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29.05.2019- On My Bookshelf #7

It feels like an absolute eternity since I've been able to sit down and write a post, but the last few weeks have been pretty hectic to say the least, and (if I'm being totally honest), I've been prioritising sleep over and above anything else! As I'm writing this post, I'm not long back from a lovely long weekend away in Northern Ireland with Hannah and Steve, and am eagerly trying to catch up a little bit before my next trip away to Scotland towards the end of June. Over the last couple of weeks I've been keenly perusing some new reads- all of which are very different but just as inspiring to get lost in- especially as we head towards summer and the optimum time for stashing books in your suitcase, or settling down to read in the garden on a sunny afternoon:

I picked up If Cats Disappeared From The World by Genki Kawamura at the start of the year, and it's a lovely short read to devour over a few days. Although the subject matter isn't the sunniest, the Faustian dilemma at the heart of the story is one which is very profound, particularly as the narrator grapples with the concept of what makes life worth living. Next up, The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats, which I picked up in Charlie Byrne's bookshop in Galway when I was there in March- possibly my favourite bookshop in the world, and one which I wish I could get back to more frequently. This anthology features some of Yeats' best loved poems, and some others which are less known but no less beautiful. I've been reaching for this before bed most recently, and it's the perfect way to unwind and calm my brain down at the end of the day. 

What is there to say about Becoming by Michelle Obama which hasn't already been said in a thousand and one more articulate iterations than me saying that it's a beautifully inspiring, and truly life-affirming read? It's a total page turner, and the way it's written also makes it wonderfully digestible- definitely one to stash away if you've got any long trips on the horizon. Hashtag Authentic* by Sara Tasker is a book which I've been meaning to delve into since it was published, and it's been well and truly worth the wait. Full to the brim of insightful advice and guidance on how to turn a passion project (in this case Instagram) into a thriving business, it's also a great motivator to help channel your creativity, complete with practical tips and photo hacks, bound together by Tasker's warmth and genuine enthusiasm. Finally, I can think of no book more perfect for the summer than Living with  Flowers* by Rowan Blossom. Whether you're a fully-fledged flower fiend or a novice looking for some tips and tricks for your first foray into floristry, this book is an indispensable guide for creating a bounty of floral displays, both for your own home and on a larger scale. Full of gorgeous images and a wealth of advice from Rowan, this really is one to keep...and I'm pretty sure that the second winter arrives I'll find myself staring at the pages for a much-needed flower fix! 

Have you picked up any good reads recently?

*Titles provided courtesy of the publisher.

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)


  1. If Cats Disappeared From The World is on my to-read list. I am torn between picking up some new reads and re-reading all of the GoT novels... x


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