Six Degrees of Separation: Daisy Jones & the Six to Under A Silent Moon

January’s Six Degrees of Separation meme begins with Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, which I read between Christmas and New Year expressly because it was chosen for this meme. I knew it had received high praise from bloggers and readers but I honestly wasn’t expecting to like it much, happily though that wasn’t the case – I thought it was pretty terrific.

My first link required very little thought, the first book of the year I read is already generating buzz, Such A Fun Age, and the author, Kiley Reid, shares her last name with Taylor. This sparked the idea for a theme with which to connect the books in my chain. One of the main characters in Such A Fun Age is Alix Chamberlain, and the surname provides a link to…

The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain. Published in 2012, this contemporary fiction novel is a bit of tearjerker. The authors first name provides my next link to…

Empire Day by Diane Armstrong, a historical fiction novel set in Australia. I’d never heard of Empire Day until reading this novel, but the book’s real focus is on the post-WWII immigrant experience as the ‘reffos’s’ struggled to adjust their new life, one of whom is named Emil.

I’ve used Hannah and Emil by Belinda Castles in a chain previously but it was the obvious book to choose here since it links the two characters by their first name. The story, about two lovers set against the backdrop of WWII, is based on the lives of the author’s grandparents. Sharing Belinda’s first name is…

A character in Riverboat Point by Trisha Stringer. In this romantic suspense novel, the main character, Savannah Smith unexpectedly finds herself running a houseboat charter business, relying in part on her seemingly friendly neighbours, Belinda and Ashton Palmer for help.

Smith is also the last name of Elizabeth Haynes’ lead character in Under A Silent Moon. DCI Louisa Smith is a crime analyst leading her fist task force investigating the murder of a horse groomer.

So this month I’ve managed to connect the names of authors, and characters in six different permutations.

Next month (February 1, 2020), will begin with a book that topped the critics ‘best of 2019’ lists, Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner.

16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lloyd Russell
    Jan 05, 2020 @ 01:29:31

    I didn’t like Daisy Jones as much as most others did. But I have read 2 of Diane Chamberlain’s books (The Stolen Marriage and The Dream Daughter) and am a huge fan.

    Lloyd (408) 348-4849

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  2. Davida Chazan
    Jan 05, 2020 @ 03:05:09

    I like the sound of Empire Day and Riverboat Point. Lovely chain!

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  3. Helen Murdoch
    Jan 05, 2020 @ 04:43:13

    I am always impressed when bloggers do the 6 degrees of separation because it’s something I am not very good at. Job well done!

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  4. Carol
    Jan 05, 2020 @ 05:32:02

    I’m eager to try this meme in 2020!

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  5. allthebookblognamesaretaken
    Jan 05, 2020 @ 05:58:56

    i LOVED Daisy Jones and the Six, I could not put it down!

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  6. stargazer
    Jan 05, 2020 @ 09:15:08

    A name based chain – love it! You are right about Such A Fun Age, it seems to be everywhere at the moment.

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  7. kozbisa
    Jan 05, 2020 @ 10:27:03

    *applause, applause* I love reading people’s posts for this meme. Great connections!

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  8. Theresa Smith Writes
    Jan 05, 2020 @ 12:16:45

    Innovative chain! Nicely done Shelleyrae! 😊

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  9. littlemissstar55
    Jan 05, 2020 @ 20:44:00

    This is such a cool post. I love how you’ve managed to connect so many books!
    I need to read Daisy Jones and the Six, it looks really good!

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  11. Yvonne
    Jan 06, 2020 @ 21:26:33

    Great chain. I like Diane Armstrong’s books, but haven’t read Empire Day.

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  12. Marg
    Jan 06, 2020 @ 22:03:48

    I’m not sure I could complete a chain like this. Maybe one day I’ll try!

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  13. Kate W
    Jan 08, 2020 @ 09:04:10

    So impressed that you managed to remember so many character names – I think I would really, really struggle to do a chain this way!

    Glad you liked Daisy Jones but honestly, no pressure to read the starter book 🙂 (Particularly as I haven’t read half of them!).

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  14. Literary Feline
    Jan 14, 2020 @ 03:59:42

    I am glad you ended up liking Daisy Jones & the Six! It wasn’t even on my radar and I’m still not 100% sold it’s one I’ll read, but perhaps someday. I loved following your chain! I love Elizabeth Haynes’ series and glad she is featured here. 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

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  15. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
    Jan 24, 2020 @ 16:03:45

    Fun connections! I like that you had a theme to it with all the names. 🙂

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