Rekindling A Love Of Reading

Hello! It’s been a very, very long time since I posted anything on here so if you do follow me then I do apologise. Life’s just been busy and everything’s got on top of me and has unfortunately come before me blogging. However, I am back and I don’t intend on any breaks from blogging from this point onwards!


Anyway, I decided to post today about books. A bit of a strange post, but I have been purchasing a few books recently so I wanted to share them with you.

I used to love reading and I mean love it. I was obsessed with Jaqueline Wilson when I was younger and I would grab any ‘girly’ books I could because I always loved getting engrossed in a story. Then, I kind of hated reading, then re-kindled a love of reading in year 10 / year 11 of school when I fell in love with Of Mice and Men and The Crucible (amazing playwright). I began A levels and developed a hate of reading as the two books I looked at for my AS English language and literature course were Huckleberry Finn and The Catcher In The Rye. I don’t know why, but I just couldn’t bring myself to enjoy them and I hadn’t read since.

Wait, that is a lie. I did read The Fault In Our Stars about 10 months ago, I would read it on my train journeys to and from Southampton. I did really enjoy The Fault In Our Stars, but I was mostly reading it so I could compare it to the film, rather than for actual enjoyment as I had watched the film first (something I regrettably do a lot, so endings aren’t much of a surprise).

So, for the last 3 months or so, I have non stop told my boyfriend that I want to become a regular reader again. I want to be one of those people who are always in the middle of a book. I don’t want any patches where I am not reading a book.  I mean, I know there will be whilst I’m looking for a new read but I don’t want to go years as I have done up to this point.

So I bought all the books above:

  • Calm – Michael Acton Smith

I bought this to help me with some meditation as I deal with anxiety/depression. I also regularly use the Calm app which I do find helpful to get me to sleep as this is something I struggle with. I haven’t read all the book yet, I am trying to work through it slowly but so far, so good.

  • All The Bright Places –  Jennifer Niven

I decided to buy this book as it was on a shelf which read ‘If you enjoyed The Fault In Our Stars, you will enjoy…’ and I did enjoy the Fault In Our Stars so I thought it would interest me. I was also massively attracted to the cover, and of course I read the blurb and thought it seemed like an interesting read.

  • Paper Towns – John Green

My reason for buying Paper Towns is firstly as it is by the same author as The Fault In Our Stars (this book is appearing a lot in this blog!) and secondly, I have seen the trailer for the film and am looking forward to watching it. So, I now want to read the book before I see the film as I like to compare! (It’s out quite soon so I may have to wait for it on DVD.

  • Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

I bought this book simply because I saw it on a video by Tanya Burr and then I walked past it in the shop and thought why not! When Tanya described the book it seemed like a love story, and as a girl I love a little romance however, I have a feeling it may not end so happy and this really interested me.

  • Dark Places – Gillian Flynn

I am one of those people who really regrets not reading Gone Girl. I have watched and loved the film, and yes I could still and probably will still read the book, but I really wish I read it first. So, when I finished watching the film, I decided to search Gillian Flynn and I was torn between buying this book and Sharp Objects. I decided on Dark Places as the blurb attracted me a little more, but I probably will eventually buy Sharp Objects too.

  • The Queen Of The Tearling – Erika Johansen

I didn’t think I would be interested in a fantasy book but I thought it sounded like it would be an interesting read. This is the book probably the furthest away from what I would assume to enjoy but I do actually think  I will enjoy this book.

  • The Girl On The Train – Paula Hawkins

I wanted to buy this book before I was even too interested in reading again. The funny thing is, I am so pathetic when it comes to any kind of thrill in films/books but this book just really intrigues me. I kept walking past it in work and umming and ahhing. When I finally decided to look at it more, I noticed it was written in a diary style and I love this idea! I’m not sure if I’ll love reading this style yet but this book just really really catches my attention and I hope it is as good as it seems!

I decided to start on All The Bright Places – I won’t lie I am only currently 2 chapters (I only started reading recently) but I am honestly already loving it. I love both the narrators within the book and I am excited to see what develops between them and I am pretty nervous about the ending!

I will hopefully begin doing monthly favourites soon on here, so you may see these book coming up in them or possibly new books!

Have you read any of the books I have recently bought? Also, do you have any book recommendations for me? I would honestly love to know what books have captivated you so they hopefully have the same effect on me!

I will be back with some beauty / fashion posts very soon!



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  1. April 5, 2016 / 1:22 PM

    It’s really good, I could not put it down! Thanks for looking through my blog and liking posts! x

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