We Need to Talk About Pullman: Introduction to Philip Pullman Week.

What’s your favourite book? 

Asking me that question has always been like asking me who my favourite family member is.
Impossible to answer.
I have a lot of favourite books, I don’t mind admitting it. I love books and I much prefer having favourite books than hated books. Weird that, isn’t it?
They change quite frequently, depending on how I’m feeling, when I read them, where I’ve read them, what books I read on either side of them. All sorts of things.  There are books that I’ve read when I was younger and I’ve loved them and I still love them now. And there are books that I’ve read a couple of weeks ago and I’ve adored them. And then there are all the others in between.

But could I just choose just one?
No. I couldn’t.
So I’m choosing three. And they are the three books that I will never go off, I will never get bored off, I will never forget about, I will never stop loving and they are the ones that I will always think of when someone asks me that question.

And they are Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman.

My incredibly tatty copies.

This is the series that I thrust into people’s hands and yell ‘YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS BOOK?!’ in their faces. This is the series that I would probably not talk to you for a few hours if you told me you didn’t like them. This is the series that kept me awake about two weeks ago, eyes like saucers. This is the series that will always have a special place in my heart.

These books, guys, these books..

This week I decided to have a bit of a Pullman Party on the blog. It all stemmed from the fact that I went to the talk he did at Manchester Children’s Book Festival, which prompted me to re-read His Dark Materials… which prompted me to stare blankly at a wall for a few days while my heart healed itself.
There’s going to be lots of (hopefully) fun stuff happening and on Saturday, I’ll be posting a write-up of the talk.

Anyway…for this first introductory post, I’m opening it up to you lot, partly because I genuinely want to know about what you think of Philip Pullman and his books, and partly because you’re going to be hearing a lot of me wittering and gushing this next week.

Do you want to go on adventures with Lyra? Or would you rather solve mysteries with Sally? Does your heart only beat for Fred? Or are you more of a Will kinda person? Do you, when you’re being chased by a persistent wasp, think ‘What if this is my daemon?’, if only for a second?
Are you a complete Philip Pullman addict?!

Let’s discuss!








ps.  And of course, I can’t not mention the Sally Lockhart books. Unfortunately I’ve only read this series once while I was in my second year at high school and seeing as I’ve not had chance to re-read them, I won’t be talking about them too much this week.
But you’re ever looking for a new series to get stuck into, I wholly recommend it. In fact, let me know and I’ll read along with you!

10 thoughts on “We Need to Talk About Pullman: Introduction to Philip Pullman Week.

  1. I’m about to sit down with a brew and try and finish Northern Lights (or nearly finish it). And I LOVE LOVE LOVE it so far :)
    (I’m not just saying this because the thought of you never speaking to me again would be unbearable-I do genuinely love it!)

    • YES. I love love love that you’re love love loving it so far. :D

      Haha and yes, I probably would never speak to you again if you disliked it. No pressure, Anna. I hope you have the next two books lined up ready to go! :)

  2. There is no way a person can read *certain* parts of Northern Lights without breaking. It is just not possible. I love that Lyra and Will have the best allies: Lee Scoresby and Hester (sob!), Iorek Byrnison, Lady Salmakia and Tialys, even Lyra’s parents … eventually.

    I think Pullman did a great job in introducing Will as Lyra’s counterpart. Brave, grounded, smart. Yeah, I can’t be articulate here: he’s just the best of boys.

    • Yes! I love Will too. He’s my favourite male YA character :)
      And I know what you mean. There were *certain* parts that I completely forgot about when I first read them and then as I read it again… it all came flooding back.
      It was a completely different experience reading them again when I was older. I think I loved them even more the second time round.

  3. Don’t hate me but I’ve only ever read The Shadow in the North – which I LOVED! I actually didn’t realise it was part of a series until after I finished it. His books have been on my bookshelf for a long time and I’ve decided that this holidays I’m going to finally read them :) Hopefully your Pullman week will get my in the mood for them! I’m so glad you got to meet him, it’s always wonderful when you get to meet those authors whose work you’ve adored for so long. Ms Wilson will always be my favourite author, but I hope to add Mr Pullman to the list soon! :)

  4. I love how much you love these books, hun! A friend lent me them a few years ago at a time when I wasn’t reading much and I remember enjoying them, but I need to re-read them (I gave them all 3 stars because I couldn’t remember in detail how much I liked them)

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