Hi dear readers! Another Tuesday and another TTT, and this time we’re discussing Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library which is ALL the books. It will be extremely difficult to list just ten, but there are some books I need more than others. If you want to make me happy like a little monkey – I’ll give you my address and you can send me one of these. 🤣 Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and every Tuesday there is a different themed post of top 10 things. Here are mine:
I’m a huge Gorey fan, yet I don’t own a single book of his! Whenever I can buy something I always choose a novel, because these novelty (?) books I’ll mostly list here are more of a collector’s thing, so I kind of hope I’ll buy them later, some day? This is a macabre ABC book with illustrations of kids dying in weird ways, don’t ask me why I need it so bad.
So, everyone already knows how much I adore fairies, but that adoration obviously has no bounds as I’m prepared to buy a book in French and probably try to learn French so I can read it? Benjamin Lacombe is an amazing illustrator I’ve been following for years, and I want every single one of his books! The problem – almost none are translated to English. I have NO idea why, these books are beyond gorgeous, so if you love nice illustrations – look Benjamin Lacombe up, and google this particular book as there are tons of pictures online. L’herbier des fées means The herbarium of fairies, and it’s practically a compendium of fairies. *silently crying in poor*
I don’t know what’s with French illustrators but they’re freaking amazing. I love princesses, I love pretty illustrations = I need this book! This is not a classical fairy-tale book if you thought that, it’s about new, original princesses, never written about before, like Princess Claire Voyant, who can see very far into tomorrow, Princess Oblivia, who forgets everything and misses all her appointments, and Princess Babbling Brooke, who chatters on and on about everything and nothing. My inner princess needs this book!
This little book is about a girl Hélène, who is an outsider and bullied at school, and her only consolation is Jane Eyre. On a class trip, she meets a fox, whom she connects with more than with any kid, so basically her friends are a fictional character and a fox? Sign me up. I saw one page from this book online and I instantly fell in love
You all know I adore fairy tales, and those by Brothers Grimm are my favorite. Of course I own a copy, but it’s a small, tattered book I’ve had since I was five. Being a fairy-tale lover and an illustration maniac, I fell in love with this 200th anniversary edition by Taschen, which contains art by some of the best illustrators of our time, like Kay Nielsen, Walter Crane and Arthur Rackham. The closest I got to this gorgeous book is touching it in Amsterdam’s Taschen store. It’s not only expensive, but the shipping to my country is almost as much as the book itself. Grrr.
I don’t own a copy of one of my favorite books ever, because I want this copy and none other. Recently, I’ve won a Barnes & Noble gift card and my dream was just about to come true, and then… It turned out they don’t ship that specific book to Serbia. Yes. I don’t know why and neither does their customer service, they claim they ship all the books to my country. I’ve wasted hours on trying to order it, but I just couldn’t anymore, so I bought another book. I want to cry.
You guys probably know about “The Art of” books, but I’ll quickly explain for those who don’t – “The Art of…” are art books published after a movie or a video game comes out. This is a commercial thing, so it exists mainly for the well known animated or CGI movies and video game games, like Brave and Skyrim. Alice: Madness Returns isn’t as hugely popular as Skyrim, it’s in fact an indie game which got published as a sequel to American McGee’s Alice, and it’s basically a love project by American McGee. So all the books and merch which came out of it are a product of love, and a need for financing the next game. That’s why I appreciate it so much, and of course because of the amazing art by Ken Wong (Who also did the art for Monument Valley), and because I freaking adore this insane game.
Although I’d love to have tons of illustrated books, I feel I need to list some fiction here too, because I need lots of those as well. The very first on my list is one of my favorite books ever – Tell the Wolves I’m Home. I still haven’t bought it because I usually look to buy books I haven’t read, and I’ve read this one several times. One day I’ll have it in my collection, just not today.
I don’t own the best book I’ve read last year because I have an eARC. I do want the physical copy so bad, but by the time I could get it, the paperback with this cover got sold out and the hardback is just too expensive. There is a new paperback version but it also has a new cover I don’t like. I want this one, dammit.
I’ll finish up with a graphic novel, because this is the one I want the most. Hilda comic series is something I’ve never read, only admired online. It’s a story about the blue-haired girl Hilda, who lives with her mom somewhere in Scandinavia, and through her adventures we learn about Scandinavian folklore. You could say it’s for kids but I quite like it, and after I’ve watched the Netflix series based on the comics, I’m a die-hard fan and I need the comics. The problem? The comics are quite short, so I’d love to have all five issues published so far, with the sixth coming out this year, so for that I’d have to give half of my monthly rent’s worth for the paperbacks. And yes, I’d love the hardbacks more. *Cries in poor once again*
So those are some of the books I need the most in my life. If I had money I’d buy them all asap, but for now I can only hope and cry. Do you guys own any of these and do you kiss them goodnight? I totally would. Which other books do you covet? Talk to me in comments and happy Tuesday! ❤