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6 Degrees Of Separation: Matilda to Magnus

6 Degrees Of Separation is a monthly meme hosted by Kate at booksaremyfavouriteandbest

On the first Saturday of every month, a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. Readers and bloggers are invited to join in by creating their own ‘chain’ leading from the selected book.

This months starting point is a memoir, Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson. I watched Matilda until my VHS wore out when I was little, so reading Mara Wilson’s story has some appeal just for the childhood nostalgia, but I’m really not a big fan of autobiographies (or celebrity biographies in general) so we’ll see if I ever actually pick it up.

Another movie-star and role model is Carrie Fisher. I own two of her autobiographies [and, of course, have reader neither… *sigh*] Wishful Drinking and The Princess Diarist. Isn’t it funny how an actor and character can become so synonymous?

To move from one strong, iconic Star Wars woman to another: Have you seen this? E.K. Johnston is writing a book all about Padmé Amidala, legendary badass who the films treated so badly. I’m so excited about this book, Star Wars: Queen’s Shadow. I really hope we’re going to see politicking and backroom dealing, and Padmé being the incredibly intelligent Queen she is.

“When Padmé Naberrie, “Queen Amidala” of Naboo, steps down from her position, she is asked by the newly-elected queen to become Naboo’s representative in the Galactic Senate. Padmé is unsure about taking on the new role, but cannot turn down the request to serve her people. Together with her most loyal handmaidens, Padmé must figure out how to navigate the treacherous waters of politics and forge a new identity beyond the queen’s shadow.”

Speaking of E.K. Johnston, I read one of her novels, A Thousand Nights, and really enjoyed her unique style of storytelling. I really want to read both Ahsoka (another Star Wars tie-in) and, the awesomely titled, Exit, Pursued by a Bear. Exit, Pursued by a Bear is a reference to a stage direction in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale
[Review of A Thousand Nights]

The Queens of Innis Lear takes a little more obvious inspiration from a Shakespeare play, retelling King Lear. This time it puts the three sisters front and centre. It’s a complicated, beautifully messy world and each sister is complex and full of contradictions.
[Review of The Queens of Innis Lear]

After reading The Queens of Innis Lear I’ve been keen to read more of Tessa Gratton’s books. I’m incredibly excited to read Strange Grace, which come out this month.

“Once, a witch made a pact with a devil. The legend says they loved each other, but can the story be trusted at all? Find out in this lush, atmospheric fantasy novel that entwines love, lies, and sacrifice.”

In the meantime I’ve started on her back-catalogue. The one that most jumped out at my was The Lost Sun, the first in The United States of Asgard trilogy.

And finally, if you’re interested in a Norse-mythology-infused contemporary world, you definitely have to read the Magnus Chase trilogy by Rick Riordan. In fact, even if you’re not interest now, go read it anyway, you soon will be. It starts with The Sword of Summer.
[Reviews of The Hammer of Thor and The Ship of the Dead]

18 thoughts on “6 Degrees Of Separation: Matilda to Magnus”

  1. I absolutely LOVE the direction this list took you in! I’m a big fan of Carrie Fisher and Mara Wilson so I hope you do end up reading those to tell us what it’s like 😛 and that stage direction makes such a great title. I’m a big fan of the Norse gods too so United States of Asgard sounds suuuuuper fun.

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  2. Like you, I’m not a big fan of celebrity memoirs and my history with them has been patchy (although I read Rob Lowe’s book last year and I LOVED it because there were so many references to movies I had enjoyed in the 80s). I was perhaps a little old to be watching Wilson’s movies when she was at her peak but I was surprised to discover her memoir is predominantly about the fall-out when you’re no longer ‘cute’ (no one wants to cast a teenager!), and also about the death of her mother. It’s worth a read.

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  3. This meme is still so interesting! I spent most of my day today packing (we just moved) but I might sit down and do this, it’s only 7pm yet…

    I loved how you included both Star Wars and Magnus Chase in this 😀

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    1. Mine is always so much more SFF than everyone elses! XD I’d love to see what you come up with!
      Congratulations on the move! We just moved house six months ago and I know how stressful it can be.

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      1. It’s annoying because my room is almost 100% done and unpacked, but I have a few boxes that are probably still under the dozens of boxes in the living room + kitchen :/

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  4. I am not sure I will read Wilson’s memoir. Like you, I am not a huge fan of celebrity memoirs or biographies either, although I have read a few I enjoy (Bossypants). I love how you connected all of these books! Carrie Fischer . . .I have so much love for her. I have yet to read anything by Rick Riordan. I want to though. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  5. Fun links! I do hope that Padme gets a better showing in the book than she did in the movies. Such a waste of the character. Sigh.

    I have enjoyed both Wishful Drinking and The Princess Diarist. I listened to them on Audible, and it was amazing to hear Carrie Fisher narrate them both. Bittersweet, but wonderful.


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