As I am 100% swamped with exam prep (#prayforCodie) and wedding planning (www.quirkynuptials.co.uk) and general life, I asked the lovely Maisie to write me a guest post and, of course, it was about books! I haven’t read any of these, so I will be downloading a few for the honeymoon (62 days and counting!)
As summer is now officially upon us (even though the weather might not necessarily agree) I thought it was a good time to share the top 5 books I think you should pack in your suitcase if you’re going on holiday, or that would be great to escape to on a bus or train during the rainy British summer.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Liz Gilbert’s book about creativity and the theories and practices she adopts throughout her own creative process is nothing short of thought provoking and beautiful. What I adored about this book was that she discussed her creativity from the very beginning of her career up until the present moment. Perfect for anyone in need of a little sprinkle of inspiration.
How To Fall in Love In A Bookshop by Veronica Henry
Now, as a bookworm as soon as I saw the title of the book I knew I just had to read it. I mean, come on, how could I not? It tells the story of a bookshop owner and his daughter, the customers that frequent the bookshop and their own journeys to find love and happiness. Such a charming story and completely perfect to read by the pool or beach.
Mrs Hemingway by Naomi Wood
This book choice will not be a surprise to those who know me IRL as most people who know me know that I absolutely adore Hemingway’s writing.
Mrs Hemingway is Naomi Wood’s historical fiction novel centred around the marriages that Hemingway had, and tells the stories of those marriages from each of the women’s perspectives.
As I write this, it’s reminding me how much I loved it when I first read it and that this summer is definitely the perfect time for a re-read!
By My Side by Alice Peterson
This is one of those books that I have now vowed that I will re-read every year, just because it is so wonderful. It tells the story of Cass, who suddenly becomes paralysed and has to adjust to her new life, wheelchair bound. Then, she finds her life beginning to turn around for the better when she has the help of new friends.
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
This book tells the story of Ursula Todd who lives her life over and over again until she gets it right. What I absolutely love about this book is the way that Atkinson creates atmosphere and relatable three dimensional characters. It is also one of the most thought provoking books I have read in a long time. When I was reading Life After Life, it confirmed for me that historical fiction is one of my absolute favourite genres and that I absolutely will read anything written by Kate Atkinson.
Have a lovely bookish summer, guys!
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