Six Degrees of Separation is a monthly meme hosted by Kate @ Books Are My Favourite and Best. The idea is to start with the book that Kate gives us and then create a chain of six books, each suggested by the one before…

This month we start with Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin a saga set in San Francisco. I’m not a fan of sagas, thinking they are overly dramatic and drawn out, but maybe I’m totally wrong and missing a treat. Would anyone like to prove me wrong?

The only book I recall reading that was set in San Francisco is The  8th Confession by James Patterson, a digital library loan on OverDrive. I remember reading this quite quickly and really enjoying the short snappy chapters.

Another book with short chapters that I thoroughly enjoyed was The Lido by Libby Page, a buddy read with another blogger, Tina @ Reading Between The Pages. It’s a fabulous debut set in present day London and is part of the new ‘UpLit’ genre that publishers are marketing.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman is also part of the ‘Uplit’ genre but it’s a book that I couldn’t get on with at all. I don’t know if it’s because I tried the audiobook instead of a print version, but it really made me feel so uncomfortable at the beginning that I couldn’t carry on with it.

Another book that didn’t work for me on audio was The Making of Us by Lisa Jewell. Fortunately I had a paperback copy so changed to that, and I’m so glad I did as it turned out to be one of my favourite reads last year.

My final book this month is Nutshell by Ian McEwan another favourite from last year  that was given to me by a friend. It was my second book by the author that I really enjoyed.

From a saga set in San Francisco, via a fast-paced murder mystery, a contemporary fiction buddy read, a disappointing audiobook to two of my favourites reads of 2017. Hope you enjoyed the trip! 

Next month (August 4, 2018), the starting book will be Atonement by Ian McEwan