Favourites Friday #1: INKHEART and the Perils of Book Borrowing

I meant to post this earlier but I went to see The Great Gatsby which was…hmm meh. OK maybe it was better than meh, I’ll raise that to stunning but a bit…ambiguous (and long). But anyway,  as I’m sort of new to this whole blogging thing but not at all new to reading, I have so many favourite books on my shelves that I probably won’t get round to actually reviewing but those books are the reason why I wanted to start a book blog…because I want to gush about them all the damn time.

So I give life to Favourites Friday where each week (don’t hold me to that) I’m going rant/gush about one of my favourite books, series, author or just a particular edition/cover.

First up:  The Inkheart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke.

Everything about these books are magical. I was first introduced to Inkheart by Di (who is awesome and takes awesome photos, and blogs here) who told me I would love it and thrust her copy into my greedy mitts! And obviously, she was right. I did love it and I still do.

Inkheart has everything I love in a book. It has magic, and mystery, action and adventure, a loveable protagonist in Meggie and despicable, dangerous villians like Capricorn. It is also a kind of love letter to books themselves and also to family; at its core is a beautiful father/daughter story.

The only bad thing about borrowing books is that you have to give them back. And if you truly love that book it can be difficult. Sure, you can buy your own copy, but you’ve just read it, so if you’re anything like me and don’t have that much cash lying around it can seem a bit wasteful buying a book that you’ve just read. I had one of these moments giving Inkheart back to Di. The edition she gave me was this one…

From Goodreads - Click to view.

From Goodreads – Click to view.

In the end, giving it back wasn’t so hard because I took the next book Inkspell in exchange. Whilst I was reading Inkspell the final book was released and I needed it! I can’t remember whether Di hadn’t bought it yet or had but hadn’t read it yet, but either way, she didn’t have a copy for me so I bought the shiny new hardback which was so pretty I’m sure I would have noticed it even if I’d never seen the other two.

From Goodreads - Click to view

From Goodreads – Click to view

The picture doesn’t really do it justice, and the pages inside are equally as magical. So now what, I have a hardback edition of the last book in a trilogy and not the other two. I don’t know about you, but that didn’t sit well with me. Every time I looked at it on my bookshelf it annoyed me so you won’t be too surprised that I set out to buy the other two. Obviously, being slightly weird about books as I’m sure I’ve already demonstrated, I was going to get the other two in hardback to match Inkdeath. Until that is, I saw the Gift Editions. Oh My God they are beautiful. Once again the picture doesn’t really do it justice but the embossed gold art work is divine. DIVINE. Epic, let’s say.

Inkheart

I only bought the first two in this edition which I regret now as I haven’t been able to find an Inkdeath one since. I mean, I love my copy of Inkdeath…but it would be nice to have a proper set. PERILOUS!

I’d love to hear about one of your favourite books on your shelf!

The Inkheart Trilogy is published by Chicken House.

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6 thoughts on “Favourites Friday #1: INKHEART and the Perils of Book Borrowing

  1. The funny thing is I REALLY HATED ALL THE OTHER BOOKS and for me only Inkheart exists (I’ve done some digging and found apparently his is common and its because they used a different translator for the other books? Whatever I’m learning German so I can read the originals) I don’t even know if I own Inkdeath?

  2. Don’t you? Oh. Yeah the other two were kind of hard to read which I also put down to the translation…but on the whole I still love them. Inkheart was definitely the best though! DUSTFINGER.

  3. I read these books years ago when I was still in high school. I think I was a sophomore when the series ended. I loved it so much though and cried my eyes out at the ending of INKDEATH. I own the first two in paperback, but haven’t gotten around to buying the last book. I think I will soon though because I want to re-read them.

    You are so write about the illustrations inside. They are quite beautiful 🙂

    If I had to pick a favorite series on my shelf, it would probably be my TMI/TID series. I have them all in hardback and they just look so pretty on my shelf.

    Emma @ Books Forget Me Knot

  4. I’ve been meaning to reread them for years too. I’ve only read Inkdeath once I think…I remember it being so so sad…maybe that’s why I haven’t reread that one yet! I couldn’t really get in TMI…I did really like some parts of the first 2 books but then I never got round to reading the 3rd one. I should really give them another chance….esp with the film coming out n’all.

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