Favourite Book Challenge Blogfest, in which we were asked to pick our top 5 favourite books and write one line of what it is about and one line of why we liked it.
If you want to take part, you can still join in (until June 22nd).
I knew both parts of the challenge would be equally hard - there are so many books I love and I'm a woman of many words - which is why I simply had to take part. A challenge indeed!
My Favourite Books.
Patrick Süskind, Perfume.
- The story of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, a boy born with an extraordinary sense of smell and without a scent of his own, who - after being rejected by everyone close to him - starts to learn the art of creating perfumes and the overwhelming effect scents have on people.
- This novel took me to a whole new level of sensory awareness and made me pay much more attention to scents, flavours, colours, beauty and ugliness in the world around me.
A.S. Byatt, Possession: A Romance.
- In this novel, two academics, each fascinated by a different Victorian poet, meet after one of them has found a mysterious letter that suggests their poets had a secret romance, and when they start investigating the past they get caught up in a complicated relationship of their own.
- I loved Byatt's clever writing, the poetic atmosphere, the depth of emotion and the intricate plot with which she wove together the past and the present.
Jim Butcher, Codex Alera series (beginning with: Furies of Calderon).
- This fantasy series recounts the adventures of Tavi, a young man who is born without magic in a world where citizens control elemental furies to do their bidding, and as a result he has to learn to rely on his intelligence to help save the realm from destruction by powerful enemies.
- I love the complex and consistent world and the unique, highly believable and fascinating characters the author has created. One of my favourite fantasy series so far.
Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere.
- When Richard Mayhew finds an injured girl (named 'Door') on the streets in London, he discovers the existence of a dark, magical parallel world called 'London Below', and as he helps the girl, his old life disappears, forcing him to find his way back or lose his old self altogether - which might not be so bad.
- I liked the characters, the atmosphere and the clever way (and wordplay) with which the author entwines real-life London with this underground fantasy world.
Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking.
- Pippi Longstocking (or Pippi Langkous as it's called in Flemish) is a young girl with superhuman strength and a suitcase full of gold, who lives without parents but with a monkey and a horse, when she becomes friends with Tommy and Annika, the neighbour's children, with whom she has many adventures.
- This was my absolute favourite book as a child. I must have read it (and the sequels) at least 20 times and I never got tired of them. I loved Pippi's imagination, her chaotic lifestyle and most of all her attitude, especially towards grown-ups who abused their power by mistreating animals or looking down on defenceless others.
And Now For a Game of Tag!
Yesterday I was tagged by the wonderful Rosalind Adam of Rosalind Adam is writing in the rain.
I've decided to be - mildly - naughty and change the 'tagged' rules & questions, so here are my answers to the new, personalised set:
1. Link, upload, ... a picture that makes you laugh:
2. When was the last time you ate chocolate?
Yesterday. Oh wait, that just changed. I'm having some right now - the dark, Belgian kind. OmNomNom ...
3. If people had a theme song that started playing whenever they entered a room, which one would yours be and why (- if you want to share)?
Ooh, tough one! There are many, depending on the situation and the mood at hand, but if I had to pick one, I'd go for Tori Amos' Welcome to England.
4. Tag 3 blogger friends:
Tag, you're it! :-)