🐝 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

The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Boxed Set (Paperback)

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

Grimm's Fairy Tales - Fall River Classics (Hardback)

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

The Odyssey - Penguin Clothbound Classics (Hardback)

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

The Eagle of the Ninth 2004 (Paperback)

‘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

This Thing of Darkness (Paperback)

‘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! 

 

🐝 Top Ten Tuesday 🐝

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

🌈 Top Ten Books to Movies we Can’t Wait for 🌈

Book to film adaptations are always exciting. They can be incredible (Lord of the Rings) or pretty terrible (The Hobbit) and I always get just that bit more of a buzz knowing they’ll be based on a book I love! So here goes…

Mockingjay Part II

Mockingjay Part II is out on 19th November in the UK

I’ve definitely enjoyed the Hunger Games films so far, although I was pretty annoyed when I heard they were splitting the last book into 2 films (enough with that already!) Also, it doesn’t hurt to watch the knuckle-chewingly gorgeous Liam Hemsworth as Gale for 2 odd hours. #teamGaleforlife

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book is released in the UK on 15th April 2016

I don’t think I’m really that sold on all these remakes of Disney classics as live-action but the trailer for The Jungle Book looks pretty awesome. I think they’ll be hard pressed to beat the original soundtrack which is definitely one of Disney’s best!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts will be released on 18th November 2016 in the UK

It’s in the Harry Potter universe so I have no choice but to be excited for Fantastic Beasts! I really enjoyed the book version that J. K. Rowling released for Comic Relief  and I don’t think you can go far wrong with having Eddie Redmayne at the helm.

His Dark Materials

OK, it’s not a movie but I was super excited when I heard that Philip Pullman’s ‘Dark Materials’ were going to be made into a television series. The previous movie adaptation of ‘The Northern Lights’ known as ‘The Golden Compass’ was a rather tepid affair. I have great faith in the BBC (their Austen adaptations are always on point) and I really hope they stay true the source material which likes to challenge children, rather than pander to them. Also, it will be filmed in Wales (my home country) so maybe I can be an extra or sneak in the background somewhere! 

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What adaptations are you looking forward to? Leave a link to your TTT in the comments for me to check out!

The Call of the Wild

By Jack London

Originally pubished: 1903 by Macmillan

This edition: 8th September 2011 by Puffin Classics

Yippee – There’s also a free Kindle edition!

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Synopsis: Buck the dog happily lives on a ranch in California until he is stolen and sold as a service dog to work in Canada during the Klondike Gold Rush. Buck has to quickly adapt to this harsh and inplacable climate and find his place in the pack to stay alive. Buck is gradually stripped of his civilised veneer and, as he becomes more feral, the call of the wild coaxes him to give in completely to his natural instincts.

💜 What I Loved 💜

Buck and John Thornton’s relationship. John Thornton steps in while Buck is being brutally beaten and saves Buck’s life, creating an unbreakable bond between man and beast. John Thornton cares for Buck and Buck protects Thornton on a relationship built completely on respect. We all love our dogs but it’s really touching to see the devotion dogs show towards their owners from the dog’s perspective. It’ll make you want to put down your book and go give your dog a cuddle!

💀 Bad Bits 💀

This book is not for the faint hearted. There are many, many scenes of human on dog and dog on dog violence which are described with brutal honesty. The violence is never gratuitous and reflects the realities and savagery of nature but, if like me, you love our little canine companions to death (and there’s a lot of death explicitly NOT caused by love!), you may find some of the passages difficult to stomach.

🌟 Cherished Character 🌟

I really liked the character of John Thornton. Yes, he understood that dogs at this time were part of a business venture, merely a tool to most, but he also showed respect and compassion to fellow living beings. His dogs were devoted to him, and if dogs like you, I like you!

🐙 Magical Moment 🐙

When Buck completely succumbs to the call of the wild. Not only has Buck survived, he has mastered the wild. He has thrived. He is king.

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That’s book 2 of my Classics Club Challenge!

🐝 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 Sophomore Novels That We Loved Just As Much If Not More Than The Author’s Début🌈

I don’t think I’ve actually read many début novels, or if I have their début was so long ago they have passed into the annals of history. My list is therefore more accurately ‘sequels to books that may or may not have been the author’s début but which I like just as much as the first book .’ It’s a bit of a mouthful so I kept the original title.

1. The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis

Published by Puffin Classics and illustrated by Pauline Baynes

The Magician’s Nephew is the prequel to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (although it was written afterwards) and is actually my favourite book in the series. I loved the characters of Digory and Polly (and even Uncle Andrew) and the chapter where they go to the dying world of Charn and accidentally wake the White Witch is one of my favourite parts in children’s literature. 

2. Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident and The Eternity Code

Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident published by Puffin Books

Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code published by Puffin Books

I bashfully admit that I never finished the Artemis Fowl series. I don’t even have a good reason why. I did however very much enjoy the two Artemis Fowl books that followed the début immensely. In the first book, Artemis is very much at odds with the Fairy people but in the second and third books they begrudgingly work together and friendships even begin to form. I need to pick up this series again!

3. Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake 

Published by Vintage Classics. Illustrations by Mervyn Peake.

I’ve never met anyone else who has read the Gormenghast trilogy. I keep pestering my brother to read them as I know he would enjoy them but to no avail. Anyway, I devoured ‘Titus Groan’, the first in the trilogy, but thought ‘Gormenghast’ was even better. I love the macabre web of misdeeds and deceptions strewn across the castle of Gormenghast and I think Steerpike, is one of the most arresting and Machiavellian characters I’ve come across in any genre! If you do get your hands on a copy, try to get one with Peake’s original illustrations as he was an excellent artist.

4. Lirael and Abhorsen by Garth Nix

Lirael published by Harper Trophy (US cover)

Abhorsen published by Harper Teen (US cover)

I really loved Sabriel when I read it many, many years ago and fretted if it could be matched by its predecessors. I needn’t have worried as I thought Lirael and Abhorsen were spectacular. Lirael is such a relatable character and the plot was fraught with danger and adventure. And of course it is inconceivable to dislike any novel with Mogget and the Disreputable Dog as supporting characters!

5. The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

His Dark Materials published by Everyman’s Library (hardcover)

The Northern Lights (or Golden Compass as it’s known is some places) is one of my favourite children’s books. The whole trilogy is outstanding with excellent protagonists in Lyra and Will, a touch of the fantastical with daemons, witches and highly sentient armoured bears and adult themes of theology, philosophy and responsibility. If I had to chose, The Northern Lights would just edge out the other two but they are more than worthy successors.    

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So there are my top five sequel books and I’m proud of myself for having finished a Top Ten post without mentioning Harry Potter! Go me!

6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry-Potter-and-the-Prisoner-of-Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban published by Bloomsbury

Nobody’s perfect. 😉

🐝 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…

🌈 Halloween Freebie! 🌈

🎃 Creepy Cornucopia! 🎃

So this is my first freebie week. I don’t read many scary stories, or watch scary films since I’m a self-proclaimed wimp! So this week I’m going to pick anything creepy I’ve ever come across while reading, be it terrifying tales, disturbing drawings, sinister sections or creepy covers. So, in order of how I encountered them, here’s my top ten.

  1. The Witches by Roald Dahl

Quentin Blake’s The Grand High Witch in Dahl’s ‘The Witches’

Roald Dahl loves the macabre and never shies away from something gruesome but I think ‘The Witches’ is the most terrifying piece of work he’s produced. 

Coupled with that, Quentin Blake’s spot on illustrations and Angelica Houston’s portrayal in the movie, ‘The Witches’ terrified me for far longer than I care to admit!

2. Book cover of Carrie 

Carrie by Stephen King

I’ve never read Carrie or seen the film but my mum had/has a copy which shows a woman with her face dripping with blood. (I actually managed to find the actual cover she owned, pictured above.) I used to turn it around so the cover wouldn’t show because it made me so jumpy and nervous!

3. The Dead Marshes in The Two Towers by J.R.R.Tolkien

A spectre from the Dead Marshes from the Two Towers movie by Peter Jackson

Oh the moment the hobbits spotted the dead faces in the water, I knew I’d have nightmares. Of course, The Lord of the Rings adaption is superlative and it was even more disturbing to see it on the big screen. Just look how terrifying that is? Brrr!

4. All the dead things in Sabriel by Garth Nix

Sabriel by Garth Nix

Considering a have massive dead things/zombie phobia, I’m pretty proud to have made it through Sabriel and all the consequent sequels (and prequels) where the re-animated dead feature heavily! Sabriel’s primary foe, Kerrigor, is particular horrifying.

5. The Inferi in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K.Rowling

The inferi on the cover of the Half Blood Prince, Bloomsbury edition.

The dead bodies that come to life in the cave when Harry and Dumbledore are retrieving the first ‘horcrux’? Yeah, nope. I especially hate that bit in the film where you absolutely know with unerring certainty that one is going to burst out the water and grab Harry but you still jump out of your skin when it happens.

6. The Withered Arm by Thomas Hardy 

The Withered Arm published by Oxford University Press

I studied this short story as part of my exams when I was in school. There’s a part when a character awakes to an incubus crouched on her chest that begins to torment her. The rest of the tale is just as jolly. I had to read it through my fingers in class! 

7. Cathy’s Ghost in Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights published by Penguin (design by Coralie Bickford-Smith)

I almost fell at the first hurdle when reading Wuthering Heights. In the first few chapters, Mr. Lockwood is forced to stay at Wuthering Heights. It’s a stormy night and the branches off the tree scratching against the window pane are keeping him awake. He smashes the window to brush it away (as you do) when a ghostly hand seizes his and demands to be let in. He can’t shake off the phantom’s hand so he rubs the ghost’s wrists against the broken glass until it bleeds profusely and lets go. Just horrible! I get a dreadful sensation even writing it! It’s a miracle I carried on reading.

8. Madeline Usher in The Fall of the House of Usher by  Edgar Allan Poe

The Fall of the House of Usher, Vintage Classic Kindle version

Of course Poe had to figure here somewhere! In the story, Roderick Usher entombs his sister alive and seriously sinister antics ensue. The story is excellent but I don’t like to dwell on it too much (did I mention I was a wuss?!)

9. The Listeners by Walter de la Mare

I had to teach this poem in my first year of teaching. It was super tough to pretend I wasn’t creeped out in front of my class of ten and eleven year olds!

10. Dracula by Bram Stoker

I love this Barnes and Noble leather-bound classic edition!

This is actually the next book I plan to read, if I’m feeling brave enough of course! Dracula is so part of the collective conscience that I genuinely don’t know what to expect but I’m excited to tackle it!

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🐝 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…

🌈 Ten Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me! 🌈

Dearest Book Genie,

I have been an awful good girl this year (I assume Book Genie letters are similar to Santa letters right?) and I’m only asking for a few minor, miniscule, things! So in no particular order, I wish for…

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone fully illustrated edition.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone illustrated by Jim Kay available from Bloomsbury.

This is a strange wish. I actually own this book. However I don’t have it in my immediate possession. I ordered it the day it came out and sent it to my home in Wales (UK). So for the next four to five months that book will be mine but will be five and half thousand miles away. So Book Genie, I would like to peruse my lovely, new book just for one night and then have it safely transported back home. Preferably by Hedwig.

2. All the Harry Potter series fully illustrated.

I know this will come in time but I’m impatient and I want them NOW Book Genie!

3. To see all my books fully illustrated.

Quentin Blake’s illustrations of ‘The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me.’

Pauline Baynes for ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.’

I cherish poring over the illustrations in books. I adore Quentin Blake’s visions of Roald Dahl’s tales and Pauline Baynes’ take on the Narnia chronicles and would love to see all my books with such detailed and inspirational artwork! 

4. For J. K. Rowling to right a Harry Potter prequel.

I swear all my wishes aren’t Harry Potter related but this is such a must for me! The series would concentrate on Harry’s parents and the Marauders’ lives in Hogwarts and later in the Order of the Phoenix. Sirius would figure prominently!

5. To have a library gifted to me like Belle in ‘Beauty and the Beast.’

You know the one I’m talking about! Slidey ladders and all!

6.  For daemons seen in Philip Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’ to be real!

How cool would it be to have another piece of you to converse with, console with and cuddle with! I kind of think mine would settle into the form of a fox. Not wholly good, not wholly bad, dog-like, independent and quiet (except when they do that ear drum shattering ‘I’m being murdered’ screaming thing – similar to my singing voice in fact!)

7. To own the full collection of the Folio Society‘s books.

I currently own one. The Eagles of the Ninth and LOOK HOW PRETTY! I would like to catch them all please.

8. To own more of the Penguin and Puffin Hardcover Classics.


So far I have: The Woman in White and The Secret Garden. Seriously poor form! Genie, I would like these for Christmas please to take my mind off not being with my family and dog this year. Merci beaucoup.

9. For all my books in my library to be signed (dedicated to me) by the author.

“Just let me get my personally dedicated copy of Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’. Oh yes, I have a signed copy. Don’t you?” (Library fully signed me is a bit of a conceited arse.)

10. To read Sue Townsend’s final Adrian Mole book(s).

I was super depressed when Sue Townsend passed away last year. I began reading Adrian Mole’s diary in primary school (I remember it vividly as I had to read a passage to some external inspectors who came to school, and it just so happened to be a part mentioning how Pandora’s boobs were jiggling about and how she’d have to get a bra soon and I got SUPER embarrassed reading this aloud to the 60 year old man beside me. Cringe.) and he has been with me ever since. He is an honorary member of my family as we are all huge fans of his diaries. My mum and I even got teary when we found out he had cancer in ‘The Prostrate Years.’

So many questions will now remain unanswered: will Adrian go into remission? Will he ever have a successful relationship? Will he and Pandora ever get together?! I wish I could know!

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So there’s my Top Ten for this week! I really enjoyed thinking up my wildest book wishes. I just need that genie to make it all come true now!

And just out of curiosity, what form do you think your daemon would take? Let me know in the comments!