Wednesday, January 4, 2017

My Favourite "Grown Up" Books

I thought I might share some of my favourite books with you in the hopes that'd you'd share yours as I'm starting to run low on reading materials!






I will never not love this book and am so glad C.S. Lewis created it. I once went on a date where the guy mentioned that he thought the newly releasing Narnia movies were dumb. I did not go on another date with him. (I mean, that wasn't the only reason but it was one of them.)

I suggest reading this first instead of the order they're put in by the publishers, which is different than the order they were written in. 

There are many different book covers, picture books, "behind the scenes" books, and much more for people that love this book and the series. 

"Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice."





This is the first book in a great fantasy series. I continue to be impressed with the world that Garth Nix created. Should you like the series there's a couple "spin off" books that take place in the same lands. 

"Since childhood, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who refuse to stay dead. But now her father, the Abhorson, is missing, and Sabriel must cross into that world to find him. With Mogget, whose feline form hides a powerful, perhaps malevolent spirit, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage, Sabriel travels deep into the Old Kingdom. There she confronts an evil that threatens much more than her life and comes face-to-face with her own hidden destiny. . . ."




This is, of course, a classic book by Lewis Carroll. I collect varieties of the book because so many great artists have taken the pictures and interpreted them.  

(I greatly dislike the newer movies Disney has put out and friends have learned not to mention them to me unless they want to hear a rant.)

"In 1862 Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a shy Oxford mathematician with a stammer, created a story about a little girl tumbling down a rabbit hole. Thus began the immortal adventures of Alice, perhaps the most popular heroine in English literature. Countless scholars have tried to define the charm of the Alice books–with those wonderfully eccentric characters the Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum, and Tweedledee, the Cheshire Cat, Mock Turtle, the Mad Hatter et al.–by proclaiming that they really comprise a satire on language, a political allegory, a parody of Victorian children’s literature, even a reflection of contemporary ecclesiastical history. Perhaps, as Dodgson might have said, Alice is no more than a dream, a fairy tale about the trials and tribulations of growing up–or down, or all turned round–as seen through the expert eyes of a child."




I love Wizard of OZ so when I found this book by Gregory Maguire I thought it might be interesting. Little did I know it would change my entire view of OZ. This book even has a Broadway play created from it which I've seen twice now in its travels. 

There are several other OZ books in this series and there also other fairy tale books, like one that tells Cinderella's story of the view of a step-sister. Reading this and comparing it to Dorothy's view of OZ is a very interesting experience.

"Gregory Maguire's breathtaking New York Times bestseller Wicked views the land of Oz, its inhabitants, its Wizard, and the Emerald City, through a darker and greener (not rosier) lens. Brilliantly inventive, Wicked offers us a radical new evaluation of one of the most feared and hated characters in all of literature: the much maligned Wicked Witch of the West who, as Maguire tells us, wasn’t nearly as Wicked as we imagined."





I can't think of dividing this trilogy by Philip Pullman into its individual books for review. While each story is separate they build upon each other to well, even in their many different world. 

A movie was made of The Golden Compass and, like most book-to-movie adaptions, it wasn't amazing like it could have been but I'm glad to have seen it though I don't think I've seen the movie for sale anywhere since it was first released. Nicole Kidman was in it and I seem to remember that was big deal then.

"These thrilling adventures tell the story of Lyra and Will—two ordinary children on a perilous journey through shimmering haunted otherworlds. They will meet witches and armored bears, fallen angels and soul-eating specters. And in the end, the fate of both the living—and the dead—will rely on them."

My "grown up" bookcase. See any favourites?