Six Degrees of Separation – Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Today I’m participating in a monthly meme: Six Degrees of Separation. The first book is assigned, but then I had to come up with six books that are connected to it in a chain. Here we go!

The first book is Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind. I have not read this book, but here’s the description from Goodreads:

In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime giftโ€”an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odors of Paris, and apprentices himself to a prominent perfumer who teaches him the ancient art of mixing precious oils and herbs. But Grenouille’s genius is such that he is not satisfied to stop there, and he becomes obsessed with capturing the smells of objects such as brass doorknobs and fresh-cut wood. Then one day he catches a hint of a scent that will drive him on an ever-more-terrifying quest to create the “ultimate perfume”โ€”the scent of a beautiful young virgin. Told with dazzling narrative brillance, Perfume is a hauntingly powerful tale of murder and sensual depravity.

The mention of murder and a beautiful young girl reminded me of a murder mystery book I have read: The Cuckoo’s Calling, the first book in Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike series. I don’t read many mysteries or detective books, but I picked this series up because it’s written by J.K. Rowling, and I am a HUGE fan of her work. All three books in the series have been pretty spectacular so far.

My second book is Career of Evil which is the third book in that series. I am selecting it because it’s my favorite. It gives tons of good backstory on the main character. I’ve said it before, I love series, and I especially love when we get to know a character better in a later book.

That is the reason book 3 was my original favorite in the Harry Potter series. I loved that there wasn’t just a formulaic story of good triumphing over evil. We learn more about Harry’s parents and their friends and even about Voldemort in this book. Later in the series, books 5 and 6 also became favorites for the same reason – more information! So my third book today is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Azkaban is a pretty awful prison. I always kind of envisioned something like Alcatraz in my head when I was reading about it. So for my fourth book, I am selecting The Edge of Lost, which I read recently as one of the winter selections for the She Reads blogger network. I didn’t love this book because it didn’t live up to my expectations when I was sucked in my the little girl going missing type description. Child-trauma is one of my auto-read topics, so I selected this book based on that. It’s actually more of an immigration from Ireland type tale. So it’s a decent story, but garnered only a 3 star rating from me because it didn’t match my expectations.

Book 5: Another child-trauma book that I read recently and LOVED is Just My Luck by Cammie McGovern. I adore Cammie McGovern. Both of her YA books are amazing, and this middle grade book is phenomenal as well. It’s about a young boy who is coping with the lose of his best friend and his father’s recent accident. It’s about friendship and kindness, and it definitely pulled on my mother heartstrings. It’s just so well written and so touching. Read it! Seriously. It’s a short book.

For my last book, I am going to select another middle grade book that I read this year and loved. First, let me state that I don’t read a lot of middle grade fiction. It often doesn’t work for me. I think it has to do with the “dumbed down” type writing style or the trivial subject matter. But I am open to trying middle grade books when I get a good recommendation. George by Alex Gino is outstanding! It’s about a young “boy” who identifies as female. She is determined to play Charlotte in the school play, but she is met with opposition. It’s another story that will break your heart and make you cheer at the same time. I loved it!

That’s it! Perfume to George.

This was fun.

#6Degrees is a monthly meme (first Saturday of the month) hosted by Kate @ Books Are My Favourite and Best.

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  1. Thanks for joining in!

    I haven't read any of the books in your chain – must admit, I don't have the attention span for series :-/ (realise I'm in the minority on that!).

    George looks brilliant. I'm going to hunt it down (and will probably get a copy for my kids school library).

    1. You're definitely not alone. I know plenty of people who don't get into series. I just don't like backstory on characters, so later books in series have much more action. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Yes, George is so good. Check it out if you can.

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