Ohh wow, without pausing I could instantly reel off a long list of at least twenty or so books that I have wanted to read for the longest time but still haven’t, maybe even more. As a general rule I never impulse buy, I will ponder for a long time over whether I want a piece of clothing, if an expensive piece of technology is worth it (Most of the time it isn’t!) and also if I need or will use what I am buying. However there are two exceptions to this, sparkly things (I swear I’m a magpie) and books. If I see a book I want, all logic seems to fall away and I will make a snap decision to buy it, even if I know I won’t get round to it for years because of everything else I’ve got to read! And if I don’t buy it, I will PINE over it, badly.
So here are a few of the books I have wanted to read for a least several years but still haven’t gotten around to!
Ohh also, I’m in a random mood so expect lots of Caps Lock and brackets… 😉
Allow me to move on from my previous nostalgic day 11 post and kick off day 12 with
POSSIBLY EVEN MORE NOSTALGIA. Here I direct you to The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle.
When I was younger around the age of seven my mum recorded on video tape (Yes, VIDEO!) a cartoon called The Last Unicorn about um, a unicorn, who was uh, the last one… Anyway, the unicorn along with the help of a talking butterfly, a random woman, and an epic fail of a magician named Schmendrick followed a vague lead about a Red Bull (no, not the drink) who took all the unicorns away, covering up their footprints so no one could ever find them again. I was transfixed! And you know what? I asked for the DVD for my birthday last year and I was STILL transfixed. There’s something so magical about the tale, it’s perfectly paced with fantastical ideas, memorable characters and wonderful mythology! And to the guys out there, don’t switch off just because it’s got a unicorn in it, I know you’re thinking it! The film isn’t really girly and was made by the same creators of the The Hobbit cartoon. The imagery and music used is beautiful and atmospheric too. Ohh, and the whole thing may or may not be available to watch on Youtube, but you didn’t hear it from me. 😉
So, fast forward to late 2011 when I first started this blog and imagine my surprise when I came across Adam’s book review of The Last Unicorn! Like holy crap! Mind. Blown. NOBODY TOLD ME IT WAS A BOOK FIRST. WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME THIS?! From that moment on I desperately wanted to read the novel, yet almost two years later I still don’t even own the book! How’s that for procrastination? I probably own enough literature to start up my own library but this book has still slipped through my fingers. Why you ask? Well, because I’m vain. I want a specific edition of the book which is the image used on this post, but it seems to be very difficult to get hold of, impossible in fact. So if anyone knows where I can get one, please let me know!
Ok, the second book I have wanted to read for the longest time is…….The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum which I finally purchased a physical copy of last week for 50p. I wrestled with whether I should even buy it because I’m a cheapskate (I mean come on, it’s 50p idiot brain why are you spending half an hour debating this!?) but also because I want to read the whole Oz series and the only way you seem to be able to do that is to buy them in volumes, unless you have a kindle. So yeah, this copy will probably end up redundant but it had so much character I thought I would buy it anyway. 🙂
I love the old 1939 film adaptation with Judy Garland singing about rainbows and yellow brick roads. In all sense of the word the film should be cringe worthy, but for some reason it never fails to put a smile on my face. Everyone is always so happy, and everything is so colourful! It’s a world where something as simple as clicking your heels with solve all your problems, a world that is more about the journey than the destination, helping people realise that what they’ve been searching for all their life (like courage) has always been inside them and they just haven’t realised it. You know, all that cheesy stuff. 😉
I can’t wait to discover the book version with lions and tigers and bears, oh my! I’m just worried if it will live up to my expectations…
Finally, remember that series I’ve gone on and on about in the past? You know, that silly little one called A Song of Ice and Fire that I’ve wanted to read for ages and my friend told me I shouldn’t buy so I borrowed the first book off a another friend to get around the technicality? Yeah, just as I was leaving the bookshop the other day someone donated the first five books.
And I bought them didn’t I?
Of course I did. 😀
Is there a book out there that you’ve wanted to read for a longest time but keeps escaping your grasp? 🙂
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