🐝 Top Ten Tuesday πŸ

I’ve decided to muscle in on The Broke and the Bookishβ€˜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 ☺

🐝 Top Ten Tuesday πŸ

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 Author Duos You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together! 🌈


J.R.R Tolkien and J.K.RowlingΒ 

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! πŸ™

Charlotte, Emily, and Anne BrontΓ«

Keeping it in the family with the BrontΓ«s. 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

 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. 🐱

Roald Dahl and Ted Hughes

Β EnvisionΒ 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!