Aw, such creative gems!
Peridot, being tiny, makes teensy intricate pieces- she’ll pick up Sinclair pieces of junk- err, I mean meep moorp- and create lil stacks and balancing sculptures!
Sometimes she falters when she sees how much bigger and extravagant Lapis’s creations are, but her barnmate tries to encourage her!
Meanwhile Lapis has built huge towers of things and great exhibits, most of which Peridot ends up exploring and getting lost in a labyrinth of trinkets and trash- Lapis is always on hand to guide her out again.
Peridot thinks her meep moorp has many deep meanings, most of which Lapis didn’t realise it had when she made it….
She just liked it.
So over a month ago @highsmith tagged me in this awesome get to know me book thing, where I list my 10 favorite/formative novels. I have a lot of favorites so this was rather difficult to narrow down but I’ve done my best! Many apologies for the wait. :)
One. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair I found a 1970s bantam paperback copy of this while cleaning my parents basement, leftover from their college days. I remember not being able to put it down once I started, becoming completely engrossed in the lives of the characters, feeling pain, sorrow, anger and disgust at their living conditions and what was ultimately a tainted version of the American Dream.
Two. The Secret Garden by Frances Hogdson Burnett I read this book cover to cover as a child and own multiple copies of it. I felt akin to Mary, with her anger issues and distrust of adults. It wasn’t til years later that I realized her emotionally unavailable mother was similar to mine in many ways. With all of its magic and imagination, a little bit of the Gothic and the miraculous, this book will always have a special place in my heart.
Three. Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis A retelling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche from the point of view of the jealous sister who convinces Psyche to light a candle and expose her mysterious lover. Lewis brings the character of Orual to life, giving her an emotional depth and redemption arc that outshines her sister by a mile.
Four. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell I used to re-read this novel once a year, usually in the winter when I could curl up with a mug of soup or something warm and filling. I know many aspects of the story are problematic and over romanticized, given the fact that much of the book takes place in one of the darkest times in American history, but Scarlett is an unforgettable character whose unyielding determination is something to be both feared and admired.
Five. Wide Sargasso Seas by Jean Rhys Such an eyeopening look at the mythos of Jane Eyre and her Mr. Rochester, exploring the life of “that woman in the attic” this prequel is both beautiful and heartbreaking.
Six. The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm I know this technically isn’t a novel, but fairy tales laid the foundation for my future reading habits. Love triumphing over evil, the hero’s journey, so many tropes and motifs that have made their way into modern culture and smack of the familiar. There’s something comforting knowing you’re going into a story that has a guaranteed happy ending.
Seven. The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery Don’t get me wrong, I love Anne of Green Gables and Emily of New Moon and all of Montgomery’s short stories, but this, her only novel for adults is on a higher level for me. Is the plot silly? Simple? Fluffy? Sure, but you can’t help but root for Valancy Stirling, who, only having so much time left to live, decides to free herself from the shackles of her overbearing relatives in order to find herself and the “Blue Castle” of her dreams.
Eight. The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman This is basically Penman’s gorgeous love song dedicated to Richard III. For those who only know of Richard III as an evil hunchback who murdered his nephews, it would do you good to take another look. For fans of sweeping historical fiction, (with liberal sprinkles of romance) give this book a shot.
Nine. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber A more realistic look at the oft romanticized Victorian era, where things are gritty and dark. There’s really no way for me to describe this that doesn’t make it sound slightly trashy (a prostitute named Sugar goes on a quest for vengeance against all men?) but this book is gorgeous, so layered, so complex. It’s much more than what it seems. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed Fingersmith or Affinity by Sarah Waters.
Ten. American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis
The sheer amount of detail, the odd formatting, the character of Patrick Bateman. A part of me is surprised this made the list, but another part of me isn’t. I consider this book a modern classic, though not for the faint of heart or stomach.