Books

A few of my favourite things: Books

I’m a book geek. To be honest, I’m a geek in general, but I love my literature. I especially love pretty covers (my Pinterest is full of them) – to the point where I’ll buy several copies of the same book just to have the gorgeous collections. But as they say, you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, and so the following ten titles are a few of my all-time favourites.

a few of my favourite books

Clockwise from top left:

Audrey 100 (Ellen Fontana, Sean Hepburn-Ferrer, Luca Dotti)
Why it’s awesome: Most of the images of Audrey Hepburn available to the general public are those which have become classics, for example, publicity shots from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Audrey 100 was put together by Audrey’s sons and features some rarely (if ever) seen before photos. An added bonus is a black and white print (again, one rarely used) which I keep meaning to get framed.
Buy it: WaterstonesAmazon

The Audrey Hepburn Treasures (Sean Hepburn-Ferrer, Ellen Erwin, Jessica Diamond)
Why it’s awesome: I’m a huge Audrey Hepburn fan (that much will soon become obvious). I have about a dozen or so books about her but it’s not very often that you find one which stands apart from the others. This is a truly remarkable collection of (replicas of) items from the Hepburn Estate, beautifully presented in delicate envelopes for readers to discover as they progress through the book.
Buy it: currently unavailable

The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
Why it’s awesome: It was the first book I read that featured a sole female protagonist and dealt with mental health issues. The first time I read it (aged 15/16), I was haunted by the images of electo-shock therapy. When I re-read it after graduation (aged 23) I was able to relate more to the idea of finishing education and not having a clue what the hell I was going to do with my life. I imagine that if I ever have a daughter and read it again while she is a teenager, I’ll read it on another/different level.
Buy it: Waterstones, Amazon

The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
Why it’s awesome: This is one of those ‘must-read’ books for teens that you hear a lot about growing up. I read it a couple of times when I was younger and, looking back, I can’t really remember much about the actual story. All I remember was thinking: ‘Oh, so this is what it’s like to grow up’.
Buy it: Waterstones, Amazon

Emma (Jane Austen)
Why it’s awesome: When I was younger, I refused to read ‘the classics’ because I thought they would be difficult to read and relate to. A few months ago, I decided to get hold of them and I have totally fallen in love with Jane Austen and the Brontes. It’s also quite fitting that I have the same first name as the titular heroine. These novels have a timeless feel that make their stories seem relevant to today’s readers.
Buy it: Waterstones, Amazon

The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
Why it’s awesome: I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for ‘chick lit’, in particular, anything by Sophie Kinsella. There was a lot I could relate to when I first read this book (although not quite to those extremes of debt) and it was the first book that I read which made me think it would make a great film (I even started to ‘adapt’ my own screenplay!)
Buy it: WaterstonesAmazon

Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
Why it’s awesome: In an age when romantic heroes don’t seem like ‘real men, picking up a copy of Pride and Prejudice a few months ago felt incredibly refreshing. Ironic considering how long ago it was written! We need more Mr Darcys!
Buy it: WaterstonesAmazon

The Pact (Jodi Picoult)
Why it’s awesome: Jodi Picoult is quite possibly my favourite author. Everything she writes manages to tackle a different controversial issue which  makes me reconsider my own beliefs and morals. The Pact was my first Picoult novel and will always be my favourite.
Buy it: WaterstonesAmazon

To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
Why it’s awesome: Another one of those books that you grow up hearing a lot about and I only read for the first time recently. It became an instant favourite and I genuinely believe it should be required reading in schools.
Buy it: WaterstonesAmazon

Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
Why it’s awesome: I already knew a bit about it before I read it. Well, I knew of it as ‘the book with the wife in the attic’. But if you’re yet to read it, please don’t judge it on that awful ‘synopsis’. It’s a beautiful romantic drama with a strong female heroine. Why are modern ones so hard to find?
Buy it: Waterstones, Amazon

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