My Bookshelf

So, I like to read and read and read some more. Here are the books  I go back to again and again.

Lord of The Rings – J.R.R Tolkien

Ah, the epic adventure that proves that people from everywhere can get along if they have a common enemy.

No, but seriously, I adore the Lord of the Rings because of its amazing worldbuilding, how realistic the characters’ personalities are, and how it proves that even the smallest people can make the biggest difference.

It is a little wordier than most, but if you love thick books that immerse you completely in a world, I would totally recommend it.

(Skip over all the poetry though)

Tea I drink with this: Earl Gray

Riyria Revelations – Michael J Sulivan

This trilogy follows the adventures of the idealistic mercenary Hadrian, his cynical thief partner Royce and a plethora of other characters as they struggle to unwind a conspiracy that leads back to three thousand years ago.

Full of daring escapes, saucy humour and magic, this adventure is one fantasy readers will almost always enjoy.

Tea I drink with this: Spiced Pear

Grimm’s Fairy Tales – Brothers Grimm

Call me old-fashioned, but there’s something appealing about curling up on the couch with a book of fairy tales and a cup of cocoa.

Classic tales such as Snow White and Cinderella still enchant audiences around the world today, so get back to basics and enjoy.

What I drink with this: Hot Chocolate.

Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Caroll

Another childhood favourite, this is the story of a trip that most drug users would be jealous of.  Alice wanders through a rabbit hole and meets all sorts of strange and fantastic people.

It’s a tea party for all ages, and really easy to read.

Tea I drink with this: Black Chai.

Fullmetal Alchemist – Hiromu Arakawa

This manga is renowned for its complex story and characters. The anime adaption is what introduced me to the anime world and I still find myself drawn back into the world full of action, adventure and brotherhood.The artwork is stunning and the conspiracy that Edward and Alphonse Elric seek to unravel is intriguing without being patronizing.

After an alchemical rebound, Edward and Alphonse’s bodies are ripped from them. In order to restore his younger brother, Edward becomes a State Alchemist at the tender age of twelve. He encounters friends and enemies as he seeks to unravel the Truth.

Tea I drink with this: Matcha

His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

This trilogy is designed for preteens, but I still love it. The themes of innocence and conscience, rebellion and honesty, curiosity and knowledge all come together to weave a beautiful world full of dynamic characters.

The first book, The Golden Compass, is set in a world much like our own, with one key difference. A part of your soul is visible and takes the form of an animal. It follows the adventures of Lyra, a half-wild child, as she sets off to save her friend from the Gobblers.

Tea I drink with this: Lemon Ginger