I missed last weeks ‘cos I was on holiday, but I saw so many good and diverse recommendations and my reading list has ballooned – again. I am sooo late today but I’m determined to get this post done.
I really enjoyed doing this one – although it was a little harder than I thought it was going to be – and I’m REALLY looking forward to next week’s too.
1. Nobody ‘Bod’ Owens – The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
I read this a few days ago – it’s a beautiful, beautiful book and confirms just how well Gaiman writes children. Bod has to stay in the Graveyard as he grows up in order to evade the man who killed his family. As a result of this, a lot of his access to the outside world is through both the books he is given and the books he finds in the library and at school.
2. Irene – The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
Another recent read, Irene’s entire life is built around the preservation of books and she takes enormous risks to find them. Her escapades in an alternate London are focused on finding and unusual copy of Grimm’s Tales and the adventures she has to go on to find them are wonderful. Irene understands the importance of books – how literature can change the world – but she still just wants knowledge and a good story. Cogman’s world-building is fascinating and I’m really looking forward to the next one!
3. Mr Norrell – Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Possibly the ultimate book nerd – although he disdains novels. He teaches himself magic from books and guards them jealously. His library is pretty much his version of a dragon’s hoard and he keeps pulling books out from under other people’s noses because he believes no one else deserves them. “Mr. Norrell did not know a great deal about war, but he suspected that soldiers are not generally your great respecters of books. They might put their dirty fingers on them. They might tear them! They might- horror of horrors!- read them and try the spells!”
4. Elizabeth Bennet – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I think it says something that she’s holding a book on the book cover (aren’t the covers from this publisher beautiful?!). Lizzy reads so many books and I’m half convinced she married Darcy because he appreciated them too….and of course for Pemberley’s library. Priorities girls.
5. Temeraire – Temeraire Series by Naomi Novik
And now for an actual dragon. I loved Temeraire’s thirst for knowledge and his disappointment at not being able to read books himself. The progression towards Chinese dragon poetry in the second book was brilliant and I look forward to seeing Temeraire become a writer in his own right! I also really liked that Lawrence grew to appreciate books through Temeraire’s love of them.
6. Matilda Wormwood – Matilda by Roald Dahl
I read the book many years ago and loved it – just as much as I loved the film. Books are somewhere people turn when they can’t get what they need emotionally from other people. I loved that Matilda was able to grow through her books and finally find a family that appreciated her.
7. Hermione Granger – Harry Potter Series by J.K.Rowling
I think Hermione is going to be on a lot of lists today – as is only right – because she’s the ultimate book worm. Let’s face it, Harry and Ron wouldn’t have made it past eleven without her and all her book skills. One of my favourite moments in the Harry Potter series was Hermione’s beaded bag with its extension charm and all the books she’d manage to cram inside it. There is a lady who knows how to pack.
8. Klaus Baudelaire – A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Klaus is the researcher of the family – he finds all the answers he can in books and uses what he finds there to help his family in much the same way as Violet uses her inventions and Sunny her teeth. Those poor kids would have been lost without books!
9. Meggie – Inkworld series by Cornelia Funke
Meggie’s life is intrinsically linked to books – her father can bring books to life, her mother is a fictional character and by the end of the series Meggy herself is living in a book-world. The world-building of this series is just fantastic and I loved watching Meggie learn to control her talents and explore the world of books.
10. Liesel – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Liesel loves books enough to break the law for them, to risk her life for them and she uses what she finds in their pages to bring light in some very dark places.