Thanks to my book-twin Jess of the Mud and Stars Book Blog for nominating me to take part in this tag! Make sure you head over and check her answers out, she’s a bloody wonderful human and a very talented blogger to boot.
The Chronicles of Narnia is one of my all-time favourite children’s book series (or book series of any kind, for that matter) and I’ve been so busy with work and life and responsibility recently that I’d love nothing more than disappear into a wardrobe, emerge in Narnia covered in snow and share a cup of tea with Mr Tumnus.
Turkish Delight, anyone?
NARNIA – A magical world you would like to visit
The Night Court/Velaris from A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Can we all just take a sec to bow to the world building of SJM? Other than Hogwarts, I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather spend a weekend than Rhys’ glittering, sky-high castle in the wind. Obviously Rhys’ presence would improve the experience ten fold, but that is a conversation for another day…
THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW – A book you think is underrated
Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
This quirky little gem hit me right in the feels. It’s a really intriguing blend of sci-fi, magical realism and contemporary and the way the friendship between the two protagonists, Ollie and Moritz, is written is just beautiful. If you’re looking for something a little bit different to the norm, check out Because You’ll Never Meet Me.
THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE – A classic that you love
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
You just can’t beat The Secret Garden. It’s such an evocative read for me, taking me straight back to being a kid and the infinite wonder, frustration and discovery of childhood.
THE HORSE AND HIS BOY – A book you picked up without knowing what it was about
The Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
I had absolutely no idea what The Bone Gap was about prior to reading it and to be honest, post-read, I’m still not sure exactly what happened. If magical realism is your thang, then The Bone Gap, with its topsy-turvy small town, beautiful writing, well-drawn characters and you will be a match made in bookish heaven.
You can check out my review, y’know, if you want to, here.
PRINCE CASPIAN – A sequel that you loved
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins
I feel like I don’t talk about The Hunger Games series enough anymore, y’know? Can we all just take a minute to re-appreciate what a great trilogy this was? I love Katniss, I love Peeta, I love the development of the world in this sequel and most importantly, I LOVE FINNICK. Oh, Finnick. On the other hand, I hate Gale, but who really cares about him anyway?
THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER – A quest you’d like to be a part of
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia #1) by C.S. Lewis
I mean who wouldn’t right? FOR NARNIA, AND FOR ASLAN!
THE SILVER CHAIR – A book you didn’t expect to love
The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle
I’m still tentatively feeling my way around the magical realism genre, so I wasn’t sure whether I’d like The Accident Season when I borrowed it on a whim from my local library. Turns out, I loved it, devouring it whole in one delicious, mind-bending sitting. It’s a bit heavy on the metaphor, but it is beautifully creepy and wonderfully atmospheric. Check out my review here.
THE LAST BATTLE – A perfect ending to a series you love
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling
Was I ever going to pick anything else, I ask you?
THE PEVENSIES – A siblinghood of friendship you’d love to be a part of
The Blackthorn siblings – Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare
Okay so the relationship between the Blackthorn siblings is a little bit hard to keep track of sometimes purely because THERE ARE JUST SO MANY OF THEM, but I adore the way that Clare wrote them in Lady Midnight – big, complex, messy, quirky and bursting at the seams with affection, rivalry and love.
(Also I didn’t want to be cliche and copy Jess AGAIN by picking the Weasley siblings, who would obviously always be my first choice. Apart from you Percy, you’re an idiot.)
EUSTACE SCRUBB – A character who grew on you
Todd from The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness
I had a bit of a hard time getting into The Knife of Never Letting Go when I first picked it up, and a lot of that was due to being stuck inside the head of Ness’ protagonist, Todd. I’m glad I perservered though, because this series has become one of my all time favourites, and it’s largely because of Todd’s development. He’s such a complex, intelligent, brave and vulnerable creation and I just love him. Sob.
Reviews 1, 2 and 3.
MR. TUMNUS – Your favourite mystical creature
Buckbeak – the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Who doesn’t love Beaky? Any friend of Hagrid’s is a friend of mine. Also, any enemy of Malfoy’s is a friend of mine. Win, win.
CASPIAN – A character with regal qualities
Rhysand – A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
I love Rhys as a leader. As you come to understand what makes him tick and the lengths that he’s gone to over the centuries to protect his friends, his country and his people its impossible not admire his sacrifice. Rhys is basically the monarch Westeros needs. He’s too honourable though, so he’d probably have turned up dead about 4 pages into A Game of Thrones.
Review here. You know the drill.
THE WARDROBE – Your favourite hideout/place to read
I can and will read anywhere and everywhere, including the car, my bed, the sofa, the bath (although I do get slight Kindle-drowning fear with that one) and most recently, my local nail salon. My favourite place to read though is on holiday – iced coffees on tap, beautiful sunshine and best of all, no work or washing up to worry about. Dreamy.