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I always find it funny when books like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson get crap for being ‘witchcraft’ and ‘anti-christian’ but you know who no one ever talks about? Phillip Pullman and his masterpiece His Dark Materials trilogy. Some of you may recognize the first book’s title, The Golden Compass from the awful movie adaption, but seriously those books are so so good and full of badass witches rebelling against the vadican for mutilating children, gay ass angels who join the rebellion so they can be free to love each other, an ex nun who escapes the oppression of the church to pursue a life of science, a little girl who is so good at manipulating she overthrows an entire empire in one day, and a 12 year old boy who murders god with a knife

Cleaned it at last ! It’s ruff but this is a sketch page I drew as I was finishing the first book of Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. I had to post it, because re-reading the books was SO great ! I knew I already loved it as a child and would understand it a lot better now, but I didn’t expected to love it that much !!
I took the complete three volumes for my one month internship in this tiny-village-with-nothing, and ended reading all of it in almost one week ! (That’s an awful lot of pages.) I can only recommend the series, and  would totally make a badass animated TV show out of it.

Ps - If you’ve read it, you cannot forget Him. Yeah and that’s tiny Lyra and big Iorek :3

YA literature with cool, international settings: 

  • A Thousand Nights by E.K Johnston (set in an unspecified desert and it’s wicked!)
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (mostly taking place in beautiful Paris)
  • The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd (set in London and then for the majority of the book on a mysterious Island somewhere near Australia)
  • His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman (taking place in various awesomely imagined locations including the far north of Europe and Oxford in England) 
  • Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor (the first book in the series happens in Prague and Morocco. It’s as amazing as it sounds!) 

Click the links to head to Goodreads and check them out! 

“Seems to me, the place you fight cruelty is where you find it, and the place you give help is where you see it needed.”

-Lee Scoresby in Philip Pullman’s The Subtle Knife

Lee Scoresby and Hester are two of my favorite characters in fiction. I’ve been wanting to do more literature-inspired illustrations lately – more to come.

cherriade  asked:

Hi :) I was just wondering what book Lyra and Will were from and if it was good?

They are from His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman. It’s fantastic, also I’m going to recommend you listen to the audiobooks because they are hands down my absolute favourite audiobooks I’ve listened to, they just have extremely good voice actors and the whole thing is narrated by Phillip Pullman himself which is really lovely. The first book, The Northern Lights was adapted into The Golden Compass which a lot of people have seen but the books are leaps and bounds better than the film, also Will doesn’t appear until book two.

Here’s a link to the audiobook if you want to check it out

anonymous asked:

What are your favorite books?

This is always such a difficult question but I thought I’d root around in my foundations:

  • The Little Prince is sweet and wise and can be read in an afternoon.

  • His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman–just brilliant–lots of multiverse/time travel. The Subtle Knife, I think, is the best. (Will and Lyra… such an iconic dynamic)

  • Slaughterhouse V, while we’re talking about the fifth dimension, though Kurt could benefit from some feminism lessons. (But he never will! So it goes…)

  • Pride and Prejudice has always been a favorite… so much vivacious Austenian snark. deeply formative. and i needn’t mention the romance

  • The Princess Bride–so exciting, romantic, funny, clever, satisfying–great frame narration

  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley–different frame, just as effective, and if you haven’t read it it’s not what you expect like it’s really good really accessible and the monster is bae (frankenstein is, in fact, the monster)

  • The Velveteen Rabbit
  • 1984 has seemed so pertinent lately…

  • The Bell Jar was my first real experience reading a book whose thoughts and life were coming from a place I could relate to intimately… blew my mind… THIS IS WHY SCHOOLS NEED TO START TEACHING BOOKS WRITTEN BY WOMEN

  • Matilda by Roald Dahl–so hopeful

  • and Joan Didion… usually not wild about nonfiction, but I love Joan. Love Slouching Towards Bethlehem.