Top Ten Tuesday – Books and Libraries I Covet

Top Ten Tuesday“Top Ten Tuesday” is a feature started by “The Broke and the Bookish”,  though now hosted by some artsy reader girl in which people list their top ten books that match some given criterion. It changes every week, and happens on a Tuesday. Lots (a frankly ridiculous number) of bloggers take part.

This week, the theme is “Bookstores/Libraries I’ve Always Wanted to Visit”. Off-hand, there’s only one real-world library that I long to visit, and that’s the Library of Alexandria. Because some total bastard burnt it down thousands of years before I was born, and because I still haven’t got around to learning Ancient Greek, that dream withered a while back.

Instead, here is a list of fictional books and libraries that I would be extremely interested in reading/visiting. It is in no particular order, and I am taking advantage of the implied “up to” at the start of “top ten”.  Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Books and Libraries I Covet”

Tough Travels – Real Fairy Tales

Tough TravellingEvery week, Fantasy Review Barn runs a feature where they seek out examples of fantasy tropes. Other bloggers are welcome to join in, finding their own books to match the given topic. This week’s topic is fairy tales that aren’t just stories, which is a bit of a mouthful.

Fairy tales are real in fantasy land.  They may seem like stories told to kids, but in fantasyland they are very, very real.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most-Read Authors

toptentuesday“Top Ten Tuesday” is a feature started by “The Broke and the Bookish“, in which people list their top ten books that match some given criterion. It changes every week, and happens on a Tuesday. The previous two sentences should be sufficient to explain the name.

I keep meaning to get involved, as I both like books and can count to ten, but I always forget, only remembering immediately after a topic that I could have done, and directly before a run of subjects that I dislike deeply. This time though, I checked and found a topic that  I can talk about, happening today. I have decided to take the plunge – I won’t manage to write for it every week, but I will occasionally, and I might as well start sometime. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Most-Read Authors”

The Sleeper and the Spindle – Neil Gaiman

The Sleeper And The Spindle, Neil Gaiman, Chris RiddellThis book is beautiful in every way that a book can be – it has gorgeous prose, rich illustrations, and is, in addition, an extremely pleasing physical object. Even the dust-cover is gorgeous, and supports the overall aesthetic. It joins my small collection of books that are almost too beautiful to read.

I didn’t seek it out – I hadn’t even heard of it until it arrived at my doorstep. It came as a present, marking no particular event or anniversary. It was an extremely welcome surprise. Continue reading “The Sleeper and the Spindle – Neil Gaiman”

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse – Chris Riddell

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse, Chris Riddell

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is the story of Ada, who lives in an old Gothic mansion with a cast of unlikely and eccentric characters. One night, she hears the spectral squeaking of a ghostly mouse, and this kickstarts her adventure – not just investigating a shadowy conspiracy, but slowly exploring the labyrinthine house and its many secrets. Continue reading “Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse – Chris Riddell”