On The Bookshelf


Having recently finished college also means I now have a lot more time on my hands than previously.  Reading was something I enjoyed so so much a few years back and slowly fell out of love with; as I couldn’t focus on a book without feeling guilty about not revising for exams or writing assignments. Now that that’s all out of the way, as soon as exam season ended I ordered a few books which I knew I wanted to read. Some of these are featured in todays post. Two of which I have just read and loved and two which are next on the reading list. I have loved sitting down in the evening with a book before bed or on the rare occasion - in the morning with a cup of decaf coffee and a blueberry muffin as seen in the photos. 

The first book I read was All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I am SURE that everyone reading this post has heard of this book at some point if not read it themselves. It has been spoken about so much on social media and other reading posts and there is a reason for it. 

Normally, when I begin a book it takes a few pages for me to get into it and enjoy the read. With All The Bright Places I couldn’t put the book down from the moment I read the first page. It’s such an amazing story of two completely different and complex characters and told through Violet’s perspective. It follows the journey of their friendship from beginning to end, while focusing on so many important issues from bullying to bipolar disorder as well as still having romance, friendship and an amazing storyline within it. As soon as I finished reading, all I wanted to do was to talk to someone about the ending and I had to sit there and think about it for a good few minutes to absorb what I had read. It’s a book I’d recommend to anyone of any age and I can almost guarantee they’d love it just as much as I had! 

The next book I had only finished reading a few days ago and it’s The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslie Walton. This was a recommendation in a blog post I had read a few weeks back and loved the sound of. I ordered the book online and when it arrived I was surprised as I started reading as I thought it would be very different to what it was. The synopsis of the book states it’s about “Ava Lavender, a girl born with the wings of a bird, it is key to her fate”. Before reading, I assumed this would be a metaphor which sounded so appealing! I soon realised it wasn’t a metaphor at all and the main character was a girl born with wings. When I realised this I was close to not reading as I never enjoyed fantasy books in the past but I decided to give it a chance. 
It took me a chapter or two to get into before I realised this didn’t feel like a fantasy novel at all due to the amazing writing. I could imagine every part described so vividly it almost felt like I had just watched a movie when I had finished it. I read the book in under a week and got about half way through until a few nights ago - I just couldn't put it down. I was reading the last ten chapters until four in the morning as I needed to know what will happen. It is such a gripping read and even for those of you who don’t enjoy fantasy writing this is definitely something you should give a read! 

On the reading list next are Jane Austen’s Emma which I have always wanted to read as I is such a classic and Jane Austen lived and died very close to where I live so it’s only right to give it a read.  She is such a classic author and a favourite of many so I knew it’s a book I need to read. 
Fern Britton’s The Postcard is the second book on my list, which I believe is a newly released novel, based in Cornwall which I visit so many times each year with my family that I felt like I had to buy it to read next week while were there for a small holiday.

I can't wait to read both of these and let you all know how I liked them. This post turned out much longer than intended but I can’t help rambling as these are all such amazing reads.There will also be many more interesting posts coming very soon as I’m off to Cornwall on Friday as I mentioned so I’m sure I’ll take MANY photos there as always. 

- Alexandra 

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  1. I've been wanting to start reading Jane Austen for a long time now!


    1. Definitely worth a read from what I've heard! x

  2. Emma is such a classic! I need to re-read that again. ALso, love that pillow!

  3. This year I started to read Pride and Prejudice, Emma is on my list! x



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