Fantasy · Ida's English Reading Corner

‘Hollow City’ by Ransom Riggs (2014)

“There was romance in the unknown, but once a place had been discovered and cataloged and mapped, it was diminished, just another dusty fact in a book, sapped of mystery. So maybe it was better to leave a few spots on the map blank. To let the world keep a little of its magic, rather… Continue reading ‘Hollow City’ by Ransom Riggs (2014)

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Fantasy · Ida's English Reading Corner

‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ by Ransom Riggs (2011)

“I don’t mean to be rude,” I said, “but what are you people?” “We’re peculiar,” he replied, sounding a bit puzzled. “Aren’t you?” “I don’t know. I don’t think so.” “That’s a shame.” – p. 142 ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ is the first book to commence the trilogy ‘Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children’. This… Continue reading ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ by Ransom Riggs (2011)

Horror · Ida's English Reading Corner

‘The Green Mile’ by Stephen King (1996)

“I’m rightly tired of the pain I hear and feel, boss. I’m tired of bein on the road, lonely as a robin in the rain. Not never havin no buddy to go on with or tell me where we’s comin from or goin to or why. I’m tired of people bein ugly to each other.… Continue reading ‘The Green Mile’ by Stephen King (1996)

Historical Fiction · Ida's English Reading Corner

‘The Summer Garden’ by Paullina Simons (2005)

Where was he, her Alexander of once? Was he truly gone? The Alexander of the Summer Garden, of their first Lazarevo days, of the hat in his hands, white-toothed, peaceful, laughing, languid, stunning Alexander, had he been left far behind? Well, Tatiana supposed that was only right. For Alexander believed his Tatiana of once was… Continue reading ‘The Summer Garden’ by Paullina Simons (2005)

Historical Fiction · Ida's English Reading Corner

‘Tatiana and Alexander’ by Paullina Simons (2003)

“Alexander, tell me, how long have you loved my sister?” asked the dying Dasha. “Tell me, how long have you loved my sister?” “How long – have you – loved my sister?” Alexander should have replied, Dasha, if you had seen me standing mute, hearing the day fly, the May fly, an ephemera on a… Continue reading ‘Tatiana and Alexander’ by Paullina Simons (2003)

Historical Fiction · Ida's English Reading Corner

‘The Bronze Horseman’ by Paullina Simons (2000)

War was the ultimate chaos, a pounding, soul-destroying snarl, ending in blown-apart men lying unburied on the cold earth. There was nothing more cosmically chaotic than war.  (p. 357) ‘The Bronze Horseman’ is a series consisting of three books, and this one is the first one in line. The story is set during World War… Continue reading ‘The Bronze Horseman’ by Paullina Simons (2000)

Horror · Ida's English Reading Corner

‘Misery’ by Stephen King (1987)

[H]e had seen this look... or, more precisely, this unlook. The word which defined it was catatonia, but what frightened him had no such precise word – it was, rather, a vague comparison: in that moment he thought that her thoughts had become much as he had imagined her physical self: solid, fibrous, unchannelled, with… Continue reading ‘Misery’ by Stephen King (1987)

Fantasy · Ida's English Reading Corner

‘The Moment Collector’ by Jodi Lynn Anderson (2014)

Because the yard of this house is a graveyard of moments, and everything left behind is a reminder: sandpaper, a bracelet, a love note, some letters, a match, a movie ticket stub, a postcard. All of Door County is a burial ground. All of the world. And I am here to dig. The story begins… Continue reading ‘The Moment Collector’ by Jodi Lynn Anderson (2014)

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‘Tiger Lily’ by Jodi Lynn Anderson (2012)

Sometimes I think that maybe we are just stories. Like we may as well just be words on a page, because we’re only what we’ve done and what we are going to do. I know I’m only a faerie, a tiny speck in the world, but then I look at the things I’ve seen and… Continue reading ‘Tiger Lily’ by Jodi Lynn Anderson (2012)

Classics · Ida's English Reading Corner

Classics: ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ by Oscar Wilde (1891)

’Each of us has Heaven and Hell in him, Basil’, cried Dorian, with a wild gesture of despair. Hallward turned again to the portrait, and gazed at it. (...) It was from within, apparently, that the foulness and horror had come. Through some strange quickening of inner life the leprosies of sin were slowly eating… Continue reading Classics: ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ by Oscar Wilde (1891)