My Bookish Dreams

Hello all! Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday! As it says in the title I’m gonna share some of my bookish dreams today- I’ll admit this list started rather sensibly annnd then went totally bananas- so, sorry if this isn’t the most realistic list! But here are some things I’ve always wanted because of books:

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castle in ruinsI Capture the Castle– I want to live in a castle tbh- even if it is crumbling and cold and financially ruinous. And I blame this book.



secret garden doorSecret Garden– I’d love to have my own secret garden, even if I am not remotely into gardening. Whatever, I love gardens, even if I am one of those can’t-touch-a-plant-without-killing-it kind of people. And obviously this would be completely remote and hidden away so I can read in peace 😉

chocolateChocolat– having a chocolate shop in some remote French town would be awesome (minus the suspicious townsfolk preferably). Sure, I have no skill when it comes to baking/making confectionaries and I would most certainly eat all of my profits, but it’d be a delectable experience anyway.


hidden libraryShadow of the Wind– I want to go to the Cemetery of Forgotten books in Barcelona (okay this is not a real place, but we can pretend 😉 ) and pick out a forgotten masterpiece. Hopefully no murderous nutjob will pursue me for my choice…


thudThud!- I have actually played the game Thud- but I’d really like to own my own set one day (I think this is the most plausible thing on the list by a long shot). I’m as lousy at this as I am at chess- but who cares? It’d be such a fun thing to have!


gatsbyThe Great Gatsby– I’d love to go to a Gatsby style party. I wouldn’t want to throw said party, cos, hehe, that’s not me, but I think it would be a once in a lifetime experience to go to a shebang worthy of the roaring 20s!


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For those wondering what my daemon would be: it’s an ocelot

The Northern Lights– moving on to the slightly less realistic, I want a daemon. My very own basically-represents-my-soul animal companion would do very nicely for a sort-of pet.





time turnerHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban– I could do with a time turner- in fact this is a very high priority for me right now- so I’d ask if you know any wizards that can hook me up, but unfortunately Harry & co smashed them all in book 5.


narnia cupboardChronicles of Narnia– I’d like to go into my cupboard one day and find Narnia. Oh dear, this list started off so sensibly, but if I’m being honest, I used to regularly check cupboards as a child to see if a doorway to any other realm would turn up. I must not have been looking in the right cupboards and I still live in hope 😜 Since we’re talking childhood dreams…

peter pan robin williams flyingPeter Pan– one day I will learn to fly like Peter Pan! I did also try this as a kid by jumping off the bed- it did not work as I was armed only with happy thoughts and no fairy dust *sigh*. Otherwise, it totally would have worked 😜


supervillain orangutanRenegades– I think it’d be fun to be a vigilante (before they get control of a city and start meting out “just” laws). I’d get to wear a funky costume and save people. Nuff said!




mr knightleyEmma– and last but not least, the silliest thing on this list that would make Jane Austen blush, one Mr Knightley. I know most people would pick Darcy, but you can have him, in terms of bookish boyfriends, my heart will always belong to this respectable gentleman 😉


Okay- so be honest- what did you think of my list? On a scale of one to bananas…? And more importantly, what would your bookish dreams be? Let me know in the comments!

Books About Making Your Dreams Come True!

Today is Make Your Dreams Come True Day- no, I had no idea this was a thing until recently either. Ah well, sounds like it’s worth celebrating…

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And since it is, I thought I’d share a fun, quick list of books for the occasion! Here are some of my favourite books about wish fulfilment:

isla and the happily ever after

Isla and the Happily Ever Afterthe clue is in the title 😉 This is my *ultimate* feel good book.

charmed life

Charmed Life– someone gets what they want right at the beginning of this story, but it is not the protagonist, it is his sister and that leads to all sorts of mayhem…

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The Picture of Dorian Gray– who said all the wishes had to be nice things? Or end happily? Say what you want about that, but Dorian Gray does get what he wants… for a time at least. Speaking of which…

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Monkey’s Paw– the definitive “be careful what you wish for story”- need I say more?


My Name is Asher Lev– well this is less about dreams coming true and more about *making* dreams come true. The question at the heart of this book is what do you have to give up? What does it take? The discussion of that idea is why I thought it would be good to put it on this list.


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A Midsummer Night’s Dream– now hear me out! I know this is a pretty chaotic play, with lots of magic wreaking havoc, but I really do think this plays into the idea of wish fulfilment, as characters forced to step out of their own world and discover (and fight for) what they actually want. You can also interpret the entire play as being a dream- which kind of plays into this theme.

Well there you go, that went from happy to sinister to surreal- so much for making a nice list 😉 Do you know any books about dreams coming true? Let me know in the comments!