You know the saying: no two people in the contacted world are more than six social connections apart. Inspired by Kate at Books Are My Favourite And Best, I like to apply this notion to books and challenge friends and authors to find interesting ways to hop from one book to another based on a shared author, theme, award win and so on. Today, I’m delighted to welcome AJ Hackwith, author of the Hell’s Library trilogy, to take the Six Degrees challenge.

Five years ago, C of The Middle Shelf floated the idea of a jury-based award given by a panel of bloggers to their pick of the best works of genre fiction each year. Fast forward to 2022 and our fifth annual Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards will be bigger and more chaotic than ever, with more categories, more nominees and more opinions. Buckle up, it’s time to say hello to our 2022 panel and subjective shortlist!

2022 looks to be another year where (unsurprisingly after the much-discussed Book Crisis of Winter 2021) some releases are being delayed or having separate digital and physical releases. The good news? There’s plenty of interesting titles heading our way next month! If there’s always room for one more, these are the ones I’m most tempted by.