Saturday, April 2, 2016

Six Degrees of Separation - A Prayer for Owen Meany to Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

I'm trying a new meme this month: 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 A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. I have read this book, but all I really remember is that it is WEIRD. Have you read it?

I read it back in 2003, when I was living in a house with my friends, Christina and Colleen, after finishing our year of volunteer service as members of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. I also remember reading Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer in that same bedroom in 2003. That book changed my life. It was the end of my belief in God and Christianity. Moving on...

Another book about faith and ending faith or trying to escape at least that I LOVE is Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu.

Jennifer Mathieu is AMAZING! I read her book The Truth About Alice first, but I will seriously read anything she writes. I can't wait for her latest book. Alice is a book that every teenager should read. It's about how easily a rumor can ruin someone's life. So good! So important.

Alice is a very popular name in book titles, so my next book is Still Alice by Lisa Genova. It was the first Genova book that I read, and it is so good. It tells the story of a woman living with early onset Alzheimer's. Heartbreaking and riveting at the same time.

Speaking of Genova, my other favorite book of hers (I've read them all) is Love Anthony. That book kept me up late. I couldn't put it down. It's the story of a woman grieving the death of her autistic son. Wow. Great book. Books after death are one of my auto-read topics.

And lastly, Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks is another GREAT book about a boy with autism. It's told from the perspective of his imaginary friend who's trying to help Max when he's in an awful situation. Very creative and so good.

That's it! A Prayer for Owen Meany to Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend.

This was fun.


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

12 comments:

  1. This is a fun and different meme!! Great job!

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    1. Thanks. I liked that it was different. I may need to do this each month. It was a fun challenge.

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  2. Hi Kate! Thanks for joining in. I think you win the prize for Most Significant First Link - heavy stuff ;-) I've read a couple on your list - Imaginary Friend and Still Alice. I haven't read any others by Genova (yet) but Still Alice was extraordinary and a book that I think back to often (might make a good starting point for a chain one month?!).

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    1. Haha. Thanks. Yes, Still Alice definitely stays with you. It's so well written, and so easy to relate to.

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  3. Welcome to 6degrees! Great, in-depth links between your books. I haven't read any of Jennifer Mathieu's or Lisa Genova's books, but both are on my tbr list.

    Here's my chain http://marelden.com/?p=9313

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    1. Thanks. I enjoyed doing this meme. I'll check out your list.

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  4. I love that one of your links was because you remembering reading the books in the same bedroom :-)

    Have you ever read The Curious Incident of the Dog at Nighttime? It's another wonderful book about autism - told through the teen's eyes.

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    1. Thanks. This was my first week, so I wasn't sure how people normally do the links. All I could remember about Owen Meany was where I read it. :)

      I have read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night. I don't remember too much about it, but I kept the book. I'm planning to re-read it this year as part of a re-read challenge that I set for myself with books from my shelves.

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  5. I quite enjoyed Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend too, I still think back to that little boy from time to time. And welcome to 6 Degrees, it's such a fun, offbeat little meme.

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    1. Thanks. I loved Matthew Dicks writing. I'm going to finally read another one of his books this month.

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  6. Wow! This is such a fun meme. I'll have to think about participating. Great connections.

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