Wednesday 18 May 2016

A Teeny Tiny Book Haul

It's not a secret that I love books. I'm currently (very slowly, due to revision) reading Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut on my Dad's e-reader as a recommendation from him and I am very much enjoying it when I do get a chance to give it a read but I figured as exam season is incredibly depressing and dreary at times I should buy a few other books to look forward to reading over summer. 

None of the books I have bought were random purchases either, I sort of wanted to be a bit spontaneous with this but I definitely was not at all. The book that sparked the purchase was 'The Smel of Other People's Houses' by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock. I heard a little interview with her on Woman's hour on BBCR4 a couple of weeks ago and I really liked the idea of the book and the title very much drew me in. I wish I had had time to read this already and tell you more about it but I can tell you that I am very much looking forward to reading it.

Along with ordering the first book I decided I might as well get a couple of feminist type reads I'd heard a little bit about because feminism is an important concept to me and I don't see why I shouldn't have a bit of reading on it. The first I picked was 'we should all be feminists' bChimamanda Ngozi Adichie which I spotted on the babe that is @lucyknell's instagram and I really liked the cover. It is the tiniest book I have ever owned, it is definitely pocket sized and could be read front to back on the shortest of bus journeys. I imagine it is going to pretty much be what it says on the tin, my flatmate had a quick flick through and basically confirmed this but I look forward to hearing a perspective that isn't necessarily my own on the ideal that we should all be feminists and will probably enjoy this straight after my exams with a big cup of coffee.

The second non fiction, feminist inspired purchase I made was 'Not That Kind of Girl' by Lena Dunham which everyone and their dog has read probably twice before I even purchased it so I doubt I need to say much. I don't know much about Lena but I know she was the person to introduce feminism to Taylor Swift and I'm glad she did. I know lot's of people like to put people into categories of what kind of feminist other people are and for this reason some seem not to be so keen on this book but quite frankly I think it's derogatory and not feminist enough to be putting people into these boxes, and its never a bad thing to learn about other people's views and perspectives and the way they live. 

And last but by no means least my most recent purchase was a book of poetry by Madisen Kuhn, called 'eighteen years'. This book is beautiful. Like stunning and the cover is matte and bends quite easily and I want to keep this book forever and I want it to end up looking loved and used because I already do love it a lot. I've wanted this book for a long while and was sort of a bit sad that the book purchases I already had made were not going to started until my exams were done and I thought that was the perfect reason for poetry, because I don't have to read it all at once. So I've been opening it every now and then and there isn't a single word I have read yet and haven't loved. Even if you're not that fond of poetry or don't think you are, I feel like you can't help but fall in love with the incredibly relatable yet oh so eloquent thoughts of this teenage, nearly adult girl. 



  1. Just the title of The Smell Of Other People's Houses has drawn me, I'm intrigued! May have to pick it up as well.

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  2. Great post with some fab suggestions, haven't heard of any of these so now I'm intrigued!

    I have a new post up on the blog, would love to know your thoughts:

    * Electric Sunrise - Fashion and Lifestyle Blog *


    1. Thanks, glad you liked it!

      I'll be sure to have a read! x


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