Here is yesterday’s Fan-girl Friday. I didn’t have a chance to post it in between the craziness of the week end.

This week I am loving something that I have looked for for a long time; Book the First: The Bad Beginning from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.


This is the first book of my absolute favourite childhood series. I have been collecting the stories from second hand stores, because why buy new when you can buy loved? Also, its way cheaper. For example, this one cost me R20 and the condition is relatively good.

The books contain the wonderfully horrible tale of the Baudelaire orphans. I believe wholeheartedly that these books begun my love for really bad endings. There is no clichéd happiness in the last chapter and the books are filled to overflowing with despair and impossible situations, yet the siblings always manage to slip from the grip of their nemesis through ingenuity and a touch of luck.

Not only are they well written; they are beautifully illustrated too. The designs are shaded with a specific hatching pattern that somehow, through the course of reading the 13 books, ingrained itself into my brain. It is a pattern that I doodle all the time. I thought that I had come up with it of my own accord, but as it turns out nothing is truly original!

I recommend this series to anyone who has the ability to read. It is a definite favourite. 


6 thoughts on “

  1. That series is just AMAZING! But I really wanted to know what happened to them after that! I found myself biting my nails towards the end and then KABOOM!! The series is over. But it is definitely a must read so I agree with you. 🙂

    • I an glad to find someone like minded! Apparently there is a number 14 which I never read, so maybe it gives some closure? Although I kind of love how indefinite the end is.

  2. Book addicts meet!!! It entirely depends on what type of books you read. Right now I am all about young adult books. But I would definitely suggest We Were Liars by E Lockhart even though it’s not a series. I just feel like I can relate the main character to the orphans because both go through something tragic. You should definitely read it!! 😀

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