Tuesday, 20 November 2012


From where I sit on the couch I have a pretty good view of all the books on our shelves. I can't help but notice how strange a mix of topics and titles it is. For instance, we have a whole shelf devoted to childrens books which sits beside the design book shelf, the cook book shelf and the poetry shelf. And then there's the novels.

So I've decided to give you all a little taster of the weird and wonderful books we own, with emphasis on the weird. I've chosen these either because the title is awesome or because it highlights the downright odd selection of interests Toben and I have. So here goes.

1. 'Snow White and the Seven Samurai' by Tom Holt. Hilarious writer, I read everything he writes.

2. 'Woody Allen's Complete Prose'. Which snuggles in right next to...

3. 'The Novels of Jane Austen'. One of my all time best charity shop finds. £1 for all the novels of Jane Austen... shut up and take my money!

4. 'Does Anyone Like Midges?', 'Why Don't Penguins Feet Freeze?', 'Why Can't Elephants Jump?' and Why Do Men Have Nipples?'. I love all of these question and answer books. I learn a surprising amount from them. Mostly that even scientists get things quite wrong, but thats something at least surely...

5. 'In Praise of Slow' by Carl Honore. Awesome book about a sort of revolution against modern culture's love of fast living.

6. 'Stop Stealing Sheep and Find Out How Type Works'

7. 'The Tales of Beedle the Bard' by J. K. Rowling. I'm sure everyone is shocked and surprised that a Harry Potter related book made it on to one of my book lists. I think we'd all be surprised if there wasn't one here, let's be honest now.

8. 'Scaredy Squirrel' by Melanie Watt. This one is for you Lauren. Whenever I read this, it is always in your voice. Then I look at the view.

9. 'The Poetry of Birds'. A book of collected poems about, you guessed it, birds. Seriously though, I adore this book.

10. 'Shades of Grey' by Jasper Fforde. Not that Shades of Grey. This is another one, you know, one that is actually worth reading. Jasper Fforde is another I will read everything he produces from his magical cave of sparkly, nerdy hilarity. The sky is a different colour where he lives, and I would like to live there.

1 comment:

  1. SCAREDY SQUIRREL!! I have "Scaredy Squirrel has a Birthday Party" on my bookshelf downstairs. Nat got it for my birthday last year. It makes me happy to know that you still read it in my voice. One of the best nights ever.

    I think the odd bookshelves are the most delightful ones. I recommend adding anything by A.J. Jacobs (re-reading "The Know-It-All" now) and "Fluke" and "Lamb" by Christopher Moore.