6 Degrees of Separation: Bookish Girls, Magic Girls, Queer Girls in Love

6 Degrees Of Separation is a monthly meme hosted by Kate at booksaremyfavouriteandbest (seen at Foxes and Fairytales)

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.

(ALSO: According to the post on booksaremyfavouriteandbest, this meme was actually inspired by a Hungarian writer, Frigyes Karinthy?! So I DEFINITELY have to do it every month now, no excuses.)

This month we begin with Mara Wilson’s memoir, Where Am I Now?.

One: Mara Wilson is a former child actress who is most known for her role in Matilda, a movie based on the book by Roald Dahl.

Two: I originally wanted to go on to another Roald Dahl book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but instead I chose to go with another bookish girl who realises at a young age that she can indeed do magic: Hermione Granger, from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

Three: Before I first picked up Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor, it was recommended to me as “the Nigerian Harry Potter”. Indeed, it is about a young Nigerian girl who realises she has magic abilities, and starts studying under a teacher with three other kids.

Four: I loved Akata Witch, which is why I can’t wait to pick up the Binti series by Nnedi Okorafor as well. This one is sci-fi, which is one of my favourite genres.

Five: Another book that has a dark-skinned black girl/woman on its cover is Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann. While I personally didn’t love this book, I still think it’s incredibly important for any black, asexual and/or biromantic youth.

Six: And finally, another cute contemporary romance with an asexual character is Learning Curves by Ceillie Simkiss! It also has panromantic, lesbian, Puerto Rican and ADHD rep.

~ Alexa