Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Six Degrees of Separation - Book Style

How is Such a Rush related to Shadow of Night?

Okay I know this is completely random, but I've been thinking about the fact that several books that I've read recently have fundamental similarities even though they are about very different subjects. To tell you what I mean by this, I'm going to do a Six Degrees of Separation from Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols to Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness. I've read (and enjoyed!) all of the related books in the past month.

NOTE: The similarities between these books aren't spoilers (okay one is a mild spoiler, but I'll tell you when you get to it - don't worry!), so it doesn't matter if you've read them or not.

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols and Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein both feature female pilots. 

Code Name Verity and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon both include Scots wearing kilts (I've grown to appreciate kilts a great deal after reading these books). Bonus: They also both have characters who were/are involved in the British war effort during WWII.

Time travel is a major theme in both Outlander and Timepiece by Myrna McEntire.

In Timepiece and The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead, the formerly stilted guy finally gets his chance at love (okay maybe this is a tad premature for Adrian, but I have high hopes for him and Sydney!) 

The Golden Lily and Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness both feature main characters that are vampires who can go outside in the daytime.

So there you have it. A small look at how my brain makes connections between books. Can you make your own six degrees out of the books you've read recently? See any connections I missed?

BONUS! All of these books are pretty Mild on the love triangle scale. 


  1. What a fun post!! Now I am going to have to think hard and try one out too. I'll get back to you!

    How was Shadows of Night? I'm hesitant to pick it up, I liked some aspects about A Discovery of Witches, but got seriously bogged down in the reading of it. I'd like to see how the story continues but am waiting for more feedback before committing.

    And your social icon buttons turned out great, Yay! Nice job:)

  2. YES! I want to see someone else do one.

    I really loved Shadow of Night. I love Matthew and Diana and enjoyed how their relationship developed throughout the story. BUT it is not an action packed read, though I did feel like it took me less time to get hooked on the story than Discovery. And I didn't feel so weighed down by detailed scientific information - maybe because it was more interesting? Plus I felt like everything started to come together more, and I could see how the "research" fit with the plot better than I could with the first book. I also really enjoyed the time travel - the detailed look at life in 16th century Europe was fascinating and accurate despite the supernatural aspect. I think it was a really fresh way to do a sequel. Going into it knowing the type of book it is, really helped.

    1. And THANKS about the social icon buttons. Confusing at first. But your info definitely helped!!

  3. OH I love this!! Even though I haven't read most of these yet, doggone it. What a fun idea. My brain would NOT be able to make those connections. This is awesome.

    1. HA! I love that we all think differently about books. That makes discussing them so much better. I know you have Such a Rush and will like it when you get to it. The others are great too! I foresee Code Name Verity being a classic some day. Definitely ADD it to your list!

    2. Oh Code Name Verity is AMAZING! Lauren's right, you will love that one Asheley. It's got so many awesome girl power moments in it!


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