14 July 2014

What I'm Reading These Days

I've really been enjoying books again recently. I was always that little girl with her nose stuck in a book, but adulthood tends to mean less time to escape away into fairytales, which is hard for someone who loves the escape that fiction gives.

I've been tucking a book into my already over-packed bag, just so I can catch 20 minutes on the train to work. And it's lovely, sitting on a train, as the early morning sunshine streams through and losing myself in whatever has taken my fancy.

These are my picks recently.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

If you don't recognise this gorgeous front cover, then you really must have been living under a rock. It's hugely popular, and for a reason. I've not read something with such hunger in a long time. I remember finishing this, with my feet on Mark's lap as he watched the football, and I burst into tears and he wasn't sure what to think.

I went to see the film adaptation last week with him too. And it was beautiful. Hard to watch. But all the same, it was beautiful.

Of course this is on my list. Of course it is. 

I've lost count of the times I've been likened to good, old Bridget, and I really can't wait to find out what happens in the next chapter of her life. I've grown up with Bridget. I remember reading the first book as a teen and looking forward to my days of dating men and finding my Mr Darcy. Needless to say, I never did date many men, take up smoking, or have a go on a fireman's pole, but I did find my Mr Darcy (cringe with me), go on a mini break and celebrate the fundamental existence of Bridget Pants. 

My auntie is currently recovering from some surgery on her knee, so I've passed this, along with The Fault In Our Stars, on to her. I hope she's a fast reader, as I can't wait to start it! 

The Forgotten by David Baldacci

Oh dear. I can't look at this book now without laughing. And don't get me wrong, it's great! So great in fact that I told Mark all about it in my sleep. Including spelling out Baldacci's surname. I know - I couldn't believe it either. Until he showed me the recording.

Anyway. I love Baldacci's books. I've been reading them for years, with my Gramps. We'd share our copies out between us and I remember pre-ordering Baldacci's latest book once for his birthday. If you like a good thriller, with some army/cop background, then you'll love these. I get so wrapped up in his books and this one is no different.

My Little French Kitchen by Rachel Khoo

Oh I love cookery books. I absolutely love reading them. Not so much for recipes to follow, but to learn things and to take inspiration. I loved watching Rachel Khoo's television series when it was on and her dinky French apartment and effortless style, beauty and cooking wizardry made me long for the dreams I used to have as a teenage girl. I used to harbour a secret fantasy life, working as a freelance journalist in France and writing a book from my tiny balcony overlooking Toulouse or somewhere equally as beautiful.

This book fuels that for me. And the recipes are beautiful and creative and I love the anecdotes and educational tips scattered throughout.

Letters of Note compiled by Shaun Usher 

This book is just so inspiring. A true coffee table book, but one you want to read as well as flick through.

Shaun Usher started a site of the same name, that soon became a book of the most inspirational and interesting letters of our time. Sometimes I'll curl up with this for five or ten minutes, once Bill is in bed, and soak up some handwriting and history.

It's just lovely.

I suppose the question now is - do you have any suggestions of what else I should add to my reading list?


  1. Oooh I think you might enjoy Wonder by RJ Palacio, such a heartwarming read :) I've had my eye on Letters of Note for a while, might have to pick it up soon!

    Kavya xx

  2. I loved the book of The Fault in my Stars but thought the film was a bit slow. It was good, but not as good as the book. But isn't that always the way! x

  3. I have such a huge pile of books waiting to be read but just never have any time to read them. One day! x

  4. Oh I have got to read The Fault in our Stars soon! Great list, I love Rachel Khoo too x

  5. haven't read The Fault in my Stars - must add it to my list. I love a good book, don't get as much time as I used to to read though!

  6. I loved The Fault In Our Stars. Have you read his others books? I've not read Will Grayson, Will Grayson but I've read all the others and they are also enjoyable although The Fault In Our Stars is the best in my opinion.

  7. oh i love the look and idea of the last book!

  8. Letters of a note looks really interesting! I've not read anything in ages, though I keep a few free ebooks on my phone for travelling home from work - if I have the energy to read! Xo

  9. I love the idea of the last book & I MUST get myself a copy of Rachel Khoo's book, even if it isn't very veggie friendly, I know i'll just love it!

  10. I feel so bad that's I've not finished a book since W was born (well one that isn't a baby book!) but I love to hear recommendations so I'm going to make it my mission to read at least one of these! x

  11. I have not seen the feel of The Fault in our Stars but I do really want to read the book as it looks like a real page turner. I have Rachel first cookery book and have been meaning to pick up this one for a while - looks great

    Laura x

  12. I've read just ONE book since G was born (Gone Girl) but I really want to make time to read more. I'm going to buy The Fault In Our Stars and give it a go xx

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