I Broke My Book Buying Ban With These Four Books

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I have had the fullest, most lovely weekend which started off with a catch up over coffee, with Ellie, who I havent seen since this YSL event a year ago. After updating each other on the milestones which had passed and plans we had for the immediate future, it was time for a trawl through the Plymouth charity shops.

Few things make me happier, than browsing though the organised mis mash that is a charity shop.

Plymouth City Centre has around ten charity shops on one street, within a short walk from the Mall. Theres a nice mix of the curated YMCA, to the more random and it can be such a treasure trove. Mutley is also worth a browse, with a similar amount of charity shops which always seem to have a good clothing selection.

Obviously, the clothes in charity shops are a big pull, but everytime we realised we’d lost each other, Ellie was by the vinyls and I was trawling the book shelves.

The point of this post, is i broke the book buying ban I gave myself when i realised I had over a hundred books i hadn’t yet read, in my possesion… I bought four new books, all of which are; new to me, second hand, and cost a pound or less.

I Let You Go; Claire Mackintosh

I have read this alreay, I borrowed this off the lovely Alice, roughly eighteen months ago. The only drawback of borrowing a book (beyond the anxiety of damaging it in some way) is having to return it afterwards.

This book focuses on a hit and run accident, which kills a small child. its told from multiple perspectives and is an engaging and addictive crime story. Its told in part from a female protaganist, the police investigating the accident and another narrator.

If you would like a review on the book, Alice wrote one which intrigued me enough to read this in the first place here.

Elizabeth; J. Randy Tarborrelli

I know very little about Elizabeth Taylor. From popular culture, i know the film star married several times, had voilet eyes, and an incredible jewelery collection.

Generally speaking, i opt for fictional reads. I think this will be the first biography I will have read, and i’m excited to learn more about a woman who still faciniates a generation now.

The cracked spine on this book also tells me, that the previous owner really enjoyed it. Or thats what i’m telling myself.

A Man Called Ove; Fredrik Backman

I already own a copy of this book (initial thoughts here), but there is a thing about Hardbacks which makes me very happy.

I’m going to donate my paperback, and keep this in its place. It will be one I read whilst at home rather than carrying around, but its worth it for such a beautiful hardback.

The Girl Before; JP Delaney

This cover has popped up a few on my Instagram feed, and after Lucy Wood discussed the story in a book video, it made its way onto my wish list. I am in need of a crime novel to become obsessed with.

The book tracks the stories of two women; the current occupant, and the woman who lived in the house before her. Its been likened to both Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train, with a movie adaption scheduled.

This is the book I’m most excited to read, after I finish Doctor Sleep, The Dark Half and We Need To Talk About Kevin.

Emily

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A Peek at My To Be Read List

I have a pretty sizable To Be Read List that consists primarily of books I’ve picked up over the years, and put to the side for later. Some I have read a couple chapters of, others I have picked up on impulse. My colleague Dee will abandon me in charity shops on our lunch break because I get too distracted by the book shelves.

One thing I want to do this year, is to read fifty two of the books from the list below . Firstly; I could do with the space, secondly; I can’t in good conscience buy another book, when I have twenty half read books waiting to be finished or collecting dust.

  1. The One from the Other – Phillip Kerr
  2. Fallen – Lauren Kate
  3. The Outcast – Sadie Jones
  4. Us – David Nicholls
  5. A Beautiful Mind – Sylvia Nasar
  6. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  7. Rendezvous and other stories – Daphne Du Mauirier
  8. Castle Dor – Daphne Du Mauirier
  9. The Flight of the Falcon – Daphne Du Mauirier
  10. Frenchman’s Creek – Daphne Du Mauirier
  11. Jamaica Inn – Daphne Du Mauirier
  12. Julius – Daphne Du Mauirier
  13. I’ll Never Be Young Again – Daphne Du Mauirier
  14. The Parasites – Daphne Du Mauirier
  15. The Devil and Miss Prym – Paulo Cohelo
  16. Eleven Minutes – Paulo Cohelo
  17. The Pilgrimage – Paulo Cohelo
  18. The Valkaries – Paulo Cohelo
  19. The Alchemist – Paulo Cohelo
  20. The Dolls House – M J Arlidge
  21. The Memory Keepers Daughter – Kim Edwards
  22. The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes – Anna McPartlin
  23. One Plus One – Jo Jo Moyes
  24. The Ship of Brides – Jo Jo Moyes
  25. The Goldfinch – Donna Tarrt
  26. Mill on the Floss – George Eliot
  27. The Island – Victoria Hislop
  28. The Woman Who Stole My Life – Marian Keyes
  29. The Visible World – Mark Slouka
  30. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  31. Yes Man – Danny Wallace
  32. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
  33. #GirlBoss – Sophia Amoruso
  34. On the Road – Jack Kerouac
  35. Pursuit of Happiness – Douglas Kennedy
  36. How to Be a Woman – Caitlin Moran
  37. How to be a Girl – Caitlin Moran
  38. Not That Kind Of Girl – Lena Dunham
  39. Testament of Youth – Vera Brittain
  40. Second Chance – Jodie Picoult
  41. The Wives of Henry O – Johana Moran
  42. French Luietenants Woman – John Fowles
  43. Nanny Returns – Nicola Klaus & Emma McLaughlin
  44. Pay it Forwards – Catherine Ryan Hyde
  45. 127 Hours – Aron Ralston
  46. Revenge Wears Prada – Lauren Weisberger
  47. I Heart Paris – Lindsey Kelk
  48. When God Was A Rabbit – Sarah Winman
  49. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
  50. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson
  51. The Wizard of Oz – L Frank Baum
  52. Mrs Winter – Susan Black
  53. Paper Towns – John Green
  54. It – Alexa Chung
  55. Bridget Jones Baby – Helen Fielding
  56. The Muse – Jessie Burton
  57. Living Dolls – Natasha Walt
  58. Knife Edge – Mallori Balckman
  59. The book of Lost Things – John Connolly
  60. The Bridge of Spies – Giles Whittell
  61. Wolf of Wall Street – Jordan Belfort
  62. Wild – Cheryl Strayed
  63. We Need To Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver
  64. The Pianist – Władysław Szpilman
  65. We Bought A Zoo – Benjamin Mee
  66. A Brothers Blood – Michael C. White
  67. Dark Half – Stephen King
  68. Rose Madder – Stephen King
  69. Desperation – Stephen King
  70. Revival – Stephen King
  71. Dream Catcher – Stephen King
  72. Insomnia – Stephen King
  73. The Stand- Stephen King
  74. Doctor Sleep – Stephen King
  75. Before I Go To Sleep – S J Watson
  76. The Boy In The Striped Pajamas – John Boyne
  77. The Girls – Lori Lousens
  78. Bill Bryson at Home – Bill Bryson
  79. Salmon Fishing in the Yeomen – Paul Torday
  80. Yes Please – Amy Poeler
  81. The Shadow Of The Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  82. Go Set A Watchman – Harper Lee
  83. The Marble Collector – Ceceila Ahern
  84. Book of Tomorrow – Ceceila Ahern
  85. Strong Woman – Karen Brady
  86. The Hobbit – J R R Tolkien
  87. Lord of The Ring; The Illustrated Edition – J R R Tolkien
  88. The Mystery of Mercy Close – Marian Keyes
  89. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
  90. The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown
  91. The Almost Moon – Alice Sebold
  92. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne & John Tiffany
  93. The Dry – Jane Harper
  94. The Girlfriend – Michelle Frances
  95. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John Le Carré
  96. The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch AlbomThe Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
  97. The Savage Altar – Asa Larsson
  98. Zodiac – Robert Graysmit h
  99. The Girl of Ink & Stars – Kiran Millwood Hargrave
  100. Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi
  101. Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism – Natasha Walter
  102. His Bloody Project – Graeme Macrae Burnet
  103. The Lie Tree – Frances Hardinge
  104. Scrappy Little Nobody – Anna Kendrick
  105. My little book of Lykke – Meik Wiking
  106. My little book of Hygge – Meik Wiking
  107. If I Stay – Gayle Forman
  108. On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan
  109. Enduring Love – Ian McEwan
  110. Ariel – Sylvia Plath
  111. The Shadows In The Street – Susan Hill
  112. Mrs De Winter – Susan Hill
  113. Heartless – Marissa Meyer

I would like to flag that this does not include my regular book collection, any Kindle books (read or unread) or the books i want to read one day.

Some of these books I have had for over a decade (I tried, and struggled to read A Clockwork Orange when I was 18. It’s partly in Russian… Lolita was returned to me after a break up)

So many I’ve picked up and put down again because it’s been slow, or other exciting books came around (The Stand, The Almost Moon, Go Set A Watchman)

I’ve impulse bought so many authors. Rebecca, is one of my all time favourite novels so when I spotted a collection of Daphne Du Mauirier’s stories I snapped them up. I will always pick up by Cecila Ahern, Jodie Picolt and Stephen King novels I haven’t read when I spot them in a charity shop. And at one point, I decided I needed to expand my reading and picked up a load of Paulo Cohelo novels.

I need to stop buying books…


Thank you Matt for taking another blog photo. I would also like to point out, the blurriness is my inability to stand still during a long exposure.

Sunday’s were made for Brunch, and Dungaree dresses

A couple Sundays ago, a bunch of us went for our monthly blogger brunch. We popped along to Bella Italia, where we basically had the place to ourselves and had the best morning. It’s one of those relaxed informal things I seriously look forward to, especially as the lovely Nicole was happy to play model/photographer afterwards.
There were two things I was most excited about shooting with this outfit: firstly the most ridiculous and beautiful 70’s inspired scarf my parents brought back from thier holiday, and secondly this denim dungaree dress. I’ve had this dress about a month, worn it almost every weekend and Instagrammed it twice already (here and here) and generally love how easy this piece is. I bought it on a trip to Matalan with Sally, who also now owns this dream of a dress. The scarf was also an exciting wear, I’ve had this about two months and been unable to wear it because my poorly psoriasis hands would have damaged it.

This dress comes from the plus size range at Matalan (Papaya Curve), which I didn’t even know existed until I stumbled across this dress. The range goes upto a size 28, and it’s very fashion forward collection. It’s a brilliant piece because the denim makes it a neutral, it works brilliantly over a roll neck jumper or white shirt. This dress is warm, beautiful and well fitted. It’s an easy cross seasonal piece which I doubt will be leaving my wardrobe anytime soon.

The material is a lovely thick indigo denim with the deepest pockets I have ever come across. I recon I could fit my IPad mini in them.

Basically I love this dress, and I also love these photos Nicole is such a babe 🙂

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Dress – Matalan (closest version) , Boots – Clarks (similar), Hat – Peacocks (similar) , Socks – Primark, Scarf – Gift, Coat – Chairty Shop

 

I am one of those crazy people who won’t wear tights until December hits. Partially because unless I’m ill, I don’t really feel the cold. And partially because I’m a bit lazy and always forget to replace my tights. If any of you are worrying about my health, I now have tights 🙂

– Emily

Reading Challenge: Stephen King

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Stephen King novels are what made me fall in love with reading as an adult. I’ve always been a fan of the horror and macabre, I can distinctly remember an early nightmare involving my ballet class and Dracula when I must have been seven. My dad is also a fan of horror, and never had the strongest respect for age ratings. If he’d watched something and deemed it appropriate, we were then permitted to watch it. Species and Poltergeist were in no way appropriate at the time for my ten year old sister or eight year old brother, but they weren’t permanently scarred.

The first Stephen King book I can remember getting my hands on was Carrie, and I scoured charity shops for that thing for months. Sadly it went over my head, at twelve the change of media in the narrative ruined the progression of the story, which is funny as I now have a new respect and love for the novel. I think the next King novel I found was The Shining which cemented my love of King.

If I find a King fan I honestly get so enthusiastic and over excited. Sadly though, I haven’t opted for King novels recently. I’ve leaned more towards romance, drama or fantasy novels. The last King Novel I read was Cujo which I devoured, I couldn’t put it down, it reminded me why I fell in love with Stephen King novels. There are few other novels that I become so completely obsessed with.

So I’m setting myself a reading challenge of a Stephen King Novel a month, for the next year. This will be alongside the Book Club monthly read, I’m pretty certain I can do two novels a month. All but one, these have all been grabbed from charity shops, I’m attempting to control my spending and this was an easy way. I will also be re donating any I don’t fall massively in love with.

    1. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
    2. Doctor Sleep
    3. Misery 30/01/17
    4. The Green Mile 7/7/14
    5. Stephen King On Writing
    6. Stephen King Goes To The Movies
    7. The Dark Half
    8. The Stand
    9. Gerald’s Game (thank you Sam!19/04/2016
    10. Christine
    11. It 2/10/2016
    12. Needful Things 6/5/16

bonus Horns: Joe Hill 11/4/2016

I have already read 1 and 3 and started reading 8 around six years ago and kept getting distracted. I’ve left half of this list free (I had, now I only have one free space!) to enable me to find a King novel I really want to read. I’m tempted by Dolores Cailborne, Different Seasons (Where Shawshank Redemption is found as a short story) and am considering allowing myself a cheat book with Joe Hill (king’s son)’s Horns.

Either way expect more book reviews! Do you have a favourite author who’s back catalogue you would like to make your way through? Do you have any Stephen King Recommendations?

– Emily