Hi guys! I hope you’re all doing well! As you can see I’m starting a new feature on my blog today, which is basically an excuse to combine two of my favorite things: making aesthetics and pushing books on you guys. The idea is to take a sneak peak inside of a fictional character’s imaginary library, starting with my favorite – Luna Lovegood, so let’s go explore.
Luna is a Ravenclaw and she embodies many of her house’s classical traits, like intelligence, individualism, originality and creativity. Her presence is ethereal and strange, but despite her dreaminess – she’s often a source of great insight and clarity. Her emotional intelligence and open mind allows her to see what other, more logical minds might miss. She has a kind heart, free spirit and open mind. For Luna’s library I’ve picked books that celebrate the importance of friendships, books featuring creatures some narrow minded people don’t believe in and books about girls who are a bit odd.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater // Luna has an air of the strange about her, so does Maggie Stiefvater’s writing. I think many things about this series would appeal to Luna: the strong friendships, the magic and mystery of the ley lines, the mythic quest…
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki // I think Luna would appreciate the quiet, melancholy atmosphere of this novel and empathize with it’s protagonist Nao, a Japanese teenager who’s being bullied by her classmates and tries to escape her loneliness by writing a journal she intends to leave for a stranger to find.
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill // This little book tells such a sweet, heartwarming story about finding friendship and choosing to follow your heart, two things Luna Lovegood is all about. It’s beautifully illustrated and utterly charming and if you want to read it, but can’t afford a copy – it’s free to read online.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll // I bet Luna would love reading about Alice adventures, though I’m not sure she’d find Wonderland very curious at all. After all what’s a hookah-smoking caterpillar and a slightly eccentric hatter compared to a Crumple-Horned Snorkack?
The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi // This Middle Grade adventure story follows three siblings who find a strange field guide in the attic of their ramshackle house and discover that the creatures it describes, inhabitants of the mysterious wold of faerie, are very much real.
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagel // This beautifully written, fairytale-esque tale about a unicorn who discovers she might be last of her kind is definitley something I can picture Luna reading.
Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near // This book has a special place in my heart and I think it’d find a home in Luna’s heart as well. She’d relate to it’s protagonist, Isola Wilde, a strange girl with a strange ability too see ghosts and other creatures, fairies, unicorns, phoenix’s and wood-imps, who call the forest behind her house home.
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi // Alice Alexis Queensmeadow is another strange girl, at least that’s how she seen in in her home of Ferenwood – a bright, colorful place where people value color above all else and Alice’s pale skin and pale hair make her an oddity.
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli // Stargirl and Luna are kindred spirits in a lot ways, they’re both kind, compassionate souls who aren’t afraid to march to the beat of their own drums, even when the world judges them for it.