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Some of My Favorite Underrated Books

Tallyhi!

Well. I think it’s about time we talk about books.

I think it’s undeniable that most or all of us Christian literary bloggers are extremely attached to Tolkien and Lewis. A lot of us seem to like Chesterton as well. And it is not uncommon that I see people mention Brandon Sanderson, Megan Whalen Turner, and N.D. Wilson. None of which I’ve read–but the point is, there’s kind of a set of writers most of us like and ramble about.

So when I was thinking about doing the obligatory ‘Favorite Books’ post, I decided I wouldn’t talk about any of that jazz. I like a lot of things other people like. Tolkien and Chesterton are and will remain, The Bosses.TM But some of my favorite books of all time, nobody seems to have heard of. So let us have a little appreciation post for underrated books, shall we?

The Series I Can Always Return To

Fond as I am of this splendiferous series, I must admit that I have not read the last installment. In fact, I had no clue it existed until about a year ago when I stumbled across it on Goodreads. I have since wanted to read it, but not had the chance. No matter. This ‘St. Petersburg Saga’ spans the length of twentieth century Russia, covering first WW1 and the fall of the Tsars (Angel on the Square), and following the descendants of the original protagonists through the between-the-wars period (The Impossible Journey), WW2 (Burying the Sun), and whatever-the-heck-the-Turning-is-about.

I don’t really know how to describe these books except to say they’re fantastic. Angel on the Square was my childhood–I was OBSESSED with that one. When I discovered the two sequels that were currently published, I about lost it with excitement. I recently got ownership of all but The Turning (thank you, Belle!) and can confirm that they’re just as good as ever, although I must name Burying the Sun my favorite.

Guys I honestly don’t know how to explain how good these are. I’ve sat here for several minutes trying to, and the best I can come up with is…well, y’know the Kite Runner? Did your college English teacher make you read the Kite Runner or one of its counterparts, and while you were charmed by the cultural elements, you were absolutely horrified and disgusted by how graphically gross the author was in depicting the tragedies of the time? (#notbitter #totallydidn’tphysicallyripthebookapartassoonasIwasdonewithit)

So these books are like that, except, they’re not graphic, gross, or horrifying more than they need to be. They manage to make you think about the difficulties of the times–and goodness knows, those were difficult and confusing times–all while being reasonably PG. At least, the first two do. Burying the Sun can get a bit more graphic occasionally. But it’s still pretty family friendly. Suffice it to say, Grim will be reading all these books to her kids whenever she gets them–the kids, that is. These books are just home now, and I want my kids, and maybe somebody else, to someday find out how lovely they are with me. Because I have yet to meet a single person who’s heard of them, much less read of them.

The Series That Needs To Be Given a Chance

There are twelve books in this series. And if you think I’m gonna go fetch all twelve covers, then you are dead wrong, man. Allow me instead to present you with something else (one of the principal reasons I love this series):

Fishlegs is the most relatable character in history and if you think otherwise, you are gravely mistaken.

Or wait, you probably don’t think about it all BECAUSE YOU DIDN’T READ PAST THE THIRD BOOK. *accusing glare*

That’s right, gang, I’m talking about the How To Train Your Dragon books. And I get it. The first few books are a bit rough. The humor can be a bit…erm…little-boy…at times…the plot’s not always the best, and you have trouble getting attached to the characters. Friend. I get it.

BUT YOU CANNOT LET THAT STOP YOU FROM EXPERIENCING THE GREATEST SERIES IN MODERN LITERATURE.

I am dead serious. Y’all are probably fast readers. Speed through the first few books–skim ’em if you have to. Get to the books later on, and read the heck out of them. I promise you, you will thank me. The value of this series cannot be understated.

  1. The humor is so, so good; after the first few books, the cruder bits of it almost entirely die away, and you’re left with pure wit and slapstick. I mean, the above illustration comes from the middle of a life-or-death pursuit. Fishlegs, being an Eeyore, simply decides he’s going to “lie down on this nice comfy ice and die.” And it’s hilarious. And that’s just a small example. I think the closest thing I can relate it to is Megan‘s space opera. As far as the humor goes, that is. I mean, it doesn’t beat the Space Opera, because nothing does, but it’s certainly on par with it when it comes to comedy.
  2. Cressida Cowell’s writing style is SO FREAKIN’ GOOD MAN. Like you really have no idea how good she is, once she gets into her element. Somehow incredibly funny and incredibly tragic at the same time. I don’t cry over books. Like, ever. But I cried over these books.
  3. THE PLOT OF THIS STORY IS THE MOST UNEXPECTEDLY GORGEOUS AND BRILLIANT THING IN EXISTENCE. I know, in the beginning, you think she doesn’t know where she’s going. Then you keep reading. You keep reading–and you speed through the first seven or so books, no big deal, and it gets better and better, but you’re still not really getting what the overall plan is–and then you read book eight. Then you will realize that this is one of the most ingeniously plotted series in existence. I’m dead serious. Like. It’s better than Tolkien. Go read it–all of it–and then just try and argue with me. I dare you.
  4. The illustrations are quirky and hilarious, and really, really add to the story. Behold, a roster of my favorite characters in the series, as depicted by illustration:
this is Norbert the Nutjob, and that there is his Axe of Doom.
this is the Hairy Scary Librarian, and I’m pretty sure he and I are related?
this is the Hogfly. Who happens to be hilarious.
this is a general character roster, from book ten, but the people I really want to call your attentions to are Excellinor and Eggingarde. I think Excellinor and Eggingarde might be Grim’s Gollum and Smeagol, respectively. In my better moments, I’m Eggingarde. At this current moment, I’m feeling a bit more Excellinor.

All these illustrations are done by the illustrious author herself, and there are so many other wonderful characters and pictures and bits of the story that I can’t talk about because spoilers but I have never met a single person who read past book three so please somebody do that so we can talk about it together because otherwise I’m going to blow up.

Ahem.

Moving on.

The Book that Changed My Writing Forever

Also via Goodreads

SOMEBODY, PLEASE TELL ME YOU’VE HEARD OF THIS BEAUTY.

Seriously, this book is incredible. The synopsis is bad. Don’t trust the synopsis. It kinda makes it sound lame. It’s not. It’s incredible. It has a charming ghost and a cold little boy without a hat and a little girl with grief problems and a security guard who’s determined, for some reason, to give the boy a hat, and a Lady Premiere who wants a particular spell and an Alchemist who’s managed to lose that spell–or rather, blame the boy, it’s not his fault–and the SUN is missing, guys, and the style is GORGEOUS and it makes you THINK so hard about life and death and immortality and light and darkness and it’s this beautiful Victorian-esque setting and all the threads get tied up so beautifully and it’s just. so. good.

If you’re not convinced yet, have a look at the illustrations (done by the fantabulous Kei Acedera):

Please, do yourself a favor, and go find this book. It seriously changed my writing style forever. I think I can safely say some of my best work would not exist if I had never read this beauty.

The One Chesterton Would Have Loved

goodreads again

This book is strange. Like, really strange. And I love it. It’ll make you think about the difference between knowledge and wisdom. It’ll make you wonder if you’re intellectually lazy. And best of all, it’ll make you facepalm even while you’re laughing, because the puns are many and varied and clever and hilarious. The way the wordplay and the worldbuilding fit together in this book is EXTREMELY Chestertonian. Just—I don’t even know how to describe it, I just know Chesterton would have loved this book. He’d have written essays analyzing it. (I can honestly see him doing that.) I don’t even know how to describe the book, synopsis wise. It’s got words and numbers in it, pitted against each other as two opposing kingdoms, and The Threadbare Excuse is #relatable. That’s all I can manage. Also. Allow me to say that it is very like Winnie the Pooh in its Random and Hilarious Capitalizations. *shoves you gently* Go read it. What are you waiting for?

The Guardian Angels of My Bookshelf

I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get these two covers on the same row. Both via goodreads, though. And these books–both so little, but so great. Short, sweet, packed with wisdom, just little books, for us little flowers–you can read a section or two a day before bed and it’s just–lovely. They’ll keep you out of trouble, and they’ll give you something to meditate on, and I genuinely believe they’ll change your life, especially the bottom one. So–yeah. Cannot recommend enough.

And I reckon that’s a good note to end on! Well, friends, what do you think? Have you heard of or read any of these? Have you read past book three in How To Train Your Dragon? What are some of your favorite underrated books? And do you think you’ll go try any of these ones now?

P.S. *clears throat* *Archibald Asparagus voice* “Tune in next week to hear Grim say ‘Let’s talk about the elephant in the room! (it’s a folk music elephant, so maybe the elephant in the tavern?)'”

30 replies on “Some of My Favorite Underrated Books”

Aaaaagh I would have read past the third book if I’d known there were more! (This sounds like I’m dumb, but seriously it never crossed my mind. Don’t think I’m [that] dumb, please.) I do have to say though, that it was really good for the books that I did read. (Well, I listened to them on Audible, so I got to hear the fun interludes as well. πŸ™‚ )

I wouldn’t have thought that the Phantom Tollbooth was underrated, because it really is very good! And my family always quotes “Seventeen!” If they get the chance πŸ˜€

I would’ve added the Screwtape Letters to the pack of religious books, because it’s just a treasure. Gosh, I feel like everybody should read it when they’re young, because it reveals so much about temptation.

(Did you know that Po in German means rear? I wonder if the author told you that πŸ˜‰ )

Faramir

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(PLEASE INSERT AN EDIT BUTTON ASAP.)

(In my first paragraph I was talking about HTD, not the Angel on the Square series.)

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oooooh well now you know. Trust me. Keep reading. You won’t regret it. It’s amazing, ha.
Oh my goodness I’m so glad to know I’m not the only one who incessantly quotes ‘Seventeen!’ That book is DREADFULLY quotable. I find it quoting it more than I do most movies, actually. And I’m pleasantly surprised to see by the nature of this comments section that the old tome might not be so underrated as I thought. So yeah, glad to meet another fan. πŸ™‚
Okay, so I actually would’ve added the Screwtape letters too!!! Dag why didn’t I think of that? Forget Narnia; the Screwtape Letters are C.S. Lewis’ Magnum Opus and nobody can convince me otherwise. Great stuff that.
(I did not. Fascinating lol.)
Thanks for reading Faramir! And yeah, I feel you on the edit button thing.

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J+M+J
I apologize to say out of all those books, I had only ever heard of one of them… sorry.
But as to that one… well… I know you could have probably jumped to the conclusion (and had to swim back), but Phantom Toolbooth is pretty much the meat-and-potatoes in my family. Lol, I don’t know what we’d do without it! It’s just SO PERFECT! Not to mention insanely quotable…. I once did a prose piece in a speech competition using a part from that book, and the funny thing was, one of my best friends did too, and we ended up in the same room and had to introduce the same book twice lol… it was kinda humorous. (Though it was not statistically good for the competition, especially I went second so had the disadvantage)
The Doorman.

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Well, good sir, knowing you and your tastes, I highly recommend the last two to you especially. πŸ™‚ And I’m so glad I’m not the only one who loves the Phantom Tollbooth. It deserves to be somebody’s literary meat-and-potatoes, dear old thing. Oh goodness I think I heard about this competition but not about the results. Lol, that’s hilarious. Just goes to show it’s not as ‘underrated’ as I thought. πŸ™‚ God bless you, Doorman!

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Grim, I was with you up until you said that HTTYD is better than Tolkien. Heresy, m’dear. Straight-up heresy. XD XD XD (In all seriousness, I believe you that the later ones are better, but I don’t know that I’m going to be able to put in the time to read them at the moment.)

I am adding Liesl & Po to my TBR!

The Phantom Tollbooth is THE BEST and one of the first books that I remember my dad introducing me to as one of his favorites as well, and I cherish it if only for that reason. But obviously for many other reasons as well, because it is AMAZING. And I wouldn’t have thought of it as Chestertonian, but you are SO right!

Ooh, my mom loves Fr. Jacques Philippe! I’ve only read his Eight Doors to the Kingdom, I believe, but that one was excellent, so I’d recommend it, too. πŸ™‚

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Sam m’dear, you misread. πŸ˜› I said that HTTYD’s PLOT and plot alone may trump Tolkien’s. The rest of it is just on par. We all know Tolkien’s plot can be a bit slow and weedy at times. However, you did not misread in that I am guilty of heresy. While I will agree that Tolkien is technically better, in an alt. universe, where I was given time to reread one of my favorite literary series that I haven’t gotten to read in years, I would pick the HTTYD series over LoTR in a heartbeat. *hides* Yes it’s heresy, I know. But…*attempts to come up with some lame excuse*…variety is the spice of life? Lol that did not work. You may rightfully burn me at the stake.
Do. It’s amazing. I think you’d probably like it.
I AM SO PLEASED BY THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE HERE THAT HAVE READ THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH. Like this comment section is legit turning into a Tollbooth fangirl/boy getaway and I love it. It really is the best.
Oooh I haven’t heard of that one. I shall have to look it up directly. I’d like to get my hands on any of his stuff that I can haha.
Thanks for reading Sam! God bless!

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I highly doubt that HTTYD has the level of beautiful eucatastrophe in its plot that LOTR does, but we will leave it there…
GRIM. WHAT. Even if you were given TIME you’d reread LOTR? I can understand rereading HTTYD in a busy life more, but with TIME? Sheesh.

I know, it is, and it’s wonderful! It’s such a lovely book that absolutely deserves more love.

Yes, definitely get that one! πŸ™‚

God bless you, too, Grim!

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*lame shrug* I’m sorry, but I have a deep and abiding affection for that series and it gets me in the feels like nothing else does…not even LotR. Which feels blasphemous to say. And it might be. But I can’t lie on the matter so I shall have to deal with the scorn it earns me. *melodramatic sniff* πŸ˜‰

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A blogger has done it again- made my TBR list longer. XD These all sound so good, except there’s something about How to Train Your Dragon that just doesn’t seem appealing to me. I’ve added all of the others to my list, though.

The St. Petersburg Saga series sounds like my style. I’ll definitely give it a read as soon as I get my hands on it, as well as Liesel & Po. I don’t know where I’ve been, never heard of any of these, ha ha. My favorite underrated books tend to be old ones from the 1930s and 40s. A friend was moving and gave me a whole box of super old books, one from 1928! I’ll have to read them and maybe do my own “favorite underrated books” post. A great idea, Grim!

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I know right. I’m finally returning the favor Megan’s done to me so many times hahaha. yeah, I can understand that. It’s definitely a very particular sort of book. Or rather, you have to have a very peculiar type of patience to make it through the first half of the series to where it gets really properly good.
I bet you it would be! If you like historical fiction, I think you’d like it. Period. It’s awesome. Ooooh that’s awesome. And yes, I would absolutely love to see a post like that on your blog. Esp. if it contained mostly books from the forties lol.
God bless, Miss K! Thanks for stopping by!

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I have read An Angel on the Square! Granted, I remember next to nothing about it (it was ages ago that I read it for school) but I DO recall liking it at the time. So maybe I should read it again and perhaps look into the sequels (which I honestly didn’t know existed until reading this post. Well, I vaguely remember knowing that there was a second one, but not a third or fourth installment.)
I am definitely intrigued now by the How to Train Your Dragon series. I read…let’s see…five or six of them actually? Once upon a time? I admit I was a bit put off by the crude humor, and it seemed like it was just a run-on series, so I gave up. I did enjoy parts of the books I read, and I did get rather attached to Fishlegs. Now that you tell me the books get better, I may have to revisit them…
Liesl and Po I have not read, but I think I may have seen it at the library before, because the title sounds familiar.It sounds like something I would like. so I’ll be adding it to my TBR.
I LOVE THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH. The wordplay is brilliant. The whimsy is brilliant. Everything about it is just…brilliant.
This was a most informative post, Grim. I am looking forward to reading some of this stuff.

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SOMEBODY HAS READ IT. I’M NOT CRAZY. IT EXISTS. Yes, I highly recommend the sequels. They’re well worth your time, if you have any lol.
OOoooh so somebody other than me did read past book three lol. Oh darn, girl, you were so close to where it started getting really darn good. It’s anything but a run-on series; in fact, I think the most clever part about it is how it seems like it’s a run on series and then in the later books you realize absolutely nothing that happened in the previous books was meaningless and ‘just cuz.’ Also, the crude humor definitely goes away. So yeah. I highly recommend revisiting.
I honestly can’t imagine anybody who likes good books DISLIKING Liesl and Po. I mean, I love it and I’m a bookworm and a writer, but I’ve shoved it at every type of friend/family member I’ve ever had, and even the unromantic pragmatist brother thought it was amazing.
I KNOW RIGHT. Brilliant is probably the best possible word to describe it. That or fantabulous. πŸ˜€
Thank you, Sponge! God bless you! And do let me know if/when you read some of it and how you like it. πŸ™‚

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I read Angel on the Square as a wee lass, and don’t remember much about it, but I know I liked it. (Actually, I think it’s in my house SOMEWHERE, so I could probably hunt it down and reread it…) I read the first sequel and all I remember was being UPSET because one of my favorite characters from Angel on the Square DIED. I hadn’t the faintest idea there were more sequels until reading this lovely post.
Phantom Tollbooth is absolutely delightful. I love all the wit and wordplay.
I have not read Liesl and Po, but I have it on hold at the library now. I put it on hold even before I finished reading this post. You are that convincing. (Honestly, you had me at “a security guard who’s determined, for some reason, to give the boy a hat”. I think this is a book I need in my life.)
ARCHIBALD ASPARAGUS VOICE TRIGGERED, HOLY COW. I hear it so vividly, wow XD

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Oooh glad to see somebody has read it. But gah, which character? *tries to remember which character died in Impossible Journey* Hum. I think I might know who you’re talking about…? Assuming I’m not remembering wrong, you would not see the death of any characters from book 1 and 2 in book 3. So there’s that. Although yeah, it was a bummer that he died lol.
I know it’s amazing right?!
Oooh ooh I’m so excited that you get to experience the beauty. Everybody needs this book in their life. I legitimately don’t think it’s possible to be a person who appreciates good books and dislike Liesl and Po at the same time. (The dear old security guard ‘Mo’ might just be my favorite character haha.) So yeah. I hope you enjoy it. πŸ™‚ Do tell me what you think of it!
Lol I guess I should use it more often in my outro.
Um, so hi btw lol. I know I’ve seen you around the blogosphere before and I’ve definitely checked out your blog before? I’ve actually been lurking around these circles as a silent reader for years…but yeah, I definitely remember you. The profile picture is recognizable. May I ask what it is? I was always curious. Regardless, I shall consider myself introduced in an internet fashion. Thanks for stopping by, madam! *tips hat*

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I am very excited to read Liesl and Po and meet dear old ‘Mo’, and I will be sure to let you know what I think πŸ™‚
And hello! I believe I’ve seen you around as well? Perhaps on the blogs of Sam of Bookshire and Sarah Seele? Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this post, and I’m happy to make your acquaintance!
My profile picture is in fact a small owl statue/figurine/decor-object that I once saw at a shop while on vacation. I liked it very much–but not enough to buy it, because good heavens do you think I have money to spend on anything besides books??–so I took a picture of it so I could treasure it always (and eventually decide to use it as my profile picture, because eh, why not?). ‘Tis a riveting history, I know XD

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OK. I am reading Searching for and Maintaining Peace now. The ladies in my Bible study JUST RECOMMENDED IT TO ME YESTERDAY. Yesterday, my dear. The very day this post went up. Not to mention it was recommended to me many many moons ago by a priest in the confessional. So yeah. Divine messaging there, maybe, much? Ya think? I will get my hands on this book. If it’s the last thing I do.

I am ashamed to say I have never read any of these, though I have at least heard of (and heard great things about!) The Phantom Tollbooth. As well as HTTYD, which I think I would very much like, and it would probably be very good for me to read it if it’s a comp title for CSO (concerning which you are much too kind, much too kind indeed, but my vanity likes it so I won’t tell you to stop). (I did start Book 1 of HTTYD one time, but I had to give it back to the library before I got very far, so I don’t think that counts.)

I want Angel on the Square in my life now. I feel like historical fiction series are…not enough of a Thing. (Not that I would know anything at all about what the Things are these days. But y’know. Epic series with characters to get attached to seem to run mostly in the fantasy vein. Which I am guilty of contributing to myself, as a writer. Not that there’s anything wrong with fantasy series, of course. I just want more his fic serieses, precious.)

And oh. Of course I have heard of Liesl and Po. From a certain wise individual whose opinion I value highly. πŸ˜‰ It’s on my TBR yet more urgently now.

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EEEK I’M SO EXCITED. That book is honestly life-changing. Or it was for me, at least. Just beautiful and so, so enlightening and yeah. So excited for you to get to experience it. πŸ˜‰
Aww, well that’s all right! I’ve never read 80% of the books you talk about in your posts. XD To my extreme chagrin, I might add. Yeah, honestly, HTTYD, when taken as a series, is probably the closest thing I can think of to CSO, general style and aura and skill wise. I mean, it’s fantasy, and CSO is sci-fi, and there are a few other discrepancies, but overall they really remind me of each other. In the best possible way.
You know, you’re right, we really need more epic historical fiction series’. I think that might be one reason why I’ve given my fantasy writing more of a historical flavor of late? Because honestly, while I love fantasy, and it’s my genre as far as writing goes, historical fiction will always be my favorite to read. (That’s right, just more good books period. Like we don’t have enough on our TBR’s. XD)
Awe shucks. *blushes* But I’m jolly glad to hear it. I shall look forward to hearing your thoughts on it whenever you get around to it.

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Hehehe… I think that How to Train Your Dragon bit was directed at me, no? ;P Well, we’ll see. Maybe I’ll finish them someday…
I do mean to read Angel on the Square and its sequels at some point, for sure. And, of course, I read (and enjoyed) Liesl and Po.

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Not in particular, tbh. I just know that the first few books are kind of off-putting. And I honestly don’t know anybody other than my siblings and cousin who’ve managed to get past that. But once you do, boy oh boy is it a treat.
Well that’s lovely. I’m sure glad I finally have hard copies of the sequels, so thanks for that again. πŸ™‚ God bless you, dear!

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I…feel like I’d heard of Angel on the Square? Seen it at the library, maybe? Regardless, I have not read it and am now rather desperate to do so. I love good, deep, setting-drenched historical fiction. Love it, I tell you.

I’m hesitant about HTTYD because I LOVE the movie, and my friend who loves the movie even more than I do doesn’t like the books at all? But for all I know she hasn’t read past the third one and is just missing out, haha.

Also I need Liesl and Po in my life EVERY BIT as badly as Angel on the Square now.

This post made me happy because shouting about deserving underrated books is just the best thing. But it did not make my tbr happy, because every morning he looks in the mirror and says sadly, β€œwhy am I fatter today?” and I say to him, β€œit’s those bloggers, Megan and Grim and suchlike people, they keep feeding you,” and he says, β€œtell them to stop, before I lose my figure entirely!” and I say, β€œbut I have never known how to say no politely, why do you expect me to start now? Why don’t you start exercising more?!”

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Oooh then you’ll definitely love that one. I think on a whole, it’s a fantastic series, but the setting is really the strong point. You can FEEL the Russian vibes haha. Plus I learned so much history as a kid indirectly through reading it. So yeah, it’s great.
Yeah, well, I find it’s best to separate the movie and the books so you can enjoy both. Honestly, the two things are so different from each other that I’ve never found it hard to see the movie as ‘inspired by’ the book rather than actually based on it; that way neither gets ruined for me. And I do dearly love the movie…at least the first one. I never got to see the third one and I don’t remember how I liked the second one. I wouldn’t mind seeing ’em all again (or for the first time in the case of the third one.)
EVERY LOVER OF GOOD BOOKS NEEDS LIESL AND PO IN THEIR LIVES AT SOME POINT. Ahem. Yeah. If you do read it tell me how you like it lol.
Hahahaha, okay that made me very happy. Winnie the Pooh is the best. I think my approach to the whole TBR situation is far more frantically choleric and Rabbit than yours though, unfortunately. I try and try to make it do as I say and I’m determined I’ll be able to control it but it somehow never works out.

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I am not familiar with Angel on the Square, but it sounds lovely and I’m definitely going to see if I can hunt down a copy somewhere! I loved reading Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire, and I think it’d be grand to read more books set in Russia, especially during the 20th century.

I’ve wanted to read HTTYD for awhile now but just haven’t gotten around to it. Perhaps this is a sign that I need to take the plunge. xD It’d be quite nice to see dear ol’ Hiccup again.

Have never heard of Liesel and Po but THOSE ILLUSTRATIONS. Just them alone are almost enough to convince me to read it! xD But the story sounds so fun and weird and lovely and I really want to read it now.

Ahh THE PHANTOM TOOLBOOTH. An absolute gem of a book. I think it’s about time for a re-read.

Yelling about underrated books is one of the best things ever. πŸ˜€ Fantastic post, Grim!!

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Oooh I actually haven’t read Egg and Spoon. I’m going to have to look THAT up now. So both of our TBRs are gaining weight I guess lol.
Yes yes do! You won’t regret it. It really is a wonderful series.
I KNOW THE ILLUSTRATIONS ARE RIDICULOUSLY BEAUTIFUL. Weird is definitely a good word to describe it. Or maybe…*thinks*…unique? There’s nothing I’ve ever read that’s quite like Liesl and Po. And it is just…so incredible. Yeah. 1000/10 recommend.
I know right! after posting this and reading about everybody else’s love for the Phantom Tollbooth I just desperately want to reread it now haha.
Thank you Eden! Glad you enjoyed it! God bless you!

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I actually did get past book three of the How To Train Your Dragon books… but I think I stopped around book eight. I know this is taboo, but I decided I preferred the films. Granted, this was ages ago.

The Phantom Tollbooth is one of my absolute favourites! Excellent humour, and fun story to boot.

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Tsk tsk. πŸ˜‰ No, you’re fine. I think you sorta stopped right about where it started getting really good? But also, the books are really, really different from the movies, and if you kinda see them as the same thing, it’s hard to like both, ‘cuz only one is the ‘true’ version. I’ve managed to entirely detach the two as a concept and just see the movies as ‘inspired by’ rather than ‘adapted from’ the books, which is the only way I’m able to enjoy both wholeheartedly I think, haha.
I am so happy to see so many people love the Phantom Tollbooth. It really is the best.

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