 3 crime fiction novels as well. 🙂
Fake is on my TBR list
My chain is much more obvious than yours 🙂
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Great chain! Thanks for the reminder of the Marina Abramovic video – I shall grab a handful of tissues and go off and watch it again… 😀
IKR? I’ve watched that clip so many times and it makes me cry every single time!
Hi. This is my first time joining in.
Here is my link: https://smalltomesbigminds.blogspot.com/2020/01/6-degrees-of-separation.html?m=1
May it not be your last. And bring along your friends!
Thanks for joining in!
Great links! I enjoyed Daisy Jones & The Six but didn’t know it was inspired by a look. Here’s my chain: https://shereadsnovels.com/2020/01/04/six-degrees-of-separation-from-daisy-jones-the-six-to-an-officer-and-a-spy/
I didn’t either until I read that article. That said, I thought the changing dynamic between Daisy and Billy was really well described in the book.
I haven’t read any of Kate’s books but I have read Taffy B-A’s pieces in the New York Times Magazine and have read about her new book. I lived in NYC for 17 years so feel I know all the people she writes about – which could make the book interesting or annoying. It is getting a lot of buzz: I see my library system has several hundred copies and more on order!
Here is my chain:
I haven’t read any Taffy B-A yet but looking forward to Fleishmann (it’s next on my reading stack) – I figured a New York story gives a lot of scope for starting a chain.
I’ve not read any of the books in your chain, but like how you linked them!
Thanks for joining in!
Discovering all kinds of new books thanks to your chain!
Adding to others TBR stacks is part of my mission 😀
Thanks for the ‘shout out’. Here is my 6-degrees post for the month: Daisy Jones and the Six in 6 degrees
I love how the links take us all somewhere different! I haven’t read any of the books in your chain, but they all make perfect sense.
I enjoyed reading your chain. So different from my own! I haven’t read any of the books you mention. I’m coming in late, but mine is up now. https://www.literaryfeline.com/2020/01/six-degrees-of-separation-daisy-jones.html
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I love this idea! It’s so interesting.
I’ve only read one of the books you mentioned.
This is my first time joining in – I saw it on stargazer’s blog. I hope I’m not too late! Here is my chain: https://confuzzledom.wordpress.com/2020/01/16/six-degrees-of-separation-from-daisy-jones-the-six-to/
Never too late! Welcome 🙂
Very fun to see your associations. I’ve been meaning to join in on this for a long time, and I finally did this month!