Let’s Talk About… My Shelfie

As a book lover I’m obsessed with pictures of shelfies. I love looking to see how other readers stack their bookshelves and how they keep everything organised. I’m pretty much a neat freak. I love organisation and anything that makes me feel more prepared. However, when it comes to my bookshelf it’s the one thing I don’t actually have an organisation method for. Mainly because I buy books constantly it takes far too much time to constantly rearrange.

Ideally, I would love to have my bookshelf organised alphabetically. That was my original plan when I bought my bookcase but it turns out that plan went out the window when I realised how many books I actually own. I’m in need of a second bookcase if I want to have it arranged alphabetically by author – sadly I don’t have room for another one just yet. My second plan was to organise it in order of either favourite books or favourite authours. Turns out this challenge is a lot harder than it sounds. Have you ever sat surrounded by your books trying to decide what one you enjoyed more? It’s very difficult.

Ultimately I decided to dedicate the top shelf of my bookcase to my favourite authours and the few Harry Potter items I own. Currently sitting on the top spot are my two obvious authors – Giovanna Fletcher and John Green. If you’ve followed me for a while you’ll know I practically rave about these two constantly. Kasie West also takes the top spot with her collection of books – I highly recommend her books if you’re looking for a new read. Such wonderful stories. The Distance Between Us is one of my favourites but Spilt Second is a close second. Other authors that feature on my top shelf include Stephanie Perkins (because who didn’t fall in love with Anna and Etienne), Gillian Flynn and Tahereh Mafi. If I had more room Sarah J. Maas, Jojo Moyes and Cecelia Ahern would also take the top spot.

Today I’d love to know how you organise your book collection. Do you arrange everything alphabetically by either author or title? Do you arrange it by genre or by your favourites? Or like me is it just a somewhat jumbled mess that you love? Let me know below 🙂

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Book Club | Book of The Month (May)

Today I have some very exciting news about some new posts and I’m very excited to share it with you all. Lunch with the lovely Emma earlier this week resulted in tons of blog inspiration and some pretty exciting ideas. We have a lot more exciting things planned to share with you in the coming weeks but today we’re excited to announce our own little book club.

We’re both avid readers and in our spare time, we’re constantly texting each other about books that destroyed us and books we’ve loved. Annoying each other to hurry up and read a book or just to chat about fictional boyfriends and that amazing plot twist. As a result, welcome to our very own book club. We’ll be picking a new book at the start of each month to read and you’re more than welcome to join us. At the end of the month we’ll discuss our thoughts on everything author and book related and you can join in on the chat as well. It’s just an excuse to get together and chatter about our love for books 0and fictional boys.

Excited to announce that this month’s book will be The Host by Stephanie Meyer. I haven’t read the book in years so I’m quite excited to relive it all again. I watched the film a couple of months ago and obviously texted Emma about it. We also saw the book in a charity shop this week and talked about how we both wanted to read it. That’s what influenced this month’s pick. Feel free to join in along with our read. You can follow us on Goodreads and Twitter for updates on how we’re getting along and any thoughts we have as we’re reading. We’ll be back on the 26th to share our thoughts – happy reading!

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Monday Music | No Vacancy – OneRepublic

This week OneRepublic released some new music and a very important message to their fans. I am in love with this newest release and it was the best way to end the final week of my third year of university. Ryan released a very long post explaining a lot of things over on their facebook page, something I can relate to a lot. It’s so lovely to here that after a break away he’s doing better and is taking a new approach to releasing music. I’ll never say no to a new song from my favourite band.

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Let’s Talk About… 13 Reasons Why

Netflix finally announced the date that the 13 Reasons Why will debut. I’m very excited for the show to air I was a fan of the book so I’m interested to see how it plays out. If you don’t know what I’m talking about I’ve linked the trailer below. Give it a watch and then scroll down so we can have an in-depth chat.

Okay, I’ll be honest with you. When I found out it was going to be a TV show and not a film I was a little sceptical – I still am. The book wasn’t that long and I always felt that it would transfer better to a film rather than hour episodes. Obviously, I’m waiting to see what happens before I make any judgements but I’m just not sure how it’ll play out. I couldn’t see it being a several season kind of show but we’ll see what happens. I could be wrong, it may transfer better as a TV show.

What I like about the trailer is that it looks like we’re going to see Hannah before rather that just be told the story from after. Of course, I could be wrong and they may just be cleverly doing some of the stories through flashbacks and memories. Although I would love an episode or two with Hannah in it before everything that plays out in the book happens. I think it would be an interesting take on it.

Kate Walsh is my absolute favourite. I loved her in Grey’s Anatomy so I’m very excited to see her in this show. I also like that we’re going to see more of Hannah’s parents after everything plays out. It’s no doubt going to be emotional and make me feel all the feels. While reading the book I loved that there were so many people involved in the build up to Hannah’s death. I loved that you didn’t get to find out the reason why until the same time as Clay. It made more of a mystery and I’m hoping this is something that continues over into the show. So excited for this to be released on Friday. Are you going to be watching 13 Reasons why?

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Monday Music |Heart – Sleeping At Last

I had a very crazy weekend and an even crazier Monday which meant that my Monday post wasn’t prepared in advance. So it’s coming a day late but it’s still here. I’m currently obsessing over this new Sleeping At Last Song, Heart. Sleeping At Last is my go to writing music – from when I’m needing an emotional song or a catchy cover they have everything I need to get me in that creative mood and spin out a couple of thousand words.

Heart, which was released this month, has become one of my favourite songs yet. It’s so beautiful and it’s very soothing. The lyrics are beautiful and I could listen to it for hours without ever tiring of hearing it. I have a long day of studying ahead of me so I’m going to be listening to a few more of their songs while I learn all about the brain. My Tuesday just got very exciting. Do you have a favourite song or cover from Sleeping At Last?

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Friday Favourites | Reasons To Stay Alive

Today I thought I’d try something a little different than a book review. While I have already reviewed this incredible book by Matt Haig (which you can find here), I thought today I’d just simply talk about it. Share my endless reasons for loving this book so much. Everyone has a favourite book and I love hearing about why someone adores a book so deeply. This is my take on one of those – hopefully, it’s not filled with rambles.

This book, honestly and truthfully, changed my life. I don’t think there are many books out there that you can say that about. I picked this book up hoping to find a better understanding of what I was going through and I left having a new favourite book and one I continue to look back at even now. The only way I can think to explain just how much this book means to me is this: have you ever read a book you’ve loved or become obsessed with a TV show so much that you don’t know how you went so long without having it in your life? That’s sort of how I feel about this book.

Just in case you’ve never heard of this book and you’re not sure what it’s about I’ll quickly fill you in. The book is simply Reasons To Stay Alive. It’s a book written from Matt’s own experience with depression and anxiety. He talks about how he felt when he was at his lowest point, how he managed to overcome the unknown and how he’s still standing today. The book is a really great read whether you have a mental illness or not. It’s very dark and eye-opening but also full of joy. I realised from reading the book that I wasn’t so different and alone like I believed I was for so long.

I continue to read this book to this day. For example, I had a panic attack the other night over lost keys and fears of the unknown. I picked up the book and had a read and it sort of brought me back to reality. Anxiety attacks are a part of who I am now but they don’t control my life. I control my life – a very important lesson. What I love most about this book is that you don’t have to read it from start to end, you don’t need to follow chapters, you can simply pick up wherever. This is really good for when you can’t quite concentrate on anything or you just need words that show you’re going to be okay. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good plot filled with twists but sometimes I need something light-hearted I can pick up and put back down just as quick. This falls into one one of those books which is why it tops my absolute favourites list. (This is a list I keep for my most favourite books. It’s not easy to get on the list but when you’re there you’re not coming off).

One of my favourite things about this book is that he includes a list of famous people who have openly admitted to struggling with depression. This might not seem like the biggest of deals but to me it was. I hadn’t even known that half of them had problems. As crazy as this might sound, seeing so many people openly admit and talk about their mental health makes you realise just how alone you’re not. This was something that became my rock to anchor me in finding my balance again. It was lovely. I also love just how open Matt is in explaining everything, from the beginning of it all happening, from his near suicide attempt and to overcoming the unthinkable and moving forward.

I realise this book won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. Not many people want to read about mental illness in detail and that’s fine. I do understand that the reason I’m probably so attached to this book is because I can relate to it personally – not many people can say that when reading a book. I will say this; reading a book won’t destroy the stigma people with a mental health issue face but I think if enough people read it there would be a lot more understanding people. Lastly, before I bore you all to death, here’s a quote from the book that I turn to when I’m having a bad day:

“You will one-day experience joy that matches this pain. You will cry euphoric tears at the Beach Boys, you will stare down at a baby’s face as she lies asleep in your lap, you will make great friends, you will eat delicious foods you haven’t tried yet, you will be able to look at a view from a high place and not assess the likelihood of dying from falling. There are books you haven’t read yet that will enrich you, films you will watch while eating extra-large buckets of popcorn, and you will dance and laugh and have sex and go for runs by the river and have late-night conversations and laugh until it hurts. Life is waiting for you. You might be stuck here for a while, but the world isn’t going anywhere. Hang on in there if you can. Life is always worth it.”


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