🐝 Top Ten Tuesday 🐝

I’ve decided to muscle in on The Broke and the Bookish‘s fantastic Top Ten Tuesday meme! This week it’s…

🌈 Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed 🌈

My goodness! Two months since I last blogged. Whoops. I do have an excuse though – I’ve just come back from travelling around Europe. It was incredible. Nine countries, twelve cities, one backpack and I still managed to come home with five new books! There are some seriously great English bookshops to be found on the continent, but that’s for another post time! On to TTT. I struggled quite a lot for this topic. I only tend to re-read books I adore and my judgement first time round seems to be pretty sound but the more I thought about it the easier it got! Anyway, onto number one…

The Catcher in the Rye

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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Salinger’s book is notoriously divisive so you probably won’t be surprised to see it here. I read it when I was a whiny teenager and liked it. I didn’t love it but it seemed to strike a chord with my self-centred, ‘misunderstood’, hormonal self. Fast-forward ten years and all I want to do is give Holden a good slap. Pull yourself together lad!

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Sense and Sensibility

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Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

This is a book I believe I would feel differently about if I re-read it. I read it as my last Jane Austen book and I think I rushed through it, being so familiar with the plot (I’m a big fan of the Emma Thompson film.) I found it so-so but I think I would definitely enjoy it more if I gave it the proper time it deserved.

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Wuthering Heights

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

A book I had to start multiple times, my first outing with Wuthering Heights was unsuccessful. I got too scared at ghost Cathy at the window and Joseph’s practically impenetrable Yorkshire vernacular completely put me off. Needless to say I persevered and Wuthering Heights is now one of my favourite books!

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The Fellowship of the Ring

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I’d just come off the back ‘The Hobbit’ and was super excited to carry on to Lord of the Rings, so I jumped straight into Fellowship and was horrified to discover I was bored. I trudged through the first couple of chapters but eventually gave up. It was years until I picked it up again after watching the film; a big regret of mine as I always like to read the book before I watch the film. As it turns out, Fellowship is my favourite book in the trilogy.

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1984

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1984 by George Orwell

The daddy of dystopia. I read it in school and hated it. Well, I liked the rat bit. Luckily, people kept being shocked at me hating it and I was persuaded to read it again. I’m so glad I did. It’s dystopian government is terrifying and it’s the believability of the whole thing that makes it so superlative.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K.Rowling (illustrated edition)

We had to study Philosopher’s Stone in English and it genuinely one of my fondest school memories. It wasn’t a big deal then and only a handful of people had even heard of it. I read the first chapter and my immediate thoughts were ‘stupid’ and ‘boring.’ I can barely stand to write what I thought back then! I continued to think this until the chapter ‘The Vanishing Glass’ when I quickly got sucked in (like so many others) and Harry Potter became the series that defined my childhood.

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Catch-22

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Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

From a book I have literally spent years starting and stopping and being confused as to why people love it so much to being one of my all-time favourite books. I plan to write a review soon so not much more to say but if you are struggling with the opening chapters, please persevere. I promise it’s worth it!

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Please leave your TTT link in the comments! Looking forward to reading them again ☺

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🐝 Top Ten Tuesday 🐝

I’ve decided to muscle in on The Broke and the Bookish‘s fantastic Top Ten Tuesday meme! This week it’s…

🌈 top ten books I love but feel like I haven’t talked about enough 🌈

So many lovely books, so little time! Inevitably, you end up talking about the most popular books and some of your other favourites get left behind. So, today is for them.

Watership Down

Watership Down (Paperback)

Watership Down by Richard Adams

When I talk about my favourite books of all time, this one is definitely in my top five. Although it is a children’s book, I only read it recently but I was so blown away by the adventure and morality in this book about rabbits. It had been in my to ‘to be read’ pile for as long as I can remember but I had always been put off by the animated film version I’d seen when I was younger. Seriously, harrowing doesn’t even come close (but it’s also super good!) But I’m so glad I put my fears aside and read it. It’s a long time since a book left me genuinely breathless with excitement but I definitely stayed up until the wee hours to find out what would happen to Hazel and his warren.

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The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar (Paperback)

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The book I read just before Watership Down left a profound mark too. Poignantly published just a month before her own suicide, the semi-autobiographical tale by Sylvia Plath documents a young woman with the world seeming at her feet. She’s attractive, incredibly intelligent and gifted but suffers from severe depression. Plath tackles isolation, depression and suicide honestly and her writing reflects her own immense gift for poetry. A must read.

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His Dark Materials

His Dark Materials: Including All Three Novels: Northern Light, the Subtle Knife and the Amber Spyglass (Hardback)

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

With Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings being as popular as they are, it’s sometimes difficult for another fantasy series to get a look in but ‘His Dark Materials’ really is up there with the best. Controversially, the trilogy deals with Miltonian themes of Christianity, Original Sin, multi-universe theories, particle physics and philosophy among other cerebral themes. Pullman invites children to ponder these adult themes while they follow Lyra and Will in a story filled with adventure, betrayal and sacrifice.

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The Secret History

The Secret History (Paperback)

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Secret History is recent Pulitzer prize winning Donna Tartt’s first novel and what a début novel! A terse thriller, narrator Richard reveals from the outset that one of members of an elite Classics group (of which he is part of) has been murdered. The novel follows Richard and the five other  Ancient Greek students and slowly reveals the details of the murder as well as the life of Richard’s peculiar classmates. Donna Tartt is a Pulitzer winner for a reason. If ‘The Goldfinch’ is looking a bit too big and scary, I highly recommend you start here!

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Adrian Mole

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 (Paperback)

The Adrian Mole series by Sue Townsend

This is the series I’ve read more than any other (even Harry Potter!) It’s just so accessible, side-achingly funny and touching. Written in diary form, we begin with Adrian when he is 13 (and 3/4) years old and follow his teenage dreams of marrying childhood sweetheart, Pandora, and becoming an accomplished writer. Through the subsequent books we follow Adrian as he grows up, has children, a number of failed marriages and is completely unable to fulfil his dreams. It may sound depressing but no other books have ever made me laugh so much! Even the final book, where Adrian develops prostate cancer is addressed with wit and tact. Sadly, Sue Townsend died in 2014 so we’ll never know how Adrian’s story ends…

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I’m really looking forward to hearing your unsung favourites so please leave a link in the comments to your TTT!  

 

🐝 Top Ten Tuesday 🐝

I’ve decided to muscle in on The Broke and the Bookish‘s fantastic Top Ten Tuesday meme! This week it’s…

🌈 Top ten characters everyone loves,

but I just don’t get 🌈

It’s been 3 weeks since I posted (yeesh) but I have recently just moved from Korea back to Wales (UK) so I’m allowing myself some slack. Moving continents is HARD. Anyway, I’ve struggled quite a bit with this topic – hate is such a strong word! As such, some of the characters are just characters who everyone loves and I find annoying. So let’s start with the controversial one… 

Hagrid

Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter series. Illustration by Jim Kay.

I don’t hate Hagrid! Repeat – I don’t hate Hagrid! I love how integral he is to Harry and his loyalty to Dumbledore but his constant crying drives me loopy! There’s a time and a place Hagrid.  That and the whole ‘Buckbea… I mean Witherwings…’ debacle. Siiiiiigh.

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Snape

Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series. Illustrated by Jim Kay.

I actually think Snape is one of the best written characters in the series and he is consistently one of the (if not the) most interesting characters throughout the seven books. That being said I take serious umbridge (sorry) at the whole ‘Always.’ things that seems to reduce people to tears. Yes his devotion to Lily was moving and he was incredibly brave but he was a callous bully too. And I’m not even talking about Harry. What grown man wants to rip apart a kid with so little self-confidence like Neville? Maybe you should’ve rethought your kid’s name, eh Harry?

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Peeta

Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

I know, I know. The whole point of Peeta is that he is kind and just and an all-round good guy. And I like that about him. I really do. But what drives me mad is his seeming complete ineptitude. Where most of the characters are self-sufficient, it seems Katniss spends half her time protecting, rescuing or worrying about Peeta’s safety. Come on Peeta! Get it together!

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Holden Caulfield

Holden Caulfield in the Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

I know that Holden is hated just as much as he is loved and I definitely fall in the former camp. Whining, moaning, self-centred, thinking he’s a special snowflake; he is the paragon of ‘Whining Teenager.’ In fact, when I myself was a whining teenager, I kind of liked him. Says it all.

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Amy March

Amy March in Little Women by Louise May Alcott

I hate Amy. I can’t stand her. She burned Jo’s book. I don’t care that she was little when she did it. It was so malicious. I’ll never forgive Laurie for marrying her!

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Please leave a link for your TTT in the comments!

🐝 Top Ten Tuesday 🐝

I’ve decided to muscle in on The Broke and the Bookish‘s fantastic Top Ten Tuesday meme! This week it’s…

🌈Top Ten Historical/Future Settings You Love🌈

What an intriguing top ten this week, combining two of my favourite things: books and history! I have in fact just finished reading some historical fiction so this is particularly apt. Right then, let’s dive in…

Ancient Rome

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“Dictator” Book 3 in the Cicero trilogy by Robert Harris

The book I’ve just finished reading was set in Ancient Rome around one of my all time favourite time periods; The fall of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Julio/Claudian line. It’s so so SO interesting filled with devious politics, great leaders, assassins, affairs and everything else juicy under the sun! Also, the Romans are so essential to Western culture, everyone should be acquainted with them just a little bit more.

Recommended in this period:

The Cicero Trilogy by Robert Harris (review coming soon)

The Masters of Rome series by Colleen McCullough

The Complete Poems by Catullus (Warning! Catullus can be pretty graphic!)

The Aeneid by Virgil

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Ancient Greece

 

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The Odyssey by Homer

Sensing a theme? Yep, I’m a classicist (I study Ancient Greek and Roman civilisation) and proud! I always found the myths and legends from Greece so exciting and I loved those stop-motion films about Perseus and Jason and the Argonauts so it was no surprise I ended up studying them in university. Once again, Ancient Greece was so influential in creating our culture. It is veritably the cradle of the Western World. A wide variety of literature has its roots in Ancient Greece and so many adventure books owe much to the daddy of them all, The Odyssey. And the myths, wow. They are just so exhilarating, with mythological animals, great heroes and flawed gods and goddesses. I could literally extol their virtues all day so I’ll end here!

Recommended in this period:

Greek Myths by Marcia Williams (My first myth book! Suitable for young children)

D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths (beautifully illustrated)

The Odyssey by Homer

Stung with Love: Poems and Fragments of Sappho by Sappho

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Tudor England

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The Complete Works by William Shakespeare

I actually haven’t really read any books set in this era (other than Shakespeare and contemporaries) but I find the whole time frame quite captivating! The War of the Roses, Henry VIII and his wives and Elizabethan England. Yes please!

Recommended in this period:

Anything by Shakespeare (King Lear and Macbeth are my personal favourites and Twelfth Night for something less depressing)

Dr Faustus by Christopher Marlowe

The Thomas Cromwell Trilogy by Hilary Mantel (currently on my TBR)

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Dystopian Futures

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1984 by George Orwell

Come on. Admit it. Who doesn’t love a dystopian future? To begin with, I actually didn’t. I read 1984 as a teenager and found it quite dull and didn’t really touch on the genre again until the Hunger Games when dystopian futures became all the rage again. I enjoyed the Hunger Games immensely and then read Ender’s Game which I devoured. Cowed, I cautiously made my way back to 1984 and discovered it was so masterful I wanted to go back in time and give my teenage self a slap for dismissing it so easily. I’m certainly not tired about reading how adverse the future is and look forward to the trend continuing!

Recommended in this period:

1984 by George Orwell

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (currently on my TBR)

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (currently on my TBR)

The Maze Runner by James Dashner (currently on my TBR)

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I really enjoyed this topic this week. Please comment and leave a link so I can take a gander at your TTT!

🐝 Top Ten Tuesday 🐝

I’ve decided to muscle in on The Broke and the Bookish‘s fantastic Top Ten Tuesday meme! This week it’s…

🌈 Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR 🌈

I actually have a valid excuse for not posting for a while! I’ve just come back from a holiday to wonderful Cambodia. I spent a week temple hopping, hiking and and horse riding and a week in the Elephant Nature Park’s Cambodia sanctuary looking after overworked and mistreated elephants. It was pretty much paradise! I urge anyone who interested in interacting with elephants ethically (no riding, no bullhooks) or even to learn about the shocking treatments elephant’s must go through to make them ‘tame’ to check out the literally astonishing work they do in Thailand and Cambodia. 

Anyway, swiftly on to this week’s TTT. It’s good to be back!

A Christmas Carol

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

For someone with a degree in English, I’ve read criminally little of Dickens. This year it will change and I fully intended on getting lost in this little one next Christmas!

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Ted Hughes Bestiary

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Selected poems by Ted Hughes

I love animals and I love Ted Hughes. Nuff said.

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Anything by Neil Gaiman

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

I’ve only ever heard highly superlative things about Gaiman’s work and I look forward to finding out for myself!

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Anything by Patrick Ness

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Ditto Patrick Ness!

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Anything by Terry Pratchett

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Mort by Terry Pratchett

Ditto Terry Pratchett! There’s a whole Discworld series out there for me to get my teeth into and I seriously have to stop dragging my feet!

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Cold Comfort Farm

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Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

Embarrassingly, this has been on my TBR list for at least 5 years! It’s getting so ridiculous now something has to be done. Maybe I should even make it my next book?

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Ok, that’s it for this week! Shoot away with your links in the comments to I can read your TTT!

🐝 Top Ten Tuesday 🐝

So I’ve decided to muscle in on The Broke and the Bookish‘s fantastic Top Ten Tuesday meme! This week it’s…

🌈 Top Ten Books We Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under Our Trees This Year 🌈

Work has been so super busy and I’m trying to plan for my holiday on New Year’s Day that I’ve been a bit lax in my blog posts (naughty me!!) I will be better in the new year! Anyway, I’m going to be looking at the prettiest books I would like to adorn my bookshelf with this Christmas. So without further ado…

Harry Potter and the Philopsopher’s Stone (Ilustrated)

Harry Potter and the Phiolosopher’s Stone illustrated by Jim Kay. Book and images by Bloomsbury

 

I want it so much it hurts!

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The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings

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The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

Our family copies of LoTR is in a bad way (they are my mum’s from the 70’s!) and my copy of The Hobbit never recovered from when I accidently doused it in coke on a school trip. A lovely new, matching set would be perfect!

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His Dark Materials

His Dark Materials: Including All Three Novels: Northern Light, the Subtle Knife and the Amber Spyglass (Hardback)

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (hardcover)

My friend actually bought me beautiful copies of the three individual books a few years ago so I can’t really complain, but I think this edition is just sumptuous!

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Discworld Series

Wyrd Sisters

Guards! Guards!: Discworld: The City Watch Collection (Hardback)

Mort: Discworld: The Death Collection (Hardback)

The Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett

I’ve long been ashamed to say I have never read any Terry Pratchett, especially since his sad passing this year. It’s definitely on my resolutions list to read at least one of this books, and with these beautiful designs, I have no excuse not too!

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Grimms’ Fairy Tales

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Grimm’s Fairy Tales illustrated by Arthur Rackham

I love fairy tales but I don’t have a compilation of fairy tales! I have chosen this particular copy as it’s illustrated by one of my favourite illustrators, Arthur Rackham.

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The Odyssey

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The Odyssey by Homer

I’ve long admired this copy of the Odyssey by Penguin. My own copy is the one I used in college and for my degree and so is covered in post-its, highlights and scribblings. I think this copy would be quite at home on my bookshelf!

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Puffin Classics Deluxe Collection

 

 

The collection contains Black Beauty, Peter Pan, The Call of the Wild, The Wind in the Willows, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Secret Garden, Huckleberry Finn and Anne of Green Gables! Just look at it. A majestic rainbow of literature! 

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So, if you could sort these out for me Santa I would be forever grateful! Let me see your TTT list by leaving a link in the comments!

🐝 Top Ten Tuesday 🐝

So I’ve decided to muscle in on The Broke and the Bookish‘s fantastic Top Ten Tuesday meme! This week it’s a Thanksgiving freebie so I’ve gone for…

🌈 Top Ten ‘New-To-Me’ Favourite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015 🌈

I’ve been a bit naughty with my blogging this week, missing last week’s top ten and generally just feeling a bit poorly and lazy! But I don’t want to get into bad blogging habits, so here are my new favourite authors that I read this year.

Ursula Le Guin

The Earthsea Quartet (Paperback)

‘A Wizard of Earthsea’

You don’t get many classic fantasy writers who are female but I’d been keen to read some Le Guin ever since I saw the Studio Ghibli adaption years ago. Le Guin astutely explores themes of pride, penance for past mistakes and facing your fears head on following the story of talented wizard Ged. I look forward to reading the rest of the quartet and getting back into the fantasy genre!

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Rosemary Sutcliff

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‘The Eagle of the Ninth’

I’m pretty fond of historical fiction, especially Roman historical fictions (I have a degree in Classics) so when this was recommended to me I jumped at the chance. This is one of the oldest YA books I’ve ever read but I still enjoyed it immensely. I’ve often heard it cited as causing a blossoming love of ancient and Roman history and I’m sure it would have had that effect on me too in my younger years (alongside Asterix!) In ‘The Eagle of the Ninth,’ Sutcliff expertly excavates Roman Britain in this tale of friendship, loyalty and honour.

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Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time - A Puffin Book (Paperback)

‘A Wrinkle in Time’

Another classic science fiction book from another highly skilled female author (let’s hear it for the ladies!) I started reading this as our class book to the kids in school last year but term ended before we could finish it. I adore Meg as protagonist. She is so real. She is often terrified, or furious, or emotional, lacking in confidence and she wears glasses and braces. She doesn’t look anything special, and she doesn’t think she’s anything special but she is anything but not special! I’m definitely looking forward to reading more of her adventures.

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Harry Thompson

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‘This Thing of Darkness’

Every year when we were growing up, my father would take my brother and me to London (about 3 hours away) for a little holiday. We were always allowed to choose somewhere special to visit. My brother would choose a variety of places every year: the zoo, the Tower of London, Madame Tussauds. Every year, I would always choose the same place; the Natural History Museum. It’s still my favourite place on the planet and it contains various specimens Charles Darwin collected on his infamous trip to South America on the Beagle. This is the story of Darwin’s infamous trip to South America which came highly recommended by my dad. The writing was so melodious I actually forgot what I was reading was history! I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves science, history or wants a glimpse into British and European colonialism and the ethics behind them.

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Anne Frank

The Diary of a Young Girl: Definitive Edition (Paperback)

‘The Diary of a Young Girl’

I kind of feel like I dropped the ball not having read something quite as iconic as Anne Frank’s dirary in my teenage years but, of course, better late than never. I approached the book with some trepidation as I thought it was going to be bleak and full of misery. I was, however, surprised to encounter an author with such vivacity, kindness and a forgiving spirit. If you want to learn more about Anne Frank and the annexe they lived in, you can read more and even take an online tour with AnneFrank.org

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So that’s my list for this week! I was pleasantly surprised to find I had chosen a majority of female writers, as I feel most of the books I read or have read are by male authors. Now I want to hear about your Top Ten! Please leave links in the comments!

 

🐝 Top Ten Tuesday 🐝

So I’ve decided to muscle in on The Broke and the Bookish‘s fantastic Top Ten Tuesday meme! This week it’s a Thanksgiving freebie so I’ve gone for…

🌈 Top Ten Fictional Families I’d like to spend Thanksgiving With 🌈

We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK but from what I’ve seen on TV it’s like a mini Christmas – lots of good grub and spending time with your friends and family. Sounds great! Anyway here are some fictional families I’d like to eat, drink and be merry with for Thanksgiving..

The Weasleys

The Weasleys in the ‘Harry Potter’ series by J.K.Rowling

Arthur, Molly, Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron and Ginny. Definitely my favourite ginger, wizarding family and probably my favourite fictional family of all time. The Burrow looks super cozy and I bet Mrs. Weasly puts on a good spread! If they welcome you like they welcome Harry, you’ve found your second home.

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The Finches

To Kill a Mockingbird (Hardback)

The Finches in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee

I haven’t read Harper Lee’s new book, so in my mind Atticus Finch is still the perfect father. Noble, caring and compassionate – definitely someone I’d love to sit down and have a cup of tea with!

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The Murrays

A Wrinkle in Time - A Puffin Book (Paperback)

The Murrays in ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ by Madeleine L’Engle

I like that the Murrays are all quite different but care so deeply for one another. You know you’re going to come home with your brain absolutely on fire with ideas. Plus, it would be super interesting to talk inter-dimensional travel with them round the dinner table!

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The Peach Crew

James and the Giant Peach (Paperback)

James and the insects in ‘James and the Giant Peach’ by Roald Dahl

Definitely the most untraditional family on the list! I don’t even know what to call them as a collective. So yes, technically they are not a family (they are not even the same species) but I love to think of James and company settling down in New York and the bugs becoming James’ surrogate parents. They’d definitely do a better job than Aunts Sponge and Spiker did!

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The Mortmains

I Capture the Castle (Paperback)

The Mortmains in ‘I Capture the Castle’ by Dodie Smith

The Mortmains are a real family with great flaws and qualities and are anything if not endlessly interesting. Topaz’s eccentricity, Cassandra’s realism… You’d definitely not be bored in that household. Also, Thanksgiving in a castle would be spectacular, although I’d give the running around outside naked with Topaz a pass!

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The Gamgees

The Two Towers: The Lord of the Rings, Part 2 (Paperback)

The Gamgees in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

Sam, Gaffer, Rosie and the (thirteen!) kids are just the most adorable hobbit family! Can you imagine sitting in Bag End in front of the fire, eating some cake with your tea and Sam retelling his journey with the Fellowship. That would be a dream come true…

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As this is a freebie, I’m keen to see what everyone else has chosen for their topic for this TTT. Please leave a link in the comments! 

🐝 Top Ten Tuesday 🐝

So I’ve decided to muscle in on The Broke and the Bookish‘s fantastic Top Ten Tuesday meme! This week it’s…

🌈 Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So 🌈

One thing I really appreciate about my Kindle is that you can highlight text and passages that move you and it’s saved on your device for you to revisit when you will. I don’t write in my physical books so if I come across something special, I just tend to think ‘Oh wow, that’s incredible! I should remember that…’ and then promptly forget it and move on. Anyway here are my quotes that I’ve squirrelled away on my Kindle since I got it last Christmas.

The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

“A great sorrow, and one that I am only beginning to understand: we don’t get to choose our own hearts. We can’t make ourselves want what’s good for us or what’s good for other people.”

Theo Decker in The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt. 

If only we could! But, alas, I think this is part of what makes us human.

Dracula

Dracula and Other Horror Classics - Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classic Collection (Paperback)

Dracula by Bram Stoker

“But a stranger in a strange land, he is no one. Men know him not, and to know not is to care not for.”

Count Dracula in Dracula, Bram Stoker.

This is why I think education is so important. Why should you care about something you don’t know about?  Global warming, gender inequality, the refugee crisis… I think if these issues were truly understood, there would be even more people standing up, wanting to change the world.

The Second Coming

W B Yeats - Collected Poems (Paperback)

Collected Poems by W.B.Yeats

“The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”

 The Second Coming, Y.B.Yeats

In these dark and tragic times, it’s easy to feel like were being engulfed by the ‘worst’but …

The Diary of a Young Girl

The Diary of a Young Girl: Definitive Edition (Paperback)

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

“I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank.
 
Anne Frank stood face to face with the absolute worst of humanity and still thought this. I believe it too. You just have to look for the good, and even amongst the death and destruction, you won’t have to look hard.
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The Diary of a Young Girl

“Whenever you’re feeling lonely or sad, try going to the loft on a beautiful day and looking outside. Not at the houses and the rooftops, but at the sky. As long as you can look fearlessly at the sky, you’ll know that you’re pure within and will find happiness once more.” 

The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank.

Wasn’t she amazing? Such profundity for a teenager.

Harry Potter

 

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” 

Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K.Rowling.

Sirius knows best! A living being is a living being and deserves respect, no matter its status.

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Harry Potter

“Lord Voldemort’s gift for spreading discord and enmity is very great. We can fight it only by showing an equally strong bond of friendship and trust. Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”

Professor Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K.Rowling.

You can replace ‘Voldemort’ for any organisation that deals in hatred and intolerance and the solution would still be the same. We’re fighting the same evils, whether we’re in France, Iraq or America, and we’re stronger together.

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I enjoyed this post a lot more than I thought I was going to. It was really cathartic to go back and read over the quotes I had marked out while reading and it’s amazing how relevant they are to our everyday lives, even those that are over 100 years old! Please leave a link to your TTT in the comments for me to read yours!