Penguin Little Black Classics

So I was browsing the shelves of my regular bookstore, and came across these. Have you seen anything cuter??!

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I am now obsessed and must have them all. See how they’ve even numbered them?? They know how book addicts work. So I had to go back and buy more.

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You can find out more about this collection here. At only $1.99 they make great small gifts or fillers…or, say if you’re an addict and had to buy them all it’s not too hard on the back pocket!

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Books to make you fall back in <3 with reading! My guest post

So I jumped at the chance to do this post, which first appeared on Lipstick & Motherhood, a great new blog I stumbled across that covers all things from beauty, motherhood, fitness and more!

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Ok, so that title is quite a claim, but I stand by it!
As many of my readers know, I am a bookworm. Reading relaxes my mind, transports me into other worlds, and makes my life all the richer. Because of this, it makes me sad when people tell me they’re just not into reading, or they used to love it when they were younger but can’t get back into it. I think this is a huge shame, and firmly believe it’s a case of a bad or inappropriate book. 
Without further ado, check out my list of books guaranteed to get those pages turning!
 
Shadow of the wind series – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The city of Barcelona pulses alive in this gothic tale filled with mystery, suspense and romance. It’s a very readable trilogy, with the pages flying as you try and unravel the mystery 10 year old Daniel Sempere stumbles upon when he ‘adopts’ a novel from the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. The writing is beautiful, and the story gripping. Good luck putting it down!


 

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Books as Therapy

What a great site! I came across it while I was browsing The School of Life (another one of my faves!).

They can explain it much more eloquently than I…so without further ado..

This site was put together to accompany a bibliotherapy service offered by The School of Life. We often get the sense that somewhere out there is the perfect book for us and the problem we are facing at the moment – getting older, dealing with love, enduring work, having a good holiday, working out how to build a better society. This project is an exercise in linking up some books with the needs of our souls.

In the ideal culture we would get a personalised list of books which would be optimal for us to meet at just this point in our lives.”

I LOVE the idea that there is a book waiting to help us navigate each stage of our lives…probably a lot cheaper than therapy too :).  I also LOVE the idea of a personalised book list…where do I sign up? On an aside, I didn’t even know that that was a thing, but apparently it is! Check it out here. What a fun job!

Unwind – Neal Shusterman

This book had been on my list for some time, after seeing it over and over again in the ‘must read’ dystopian fiction lists that seem to pop up every once in a while. It’s surprisingly hard to track down, given it was only published a couple of years back.

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The premise is this: After the bloody Second Civil War fought between Pro-Life and Pro-Choice, a set of constitutional amendments known as the ‘Bill of Life’ were passed.  The Bill basically means that human life can’t be touched from conception to the age of 13. But from 13-18, parents may choose to retrospectively abort that child…but their life doesn’t technically end. They are ‘Unwound’ and kept in a divided state…that is, their organs are divided up and implanted to those who need it most. Continue reading

Twice Upon a Time – Kate Forster

A fun and flirty Young Adult read, Twice Upon a Time sucked me in from the first page….I do love a good fairytale retelling!

Lucinda, or Cinda (rella?) is a young, vivacious girl backpacking around Europe with her friend (ehem, fairy godmother) Jonas, when she finds herself hanging  off the side of a cliff in Sardinia in pursuit of the perfect landscape to paint. Enter Prince Charming to rescue her…no, an ACTUAL prince. 
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