Six Degrees of Separation – Island Read

Posted January 7, 2023 by elzaread in 6 Degrees of separation / 22 Comments

Greetings you guys! It’s 2023 and this year we are going to try our best not to miss a single Six Degrees of Separation post. It really can’t be that difficult. Only 12 to do.

For those of you who don’t know this fun monthly meme, it’s hosted by Books are my favorite and Best and here’s a few tips and ideas:

Books can be linked in obvious ways – for example, books by the same authors, from the same era or genre, or books with similar themes or settings. Or, you may choose to link them in more personal ways: books you read on the same holiday, books given to you by a particular friend, books that remind you of a particular time in your life, or books you read for an online challenge.

A book doesn’t need to be connected to all the other books on the list, only to the ones next to them in the chain.

The fun thing about this meme, is that no two chains are ever the same and the directions the links can go to, are endless.

The first startup book for 2023 is a book we have actually read! Whoo hoo! Finally. I think there will be a few participants who have read and loved this one, it really was a good and highly popular read:

Six Degrees of Separation – Island ReadBeach Read by Emily Henry
Published by Berkley Books on May 19th, 2020
Genres: Romance
Pages: 361
Format: eBook
Source: My Kindle

A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.

They’re polar opposites.

In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they're living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer's block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.

Don’t let the title fool you completely though. This book doesn’t really have much to do with a beach and suntanning and leisure beach days. It’s more the type of book you will read on beach during your annual beach break. The best part of this book, it perfectly shows that people will read vastly different books on the beach. From Romance to Literature to Murder Mysteries and Horror.

Seeing that Mommy and Daddy are enjoying their last couple of days on an Island, I’ve decided to build a word again today. And only use books from our TBR. That’s the ultimate mission for 2023, lower that TBR. Therefore, some of these books are old and been on the TBR for ages, time to lift them from the shelf!

I reckon guessing which word we are spelling today, is rather too easy:

I – first degree: If I Stay by Gail Forman

S – second degree: Sunrise with the Silver Surfers by Maddie Please

L – third degree: Last Man Standing by David Baldacci

A – fourth degree: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

N – fifth degree: Night by Elie Wiesel

D – sixth degree: Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

As you can see, I made a nice mix of all types of books, all types of people would want to read on the beach. On an island. Now we just need to see how many of these my Mommy will actually read. More, I honestly can’t do for her.

Where did your first Six Degrees chain lead you to? Have you read any of our choices and which one should we read first?

For those of you whom we haven’t wished a happy new year yet, Happy 2023!

Lots of Love,




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22 responses to “Six Degrees of Separation – Island Read

  1. You’re right – a good mix. I’ve read Baldacci, Backman, Weisel, and of course, Beach Read. Dear Edward in on my TBR! My goal is to REDUCE, did you hear me? REDUCE the number of ARCs I request and focus on other books I want to read. I don’t know why I let myself get caught up in the ARC game when I have so many interesting TBR books on my shelves. This is the year (she says confidently).

    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys recently posted: 6 Degrees of Separation #5 - Making Bookish Connections
    • REDUCE yes. That’s the appropriate word. I’ve already added a few to my TBR this year, so my battle is already lost. But REDUCE I can do.

      I agree with the ARC thing. I am going to try to lessen it a bit this year and focus on my TBR. Just need to find the perfect balance. I think one or two ARC’s in a month will be ample enough….

      elzaread recently posted: Six Degrees of Separation - Island Read
  2. That was fun! I wouldn’t mind spending time on a sunny island at the moment. Ooh, I’ve never managed to do all 12 months, good luck! From your TBR, I can recommend A Man Called Ove, which is fun even if it deals with serious topics.

  3. Such an interesting way of making your chain! The only one I’ve read is A Man called Ove – and I didn’t enjoy it much, so I’ll have to give some of your other titles a go.