Six Degrees of Separation – from Rodham to Dreamspell

This is the first Saturday of the month which means that it is time for Six Degrees of Separation, the book challenge, hosted by Kate at Kate from Books are My Favorite and Best.

 

The starting point for all of us is Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

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This novel re-imagines Hillary Clinton’s life and what would have happened if she had not married Bill Clinton.

(After each book cover, is a summary from Goodreads)

1.     Josie Silver gives us a reimagining of Lydia Bird’s life, one with and one without her fiancé Freddie in Two Lives of Lydia Bird

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something inexplicable happens that gives her another chance at her old life with Freddie. A life where none of the tragic events of the past few months have happened. Lydia is pulled again and again across the doorway of her past, living two lives, impossibly, at once.

 

2.      A look at how a life can be changed in an instant, Aimee Friedman imagines the two futures of Summer in Two Summers

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When Summer Everett makes a split-second decision, her summer divides into two parallel worlds. In one, she travels to France, where she’s dreamed of going: a land of chocolate croissants, handsome boys, and art museums. In the other, she remains home, in her ordinary suburb, where she expects her ordinary life to continue — but nothing is as it seems.

 

3.     Another look at how one’s future could have been different with a different decision is offered by Jessica Brody’s In Some Other Life

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Kennedy Rhodes turns down an acceptance to an elite private school, instead choosing to stay at her high school and jump at the opportunity to date the boy of her dreams. Three years later, Kennedy walks in on that same boyfriend cheating with her best friend—and wishes she had made a different choice. But when Kennedy hits her head and wakes up in the version of her life where she chose to attend the private school, she finds that maybe it’s not as perfect of a world as she once thought.

 

4.     In Five Years by Rebecca Searle, the author offers another version of waking to a different future, this time through a dream.

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Dannie goes to sleep knowing she is right on track to achieve her five-year plan.

But when she wakes up, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. The television news is on in the background, and she can just make out the scrolling date. It’s the same night—December 15—but 2025, five years in the future.

After a very intense, shocking hour, Dannie wakes again, at the brink of midnight, back in 2020.

 

5.     Dreams are the focus of The Heavens, of a past life, a novel by Sandra Newman. But here the dream threatens her present life.

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From their first meeting, Ben knows Kate is unworldly and fanciful, so at first, he isn’t that concerned when she tells him about the recurring dream she’s had since childhood. In the dream, she’s transported to the past, where she lives a second life as Emilia, the mistress of a nobleman in Elizabethan England.

But for Kate, the dream becomes increasingly real and compelling until it threatens to overwhelm her life. And soon she’s waking from it to find the world changed—pictures on her wall she doesn’t recognize, new buildings in the neighborhood that have sprung up overnight

 

6.     Both dreams and time travel are the focus Dreamspell by Tamara Leigh, but a time in the past, as well as what is true and what has been altered.

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When her research subject dies after trying to convince her he has achieved dream-induced time travel and her study is shelved, she enlists herself as a subject to complete her research. But when she dreams herself into 14th-century England and falls into the hands of Fulke Wynland, a man history has condemned as a murderer, she must not only stay alive long enough to find a way to return to her own time, but prevent Fulke from murdering his young nephews.

 

In this novel, we are presented with political power, history and a strong woman who must weave her own path through history and even the notion of how truthful is history, which reminds me so much of Hillary Clinton. And so, we are back to Rodham.

Connect 5 Friday – Books I Need to Read This Month

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It’s Friday once again and that means it’s time for Connect Five Friday, hosted at Book Date by Kathryn – the meme where we share five book/reading things that connect in some way.

At the beginning of each month, I go over the reading challenges I participate in and decide which categories I will focus on that month. I have a few to catch up so decided to read these 5 for sure (info in italics from Goodreads):

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There There by Tommy Orange. Tommy Orange’s wondrous and shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize.

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Becoming by Michelle Obama. This has been on my TBR since last Christmas when I received it. A must read.

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer

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Hiroshima Boy by Naomi Hirahara. Retired L.A. gardener Mas returns to Hiroshima to bring his best friend’s ashes to a relative on a small island, only to be embroiled in the mysterious death of a teenage boy who was about the same age as Mas when he survived the atomic bomb in 1945.

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Two Summers by Aimee Friedman. ONE SUMMER in the French countryside, among sun-kissed fields of lavender . . . ANOTHER SUMMER in upstate New York, along familiar roads that lead to surprises . . . When Summer Everett makes a split-second decision, her summer divides into two parallel worlds. 

Top Ten Tuesday – Foodie Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly linkup of book bloggers hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl!This week, the topic is “books that make me hungry”.
I’m switching it up a bit, to – books that have food or words associated with food/eating in the titles.

The first 5 are books I’ve read this year:

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Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston

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Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent

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Delicious by Ruth Reichl

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How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O’Neal

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Mistletoe and Cocoa Kisses by Stacy Eaton

These are books I want to read and I either have them on hold from the library or on my TBR shelf:

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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg

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Kiss My Cupcake by Helena Hunting

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Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno’

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Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

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A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess