I’ve been thinking recently what books I use as a comfort blanket and what books have stayed with me since I read them.
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- On the Road by Jack Kerouac
- The Trial by Franz Kafka
- The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald
- Harry Potter and the Philospher Stone by J.K.Rowling
- A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
- The Hobbit by J.R.R.Tolkien
What books comfort or stay with you?
- Adult Children: The Secrets of Dysfunctional Families by John C. Friel
- Twentieth- Century Suspense: The Thriller Comes of Age by Clive Bloom
- Thriller: Genesis and Structure of a Popular Genre by Jerry Palmer
- Unclaimed Experience: Trauma, Narrative and History by Cathy Caruth
- The Cambridge Companion to Crime Fiction by Martin Priestman
- Crime Fiction from Poe to the Present by Martin Priestman
- Trauma and Survival in Contemporary Fiction by Laurie Vickroy
- Too Scared to Cry: Psychic Trauma in Childhood by Lenore Tear
- Child of God by Cormac McCarthy
- Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
- The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
- No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
- Close Range by Annie Proulx
Books I read for fun-
- Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
- The Girl Before by J.P.Delaney
- Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
- The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
- Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
- Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
- My Favourite Manson Girl by Alison Umminger
- Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
- The Book of You by Claire Kendal
- I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
- Strictly Between Us by Jane Fallon
- Twist Me by Anna Zaires
- The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
- This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
- Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
- Ordeal by Linda Lovelace
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
- The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
So, that is 34 books so far this year…not great but it was a challenging academic year.
Recently I have been reflecting upon the weird things I do when I am reading or in my everyday life regarding reading and I thought I would share them with you. Maybe you can comfort me and let me know that I am not the only one who does them.
So, without further ado here are my weird book//reading habits.
- My favourite place to read is sat on a cushion, on the floor with my back pressed against a scorching hot radiator. Obviously I can and do read in other locations but this is where I feel the most relaxed. I love having a cup of tea within reaching distance when I read, any kind – peppermint, green tea, normal tea. Where do you like reading the most?
- Whenever I am out and about and I can see someone reading a book that I love, this weird thing happens to me. I stop what I am doing and just stare at the person for a while; I try my hardest to look normal on the outside but on the inside I am screaming up and down with eagerness. I want to be their friend, I want to go 3up to the person and chat to them about the book and gain their opinion. I know this is super weird but I would love it if someone did it to me, it would be slightly bizarre at first but then I would be like ‘yaaaaasss gurl, I love this book. ITS AMAZING!!’ Please tell me that at least one of you do this and that I haven’t gone completely crazy.
- I absolutely despise it when people bend the top of a page when reading as an indicator for where they got to. I will use ANYTHING and EVERYTHING before resorting to mistreating my book. The other day for instance, I didn’t have any paper in my bag so I quickly used my paracetamol packet instead to keep my page. Bookmarks can be so quirky, colourful and amazing…use them people…use them.
- Once facebook told me on a quiz, that I would meet my true love at a bookstore while reaching for the same book. Obviously facebook is 100% an accurate and reliable source, so I am waiting for the day to happen. Imagine it now…it has been a stressful day and I long for the comfort of a bookstore, I am in desperate need for the latest release and just when I am on the verge of giving up. I spot the last copy out of the corner of my eye, I run to the book in a socially accepting manner and just as my hand are about to clasp the book, a strong muscular arm collides with mine. *romantic instrumental music begins* as our touch creates sparks and we stare longingly into each other’s eyes.
So, number on my list is how I always think how romantic it would be to meet someone as a bookstore. OR, I imagine myself into books where I date the main character.
- Forgetting I have hands when reading and stifling a yawn with a book. I read about someone else doing this the other day and I realized that I also do it. I am so intensely captivated by the book that instead of putting to book down like a normal human to cover my mouth while yawning, I just bring my book to my mouth and yawn.
This post made me sound crazzzy, absolutely bonkers. I have sooo many more weird (yet wonderful) book habits to share with you guys, but I didn’t want to overwhelm you and scare you away. But if you do like this post and want to hear more- please comment below and I a second post will follow.
Also, do you have any quirky things you do while reading?
Over the last academic year, I have dedicated a lot of my time to my final year at university because I knew that if I didn’t give it my all and failed I would be extremely disappointed at myself. That being said, I have missed blogging frequently and interacting with you guys.
Sorry for abandoning my blog and thank you for sticking around to read this.
This blog means soo much to me, its my little place on the internet that allows me to truly be myself and speak freely about topics that I adore. This is also an excellent place for an introvert like me to passionately display my fandoms and interests…while meeting others who feel the same.
I have some how accumulated 3000+ followers while sporadically posting so thank you!!!
Thank you for every comment, every like, every follow and every ping back. I cannot express how much they mean to me but THANK YOU. Thank you for making me feel included in this community and thank you for motivating me to blog.
I absolutely adore Gillian Flynn guys!! Love love love her writing and now I am writing my dissertation on her! 🙋🏼
Do you love Gillian Flynn? Feeling a little obsessed with? (Join the club!!)
If you haven’t read anything by her, sprint to your closest bookshop and frantically search for anything and everything written by her because she is extraordinary.
Let’s discuss what makes her great, comment below!
I could lie and say not all of the copies are mine but they are! Ahhh sbbdbbdjdkfbjs I just cannot resist and this is only Gone Girl- I have copies of all her other books in a few different versions.
✨ I actually read 100 books this year!! Yay me!! A few weeks ago I put up a blog posts saying I wasn’t sure if I would be able to complete it but I’ve read a few books while procrastinating and realised that I forgot to log some of my reads of Goodreads. If you are interested in seeing what I read in 2016…look below…(&comment if you have read them/ want to) ✨
- Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
- As I lay Dying by William Faulkner
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- Paradise Lost by John Milton
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Scwab
- Grief Is Thing with Feathers by Max Porter
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabovok
- The Grownup by Gillian Flynn (read again)
- Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (read again)
- Girl Online by Zoe Sugg (read again)
- Girl on Tour by Zoe Sugg
- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (read again)
- Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
- Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
- Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
- All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher (read again, I love it!)
- Love, Tanya by Tanya Burr (read again)
- Ripples of Hope by Josh Gottheimer
- City of Bones by Cassandra Claire
- The Lovely Bones (read again)
- The Pictures of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- Tender is the Night by F.Scott Fitzergald
- North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
- The Jugle by Upton Sinclair
- Anthem by Ayn Rand
- The return of the King by J.R.R Tolkien
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- Room by Emma Donoghue
- Tess of the D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy
- Lucky by Professor Green (finally finished it, left it at home 😭)
- The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff
- After You by Jo Jo Moyes
- Where she Went by Gayle Forman (read it again)
- All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
- The bees by Carol Anne Duffy
- Sylvia Plath: poems selected by Ted Hughes by Sylvia Plath
- A Book Addict’s Treasury by Julie Rugg
- The Widow by Fiona Barton
- The Cambrige introduction to F.Scott Fitzgerald by Kirk Curnutt
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (read again)
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
- F.Scott Fitzgerald and the Art of Social Fiction by Brian Way
- Reason to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
- Writing Essays: A Guide for students by Richard Marggraf
- One with You by Sylvia Day
- **** the Anatomy of Melancholy by Mattew Selwyn
- Middlemarch by George Elliot
- The Diver’s Seat by Muriel Spark
- Gone by T.J.Brearton
- Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
- Monster by Allan Hall
- The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L.Armentrout
- Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens by J.M.Barrie
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding (read again)
- How to Be a Woman by Caitlin
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
- The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
- Matilda by Roald Dahl (read again)
- Falling Man by Don DeLillo
- The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett
- The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
- Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
- Bridget Jones – The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding
- Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding
- City of Ashes by Casandra Clare (#2)
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
- Meridian by Alice Walker
- The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
- Writing a Woman’s Life by Carolyn G. Heilbrun
- Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield
- The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson
- Insanely Gifted by Jamie Catto
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K.Rowling
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K.Rowling (Newt Scamander)
- Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
- On Beauty by Zadie Smith
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher
- Christmas with Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher
- Hello Me, it’s You by Hannah Todd
- Carry On Rainbow Rowell
- The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events) #1 by Lemony Snicket
- The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events) #2 by Lemony Snicket
- The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events) #3 by Lemony Snicket
- American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
- The Future of Trauma Theory: Contemporary Literary and Cultural Criticism by Gert Buelens
- Child Abuse Trauma by John Briere
- The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
- A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig
- Behind Closed Doors by B.A.Paris
- The Queen of Subtleties by Suzannah Dunn
- Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
- Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
- Lying About Last Summer by Sue Wallman
- I Was Here by Gayle Forman
- The Girl Who Saved Christmas
- City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
- Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
- The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti