What's on my bookshelf?


OK, so the title is a little misleading as I don't really have a book shelf as such.

My books are actually split over two spaces - a little selection tucked away in the corner of my lounge and a few, more recently read in the bedroom (because that is where I generally do all of my reading!) 


I haven't always been into reading. In fact, I'd go as far to say I hated it. 

I never felt like I could relax enough to enjoy a book and my mind was always elsewhere, getting so easily distracted. 

I know lots of people read to unwind, but I just couldn't seem to be able to.

My Mum is a huge reader and has read every night ever since she learnt to read. My daughter is the same.

Up until last year, I don't think I'd read a (fiction) book, voluntarily (not a school book), since Enid Blyton's Magic Faraway Tree and Tracy Beaker as a young child. 

I put fiction there in brackets because I have read the odd autobiography or true crime book over the years and do tend to prefer a true life book to a made up story. I think I just lack imagination! 

Then last year, I got swept into the hype of Eleanor Oliphant. 

I was in a position where Finn was now at Nursery 3 days a week so I had more free time on my hands and took the plunge!

I'm so glad I did because I absolutely loved it and didn't put it down for days and it ignited a passion in me for reading again.

As soon as I had finished it, I had the book blues. Like, that moment where you regret reading it so fast because now it's all over and you're left thinking 'what now?'.

I was straight on Amazon looking for my next read and haven't looked back since!

Now, to see what's on my 'bookshelf'.... You won't be surprised to know there are quite a few non-fiction ones on there, but the fiction ones are increasing and needless to say, Eleanor Oliphant is there!

There aren't a huge amount. Me and my Mum swap books regularly and I donate others to charity so that A. I'm not swamped with books I will likely never read again and B. Someone else can enjoy them as much as me!

My lounge corner collection.

  1. The little book of Lykke by Meil Wiking

    I totally got sucked into the Hygge hype that occured a year or two ago and loved everything about the Danish way of life so ended up buying this petite little book all about Lykke - the Danish word for happiness and fortune.
    It is a real inspiring read that discusses the real meaning of happiness and concludes it has very little to do with wealth.
    Full of positivity, this really puts things into perspective and is a great read.


  2. Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman

    Ah, yes. Here it is. The book I now hold dear to my heart along with Eleanor herself.
    I started this book thinking she was such an odd ball and ended it rooting for her. She made me laugh by just being her quirky self and made me weep through her darkest of times.
    It is a powerful, uplifting, thought-provoking, funny, and absorbing book. It tackles loneliness in a brilliant way, using wonderful, believable characters. There is also a good twist!
    I loved this book and I thoroughly recommend it.

  3. The Keeper of lost things by Ruth Hogan

    This was my first buy after reading Eleanor Oliphant, which I found on Amazon through the 'if you read this, you'll like this..' type pages.
    It took a while to get into. I was still mourning the loss of the last book somewhat but once I got through that, it had me gripped.
    In parts it is heartbreakingly sad, but on the whole is a really uplifting story about the lives and loves of everyday people.
    It is a lovely, easy to read, inoffensive read that I really enjoyed.



  4. The life changing magic of not giving a f**k by Sarah Knight

    If you're anything like me, a 'yes' person and a people pleaser, this book is really good. Often being that type of person can be really detrimental to ones health and well-being. It really helps empower you enough to do what you want to do and to say no to things you need to without becoming a total bastard in the process. It shows you how to not give a f**k (and yes, as the title suggests, there is quite a bit of swearing in this), in the nicest of possible ways.
    It shows that you can live the life that you want to and that you can do so without hurting or stepping on other peoples feelings.
    It is a little repetitive at times as the concept is quite a simple one, so it does feel a little dragged out, but that aside, it really did help me and I enjoyed reading it.

  5. How to Hygge by Signe Johansen

    This is the first book I bought when the whole Hygge (pronounced Hoo-Ga) hype hit the UK and it is a great place to start when getting to grips with the concept.
    Hygge, which translates as 'cosiness', is about finding solace in nature, the joy of outdoor activities, and taking pleasure in the simple things in life. 
    With 50 gorgeous recipes & chapters on everything from affordable ways to inject some Scandi chic into your home, through to the joys of Fika (coming together over cake and coffee), it's the perfect book for those who want to embrace Hygge in a big way.



  6. Confidence The Secret by Katie Piper

    Confidence is something I struggle with massively and if there was anyone that could help with that it was Katie Piper, an awe-inspiring woman who has been to hell and back, yet still manages to exude confidence and has made a sucessful career for herself, motivating & helping others.
    Katie talks of her lack of confidence and how she manages to overcome that and be the person we see.
    It exudes positivity and I really learnt a lot from this book.

  7. Happy by Fearne Cotton
    I'm an absolute sucker for a rainbow so I'll be honest, I totally brought this book off the back of it's beautifully colourful cover but luckily for me, it turned out to be just the kind of book
    Full of positive ways to find joy in the every day and letting go of perfect - it fits the whole Hygge concept I've been embracing for the past few years.
    It is also wonderfully uplifting for people like myself who struggle with anxiety, I found Fearne really relatable because of this.



  8. Surprise yourself by Lisa Currie

    Yup, another rainbow (guilty) and another self-help book. #Sorrynotsorry
    I'm going to be honest, I've not got around to really reading this yet. It's not really a sit down and read kinda book, but more of a journal. I had a quick flick through the prompts like 'compliment a stranger', 'write a poem' and 'Avoid the news for a full day' and it is filled with some beautiful illustrations but other than that it has sat on my shelf looking pretty for quite some time. It all just seemed like a bit too much like hard work at the time! I will get around to looking at it more in depth and using some of the advice soon!

My bedroom collection.

  1. This is going to hurt by Adam Kay

    Written by comedian Adam Kay, who once was a junior doctor, this book consists of snippets from his diary during that time.
    Being a comedian, it is funny as you'd expect, but there are also really heartbreaking moments too.
    This was one of those books I literally couldn't put down and I annoyed the people around me by constantly talking about it and reading out extracts 24/7.
    It really is an eye-opener. I loved learning all the medical side too. Adam kindly breaks down Doctor speak into simple terms for us mere mortals!
    100% recommend this book to anyone. I loved it!!!


  2. Parsnips, buttered by Joe Lycett

    I bought this one for my husband for Christmas along with tickets to go and see him in Wolverhampton as he loves Joe (So do I), so he read this book first.
    He spent the entire time laughing out loud and reading me snippets so I just new I had to give it a read too.
    If you love Joe, you'll love this. It is Joe at his best, using aliases to write emails and social media posts in the most hilarious ways.
    Joe is extremely sill but immensely witty at the same time which is a winning combo in my his book!


  3. The tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

    I bought this for my Mum for Christmas. She read it and brought it back for me to read. Sneaky way to get a free book there! (She has a book I want to read for Mothers Day too haha)
    I haven't had chance to start reading it yet but I have only heard good things about it and my Mum said it was an amazing read. Harrowing in places, but thoroughly interesting and gripping.



  4. Our house by Louise Candlish

    Another book given to me by my Mum in our little book swaps (I didn't buy this one!)
    Full of pace and twists and turns this book keeps you intrigued right to the end, and it is totally worth the read just for the ending.
    It was the Sunday Times bestseller for a reason and if you like thriller books, you'll likely love this.




  5. Letters to my daughters by Emma Hannigan 

    Another gifted by my Mum, Letters to my daughters is full of love, laughter, tears & joy.
    It is one of those books that break your heart and lift you up.
    It is very easy to read and the perfect holiday book.
    Emma writes beautifully, and the words around the characters grief are only made even more poignant in know that Emma sadly lost her battle with cancer and this is her last ever book.




  6. The Unmumsy Mum by Sarah Turner

    Are you even a blogger if you don't own this book?
    Are you even a Mother if you don't own this book?
    Written by Mummy blogger Sarah Turner, whose blog of the same name is hilariously funny, the book lives up to expectations and beyond.
    Sarah tells it like it is, the realities of being a parent and you will feel like you could have written it yourself. Except, she says the things that we're all too scared to!
    I'd highly recommend this to any parent. It will help you laugh your way through Motherhood if nothing else!


  7. The life of Rylan by Rylan Clark-Neal

    This was a gift from my sister one Christmas, which was random because whilst I do like Rylan, I wouldn't say I've ever particularly mentioned him around her but she obviously thought I would enjoy it for some reason.
    I do like a good celebrity autobiography and as they go, this is actually alright. Considering I probably wouldn't have brought it for myself, I enjoyed it.
    Rylan is a funny, real and likeable person and that all shines through in the book.
    If you like Rylan, you'll like this I'm sure.




  8. Storm in a C Cup by Caroline flack
What can I say, I like a good celebrity autobiography. And I've read a few in my time (Charlotte Church, Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell, Alan Carr...) It's kinda cringey really, but they do make great holiday reads!
I'll be honest, Caroline hasn't really had the most interesting of upbringings and her story is quite similar to others in the industry - grew up in a rural town, went to theater school, did a few small projects then got her break with X factor and Love Island. 
She is likable though and so it is very easy to read and relatable through her relationship break-ups and the like.






Whilst I do have a few there that I have yet to read, it's always good to keep a list of books ready for when you need your next book so you're not in the book blues for too long!

My list is ever increasing thought, I should really get a move on and start reading quicker.

Are there any here that you've read? Did you enjoy them?

Any books you can recommend based on what I like?
Books on my list to get soon!!!

  1. Happily Imperfect by Stacey Solomon
  2. The colour of Bee Larkham's Murder by Sarah J. Harris
  3. Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce
  4. The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan
  5. Calm by Fearne Cotton
  6. Quiet by Fearne Cotton
  7. Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced living by Linnea Dunne
  8. The Little Book of Fikke by Lynda Balsley
  9. Kindness: The little thing that matters most by Jaime Thurston
  10. Everything I never told you by Celeste Ng



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