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24.02.2020- On my Bookshelf #9

At the start of the year, I resolved to dedicate more time to reading- so much so that I’ve set myself the challenge of finishing thirty books in my thirtieth year. Whilst that challenge is ticking along slightly more slowly than I would like (life, oh life!), I have made a point of investing in some new reads to get cracking with over the next few weeks and months. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be able to settle back into more of a regular routine with my reading as spring approaches- and the prospect of spending a weekend in the garden with a book is one which I am very much looking forward to! For now, the most recent additions to my bookshelf are shaping up to look something like this:

The Insecure Girl's Club Handbook by the lovely Liv is a book which I’ve had on pre-order since last year- it’s a total treat and something which I can’t recommend enough. I’m about halfway through so far and absolutely loving it- from tackling those everyday aspects of insecurity such as body confidence to bigger gamechangers including how to be your own cheerleader (something I think we all need to do more of), this book is full of lovely anecdotes and some seriously uplifting case studies and words from a range of inspirational women. Liv’s tone is also wonderfully witty and warm- reaching for this is like sitting down for a cup of tea and a slice of cake with an old friend. 

It’ll come as no surprise to regular visitors to these pages that the other two additions to my bookshelf are Austen-themed tomes. Miss Austen is a title which has been on my radar for a little while (another pre-order!), as it explores the legacy of Jane Austen through the prism of her sister, Cassandra- custodian (and destroyer) of Jane’s letters. Written by Gill Hornby, the novel offers a unique view on one of literature’s most famous figures, and approaches her enduring legacy and fame from a completely fresh perspective- I can’t wait to get started! 

Finally, The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow, which re-evaluates one of Austen’s often overlooked characters- Mary Bennet. I absolutely adore Pride and Prejudice, so the chance to revisit the narrative from a completely new point of view is irresistible, especially as the story stretches beyond the conclusion of Austen’s original book. I’m really looking forward to starting this one- although I think it’ll be a tad too heavy to stash in my bag for reading on the go! 

Have you discovered any new favourite reads recently? 

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


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