We all have a book that we’ve always wanted to own; a book that we always go to whenever we’re feeling down in the dumps; a book that you simply couldn’t put down; a book that reduces you to tears no matter how many times you’ve read it and prepared yourself for; a book that never fails to put a smile on your face; a book with a cracked spine due to the amount of times you’ve read it; a book that inspires you…
After months of thought, this is my dream literary collection…
1. Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling
I can’t imagine my life without Harry Potter and I’d be lost without my books. I had to replace my original copies with a new collection a couple of years ago because they were in such a bad condition. No one is allowed to touch my new copies. Ever. Even I’m not allowed to touch them.
2. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Les Misérables and no literary collection is complete without that huge brick. I’ve never cried so much whilst reading a book. Éponine’s death was such a tragedy and it’s so beautifully written.
“And by the way, Monsieur Marius, I believe that I was a little bit in love with you.”
3. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Lot 175)
I love Disney films but I don’t ever recall reading the classic novels behind the story. Does that make me a bad Disney fan?! Snow White is amongst my all time favourite Disney films.
4. The Great Gatsby (Lot 450)
It’s always been on my to-read book and I still haven’t got round to reading it. I’m refusing to watch the film until I’ve read it despite Leonardo Dicaprio being in the cast and I fancy him to no avail.
5. The Phantom of the Opera
Did you know that it is very, very difficult to find a copy of Gaston Lereoux’s Phantom of the Opera? I swear that no bookshop stocks the book. I’ve been in several Waterstones (including the world’s largest in Piccadilly Circus) searching for the book and I’m still in no luck. Phantom of the Opera is rapidly becoming my favourite musical (alongside Les Mis, of course) and I reallllllly want to read the book.
6. A soppy romance
There is nothing more pleasing than sitting down to read an absolute soppy romance. A few tears, lots of smiling and an everlasting love sounds like the perfect book to me.
I’ve spent hours and hours trawling through pages and pages of first edition books on invaluable.com which is an online auction site that specialises in auctioning collectibles. They contacted me a while ago asking me whether I’d be interested in composing a blog post about what I would like to see on my bookshelf. So here we are… My dream literary collection. As an avid reader, this was a blog post that I couldn’t refuse.