Sunday, August 06, 2023

Six Degrees of Separation: Romantic Comedy to All That I Am


Welcome to this month's edition of Six Degrees of Separation, which is a monthly meme hosted by Kate from Books Are My Favourite and Best.  The idea is to start with a specific book and make a series of links from one book to the next using whatever link you can find and see where you end up after six links.  I am also linking this post up with The Sunday Salon, hosted by Deb at Readerbuzz. 


This month's starting point is Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld. When this was announced as the starting point I was pretty pleased. I mean, I read plenty of books which might be counted as romantic comedies. Except when it came to making the first step when I was writing the post I got very stuck. And the theme I ended up following wasn't particularly romantic or funny!

One author who came to mind when I thought about romantic comedy is Emily Henry. Her book Happy Place was also released in April 2023, the same month as the Sittenfeld book. Emily Henry's next book is going to be called Funny Story so that must surely be a romantic comedy. She announced that this week.

Also announced this week was the winner of the Miles Franklin award for 2023 which was Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens by Shankari Chandran. I read this book last year and liked it a lot, which isn't always the case for me and award winners.

Another Miles Franklin award winner I have read and enjoyed many years ago now is That Deadman Dance by Kim Scott who is an indigenous author. (my review)

I mentioned above that I am not always enamoured by award winners. One Miles Franklin award winner that I tried unsuccessfully to read was Carpentaria by Alexis Wright. She too is an indigenous author.

So I have given you two Miles Franklin Award winners I have read and enjoyed, one I DNF'ed so my next step is another winner by another indigenous author, Tara June Finch which is called The Yield. I own this book but I haven't read it yet!

My final link in the chain for this month is another Miles Franklin award winner that I have read which is All That I Am by Anna Funder. I really wanted to finish with this book because the starting point for next month is Anna Funder's new book, Wifedom. (my review)

Are you joining in on Six Degrees this month? Where did your chain take you?


  1. I too have a very mixed record with award winners. More often than not, I don't get on with them. It was a good and different route to take. I noticed the Emily Henry book is pink too so another link with Romantic Comedy!

    1. I noticed that afterwards. Could have gone pink covers with writing on. Maybe I will make that a Top Ten Tuesday post at some point!

  2. Fascinating chain. So, do you recommend Funder? I'm surprised I never heard of her before.

    1. It's been more than 10 years since I read this book Davida. I just reread my review and I think my response is really it's worthy but I didn't love it

  3. That's fun that your end book leads you right to next month's start book!

  4. Maybe we need a romance to make the Miles Franklin list :)

    Wishing you a happy reading week

  5. I liked Happy Place the most of the three Henry books I have read but get so irritated by books where a good conversation would have prevented a lot of anguish. I haven't read the others but I should look at the Miles Franklin winners to see what else I have missed. Here is my chain, which ends with a historical novel I was sure I had reviewed:

  6. I like the way your links ended up this month. It seems quite perfect.

    (BTW, I had to look up the Miles Franklin to me!)

  7. I need to give Henry's books a try. They sound right up my alley. This is a great chain, Marg. Many interesting books!



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