It’s the first Saturday of the month, which means a new round of #6degrees, and this month’s starting book is Sanditon by Jane Austen, her last novel, which was also unfinished. Despite loving Jane Austen, I have never read Sanditon. The unfinished aspect of it has always bothered me. I don’t want to read something finished by someone else, nor do I want to read something that isn’t complete as Jane intended. It’s a conundrum.
You can find the details and rules of the #6degrees meme at booksaremyfavouriteandbest, but in a nutshell, everyone has the same starting book and from there, you connect to other books. Some of the connections made are so impressive, it’s a lot of fun to follow.
The internet tells me that the main character in Sanditon is named Charlotte, so the first book I’m going to link to is Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, an eternal favourite. From here, I’m linking pigs, and going from Wilbur (aka ‘Some Pig’) to Napoleon from George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Jumping across now to another Napoleon, in particular Napoleon Bonaparte, whose rise is charted in the forthcoming release by Stephanie Parkyn, Josephine’s Garden (which I am currently reading). While I’m not really overly taken with Napoleon and Josephine in this novel, I am enjoying the early explorer/botany aspect, which is an area of interest of mine. I could link to quite a few books using this aspect, but the one I’ll settle on is The Blue Rose by Kate Forsyth, in which early explorers travel to China with the intent of securing tea plants and a cutting of the original red rose. From here I’m going to stick with botany and link to The Botanist’s Daughter by Kayte Nunn, another early explorer/botany historical adventure. And now I have arrived at my last link, and I’m going to be honest with you, this has been the hardest 6 degrees for me so far. It’s taken me three days to write this post and I’m still at a loss for my last link. I give up, I’m taking the easy way out and linking based on author, so my last link is to The Forgotten Letters Of Esther Durrant, which is of course by Kayte Nunn.
Until next month…