The idea for my first Book Week evolved from my love of the book featured in today’s post. After I signed up for Abrams + Chronicle’s Bookstagram Tour for the release of Bibliophile, I decided to create a week-long series of posts celebrating all things bookish.
Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany* by Jane Mount really is the ultimate love letter to books, highlighting the best bookshops around the world, bookshop cats, overlooked classics, writing spaces, and so many recommendations that you’ll need an entire library just to house your new TBR.
Author Jane Mount is the brains/paintbrush behind Ideal Bookshelf, a wonderful site which started as a series of illustrations highlighting people’s shelfies. I had a bit of a think about the books that have had an influence on me and my reading habits/preferences and, while I could talk about books for hours and the titles which I think everyone should read at some point in their lives, I managed to narrow it down to the following pile:
The first books I can remember reading and loving are The Magic Faraway Tree and the Famous Five series by Enid Blyton. As I grew older, I moved on to the likes of The Babysitters Club, Goosebumps, Sweet Valley High and Point Horror. I can remember having Roald Dahl’s The Twits read to us at school when I was in year three and thinking how much fun his stories were.
Most of the books which stand out for me are firsts, such as The Pact, my first Jodi Picoult book (I’ve since read all of her other books), The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella (I can’t resist a new Becky Bloomwood adventure) and PS I Love You by Cecelia Ahern, also the first book to make me cry.
Holly Bourne’s debut, Soulmates, was the book which encouraged me to step outside of my comfort zone. I won it in a competition and hadn’t heard anything about it beforehand so went in almost blind. I completely fell for it and have eagerly anticipated each new release. Holly has become one of my favourite writers and she also encouraged me to give young adult books a chance in my post-teen years. It’s now one of my favourite genres.
I don’t typically like to suspend my disbelief when reading books but The Time Traveler’s Wife became one of those instant favourites and The Bell Jar is the one book which I like to re-read every few years.
What would feature in the pile of books which helped shape your life?
*I was sent these products for review purposes and all thoughts are my own
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