Hosted each month by Kate at Booksaremyfavouriteandbest, this meme picks a starting book for participants to go wherever it takes them in six steps. This month’s starting point is:
Room by Emma Donaghue
This is a book that I haven’t read (nor have a particular desire to read). However, if the movie adaptation came on the box, I’d watch it – so I’ve picked the film tie-in cover.
For my first link, I decided to interpret the room of Room not as a prison cell, but as a locked room as in many mysteries – which leads me to:
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware – reviewed here.
This is a top-notch thriller set on board a luxury yacht with a locked cabin. Brilliant and twisty, I loved this novel – which has a number in the title, as does
Number 11 by Jonathan Coe – reviewed here.
There are 11s everywhere in Coe’s rich satire on 21st century life, including the Chancellor’s door of course! There is a big contrast in this novel between the haves and the have nots, and there are some scathing comments on rich people and how they live, as does
Gorsky by Vesna Goldworthy – reviewed here.
I adored this modern retelling of the Great Gatsby and Goldsworthy’s Gatsby is Gorsky – a Russian. This novel is both hilarious and respectful of its source material and I loved it. My link is thus retelling of a story which leads to:
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman – reviewed here
Gaiman’s bold retelling of the fairytales of The Sleeping Beauty mashed up with Snow White has a distinctly feminist slant in its heroines, and is gorgeously Illustrated by current Childrens’ Laureate Chris Riddell – one of my favourite illustrators – I do so love his girls’ strong brows! Riddell also co-wrote and illustrated my next choice:
Hugo Pepper by Chris Stewart and Chris Riddell – reviewed here.
One of his lesser-known series – the Far-flung adventures are just delightful middle-grade stories. This one involves a boy called Hugo, which leads to my final book:
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick – reviewed here.
This book (which was adapted into the film Hugo) has a fascinating concept. It’s a chunkster for children of over 500 pages that can be read in just a couple of hours for over half the pages are pictures – black and white pencil drawings mostly. But it’s not a graphic novel, this book is full of a deep love for the pioneers of cinema. The sequences of drawings within are intentioned as sequences of frames in a film which you can flick through like a flip book to fully get the sense of movement in them – zooming in on a detail, or panning and scanning as you follow a character around between written scenes. It also happens to be beautifully designed with black edges which frame the pages and set off the drawings, and later some historic photos and film stills, to a T. Simply wonderful for all ages – I can’t recommend the book enough.
Next month’s starting point is The Slap. That’ll be fun.