Six Degrees of Separation is a monthly link-up hosted by Kate of Books Are My Favourite and Best. On the first Saturday of every month, a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. Readers and bloggers are invited to join in by creating their own ‘chain’ leading from the selected book.
The featured book is Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner. I’ve never heard of this book (I have a feeling this might be a theme for me with this meme since there aren’t many YA or children’s books featured), so I just went with the first thing that caught my eye on the cover and used that as my jumping off point: the skyscrapers.
The city skyline on the cover of Fleishman made me think of a book with the ultimate skyscraper: The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee. This book is full of soap-opera worthy drama and a creepy sibling relationship. That creepy sibling relationship made me think of my next book:
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma goes deep into creepy sibling relationship territory … and then it just keeps going. This book is incredibly disturbing and also heart-wrenching, and it made me sob uncontrollably while reading it.
Another book that made me cry hysterically was All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I read this book, which delves into some serious mental health issues, on my birthday in 2015. Happy birthday to me? (In the book’s defense, I knew what I was getting into when I picked it up.)
And now that I’ve mentioned my birthday, I immediately made the connection with … Birthday by Meredith Russo. This story of a transgender girl’s journey to self-acceptance made me cry too—boy this list is getting depressing!
Okay, so let’s go a little lighter. George by Alex Gino is a sweet middle-grade story about a transgender girl who just wants to play Charlotte the spider in the school play—and have the world see her for who she truly is. The single-name title of this book brought me to my next book…
Another book I’ve read with a single-word title that’s the main character’s name is Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Actually, now that I think of it, all of the full-length books in The Lunar Chronicles would fit this description. I’m using an image of the new Cinder cover because I know lots of you just want more reasons to feast your eyes on it. 🙂
And there you have it! I made my way from Fleishman Is in Trouble to The Lunar Chronicles, with a few detours along the way. I ended up with mostly YA in the list this time, which is interesting. I enjoy these meanderings through my (virtual) bookshelves!
What book comes to your mind when you think of Fleishman Is in Trouble? I want to know!