Books

I love books and as I live in a shared house my room is full of books. There are books on bookcases, in cupboards, under the bed, along the wall, in a pile by the bed, on my bedside table, under my chair, in my knitting box….. everywhere and it’s only one room.

I don’t have one favourite book but some of my favourites are:

Finn Family Moomintroll 

Moomin books by Tove Jansson – I love these, I have done for years. Especially if I’m feeling down. I love that all the characters have such different temperaments. Little My is my favourite character as she’s tiny and grumpy but extremely brave. I admire Snufkin’s wonderlust and ability to explore every winter. And I love the Hemulen in his dress!

I Capture The Castle  A Tree Grows In Brooklyn  Lucia, Lucia

I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith, Tree Grow In Brooklyn by Betty Smith, Lucia Lucia by Adriana Trigiani –  some lovely feel good stories. I’ve read and re-read them loads of times. I love the descriptions of fashion and Manhattan in Lucia Lucia, I love the little things in A Tree Grows and I love that the girls live in a castle in I Capture The Castle. I also love Dodie Smith’s children’s books and Adriana’s other stories.

Jane Eyre and Pride & Prejudice – I’m a late starter on these but I love them now. I only read Jane Eyre because I read the Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde and didn’t know what had been changed about Jane Eyre so afterwards I read it.  I like that Jane is feisty and not simpering. I’ve just finished reading P&P and I think Mr and Mrs Bennett are really funny, I didn’t get that until now. I’m going to read all Miss Austen’s other works now.

Before it starts to sound like I just like girly books, I also really enjoy science fiction and fantasy. I like Terry Pratchett, Asimov, David Eddings, Stephen Donaldson, Robin Hobb, Iain M Banks, Mike Carey and love Michael Marshall Smith’s science fiction stories. I’ve read Only Forward so many times I can’t remember how many. I wish he’d not gone mainstream! And I love everything by Neil Gaiman especially if Dave McKean illustrated it.

I also like books about World War II especially The Great Escape by Paul Brickhill, The Dambusters by John Sweetman and Tuesday’s War by David Fiddimore. And I love books about life in the circus – Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen and The Circus is Coming by Noel Streatfeild, but they are harder to find.

I also like Kelley Armstrong’s  supernatural stories, they appeal to the part of me that likes Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

I read a lot of Children’s books and my favourite authors are:

Diana Wynne Jones, Philip Reeve, Philip Pullman, Marcus Sedgwick, Garth Nix, Elizabeth Kay, Charlie Higson, Hugh Lofting, Lucy M Boston, Cornelia Funke, Oliver Jeffers, Holly Black, Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell, Rick Riordan, Michelle Paver and many many more.

2 Responses to “Books”

  1. probablyjane Says:

    Thank you for reminding me about the Moomins – I think my little neice is getting to the age to appreciate them – great opportunity to revisit!

  2. squiblet Says:

    Oh you should definitely read them to her. I know some people just remember the tv series from their childhood and were freaked out by it (strange people) but because I read them before I saw them I was never scared.

    I love your sock knitting, it’s very inspiring.

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