Six Degrees of Separation – from Wintering to Alone Together

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 Wintering by Katherine May. May was prompted to write the book after a trip to Iceland.

On the basis of place, my next link is to Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites.

Iceland’s ‘neighbour’ is the Faroe Islands, the setting for Linn Ullmann’s novel, Unquiet.

The main character in Unquiet is a novelist, as is one of the main characters in The Echo Chamber by John Boyne.

The Echo Chamber explores the pitfalls of social media and ‘cancel culture’. Jon Ronson’s So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed uses real-life examples to do the same.

Jon Ronson often gets confused with, or compared to, Louis Theroux. Actually, Louis refers to Jon in his most recent memoir, Theroux the Keyhole.

Theroux’s memoir documents his experience during COVID restrictions. It’s the first book I’ve read dealing directly with this topic, however the first one I acquired is still in the TBR stack – Alone Together by Jennifer Haupt.

I managed to create a complete loop this month, beginning with a book about solitude and finishing with the same. Where will other chains go? Link up below or post your link in the comments section.

Next month (August 6, 2022), we’ll start with winner of the 2022 Women’s Prize, The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki.

28 responses

    • I love both The Good People and Burial Rites, Margaret. Kent is an exceptional writer. I’d say that Burial Rites is bleaker than The Good People, but equally compelling.

  1. What an interesting chain you created. So imaginative. I ended up doing words in titles. My Six Degrees of Separation took me around the world from Iceland to Italy, Greece, the USA, Argentina, Turkey and ended in China with Red Sorghum by Yan Mo.

    From your list, I only read a book by John Boyne (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” ). But they all sound highly interesting. Thanks for doing this.

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  3. By some strange coincidence, I copied in a link into the Mister Linky page to Sarah Moss’ memoir of her time in Iceland by mistake, not knowing there actually was a connection! I’ve added the correct link now, although I can’t delete the mistaken one.

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  5. I’ve tried Burial Rites twice but given it up both times – i think it was because I had it as an audio version and I was getting lost with the names. Probably works better as a print version

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  7. I’ve just added Unquiet to my Bookshop.org wish list. Your brief overview was enough to hook me in!

    I loved Burial Rites, have the Jon Ronson waiting on my Kindle and will eventually get Theroux the Keyhole (although his previous memoir didn’t really do it for me, leaving me thinking he might be better at the telly than the book writing).

    I went with escape as my prevailing theme https://thinkaboutreading.wordpress.com/2022/07/03/six-degrees-of-separation-from-wintering-to-the-mermaid-and-mrs-hancock/.

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  10. I am tempted by the Theroux book. I laughed at the John Boyne book but it felt a bit too farcical for my taste. And I really want to read Wintering now. My chain is very late this month (see link).

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