Saturday, 7 January 2017

6 Degrees of Separation


Beginning of the month, so time for 6 Degrees of Separation hosted by Books Are My Favourite And Best. This month's chain begins with Stieg Larsson's thriller The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I have this book on my shelves and read it several years ago. I really like it and the following two books. I have not read the new one, which is a sequel written by David Lagercrantz'.

I have read another book by Lagercrantz though. That is I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which is a biography of our great football player Zlatan. I really enjoyed the book and got a totally different opinion about Zlatan as well. Towards the positive side, and I am now a big fan of his (almost all the time!).

Talking about biographies, a genre I love, I continue with a book I just finished (review will come). That is Cliff Goodwin's To Be a Lady: Story of Catherine Cookson. Fascinating biography of a fascinating author that has spellbound us for so many years. An amazing storyteller she is.

I read her when I was young, but have not read anything lately. I would therefor read some more of her books. Maybe one of her acclaimed ones, The Fifteen Streets which is, like many of her books, based on her own life experiences.

I continue with a number in the title, The Thirteenth Tale by Diana Setterfield. Still to read, I find the story fascinating. "Vida Winter, a famous novelist in England, has evaded journalists' questions about her past, refusing to answer their inquiries and spinning elaborate tales that they later discover to be false. Her entire life is a secret: and, for over fifty years, reporters and biographers have tried innumerable methods in an attempt to extract the truth from Winter." (From Wikipedia).  The link here is not only the number in the title, but Catherine Cookson was also a famous novelist with a secret.

Secrets (are they not wonderfully exciting?) takes us to Kate Morton's The Secret Keeper. Having recently read The Distant Hours and loving it, I look forward reading this tale on a family secret.

Secrets takes us to murders and The Medieval Murderers - The First Murder is a book about medieval secrets and murders. Sounds exciting, don't you think?

My thread from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, goes to writer David Lagercrantz who wrote the sequel to the series. He is also the common nominator for the next book about Zlatan. This is a biography, so that word is the link to a biography about Catherine Cookson. I continue with one of her book titles, The Fifteen Streets, which leads me to another novel with a number in the title, The Thirteenth Tale. It is doubly connected to Catherine Cookson who had a secret in her life, as the fictional figure in The Thirteenth Tale. Secret is the word leading us the The Medieval Murderers. Murders are secrets, aren't they?  With this book I end this months' 6 degrees of separation.

See you next month!

6 comments:

  1. I love the Millennium trilogy and I was a bit hesitant about the sequel by David Lagercrantz. I finally caved in and read it, and I was quite disappointed. It wasn't a bad book, but I didn't think it measured up to the originals. The characters somehow became very weak and their actions didn't make sense.

    maria helena
    http://www.marelden.com

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    1. I am always hesitant to read these kind of follow ups. Although I must admit I have read two sequels to "Gone With the Wind". But then, it is one of my favourite books.

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    2. I absolutely love Alexandra Ripley's Scarlett! It's such a wonderful book.
      maria helena

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    3. I agree, I really loved it when I read it years ago. However, recently, only some years ago, I found by pure chance another attempt of a continuing story for Scarlet and Rhett. I must say I really prefer this one. It is called Rhett Butler's people by Donald McCaig and I think it is great. I wrote a review of it here: http://thecontentreader.blogspot.be/2013/10/rhett-butlers-people-by-donald-mccaig.html

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  2. Thanks for joining in!

    Although I'm not a big reader of biographies, I do LOVE biographies about authors - always fascinated to read about their inspiration, influences and most particularly, their writing processes. I'll be certainly hunting this Catherine Cookson down :-)

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    1. I agree. Reading this biography of Catherine Cookson was like reading one of her own books. Or, as often is the case; real life is more exciting than fiction! Review will follow soon.

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