#6degrees of separation: from Fleishman is in Trouble to Chasing Windmills…

It’s the first Saturday of the month so that means it’s #6degrees of separation time! This month’s starting book is Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner.

You can find the details and rules of the #6degrees meme at booksaremyfavouriteandbest, but in a nutshell, on the first Saturday of every month, everyone has the same starting book and from there, you connect in a variety of ways to other books. Some of the connections made are so impressive, it’s a lot of fun to follow.

Fleishman is in Trouble is a New York story so I’m going to use that as my first link. The last New York story I read was City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert. This can be linked thematically and by setting with Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín, another story (that I really loved) about a young girl starting a new life in New York. It’s an easy jump from here to The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman, which is set in Brooklyn. Can I make this whole chain about New York stories? I can give it a red-hot go. Next up is The Godfather by Mario Puzo, and from here I’m jumping to The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. While The Goldfinch does have multiple settings, it is predominantly a New York story. Everything that happens to Theo began in New York. My last New York story I’m going to link to is Chasing Windmills by Catherine Ryan Hyde. I wonder how different this chain might have been had I actually read the starting book like I intended? I guess we’ll never know!

Next month we’ll begin with Lucy Treloar’s Wolfe Island.

24 thoughts on “#6degrees of separation: from Fleishman is in Trouble to Chasing Windmills…

  1. Ah, New York, the city that never sleeps! I liked your chain. I read The Godfather back in the 1970s and have seen all three films. Enjoyed them at the time, but not sure if I would ever watch them again.

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  2. I used to live in New York and love reading books set there (although have not read the Fleishman book yet), so particularly enjoyed this chain!

    I am usually a ‘read the book first’ person but have seen and enjoyed the movie of Brooklyn and the first Godfather movie but not the books. Most of the men I know just love all the Godfather movies and can quote from them endlessly! I find this very funny, especially because it seems so American and one of the detectives in the most recent Elly Griffiths mystery (set in UK) which I was reading today also likes to quote from the Godfather. I haven’t read Goldfinch yet but mean to and bought a used copy recently, thinking it would be a good airplane book.

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    • It would be a good airplane book, come to think of it. I actually read Brooklyn after I’d watched it, which still worked well for me. I find myself doing that more and more of late, watching first, reading after.


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