A few days ago one of my closest friends, and fellow bloggers – Bradley – from Bradley’s Book Nook shared his favourite novels, quotes and characters with us, and I absolutely loved his post so I thought I would share with you a few of my own bookish favourites.
You can also read Bradley’s post here!
Young Adult Novel
Looking for Alaska by John Green – and I know I have mentioned this novel a few times, however this story will always be my favourite YA novel.
I actually first read Looking for Alaska when I was about 15, roughly 4 years after the novel was first published but it’s a novel that I have read over, and over, and over yet the story still always seems new to me with every read. And with every reread I will take something different away from the novel, and I will have a new favourite chapter, and a new favourite character – for me, every reread is like reading the novel for the very first time.
And I just adore Pudge and Alaska and Colonel and Takumi and the Eagle and Lara, okay?
Honestly, this was a very easy choice for me with Enid Blytons The Famous Five being my all time favourite children’s series of all time.
First published in 1942 – 75 years ago this September – these books have been with me since I was born. And the set I first read belonged to my Grandparents, and served me well growing up.
The Famous Five novels follow Julian, Dick, Anne, and cousin George (Georgia) and her forever faithful dog – Timmy – on 21 adventures that most children only wish that they could have.
These novels are just so fantastically written, even at 22 years of age I can still enjoy them and appreciate them as I once did.
I have a few favourite quotes, for a few different reasons but this one from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling is my favourite.
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
It is a quote that I’ve kept close, especially when times are tough. It reminds me that even though it seem’s as if bad luck follows me, there will always be something good there waiting for me to realise this world isn’t all bad. And considering everything that has been going on over the last few months, it couldn’t be more fitting.
I haven’t read poetry in quite sometime but there is one that really sticks in my mind from when I was at school, and I can actually still recite it without much struggle.
Tyger, Tyger by William Blake
Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
In what distant deeps or skies.
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?
And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?
What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp,
Dare its deadly terrors clasp!
When the stars threw down their spears
And water’d heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?
Tyger Tyger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?
Read it out loud, and tell me that it doesn’t sound fantastic when you read it? Please?
I hope you have enjoyed reading about a few of my favourite bookish things, and I would love to hear if we share any favourites or if you disagree?