Five Short Books to Enjoy in Nature | Mental Health Awareness Week

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and the organisation that created this week, MentalHealth.org.uk, have decided on the theme of nature to raise awareness of looking after our mental health and supporting one another in all aspects of our brains!

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During the first lockdown, I read about 50 books in the space of a month. They became my saviour during that time; when the world was thrown into turmoil, I turned to books to cope. I devoured title after title, and, as there were many beautiful sunny days in 2020, I also enjoyed reading outside.

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5 of My Favourite Spring Reads

Spring is finally feeling properly here. There’s the smell of cut grass in the air, birds are chirping far more than normal, and the occasional frost crunches under my boot.

I bloody love spring. So, I’ve tried to bring in some of my favourite books to enjoy at springtime in the hopes that you’ll enjoy them too.

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

This book screams of new beginnings, new friendships and romances, and the opening acts of summer. Especially considering what’s going on in the world at the moment, it’s the perfectly uplifting book to help get you through some dark nights. Elizabeth is such a spritely character, I challenge you to find a better spring classic!

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Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

On a whim, I asked a bookseller at a Waterstones in London to recommend me his favourite book, and Siddhartha fell into my hands. It’s about a man who goes on a journey of discovery. Spring is all about finding yourself anew and throwing off the constraints of winter. If you’re looking to renew yourself this spring, it might be worth seeing how a classic did it too.

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The Bees by Carol Ann Duffy

I noticed yesterday a rather large buzzy bee who was annoying my dog. I actually thought it was a hornet at one point, and got a bit scared, but it made me smile when it buzzed off to go and find some more flowers. I think bees are beautiful, and so is this collection of poetry by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. A sunny poetry collection perfect for a weekend outside.

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A Room with a View by EM Forster

This one is more summery, but I think it speaks of new beginnings and being yourself. Following your heart, if you want to be so cliche. As it is, I love EM Forster, and as A Room with a View is probably his most famous and the first I read, I have to recommend this one. It’s nicely short, so will take an afternoon with a blanket to read.

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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Of course, I had to add on another romance. The Song of Achilles is one of my favourite books, and I challenge you to find one people love more! It’s beautifully rendered and brings Ancient Greece vividly to life. I highly recommend this one, and it’s perfect for reading in the sunshine and tucked up in bed.

Those are some of my favourite spring reads. What are some of yours?

Until the next time!

5 Of My Favourite Children’s Books for World Book Day

As a kid I absolutely loved reading – and I still do. I was and am very lucky to have a mum who values reading, and she fed me book after book when I was a kid. I appreciated it then, and I still appreciate it now. Here are 5 of my favourite children’s books to celebrate World Book Day!

  1. Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson

This book evokes me straight back in time to my childhood – and to the 1930s. I think it’s a wondrous story of adventure and friendship.

2. Peter Pan by JM Barrie

The actual story of Peter Pan is really rather horrifying, but the book is just a wonderful tale of fighting and pirates and fairies and mermaids. I read this book over and over when I was a kid.

3. Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne

Winnie the Pooh is such a classic! I grew up with the TV show, the magazine, and the books themselves. Pooh bear accompanied me throughout my childhood.

4. Wreck of the Zanzibar by Michael Morpurgo

I adored this book when I was younger! It’s one of my most prized possessions as my copy is actually signed by Michael Morpurgo when I had the exciting opportunity to meet him when I was in Year 5 at school. This story just absolutely captured me, but all of his work is amazing.

5. Malory Towers by Enid Blyton

School stories were a staple of mine! Malory Towers held my heart! I was so protective about these books – my mum asked me if I could lend them to someone and I actually refused because I loved them so much.

I wish there were World Book Day books for adults, but I’ve almost always buy a World Book Day book anyway. You can find these books in your local bookshop and sometimes in the supermarket. They cost £1/€1.50 or are free with a book token which are given out at schools or are sometimes in newspapers. McDonalds also have them printed on their Happy Meals!

What are you reading this World Book Day?

I recommend books based on your blog #4 | Bound to Writing

I recommend books based on your blog” is a bi-monthly series where I recommend a different blogger three books based on their blog content and blog design! 

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This week I am recommending books to Jenn from Bound to Writing. Jenn is an author and blogger, who reads and reviews a lot of YA and poetry. Her blog is really bright and exciting, and she is such a great, consistent blogger who always gives good content!

I’m going to kind of cheat with this one, because I’m going to start by recommending a book I suggested last time!

  1. The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
    Not only is this book a fantastic read… the cover is also yellow. Yup, when I started this series, I said I’d be looking at blog aesthetic too, and that is like 90% of the reason I’m recommending this one!
  2. Countless by Karen Gregory
    Looking through Jenn’s reviews, I think that this one fits in really well to some of the YA books she’s read before and it’d be a book she really enjoys reading. I just wish the cover had more yellow in it!
  3. Remix by Non Pratt
    The aesthetic of this one fits way more into Jenn’s blog which makes my little heart very happy! This one, I think, be a great fit into what Jenn likes to read – according to her blog anyway!

Soooo Jenn I found recommending books for you the hardest so far! You seem to be quite like me – read a really diverse range of books, so I hope that in this list there’s something that you’ll enjoy reading. I enjoyed all of these books, and the latter two especially are really great examples of strong YA novels.

Do you agree with my recommendations? What would you recommend to Jenn?

PS – if you want to look back through the recommendation archive, just click here!

Until next time,

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Book Review | The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace (and a discussion of “Tumblr” poetry)

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Amanda Lovelace explores love, loss, healing, empowerment, forgetting, and remembering in this debut collection of poems. Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Poetry 2016, her poems have touched hearts across the world. 

Sooooooo…. I have mixed feelings about this book. Continue reading “Book Review | The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace (and a discussion of “Tumblr” poetry)”

Book Review | Who Let The Gods Out by Maz Evans

33892790When Elliot wished on a star to save his mum, he didn’t expect a constellation to crash into his dungheap. He certainly didn’t expect to spend his day releasing Thanatos, the evil Daemon of Death. They need the noble King of the Gods and his wondrous steed! …they get a chubby Zeus, and his high horse Pegasus. They’re going to need a lot more if they’re going to save the world. 

This book was Waterstones’ Children’s Book of the Month, and I am so happy I picked it up! It was a really cheery, funny little children’s read. Continue reading “Book Review | Who Let The Gods Out by Maz Evans”

9 1/2 Books To Read If You’re Having a Bad Day

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I feel like January-February is always the most down time of the year. The festive season is over, Spring feels like it will never come, and Easter (and chocolate) is still far away. It’s cold, almost always raining, and you have to go back to work and/or education. If you’re on the other side of the world, it’s all the same, but it’s starting to get colder instead, which isn’t fun either.

 

So today I’m going to be recommending you some books that might help a little. I’m not saying that any of these are miracle workers, and in fact you might disagree with some of them, but books have always been my crutches and maybe a book down here can offer you a crutch, too.  Continue reading “9 1/2 Books To Read If You’re Having a Bad Day”