Birthday Books Bonanza

I didn’t expect much from my birthday this year, mostly because I am now 25 and also because my birthday has always tended to be just like every other normal day of the year. Imagine my surprise when I ripped open the wrapping paper to discover the magical pressies hidden inside.

I did get two DVDs, both of which were on my Amazon Wishlist. The first was the screen adaptation of Joanne Harris’ ‘Chocolat’. I first watched this film roughly three years ago and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Have you ever watched a film where you thought you were going to hate it but in fact loved it all and was sad to see it finish? Chocolat was like that for me. The acting was superb and the quaint little village in which it was located was dreamy. I wish I lived in a village like that.

The second film was one of my all time favourites as a child. It was one I knew all the words to and was a film I could escape into and join the characters inside their fantasy world. In my eyes, children’s films of today lack some of the magic dust this film has in heaps. The Never Ending Story. Just saying it now gives me goosebumps with the chance to relive some of its classic nostalgia. I can remember some of the magical scenes set inside the Ivory Tower or of the tragic bit where poor Atrayu dies in the swamp. *Holds back manly tears cough …*

It was the books of course which I really looks forward to delving into. The first I actually knew I was getting because I wouldn’t shut up about it the moment I found out the UK release date. ‘Shadow of Night’ is the follow up to ‘A Discovery of Witches’ by Deborah Harkness. It’s a sort of fantasy novel set in Elizabethan England and follows newly discovered witch Diana and her love story with Matthew the Vampire Biologist. It has been compared to the Twilight novels which was to be expected really, but ‘A Discovery of Witches’ was so much better than them. Adult, real, addictive and well written. I haven’t even read it yet and already I’m looking forward to the next book in the trilogy, which I hope won’t take too long to be released.

The next three books are ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, but all in hardback edition. They may have been written a long time ago, but I have in fact never read them. I recently had a movie night, in which I watched all three of the films back to back in one sitting, which was at times hard going, having to pause to get 1. Get more beer and 2. Nip off to the toilet. I have heard the Tolkien books differ somewhat in parts to the films so it will be interesting to see if I can spot them, but to all fantasy authors out there I think you owe it to your genre to read some that almost deifies itself.

I will of course probably comment on my blog once I get around to reading these titles. I will let you all know in due course how I get on. I will however be very interested to know if you yourselves have either read or watched any of the things mentioned above.

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