I came across old pictures I took ages ago. I believe I have posted this one before, but I am just so happy that the little spider was sitting still on my book and letting itself be photographed by me before I could bring it outside, that I wanted to share it with you again.

Books Everyone Should Read!

I’ve wanted to do this for ages, so here goes. These are some of the books/plays/poets that I think (this is just my opinion!) everyone should read before they die. If anyone wants to add to the list, then please do by commenting or reblogging!

Originally posted by blackewhitelover

Fantasy and/or Children’s Novels: 

  • The Harry Potter Series - J. K. Rowling. Anyone who knows me, knows that I will always love Potter, until the very end. 
  • The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis.
  • The Percy Jackson Series - Rick Riordan. All of his books are great, not just this series, but the others too.
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll.
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (The Oz Books) - L. Frank Baum.
  • The Mortal Instruments Series - Cassandra Clare.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket.
  • The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett.
  • The Once & Future King - T. H. White. 

Dystopian and/or Utopian Novels: 

  • The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins.
  • The Maze Runner Trilogy - James Dashner. 
  • The Divergent Trilogy - Veronica Roth.

  • The Giver Quartet - Lois Lowry.
  • Lord of the Flies -  William Golding.

  • The Handmaid’s Tale -  Margaret Atwood.
  • The Road - Cormac McCarthy.

Gothic and/or Horror Novels:

  • Dracula - Bram Stoker.
  • The Beetle: A Mystery - Richard Marsh.
  • The Bloody Chamber - Angela Carter.
  • Frankenstein - Mary Shelley.
  • The Fall of the House of Usher & Other Writings - Edgar Allen Poe.
  • Interview with a Vampire - Anne Rice.
  • The Darren Shan Series - Darren Shan. 
  • Salem’s Lot - Stephen King.
  • Dreamcatcher - Stephen King.
  • The Shining - Stephen King.
  • Carrie - Stephen King. 

Young Adult and/or Influential Novels:

  • To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee (I have Go Set A Watchman but I still need to read it!). 
  •  Oranges Aren’t The Only Fruit -  Jeanette Winterson.
  • The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger. 
  • The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini. 
  • The Virgin Suicides - Jeffery Eugenides. 
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky. 
  • All The Bright Places - Jennifer Niven. 
  • Attachments - Rainbow Rowell. 
  • Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell.
  • Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell. 
  • Landline - Rainbow Rowell.
  • Carry On - Rainbow Rowell.
  • Looking For Alaska - John Green.
  • An Abundance of Katherines - John Green.
  • Paper Towns - John Green.
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green & David Levithan. 
  • The Fault in Our Stars - John Green.
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl - Jesse Andrews. 

Crime and/or Thriller Novels: 

  • The Alex Rider Series - Anthony Horowitz.
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling -  Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling). 
  • The Silkworm -  Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling).
  • Career of Evil -  Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling).


  • The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde.
  • Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen.
  • Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen.
  • Mansfield Park - Jane Austen.
  • Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte.
  • Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte.
  • Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck.
  • Great Expectations - Charles Dickens.
  • The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck.
  • Moby-Dick; or, The Whale - Herman Melville.
  • Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens.
  • The Beach -  Alex Garland.

Plays (read them and if you can see a performance or two, there’s nothing like the theatre):

  • The Oresteia -  Aeschylus.
  • The Three Theban Plays - Sophocles.
  • The Odyssey - Homer. 
  • The Iliad - Homer. 
  • William Shakespeare’s Plays (these are just a few of my favourites!): 

Titus Andronicus.

Measure for Measure. 



A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The Merchant of Venice.

As You Like It.

Twelfth Night.

  • The Duchess of Malfi - John Webster. 


  • William Blake’s Poetry - Literally one of my favourite poets. 
  • William Wordsworth’s Poetry.
  • War Poetry -  two of my favourites are Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.
  • Sylvia Plath’s Poetry - C’mon, who hasn’t read her work?
  • Carol Ann Duffy - I love her. 

I think that’s all I have for now. I know I’m missing loads, but this is what I’ve been able to come up with so far. Also, just because she asked this is for the lovely @glide-thru, I read a lot :P

the reason none of my friends know that i love cdf bc its the stupidest thing to explain like 

“yeah this kid steals a spider then like ruins the whole universe" 

"theres these vampires but theyre like the opposite vampires cuz theyre purple" 

"and all these vampires live in a mountain. its called vampire mountain. no im really not making this shit up i swear." 

My take on Kurda Smahlt from the Darren Shan Saga book series (yeah I haven’t read the manga..)

I’m currently re-reading (cuz I’ve only read up to book 9 and that was like… ages ago) and it broke my kokoro T o T

Omg go read it!!! It’s SO GOOD. *^* .. kinda cruel. But GOOD. ; u ;

  • Imagine Darren deciding he wants to try to learn more about the world and have experiences he didn’t think would possible in his life.
  • Imagine Darren deciding to go to college.
  • Imagine Larten launching into a lecture about why that’s a terrible idea but pausing when he sees how determined Darren is.
  • Imagine Paris using his connections to get Darren into his dream school. (“Don’t ask, young Shan. They have your transcripts and they want you.” “Wait, I don’t have transcripts! I dropped out of fifth grade!” “I said don’t ask.”)
  • Imagine Darren packing up his few belongings and preparing to head out one night, then he turns around to see the vamp mtn squad standing behind him with bags packed of their own, determined to make the journey to help move him into his new home.
  • Imagine them arriving on move-in day and being in awe of modern-day college. The first stop is the campus gift shop where everyone gets decked out in hoodies and sweatpants with the school’s name. 
  •  Imagine Mika and Arrow getting caught up in a beer pong tournament and accidentally joining a frat in the first 5 minutes 
  •  Imagine Larten tackling some asshole who made a rude comment about Darren’s admittedly bad haircut and uncommonly large number of dads. 
  • Imagine Kurda taking Darren’s schedule and walking around campus making a map to each class so Darren doesn’t get lost on his first day. 
  •  Imagine Paris hosting an impromptu cooking class in the floor’s communal kitchen and like 6 dozen students show up 
  •  Imagine Harkat getting stuck in a washing machine and being rescued/scolded by an RA Imagine Arra getting recruited by the varsity volleyball team after they see her tossing Darren’s suitcase over a crowd of people blocking the hallway
  •  Imagine Seba making Darren’s bed and fluffing his pillows and wiping a tear before anyone can see it. 
  •  Imagine Darren realizing that this is home for the next 4 months. He locks himself in the bathroom and cries for a minute. When he pulls himself together, he comes out, hugs his family, and promises to be home for Christmas.  Imagine them struggling to keep their composure as they walk out of the dorms and pile into the rental car. Imagine Larten, Seba, Kurda, Mika, Arrow, Paris, Harkat, and Arra buying a small cottage 6 blocks away from campus. Just in case. 
  •  Besides, college isn’t so different from Vampire Mountain anyway.

So I was thinking long and hard about this today at the gym while listening to Misty Mountains. And I couldn’t help but draw a few similarities between The Hobbit and some princes… 

You’ve got Paris 

You’ve got Mika

You’ve got Arrow

You’ve got Darren

You’ve got Vancha idk why he just reminds me of vancha ok

and bonus Kili!Darren trying to impress the big vampires: