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 Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen.
My prompt for the Roll to Read reading challenge last month was a book about music. I selected The Guts by Roddy Doyle – it’s part of The Commitments/ Barrytown story, and the main character is Jimmy Rabbitte.
Rabbitte took me to Bunny by Mona Awad. I loved this book for all sorts of reasons, including the simple cover.
The last book I read with only an animal on the cover was Lapvona by Ottessa Moshfegh.
There were parts of Lapvona that quite literally turned my stomach. I don’t read many books that have that effect on me and other than those by Moshfegh, the last was Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis, which included one of the most repulsive, graphic scenes I’ve read.
Thinking memorable scenes, I leap to Of a Boy by Sonya Hartnett, which has one of the most heartbreaking scenes I’ve ever read.
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to tell Sonya Hartnett that Of a Boy was possibly the saddest story I’d read, and that I was mentally preparing for a reread. She looked at me hard and said “Don’t go back.” Huh.
My final link is based on ‘memorable interactions with authors at their author talks’ – Sloane Crosley fits the bill because I asked her a question about her latest book, Cult Classic, and she gave a very revealing answer (which prompted applause from the audience).
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Next month (May 6, 2023), we’ll start with a book on the Stella Prize 2023 shortlist – Hydra by Adriane Howell.