Good old books.
One of the lifesavers of reality! Unfortunately at the moment, my time seems to be mostly taken up by reading books that I have to, for my English courses at University… but they’re mainly good, so that’s no sad thing. I must admit, I seem to be a bigger fan of older, classic books, rather than modern contemporary fiction. My study has probably influenced that… or maybe it’s the other way round? *shiftyeye* Ah well, guess they’re called classics for a reason, right?
Harry Potter series – J.K Rowling
What can I say?
Fell in love with the series when I was 9 years old. As many others of my age, my teacher was reading the Philosopher’s Stone to the class. However – he neglected to finish it! Summer hit, and I didn’t know the ending! So, of course, I had to save up to buy it – a big deal when you’re 9 years old. And the rest, as they say, is history. Even today, holding my very first copy of Harry Potter sends chills down my spine. 😉 Nowadays, I have somewhat of a collection of Harry Potter books…
- Philosopher’s Stone: 6 copies (1 softcover, 1 hardcover, 1 special edition, 1 French, 1 Chinese, 1 Thai)
- Chamber of Secrets: 4 copies (1 softcover, 1 special edition, 1 Chinese, 1 Norwegian)
- Prisoner of Azkaban: 3 copies (2 softcover, 1 special edition)
- Goblet of Fire: 3 copies (1 softcover, 1 hardcover, 1 special edition)
- Order of the Phoenix: 2 copies (1 hardcover, 1 special edition)
- Half Blood Prince: 2 copies (1 hardcover, 1 special edition)
- Deathly Hallows: 3 copies (1 softcover, 1 hardcover, 1 special edition)
Wow. I didn’t realise I was that bad.
Plus, I have 1x Tales of Beedle the Bard, and 2x each of Quidditch Through The Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (1 softcover, 1 hardcover).
But anyway… I just adore the series. The whole magical world of Hogwarts is so enchanting, how could one resist? The characters are brilliant, the names, the plot, the intricate planning that J.K Rowling put into the books… overwhelming. It’s a cemented part of my childhood – I can say with certainty that without Harry Potter, I would be a different person today. 🙂
Anything Goes – John Barrowman
Best. Autobiography. Ever!
In fact… it was pretty much the first autobiography I’d ever read. I never really felt the appeal, before – but when I love John Barrowman this much, it seemed like an obvious move. And wow, was I blown away!
It’s a completely honest and hilarious portrayal of his life – like he says in the ‘Author’s Acknowledgements’, it truly feels like you’re lounging around at John’s house in your pyjamas, sharing a pot of tea and some stories. The tone of the book is perfect. Not to mention – he’s done some fantastic things in his life, and a huge range of different things at that!
Never fails to make you giggle. Be prepared for odd looks from surrounding folk – all totally worth it.
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
This is my favourite ‘Classic’ book so far. I studied it last year in an English course called ‘The Novel’, and to be honest, I was expecting it to be kind of fluffy.
Boy, was I surprised! 🙂
I absolutely love Jane Eyre, as a character. Female characters rarely satisfy me, as either they’re too soppy, or too hard, or… but Jane is perfect to me. She’s strong, but passionate, has firm morals, and really follows her dreams. Plus, being a bit of a fan of Gothic fiction, I loved the setting, the Byronic hero of Rochester, and the whole style of Brontë’s writing. Superb!
Your turn! What books are your favourite – and why? 🙂