Happy Valentine’s Day lovelies! I hope whatever you’re doing today – whether its with friends, loved ones or yourself, that you treat yourself kindly and show yourself some love – because you are amazing!
I also though that today would be the perfect day to share my first book list! Eeeek! I do have another one in the works for a couple of weeks but I excited to kick off this part of the blog with a list that’s exceptionally close to my heart: the books I love. Some of these have been loved for years, others are more recent additions to the list, but regardless, they are all very much loved and are the books I come back to time and time again.
The Famous Five by Enid Blyton
These are the first books I ever remember reading – and it’s fair to say, they got me hooked. I’ve read them all numerous times over the years and I can’t wait to read them to my own children one day!
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Matilda made me realise that being a bookworm was okay, and RD made me fall in love with the English language – and realise it’s never too late to start writing! (He was 45 when James and the Giant Peach was published)
Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
Even after all this time? Always.
The Smoke Jumper by Nicholas Evans
I’ve already spoken of my love of this book before, but it gets me every time. I still can’t read the poem without crying.
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
Heart-breaking. Gut-wrenching. Soul-destroying. Gloriously beautiful
The Inn Boonsboro Trilogy by Nora Robert
I don’t know whether it’s the fact that one of the characters owns a bookstore or the fact that the Inn is a real place, but I’ve yet to tire of this trilogy.
Chloe by Freya North
This is the book that taught me it’s okay to not be okay. And that running away doesn’t mean you won’t find your way home again. Plus y’know – cyclists and raunchy sex scenes.
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
Italy, The Catholic Church, Robert Langdon. Need I say more?!
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
A Classic for a reason. And one I read year after year.
Wanderlust by Danielle Steel
Some people may bash DS but I adore her. This is the book that taught me it’s okay to put yourself first, that reliance is no bad thing, and the right person does exist. And I’ve been reading it since I was 14.
Jewels by Danielle Steel
Another DS novel I adore. I actually mistakenly packed this library book in my trunk the summer I turned 14 at the end of term. It’s still sat on my bookshelf and I read it at least once a year without fail.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
I still remember when my parents first gave me a copy of Little Women and it changed my world forever. Up until then, I’d been reading Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl. A watershed moment I’ll never forget.
So lovely, what books would make your list? Whatever you’re doing today/this evening, I hope you enjoy it!