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 begin with the 2021 Stella Prize winner, The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld.
I generally attempt to read all of the Stella Prize shortlist, all the better when I’ve had a head start, as was the case with The Bass Rock. Because of my Stella Prize reading, I rarely read much from the Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist, which is announced around the same time. When this year’s Women’s Prize shortlist was announced, the book I most wanted to read was Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller. It’s now in my to-be-read-in-the-near-future stack (this is different from the much larger to-be-read stack!).
Also in my to-be-read-in-the-near-future stack is another new release with ‘ground’ in the title – Higher Ground by Anke Stelling (it’s set in one of my favourite cities, Berlin).
Staying with ‘ground’, my next link is to The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. I was reminded that I’m yet to read it when I saw an advertisement for the television series based on the book.
It’s always book before movie/tv show. The other book that I’ve moved to the top of the reading stack so that I can watch the series is Us by David Nicholls.
I’m really behind on my Nicholls. Also in the TBR stack is Sweet Sorrow.
Sweet Sorrow is a tragicomedy set around the main character joining a Shakespearean theatre company. It immediately makes me think of Così by Louis Nowra, which is a play about a group of misfits ill-equipped for the theatre but attempting to stage Mozart’s opera, Così Fan Tutte.
This chain was all about my TBR stack (also, so many red covers)! Where will other chains go? Link up below or post your link in the comments section.
Next month (July 3, 2021), we’ll start with a nonfiction modern classic, Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss.