The magnificent bloggers over at The Broke and Bookish have once again challenged those of us who spend our spare hours typing about tomes to create a top ten list. This week the topic is week book-related goodies we’d like to have in our possession. Click on any picture below to see its source. P.S. My birthday is in two weeks’ time. Just saying.
A book village for my ceiling? Yes please.
I think I need evidence that this actually works before signing the cheque.
Alice falling down one’s décolletage into Wonderland.
A secret door in a bookcase. Preferably one which only opens when one particular book is tilted at 45 degrees.
Because your bookends should tell a story too.
A wardrobe which leads to Narnia.
Sneaking off with a hollow hip flask book: ‘I’ll be right with you, I just need to go and have a quick read in the other room. On a completely unrelated point, does anyone happen to have a glass and ice?’
I would like a wall papered with maps of fictional places. Though perhaps it should be a mix of real and fictional, to make visitors wonder whether The Land of OOO may in fact be one of the Outer Hebrides.
An independent bookshop to run cantankerously. See Black Books.
A book ladder on wheels for my imaginary many-storey bookstore.
In conclusion, I would like a tall bookstore with a ladder to climb, where people will come to marvel at my amusing bookends, fictional map wallpaper and recycled book chandelier village. There must also be a secret bookcase door which leads to Narnia, wherein I shall drink from my hidden book flask whilst bathing in a tub of books.
Do you fancy any of that? What would be on your fantasy bookish shopping list?
Inspired by other brilliant bloggers and the recent US elections, I’ve been thinking: which children’s characters would I put in charge of a country? Here’s my shortlist:
Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy from the Narnia Series by C.S Lewis. There are four of them and they ruled over Narnia for aeons- that sounds like the ultimate coalition government to me! Also, they’re incredibly flexible: a talking lion tells them they’re about to be the monarchs of a magical land and they take it in their stride.
Badger from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. He’s wise, reclusive and a bit grumpy, but he takes care of his friends, even when they’re being ridiculous. He resides in the Wild Wood, demonstrating that he’s not afraid of anyone- not even weasels. Also, there definitely wouldn’t be a cull if he was in charge.
Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. Intelligent, strong and single-minded, I’m pretty sure
if J.K Rowling decided to write a ‘where are they now?’ she’d be climbing the greasy pole in the Ministry of Magic.
The Fat Controller from Thomas the Tank Engine by Rev. W. Awdry. Just because it would be lovely if the trains ran on time! He takes care of business.
I’d love to hear your ideas- let me know who you’d put in charge in the comments!