The stories we tell each other, and ourselves, are incredibly powerful.
The stories we read are powerful.
The stories we watch are powerful.
Some of my favourite stories are children’s stories, others are newer and others are some of the most beautiful poetry!
A lot of my faves have the same sort of themes - love me a story of revenge and redemption!
Elske by Cynthia Voigt
Elske is a kick-arse character figuring out how to survive in a world she doesn’t really understand (how familiar does that sound!). She walks her own path and stays true to her own character and is comfortable with that.
Count of Monte Christo by Alexandre Dumas
This epic tale is one I read every year - the incredible machinations and story arcs are brilliant. The characters with smaller parts are some of my favourites - Maximilian, Valentine, Haydee. And I am not sure I dislike a character in any book more than I dislike Caderousse.
Any poem by Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson is my favourite poet - she paints the most exquisite images of nature using words and her amazing heart. She could make the most mundane moment seem magic, a quality worth treating in our crazy modern world.
The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
Brilliant storytelling, brilliant mysteries and another series I read every year. The brilliant tension and friendship between Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist is fresh and I seriously love the intelligence shown by both these characters.