So, as you’ve probably guessed by now, I love books! Reading and writing are two of my biggest passions, which is why I started this blog. A place that I can write about my favourite things, and get to know other people who love books and reading as much as I do. So, I thought I would share the best books I’ve read so far in 2019.
- When the Curtain Falls – Carrie Hope Fletcher
I adored this book from the moment I read the blurb. It’s a beautiful love story following two main characters as they perform in a play called when the curtain falls. I loved how Carrie effortlessly created the most enchanting world and made you feel as though you were apart of it, even if only for an hour or two. This was one of my favourite books that I read this year and would highly recommend!
- Victoria – Daisy Goodwin
I love the ITV series Victoria, so when I found out it was a book, of course, I bought it and devoured it! I never knew an awful lot about Queen Victoria’s younger years and I always saw her as the elderly, stone-faced monarch who wore nothing but black. However, reading this book and finding out about her personality and how she dealt with becoming Queen at such a young age was fascinating. It is a historical-fiction book so I’m sure some things have been dramatized, but overall it was wonderful and so eloquently written.
- The Cosy Tea Shop in the Castle – Caroline Roberts
If you are looking for a book you can snuggle up with and read on a cold night with a warm hot chocolate, look no further! I’m going to be honest, I only bought the book because I loved the title. A book about a cozy tea shop, in a castle? Yes, please! It’s a very predictable book with a love story woven throughout. It’s nothing very special, but sometimes I like turning my brain off and living in another world for a while.
- Life on the Leash – Victoria Schade
This was the most recent book I’ve finished, and I really enjoyed it. It follows a dog trainer whose methods are based on positive reinforcement, rather than using shock collars and beating a dog into submission. She writes really beautifully about the bond between a dog and its owner, and as a dog lover myself I completely related.
- Robert Frost’s Collected Works
This isn’t a novel but it is something that impacted me this year. I’ve always loved Robert Frost’s poetry and have read a few over the years. However, this year I really studied them and learned as much as I could about how he wrote and his life. There is something so raw and beautiful about poetry. In only a few lines, you can convey the most complex emotions in the most profound way. It’s a real gift, and Robert Frost does it in all of his poems.
These were my top five that I’ve read so far this year, it’s only June, so I can’t wait to make a dent in that never-ending pile of books on my bedside table.
Reading and books mean different things to different people. Some read to gain more knowledge, others read to be inspired. I read to escape. I read because there is nothing else in the world like seeing someone else’s words and characters jump off of the page and become apart of my life. Life is hard, but finding a little corner in a cafe or curling up on the couch with a brand new book, or one that you’re going to read for the billionth time, is true magic.