Six Degrees of Separation is a literary exercise where you connect six books in whatever way makes sense to you and each month, a new book is selected as the starting point. This is one bloggish thing that I’ve always found appealing after seeing Kate and Rory do it for several years and was one of my blogging goals for the year. Of course, it’s the second to the last day of the month and I’m just now getting around to posting but hey, at least it’s still January. Interested in joining in too? You can read more about it here.
This month’s pick? The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith.
I haven’t actually read this story but it’s an extremely popular one so I know at the very least that it’s set in Africa and the first link that pops into my head is Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls, was born in South Africa. The Shining Girls is about a serial killer that discovers a creepy House that allows him to time-travel.
Speaking of creepy houses, I’d be remiss if I didn’t include House of Leaves. This 700+ page tome is the story of a young family that moves into a house which contains mysterious doorways that lead into darkened halls that go seemingly nowhere. The most interesting aspect of this book is the layout and formatting. The story is creepy and bizarre but the book itself is quite an experience.
Another book with an awesome layout? Night Film by Marisha Pessl incorporates mixed media into her storytelling by using case notes, newspaper clippings, screenshots, and various other pictures. It’s about a missing girl whose father is the infamous Stanislas Cordova, a reclusive film director known for his mysterious, cultish underground films.
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill also incorporates mysterious films, but this time snuff films. Which I had no idea what those were till this book… oh my.
And speaking of boxes, Bird Box is one of my favorite horror stories. There’s a horror infecting the world, causing people to become incredibly violent towards others and ultimately themselves, but only after they’ve seen something. What it is exactly, no one has any idea. People are forced to traverse the world perpetually blind for fear of losing their minds.
Speaking of blindness, there’s of course, Blindness by José Saramago. Just the thought of this book still manages to unsettle me.
I went really dark with this chain. 😂