Six Degrees of Separation: The Tipping Point

The 6 Degrees of Separation meme is a monthly meme hosted at booksaremyfavoriteandbest, that explores the ways in which a chosen book can be linked to six other books.

The June 2018 book is: The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

My chain this month includes: matches, books set in Ohio, modern retellings of classics, and titles featuring female first names.

 

I still haven’t read The Tipping Point, but it is on my TBR list. I’ve also included three other books from my TBR, along with three that I have already read.

 

To start off the chain, I’ve chosen another book with matches on its cover:

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

I’ve heard nothing but good things about this popular 2017 release, and I hope to get to it soon. If you’re not careful with matches, you may accidentally start:

 

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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

After being blown away by Everything I Never Told You, I cannot wait to finally read this. Little Fires Everywhere is one of my 20 Books of Summer, so I should be enjoying it very soon. This family drama is set in Ohio, as is:

 

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Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Honestly, I was pretty disappointed with this contemporary retelling of Pride and Prejudice. A modern retelling of a classic that I do remember enjoying however, is:

 

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Jane by April Lindner

This YA novel is a take on Jane Eyre in which Jane works as a nanny for the daughter of a famous rockstar. I don’t remember too much about it, but I think I found it to be an entertaining read with a clever and plausible contemporary update. Jane obviously doesn’t hold a candle to the greatest Jane Eyre retelling of all time:

 

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Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier 

Rebecca is brilliant, gripping, and atmospheric. I’m thrilled that it seems to be getting so much attention over the past few years, and I am way overdue on a re-read. Sticking with the theme of books featuring a female name for a title:

 

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Alena by Rachel Pastan

Alena also happens to be a retelling of Rebecca. This is set in the art world, where instead of being haunted by a former first wife, the unnamed heroine is haunted by the woman who previously held her job. I’ve been wanting to read this for a while, but the mixed reviews have put me off a bit.

 

 

Where did your #6degrees chain take you this month?

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  1. I’m always somewhat reluctant to call Rebecca a “retelling” of Jane Eyre. Obviously there are parallels in terms of plot and character, but something always holds me back. I don’t know what it is.

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  2. Loved all of your links! Oddly, I have recently finished Oliphant and it didn’t even occur to me to use that as a starting point!
    Must admit, I enjoyed Eligible, but I read it very much as a beach read and didn’t compare to P&P as I was reading.

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  3. What a great chain! Brilliant first link; I’m looking forward to Elinor O too – eventually! 🙂 I got quite excited about Jane Eyre and Rebecca – I love Rebecca (it’s in my chain too) but I never knew it’s considered by some as a Jane re-telling. Du Maurier was a massive fan of the Brontes of course so it’s quite possible; I can certainly see the overlaps. Not sure that Alena grabs me though!

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    1. Thanks, Sandra! It’s definitely a bit of a stretch to call Rebecca a straight retelling, but it was certainly inspired by Jane Eyre. Alena seems to have gotten quite mixed reviews, so I’m not sure if it’s worth reading either. Off to check out your chain!

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