Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Intimidate Me!

We’ve all got that list. Those books we have the best intentions of reading but keep putting off because we’re SCARED. Because they’re either so famous they’ve become mythic or because they’re absolutely gigantic (or sometimes both). The ones you may already have sitting on your shelf but that cause you to break out in a cold sweat every time you catch them staring at you.

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Well for my first Top Ten Tuesday post, I thought I’d round up the ones on my eternal list that I would love to read someday. I am hereby making a promise to you. I am holding myself accountable. I will read them eventually. I WILL.

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1. Les Miserables

This is one of those pesky blighters I mentioned that already possesses a space on my shelf. A rather hefty space at that. Seriously, anytime there is an Instagram prompt/tag looking for ‘big books’, this is my go-to. It’s 1000+ pages of enormity. However, I saw the movie adaptation that came out in 2012 and I loved it. I know the book won’t be the same because it won’t have Hugh Jackman serenading me; but at least I have an idea of what to expect from the story. So that *should* take some of the fear out of reading it. Right?! Alex logic.

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2. Anna Karenina

This is another one that of those gigantic classics that scares the life out of me. However, I feel like I’m more likely to get to this one sometime soon! I love all things Russian in literature and I’ve heard nothing but excellent reviews.

3. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

This book has sat on my shelves for a LONG time. At over 900 pages, it so often gets overlooked in favour of something shorter. And it’s a real shame because, based on the premise, I’m sure I will love this! I hope to devote some time to it in the summer.

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4. American Gods

I honestly can’t explain why I haven’t read this one yet. It could be that I’ve put it up on a pedestal and kinda forgot about it up there… oops.

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Neil Gaiman is one of my absolute favourite authors and even readers who don’t adore him like I do have said how much they love this book; so why haven’t I read it yet?! I think I’ve built it up so much in my mind that any time I do consider picking it up, I shy away in case it doesn’t live up to my huuuge expectations. Which is nonsense, because I know it will. Gaiman would have to do something seriously awful for me not to love it.  And he won’t. HE WON’T, I tell you.

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5. Strange the Dreamer

As with American Gods, I have built Laini Taylor’s latest offering up to ridiculous heights. After reading her Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy earlier in the year, and then meeting her in person at a signing in Newcastle, I am completely enamoured with her and her books. Maybe the reason I haven’t read this one yet is because, after I do, my life will be a gaping black hole of NOTHING until her next book is published. I know I’m going to love Lazlo Strange so much that life will be meaningless when this one is over.

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6. Gone with the Wind

Another classic that I really feel I should have read by now. But have you seen it?! If the movie is 4 hours long, how much time is it going to take me to get through the book? It makes me anxious thinking about it.

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7. War and Peace…

…and 8. Crime and Punishment

For some reason, these two books are always lumped together in my mind into one big scary monster of wordiness. I feel like a terrible bookworm because I can’t even put into a single sentence what either of these books are about, I know so little about them. But they’re on just about every list I’ve ever seen of ‘books to read before you die’ or ‘100 classics everyone must read’, etc. You know the ones. Maybe getting the Vintage Russian Classics series will encourage me to finally read them? I mean, book-buying for educational purposes can never be considered a bad thing, right?

9. Moby Dick

Ever since I watched Matilda as a child, I have been curious about this book. I feel I owe it to the little girl inside me who was nicknamed Matilda at school to someday read this book.

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Seriously, I looked just like this as a child.

However, Moby Dick is one of the few books on this list that I’ve heard negative things about, so I’m especially apprehensive and probably won’t be reading it ANYtime soon.

10. The Winds of Winter

This one isn’t even out yet but it makes the list because omg, George R.R. Martin is going to kill everyone I love who he hasn’t already bumped off and I can’t handle the stress. This is one of the books I alluded to in my introduction, that is SO highly anticipated it’s becoming a mythical beast with 3 heads and it’s entirely likely we will be on our deathbeds wishing that Martin had just got his finger out and finished the series so we could rest in peace and know who reigns triumphant in Westeros. Do you see how long that sentence was? That is the stress I’m feeling. Seriously George, please. I need the next book.

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So there you have it. Ten books that frighten me half to death but that I genuinely want to read at some point. When I have a million hours on my hands and no adult responsibilities to deal with.

 

What books intimidate you? Do you (truthfully) think you’ll ever get to them? And what did you think of my first TTT post?!

 

 

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‘Wintersong’ spoiler-free review!

Gorgeous gorgeous book! Labyrinth meets Caraval. This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and while it took me longer to get to it than I had planned, it was every bit as stunning as I’d hoped it would be.

Wintersong reads like a fairytale, with incredibly beautiful and evocative descriptions. I found the whole thing very sensual. I have been trying to practise reading faster lately but I really had to take this slowly and savour the words. It is not often a book makes me deaf to the world around me but this one did; literally, there were people speaking to me and I could not hear them because I was so engrossed in the world of Der Erlkonig.

One of the things I loved most was the music! As a pianist myself, I loved recognising all of the musical terminology and feel that this really added an extra level of depth to the story. I don’t know if the author is musical herself but it seems she must be; either that or she did an excellent amount of research!

I also really loved the diversity in this one; some of the character choices made me very happy and I only wish we could have seen more of their story. There was also a fabulous twist near the end that I loved.

I had a couple of tiny issues with the book; for example, there were some small errors here and there that must have been missed in editing. Also, the language, while beautiful, got a tiny bit overwhelming at times when the author would use three or four words to say the same thing. For example, a character would be not just angry but also frustrated, vexed, annoyed. It was a minor thing but it could be enough to lower the rating for some readers.

I would probably rate this a 4.5 because I did find the main character a little annoying at times and can’t justify giving her 5 stars! It’s definitely more emotional character-study than action-packed plot, but I would highly recommend it if you’re a fan of beautiful writing.

I have to say another big thank-you to my bestie Mia for gifting me this gorgeous book! Go say hi, she’s a lovely human 🙂

 

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‘Remember To Love Me’ spoiler-free review!

Remember To Love Me is the first book in the Legacy trilogy by self-published author Becky Wright. It just goes to show that self-published books can be every bit as excellent as those picked up by huge publishing companies. One of my bookish goals for this year is to read more books by indie authors, especially after discovering so many lovely individuals on Instagram, and I’m really glad I picked this one up.

This book was completely captivating! Becky Wright’s story is reminiscent of The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield and the film Somewhere in Time, both of which I really enjoyed and would recommend. It’s hard to squeeze this story into the confines of a specific genre because it contains so many interesting elements and almost defies categorisation. The easiest way I can describe it is as a ‘time-slip romance’. I can’t say I’ve read many books fitting this description so it was an enjoyable new experience for me!

Becky’s descriptive writing is beautiful; her words paint such a vivid picture and evoke a lovely air of sentimentality. The descriptions of Christmas are particularly wonderful and I could tell that Becky herself must love the festive season. I feel like this would be a great book to read during the holiday period but, in saying that, I still enjoyed it immensely in May and don’t feel that it was an inappropriate read for the time of year!

I really liked the characters and I appreciated the viewpoints Becky chose to present. I can’t say a huge amount with spoilers so I’ll just say that the way past and present interlinked was very clever and held my attention from start to finish. The time-slips were expertly done and didn’t confuse me at all (this is something I was concerned about before I picked up the book).

My only minor issues were that some of the dialogue felt a little unrealistic (I would give an example but, again, it’s hard to be specific without spoilers!) There were also a few little grammatical errors but the writing itself was good enough that these did not detract from my enjoyment of the story!

I thought the whole concept of the Remember To Love Me was great and it was beautifully executed. The sequel, Rose de Mai, is expected to be released later this year and I look forward to seeing where it will lead!

 

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How does everyone feel about self-published books? Any recommendations for me?

 

‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’ spoiler-free review! (Plus a mini rant!)

Before I get into this, let me say that there will not even be the tiniest hint of a spoiler in this review. Someone on Goodreads ruined the end of this book for me before I could get to it and it made me so cross. I HATE spoilers. So this review will not mention any plot details, and will focus instead on the writing/how the book was executed. Never fear book dragons, I got your back!

Secondly, I know that this series tends to divide readers a lot. Some people think it’s the best thing ever, others hate it. Some of those haters even go so far as to shame the readers who enjoy these books. I fit into none of these categories. I do not buy into the incredible amount of hype surrounding these books. I happened to read the first two during a difficult time and they provided me with just the escape I needed. I enjoyed them and wanted to see how the story would end. I wasn’t going to avoid reading them because of the hype but, equally, the hype is not the reason I did read them. Any reading is a positive thing; books are books, and no-one should be made to feel ashamed for reading what they enjoy.

Now that we’ve got that straightened out, time for the review!

I find the ACOTAR series compulsively readable. The books (particularly the second and this third instalment) are very fast-paced and very easy to get through. That said, I had a LOT of issues with this book. I feel like a lot of the elements I enjoyed in the first two books had been lost and there were a lot of things in this book that I found questionable; for example, certain characters seemed to have undergone drastic personality changes and were no longer the people I had come to know. I found the characterisation to be inconsistent at times; whether this was due to the length of this book compared to the previous two or the pressure Sarah J. Maas was under to produce something so epic, I don’t know. Thankfully, I still love the inner circle; I have a particular soft spot for Amren!

There were a few plot choices I didn’t agree with or that I found slightly lazy, and at the same time, I felt cheated by the first person narrative that made it impossible to expand on certain aspects of the story. Also, considering this was the final book in the trilogy, there were a lot of loose ends left dangling. Maybe they will be addressed in the newer books that are planned, but it seemed a little sloppy to me to leave it like that.

In terms of the writing itself, I felt like the book could have used more editing. There was a lot of repetition, with certain terms and phrases being used over and over again, sometimes within two pages of each other. I found the lack of question marks to be highly frustrating – questions don’t end with a fullstop! There were also one or two quotes that bordered on plagiarism of other books/movies, which I thought was a bit risky and careless. A slight rewording would have made me happier.

Ok, I didn’t realise I had so many negative feelings towards this book! Let’s balance it out and get a bit more positive.

A lot of readers have commented on the lack of diversity in Maas’ work and its token inclusion in this book. This was something I actually didn’t have too much of a problem with. I didn’t feel like there was a distinct lack of diversity in the previous two books (I don’t think any more should have been added just for the sake of it; what difference would it have made to the story?) That said, I thought the diversity that was represented in this book was very cool.

I also think Maas has done a great job of representing PTSD/recovery from abuse throughout this series. This is a topic that is not often represented well (if at all) in contemporary books, let alone fantasy. So I find it admirable that Sarah gave such a positive representation of a difficult subject and conveyed the message that recovery is possible and abuse does not have to define you.

Wow, this review came out much more negative (and longer) than I intended! (Please don’t hate me, those of you who are devoted followers of Queen Maas!) Despite the issues I had with this book, I still found it to be an enjoyable read and, considering it is one page shy of 700, it didn’t take me as long to read it as I thought it would. I believe this is testimony to the ease of reading which Sarah’s books provide. Yes, they’re a bit trashy but they’re good fun. I’m sure most readers will agree that ACOMAF was the best book out of the trilogy, yet this was still a decent ending all things considered. If only it hadn’t been ruined by a careless Goodreads comment!

Does anyone else have any thoughts on this one? Feel free to get in touch if you want to discuss anything I’ve mentioned, or to ask which specific plot details I had issues with!

 

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A Year of Book Club!

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In April 2016, a call went out on Instagram looking for people who were interested in a buddy read of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. I was one of 5 people who responded and we began a journey together that is continuing to this day! We lost one of our members after the initial buddy read but the other 5 of us formed a book club, calling ourselves ‘The Story Voyagers’ since we are spread throughout the UK and USA. Since we have now been reading together for a year, I thought I’d look back on the books we’ve enjoyed together!

 

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

This was the very first book we read together and what a great way to start! I had wanted to read Little Women for YEARS and just never made the time for it or always found an excuse to put it off because, if I’m honest, I found it a little intimidating. I’m so glad I joined the buddy read because it greatly enhanced my enjoyment of this classic and I think I got more out of it than I would have reading it on my own.

The book is less action-heavy and more of a character study, and I found myself invested in their lives despite the book being set in a time and place that I could not relate to hugely. It’s a very human book. I enjoyed seeing the girls’ transition to young women with families of their own. There were some lovely little humorous touches here and there, as well as more serious issues, and I thought the balance was just right. And of course, as a bookworm, my favourite character was Jo!

 

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Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Our second book choice was Love and Gelato, which sounded so cute and perfect for summer! I have always wanted to travel to Italy and this book only intensified those feelings! It took me a few chapters to get ‘invested’ and the plot twist was a little predictable, but it was lovely to read something non-taxing after finishing my final year of university! If you like contemporaries, I would definitely recommend this. Apparently, there is a spin-off in the works so I have no doubt that we will read that as a book club when it comes out!

 

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Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

In August of 2016, we took a slightly different turn and chose an historical fantasy set in an alternate Europe where Hitler was still in power. This may be my personal favourite that we’ve read as a group. I have never come across such a unique concept! This book had everything: romance, action, supernatural elements; it was so interesting! The pacing was great and the characters and plot were well-developed. Flashback scenes added a nice emotional depth. I have no words for the ending other than WOW. I could NOT put it down.

 

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The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

After the action of Wolf by Wolf, we decided to slow down again with another classic. I tried to read The Secret Garden as a child but found it too slow; where were the dragons?! I appreciated it so much more coming back to it as an adult. It is utterly heart-warming and features some of the best character development I have come across in any book. Yes, it wasn’t action-packed; however, it was compelling in a different way and made for a lovely group reading experience. As with Little Women, I feel that my appreciation for this classic was enhanced by reading it with friends.

 

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The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

For October, we wanted a darker read and voted for The Lie Tree, which had been on many of our TBR lists. As predicted, it was wonderfully slow-burning and atmospheric, with delicious Gothic undertones. It wasn’t too dark because it’s a young adult book after all, but it was a very well-executed novel. Hardinge clearly did her research, creating a realistic portrait of the lives of women in the Victorian era. There were so many subtle nuances in this book. I loved the balance between the fantastical and the logical, and Faith was a fabulous protagonist. I definitely want to read more from this author!

 

Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

When the sequel for Wolf by Wolf came out, of course we had to read it! This turned out to be our last read of 2017 and what a way to end the year! It was every bit as thrilling as its predecessor, full of crazy twists and turns, and, like the first book, I could not put it down. Graudin’s writing is both exhilarating and beautiful, and there were some great one-liners in this book. The duology was among my favourite reads of 2016. And yeah, apparently I never took a picture of this one?!

 

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The Muse by Jessie Burton

Our first group read of 2017 was a 2016 bestseller! Both this and Burton’s other novel, The Miniaturist, had been sitting on my shelf and it was a case of not knowing which to read first. Book club decided it for me! I found this to be very slow at first and struggled to get into it, but in the end I found it so rewarding! Burton is a master story-teller, able to weave together two stories into an accomplished whole. The book is full of rich, evocative imagery in a beautifully realistic Spanish setting. On top of her powers of description, Burton writes dialogue extremely well. The characters all felt fleshed out and the story was believable and highly compelling. This is the kind of book that has you coming up with all kinds of crazy theories! The whole thing felt very well-researched and I would highly recommend it.

 

Replica by Lauren Oliver

This was our first experience with sci-fi as a book club! I don’t know about the other ladies but I’m not a massive reader of science fiction, so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this! Replica is a very unique book in that it is written from two different perspectives; you read a chapter from one perspective, then you flip the book over and read from the other side. I think we all experienced some funny looks when people saw us reading this one ‘upside down’! The book has a great opening hook and a break-neck pace, so it was a very absorbing read. The moral questions raised were both interesting and relevant, and I appreciated that there were no huge info dumps, rather a steady trickle of information.

I was initially disappointed with the ending of this because it didn’t wrap up at all; then I discovered it’s the first in a duology (oops). Undoubtedly, we will read the sequel as a book club too. And I’ll take a picture of it when we do! *hangs head in shame*

 

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The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser

Out of all the books we’ve read together over the year, this is the only one to have disappointed us so far! The concept for this book is so unique and exciting that I think we all had super high expectations; and the book just couldn’t live up to them. I mean, this book is literally a bookworm’s dream come true; who wouldn’t want to dive into the book world and meet their favourite characters?! Sadly, it just wasn’t executed well. The writing felt very young in tone, leading me to believe that the book should have been marketed as Middle Grade rather than YA.

I had many issues with this book, mainly the overuse of exclamation marks and the amount of telling rather than showing. I don’t know how much was lost in translation as this book was initially written in German, but I just felt like something was lacking. The concept is still fantastic and the book is a complete love letter to literature; it just didn’t meet our enormous group expectations.

 

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We didn’t read a book every month because sometimes life gets in the way, but I’m pretty sure we’re all in this for the long run, and we have already chosen The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid as our next read. Here’s to another great reading year!

 

Is anyone else a member of a book club? Online or otherwise? What have been some of your favourite books that you’ve read together? Let me know in the comments!

‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ Review!

I first read this book as a teenager about 5 years ago. I loved it then but if it’s at all possible, I love it even more now. I’m putting this down to the experiences I’ve had in that time that have changed me/contributed to the person I am today.

Perks‘ tackles some very heavy themes and is at times a painful read (more so to me these days than it was 5 years ago). Despite being young in tone, I would definitely recommend this to adult readers. Charlie is one of the most genuine characters I have ever come across. He is just so precious, and I want to wrap him up in a big hug and build him a blanket fort and feed him Twinkies. Books are a refuge for him against the trauma of real life (as if I needed another reason to love him) and he is just the most perfectly realised character. I adore him. In fact, I adore all of the characters in this book; Sam and Patrick and Mary Elizabeth and Bill and Charlie’s family are all so three-dimensional. Chbosky has created some of the greatest supporting characters I’ve ever read. Their friendships are warm and genuine, and I was rooting for every single one of them. #squadgoals

Reading back over the notes I made whilst rereading and trying to form them into a coherent review, I’m struck by how many single words I wrote down. Like cute. And funny. And poignant. And raw. And real. And lovely. And honest. Every single one of these words can be applied to this book and every single one of them makes it the absolute treasure that it is. For such a short book, it packs a hell of a punch and it is through the combination of these qualities that it is able to have such an impact.

It also features some of my favourite quotes of all time, which I will leave you with:

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

“I feel infinite.”

And the greatest of all:

“Let the quiet put things where they are supposed to be.”

What a triumph in YA literature.

(On a side note, the movie adaptation is equally wonderful and I highly recommend it.)

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Does anyone else have a soft spot for this book? Let me know in the comments! I have too many feelings for one person.

 

Empress Orchid Review!

Empress Orchid is the fictionalised account of China’s last empress, the dowager Cixi, and her rise to power during turbulent times in China’s history. It raises important feminist and political issues, framed within an intriguing plot centring around the concubines of the Forbidden City.

Based on that description, I should have loved this! However, I’m finding it tough to rate. I think I didn’t enjoy it as much as I could have, purely based on bad timing. It’s definitely a ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ situation. This book was a buddy read with two friends on Instagram (@ab_reads and @thereaderswardrobe), and they both seemed to enjoy it immensely. Abbie even described it as an 1800s Chinese ‘Game of Thrones’ which I would agree with; just don’t expect it to be quite so amazing and action-packed!!

I found the book slow to start and had trouble making progress. I believe this was due to the writing style because the plot was fascinating! Min’s descriptions are very heavy and often just degenerate into lists that I found myself skimming. This made the beginning of the book a bit of a slog to get through.

Things did pick up and I found myself more interested after the first 70 or so pages (I know what you’re thinking; ‘that’s a long time to wait for a book to get interesting!‘ But again, I think the issue was with me and not the book itself). The political intrigues of the court and Orchid’s daily struggles as a wife/mother began to hold my attention and, despite some hard-to-swallow details, I found myself enjoying the story more. The last 100 pages were especially riveting.

I believe if I read this at another time, I would have loved it and I do recommend you read it for yourself if you’re at all interested in Chinese history or stories of political scheming! I may try to reread it in the future (though who am I kidding, my TBR is crushing me right now).

Overall, a very mixed bag of a book! 3.5 stars

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Book Collections

Hey everyone! My name is Alex and I’m new to book blogging! After discovering the ‘bookstagram’ community on Instagram last year, I became an active member, combining my loves of reading and photography. I have always wanted a blog and, with a little persuasion from a friend, I have finally taken the plunge!

Anyone who is part of Bookstagram will undoubtedly have seen the beautiful bookish collections that some readers possess. It’s pretty hard not to be envious. I’m ashamed to say that I wasn’t even aware of most of the amazing collections available to us as readers before I joined! So there have definitely been many occasions over the last year where #bookstagrammademebuyit.

Therefore, for my first post (eek!), I thought I’d show you some of the collections I’ve started to accumulate. No regrets.

Word Cloud/Canterbury Classics

IMG_20161129_155752The first collection I started as a result of Instagram was the Word Cloud Classics series published by Canterbury Classics. Little Women was my very first, after responding to a call for buddy readers (which I’m delighted to say blossomed into a bookclub that continues to this day). These books are wonderfully tactile and the engraved quotes on the front covers make them very visually striking. Plus the colour palette is beautiful. Every time I get a new one of these, I am heart eyes all over it. I hope to own the majority, if not all, of them someday.

Mr Boddington Penguin Classics

Next up are t13398882_1027864083975179_419168864_nhe elusive ‘Mr Boddingtons’. Anyone attempting to collect these will understand my pain at not being able to find the other three in the set but also my joy at owning the ones I do! This collection started completely by accident. While sitting my final exams of my undergraduate degree, I decided to treat myself after a particularly difficult exam and stopped by the university bookshop on my way home. A Mr Boddington edition of Pride and Prejudice was sitting all alone on a shelf, and immediately caught my eye. I had never read Pride and Prejudice but had been wanting to for some time, so I decided to get the book since it was one of the prettiest copies I’d seen. Only later did I come to realise what a gem I’d discovered! Now, if only something similar could happen and I could walk into a bookshop to find Jane Eyre…

Scholastic Classics

Confession time: I neve16122380_1078864595572527_87459582984585216_nr intended to collect these books. I told myself that the Word Clouds were the classic editions I was collecting, and that was that. Then one day, the Scholastic book fair appeared in the school where I work. I was a goner. I just loved the minimalistic ink splat covers and I’m a sucker for rainbow spines. I bought The Jungle Book and Anne of Green Gables for a whole £2 each and from there, it spiralled. I managed to find loads of these editions going really cheap on Ebay and knew then that another collection had been born. I will say that I’ve managed to be good and, so far, I don’t have any duplicates between this set and the Word Cloud Classics. This will probably change as I’m the kind of person who needs to complete a collection but, for now at least, I don’t feel as guilty!

White’s Fine Editions

This is another col18095679_304201230002024_4826439696101933056_nlection I never intended to start. (Seriously, the bookstagram community are a bad influence!) I was looking for a pretty edition of Jane Eyre for my personal library since the only one I had was my tatty old copy from school. When I saw the White’s Fine edition, I knew it was the one. I fully intended to stop there. But then a lovely friend sent me a copy of Emma for my birthday (which is one of the rarer members of the collection) and I thought to myself, “well, I might as well get them all now!” I found the other two on Amazon UK and Amazon France, meaning I’m halfway to a complete collection!

WHSmith Yellowbacks

17586978_778410758982878_1616672247659888640_n My most recent acquisitions are these gorgeous yellowbacks published by WHSmith in association with Vintage. These have been released in celebration of the 225th anniversary of the yellowback, convenient pocket-sized books that were sold in train stations around the country so that travellers had access to quality reading material on their journeys. I love the titles that were chosen for this collection, as they do not duplicate the same ones that always seem to be featured in classic collections. They have delightfully retro covers and gorgeous black-stained pages (another thing I didn’t know existed before my Instagram conversion!) Thankfully, there are only the 7 titles in this collection and I was able to get them when they were on special offer, so I’m a happy little bunny with at least one collection complete. Who knows how long it will take me to finish the others?!

Well, there you have it. My very first blog post. I’d love to know your thoughts on how I did – did I ramble on too long? Are book collections something you’d be interested in seeing more of? (You know this isn’t all I have, right?) I’d love to chat books with you so feel free to get in touch here, or on Twitter, Goodreads or (my favourite!) Instagram. You can find me @ paperbackpiano on all platforms. Thanks so much for reading!