๐Ÿ Top Ten Tuesday ๐Ÿ

Iโ€™ve decided to muscle in on The Broke and the Bookishโ€˜s fantastic Top Ten Tuesday meme! This week itโ€™sโ€ฆ

๐ŸŒˆ Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed ๐ŸŒˆ

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 โ˜บ

๐Ÿ Top Ten Tuesday ๐Ÿ

So Iโ€™ve decided to muscle in on The Broke and the Bookishโ€˜s fantastic Top Ten Tuesday meme! This week itโ€™sโ€ฆ

๐ŸŒˆ Halloween Freebie! ๐ŸŒˆ

๐ŸŽƒ Creepy Cornucopia! ๐ŸŽƒ

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,ย 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.ย 

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 Carrieย 

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 Towersย 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 absolutelyย know with unerring certainty thatย 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 Hardyย 

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!ย 

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

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 ย 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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๐Ÿ Top Ten Tuesday ๐Ÿ

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

๐ŸŒˆ Top Ten Author Duos You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together! ๐ŸŒˆ


J.R.R Tolkien and J.K.Rowlingย 

The dream team right? I love Rowling’s characterisation and inventiveness and you know Tolkien would nail writing ‘Hogwarts: A History’ and expertly craft the mythology behind House Elves, Merfolk, Centaurs and even the Giant Squid! ๐Ÿ™

Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontรซ

Keeping it in the family with the Brontรซs. Can you imagine Emily’s lyrical writing with Charlotte’s timeless characters and Anne’s supreme story telling? It would be truly magical. Who knows, we could even let Branwell design the cover!

Garth Nix and Suzanne Collins

ย It would be exhilarating to see two of the most compelling and inspirational heroines in YA novels teaming up and bringing down the Capitol or sending ghouls beyond the Ninth Gate armed with their bows and bells! Also you just know Mogget and Buttercup could stir up all kinds of catty chaos. ๐Ÿฑ

Roald Dahl and Ted Hughes

ย Envisionย it. Their poetry would be spectacular! Dahl’s macabre humour with Hughes’ affinity for the birds and beasts would be steller!

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I’m disappointed I could only think of four this week. Any glaringly obvious pairings you think I’ve missed out on? I’m sure Artemis Fowl would be the perfect pairing for someone. Or would you change any of my pairings above (like Sabriel in Hogwarts?!) Let me know in the comments if you think of any!