Welcome one again to the fourth instalment of Teatime Tuesday! I honestly cannot get over that it’s been a month since I started my teatime nonsense- I mean Tuesday, teatime Tuesday. What I’m trying to say is THANKYOU for tuning in every Tuesday, and if you’re new to this totally cool weekly …thing? then welcome, and I hope you enjoy this weeks topic.
Sadly, due to a low attention span and the inane ability of falling asleep five minutes after I start reading in bed, I am not as well read as I would like to be. However, during the course of my young and kinda interesting life, I have managed to feast my eyes upon pages an pages of inspirational words.
So grab a cup of tea and lets wind it down with five of my favourite books.
Howls Moving Castle
Dianna Wynne Jones
Before discovering that this amazing book existed, I fell in love with Hayaoi Miyazakis beautiful rendition of Howls Moving Castle. I was enthralled by the story an mesmerised by the beautiful animation, enjoying the fact that me and Howl share the same surname, Jenkins.
Last year, I dragged myself to Nagasaki library and low and behold, there it was, in English no less. Needles to say I devoured the book. For any of you who have ever seen any of Miyazakis works, you will understand my slight apprehension upon opening the book. Would it wow me as much as the movie? Will it be able to ensnare the senses as much as a Miyazaki masterpiece? The answer my friends is yes.
Not a moment felt wasted and every word felt like an important piece of information. The Characters are alive in a way I have not felt in a long time, and the world they inhabit is as entrancing and binding as the spells that fill it.
My main reason for loving this book, however, is that the man himself, Howl, is actually Welsh, like me. Many of you may be wondering why this is important, while the rest of you are still trying to figure out where the hell Wales is. The thing is, Wales is very under represented, and when we are shown in the media, it’s not always in a positive way. Hell, theres not even a Welsh character in Harry Potter. We have English, Irish and Scottish, but Welsh? Nope. Living in Japan has opened my eyes to just how invisible my country is, and so, to find out a character I love isn’t only from Wales, but can speak Welsh…it makes my heart sing.
Never before has a book made me question the nature of human beings more than Mary Shelleys’ Frankenstein. Raising the old age debate of whether humans are inherently good or evil, or if it is something we learn as we go through the world, Shelley will certainly be picking your brain throughout this book. However, if you are looking for an answer amongst the pages, it will be in vain.
A literary treat for the eyes and mind, with thought provoking context weaved by beautiful words, Frankenstein is, and always will be one of my all time favourite reads.
Only Ever yours.
A recently read book and instantly a favourite. Written but the up and coming Young Adult author Louise O’Neill, Only Ever Yours is set in a futuristic time, where our world as we know it has collapsed. Never fully explaining what happened to the outside world, O’Neill puts all her heart and soul into her characters and bringing them to life. All the while she creates a solid and unapologetically mysogynistic society seemingly far removed from our own. An amazing yet painful book to read for every woman who has felt themselves less than who they are at the hands of society and sexism. O’Neills book highlights sexist ideologies in a somewhat easy to swallow setting.
For every woman, a must read and for ever man, I hope you’re already reading this.
(The Golden Compass)
What can I say, I adore this book. I could read it over and over. Having lived in Oxford for a few years, this book has a particular soft spot in my heart. In a world where our souls live beside us as an anthropomorphic form, tethered to us in the most beautiful and painful of ways, adults are at conflict. Go on an adventure with Lyra, a young girl from Jordan college, as she tries to right this conflict and figure out who, and what is at the bottom of it. And don’t be surprised if you see yourself faced with witches or large white bears of armour.
If you haven’t read this book yet, you have to buy a copy, you simply have to!
Chronicles of Ancient Darkness
Okay, so this not one book per-say, but I couldn’t help myself. I started reading these books in junior high and I had never been more eager to read the next and the next book in all my life. Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, follows a young boy by the name of Torak, and his friends Wolf and Renn as they journey through an ancient world full of spirits and demons in a quest to restore balance.
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
East by Edith Pattou