Friday, 5 June 2015

Six Degrees of Separation - The Casual Vacancy to Arsenic For Tea

Six Degrees of Separation is a fabulous meme which started last year, and runs on the first Saturday of every month! Huge thanks to Annabel Smith and Emma J Chapman for coming up with the idea. Head over to one of their blogs and leave a link in the comments if you take part, please! This month, the starting point is The Casual Vacancy, by JK Rowling.

The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling was adapted for screen with Keeley Hawes, as was Tipping The Velvet by Sarah Waters.

Tipping The Velvet by Sarah Waters was recommended to me by my friend Charlie, as was - well, a significant amount of my favourite books of the last few years. One that I'm particularly happy she recommended to me was Summer Love, an anthology of LGBTGQ stories from Duet Books, a new imprint of Interlude Press. It's a wonderful collection with some really gorgeous stories in there. Click on the title for my full review to find out more - I particularly loved Naomi Tajedler's What The Heart Wants!

As you'd expect from the title, Summer Love is a perfect beach read! It featured on my top ten Beach Reads post a couple of weeks ago with lots of other favourites, including Remix by Non Pratt.

I went to an AMAZING launch for Remix on Thursday, definitely one of the best bookish events I've had the pleasure of going to - as was a launch earlier in the week, for Katherine Woodfine's gorgeous debut novel The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow.

And The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow is a fun and exciting entry into what's becoming a firm favourite genre of mine, historical detective stories. The very best I've read (edging out Sparrow and Julie Berry's brilliant The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place) is Robin Stevens's second Wells & Wong book, Arsenic For Tea. (I also love the recently revealed US cover for it under new title Poison Is Not Polite!) I've used the UK cover here, but would definitely encourage you to head over to The Midnight Garden, one of my favourite American book blogs, to check out that reveal. (Also if you're an American or Canadian reader who can't wait until 2016 to get your hands on it, there's a giveaway!)

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