Hayao Miyazaki’s 50 Favourite Books [Literary Lists]

I found this list a while ago from Le Petit Prince‘s official website, which is quite coincidental as at the moment there are themed decorations for Christmas in Singapore from the book!

The prettiest seasonal decorations in SG this year are #LePetitPrince themed and hiding inside Wheelock. 👑🚀✨

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Hayao Miyazaki’s affection for the author of The Little Prince, pilot and writer, is at the heart of his movies. Many aerial scenes and flying machines that came out of his imagination are inspired by the life and work of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Porco Rosso, Castle in the Sky, From Up on Poppy Hill). The director, a recognized specialist of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, has also prefaced and illustrated the Japanese edition of Night Flight.

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This list of his resulted in an exhibition in 2011 which also included handwritten notes where he wrote about his feelings in relation to each book he chose.

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A few of these books can also be found for free online as their copyright has expired! I’ve provided links for those from Project Gutenberg, which provides DRM free e-books and PDF files of thousands of old tomes!!

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  1. The Little Prince » Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1943)
  2. Tale of Cipollino » Gianni Rodari (1956)
  3. The Rose and the Ring » William Makepeace Thackeray (1854) FREE
  4. The Little Bookroom » Eleanor Farjeon (1955)
  5. The Three Musketeers » Alexandre Dumas (1844) FREE
  6. The Secret Garden » Frances Hodgson Burnett (1909) FREE
  7. The Treasure of the Nibelungs » Gerwin Schalk (1953)
  8. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland » Lewis Carroll (1865) FREE
  9. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes » Arthur Conan Doyle (1891) FREE
  10. A Norwegian Farm » Marie Hamsun (1933)
  11. The Little Humpbacked Horse » Pyotr Pavlovich Yershov (1834)
  12. Souvenirs entomologiques » Jean-Henri Casimir Fabre (1879-1907) FREE VOL1 VOL2
  13. Japanese Myths: Strange Tales From Long Past [41 Stories selected from the Nara era from Buddhist tales] » Tsutomu Minakami (1995)
  14. Ivan The Fool » Leo Tolstoy (1885)
  15. Eagle of the Ninth » Rosemary Sutcliff (1954)
  16. Winnie-the-Pooh » A. A. Milne (1926)
  17. Princes of The Wind » Michel-Aime Baudouy (1956)
  18. When Marnie Was There » Joan G Robinson (1967)
  19. The Long Winter » Laura Ingalls Wilder (1940)
  20. The Wind in the Willows » Kenneth Grahame (1908) FREE
  21. The Ship That Flew » Hilda Lewis (1939)
  22. Flambards » Kathleen Wendy Peyton (1967)
  23. Tom’s Midnight Garden » Ann Philippa Pearce (1958)
  24. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer » Mark Twain (1876) FREE
  25. The Restaurant of Many Orders » Kenji Miyazawa (1924)
  26. Heidi » Johanna Spyri (1888) FREE
  27. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea » Jules Verne (1870) FREE
  28. The Borrowers » Mary Norton (1952)
  29. Nine Fairy Tales » Karel Čapek (1931)
  30. Swallows and Amazons » Arthur Ransome (1930)
  31. The Flying Classroom » Erich Kästner (1933)
  32. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe » Daniel Defoe (1719) FREE
  33. Treasure Island » Robert Louis Stevenson (1883) FREE
  34. Twelve Months » Samuil Marshak (1943)
  35. Tistou: The Boy With Green Thumbs » Maurice Druon (1957)
  36. The Man Who Planted The French Onions » Kim Soun (1953)
  37. Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio » Pu Songling (1740) FREE
  38. The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle » Hugh John Lofting (1922) FREE
  39. Journey to the West » Wú Chéng’ēn (1500)
  40. Little Lord Fauntleroy » Frances Hodgson Burnett (1886) FREE
  41. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler » Elaine Lobl Konigsburg (1968)
  42. The Six Bullerby Children » Astrid Lindgren (1947)
  43. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again » JRR Tolkien (1937)
  44. A Wizard of Earthsea » Ursula K. Le Guin (1968)
  45. The Little White Horse » Elizabeth Goudge (1946)
  46. There Were Five Of Us » Karel Polacek (1969)
  47. City Neighbor: The Story of Jane Addams » Clara Ingram Judson (1951)
  48. The Radium Woman » Eleanor Doorly (1939)
  49. The Otterbury Incident » Cecil Day-Lewis (1948)
  50. Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates » Mary Mapes Dodge (1865) FREE

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