AD | Hello my lovelies, happy Friday, I really hope that you're all having a wonderful start to your weekend! Personally, for me, there is nothing better than snuggling up with a hot chocolate and a good book in the cooler months, so I wanted to share some of my all-time favourite books that you should read and have a copy of on your bookshelf.
| The Flat Share by Beth O'Leary | No offence to any other people on this list, but this book by far is my favourite book I have ever read. Like, ever. You may even have seen that I included this book in my What I'm Loving Lately Spring Edition blog post a little while back. Tiffy and Leon share a flat. Tiffy and Leon share a bed. Tiffy and Leon have never met. Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they're crazy, but it's the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy's at work in the day and she has the run of the place the rest of the time. But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven't met yet, they're about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window...
| The Secret by Rhona Byrne | I've talked tons about this book on my website in the past. The Secret honestly changed my life and really improved my mental health, anyone who suffers from anxiety, depression or had dark days would really benefit from reading this book. It has been passed down through the ages, highly coveted, hidden, lost, stolen, and bought for vast sums of money. This centuries-old Secret has been understood by some of the most prominent people in history: Plato, Galileo, Beethoven, Edison, Carnegie, Einstein - along with other inventors, theologians, scientists, and great thinks. Now the Secret is being to reveal to the world...
| Blood Brothers by Willy Russell | You, like a ton of other people, may have read this book in school during your GSCE times but it really is still one of my favourite books I've ever read. Described as 'A Liverpudlian West Side Story', twin brothers are separated at birth because their mother cannot afford to keep them both. She gives one of them away to wealthy Mrs Lyons and they grow up as friends in ignorance of their fraternity until the inevitable quarrel unleashes a blood-bath. 'Willy Russell is less concerned with political tub-thumping than with weaving a close-knit story about the working of fate and destiny ...it carries one along with it in almost unreserved enjoyment" Guardian One of the longest-running and most successful ever West End musicals, Blood Brothers premiered at the Liverpool Playhouse in January 1983. Although I'm yet to see it in a theatre, I am hoping one day I will be able to do so.
| The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks | While in Iraq, U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photo, half-buried in the dirt, of a woman. He carries it in his pocket, and from then on his luck begins to change. Once he's back home, Logan is haunted by thoughts of war and over time, he becomes convinced that the woman in the photo holds the key to his destiny. So he finds the vulnerable and loving Beth and a passionate romance begins. But Logan battles with the one secret he has kept from Beth: how he found her in the first place. And it is a secret that could utterly destroy everything they love...
| My Mad Fat Diary by Rae Earl | Ever wanted a peek into someone's real-life diary? Of course, you do! It's 1989 and Rae is a fat, boy-mad seventeen-year-old girl, living in Stamford, Lincolnshire with her mum and their deaf white cat in a council house with a mint off-green bath suite and a larder Rae can't keep away from. This is the hilarious and touching real-life diary she kept during that fateful year - with characters like her evil friend Bethany, Bethany's besotted boyfriend, and the boys from the grammar school up the road (who have code names like Haddock and Battered Sausage). My Mad Fat Diary evokes a vanished time when Charles and Di are still together, the Berlin wall is up, Kylie is expected to disappear from the charts at any moment and it's £1 for a Snakebite and Black in the Vaults pub. My Mad Fat Diary will appeal to anyone who's lived through the 1980s, is a nit nosey and wants to see into a real-life dairy or any girls out there who miss their teenage years. Not only that but it will also strike a chord with anyone who's ever been a confused, lonely teenager who clashes with their mother, takes themselves very seriously and has no idea how hilarious they are.
| John Constantine Hellblazer Volume 1 by Si Spurrier | I first fell completely in love with these graphic novels around eight years ago when staying in my husband's (then boyfriends) flat. If you're after a new graphic novel or want something darker yet humorous then you must check these out, starting with this one. John Constantine is back in London, back to his old tricks and just in time, as things have become very dark indeed in his old stomping grounds. A small-time gang lord has found himself dealing with a big-time outbreak of supernatural weirdness and, without any allies to call on and nothing left to call his own, John doesn't have many choices about taking a paycheck from one of London s worst, or accepting the help of one of the gang lord s would-be foot soldiers. But what should be an open-and-shut exorcism turns out to be nothing but and madness is just getting started!
| Little Moments of Love by Catana Chetwynd | Soppy meets Sarah’s Scribbles in this sweet collection of comics about the simple, precious, silly, everyday moments that make up a relationship. What began as stray doodles on scraps of paper became an internet sensation when Catana Chetwynd’s boyfriend shared her drawings online. Now, Catana Comics touches millions of readers with its sweet, relatable humour. Little Moments of Love collects just that - the little moments that are the best parts of being with the person you love. It's crazy how much this book relates to my relationship with my husband and our marriage, I'm more than sure others will enjoy it too! Perfect little coffee table read and a must-have book for every home.
What are your favourite books to snuggle up with and read? I'd love to know your thoughts so please leave me a little comment of love via one of my social media pages and let me know your views? I'm sending you all so much love for a wonderful day x
With love, Alisha Valerie. x