For the Love of Charity Shops: This Week’s 5 Novels

“Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth.”

― Khaled Hosseini

I took Maia into Cancer Research recently to have a browse through the books and found myself leaving with a bag full of novels. (Which is not surprising when they’re £1.50 each; I do tend to get carried away).

I loved reading as a child. Then as a teenager I sadly lost interest a bit but probably made it through a couple of novels a year.

Now I cherish any moment I get with a book.

Reading a novel, to me, is the ultimate treat because it is just that; a story. – It’s not for any direct self-improvement purposes, it’s not for me to work on my habits or learn how to be a better parent; the purpose is simply to get lost in a story that’s nothing to do with your life. It’s escapism.

I plan to read more novels in 2017. As much as I love personal development and self-help, I think I might tone it down a little next year and spend more of my sacred alone time getting lost in a fantasy world that someone else has created, rather than “visualising my goals and the future I will create for myself” or whatever other bit of life-changing advice I have yet to note down.

Here are the 5 novels I picked up at my latest Charity Shop splurge:

  1. THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett

I saw this in the cinema with my Mum in 2011. I still can’t believe I’ve yet to read the book. It’s one of the only stories to make both me and my mother cry at the same time. – Knowing that of course, it’s not even really fiction, makes it that much harder to swallow.

2. FATES AND FURIES by Lauren Groff

It was only published last year, with dozens of great reviews and a New York Times Bestseller so..thought I’d see what all the fuss was about..


Just really enjoyed the sound of the plot…

4. THE THREAD by Victoria Hislop

Again, enchanting plot. Also, I am trying to read more books that aren’t quite so modern day. 1917 Greece fits the bill.

5. LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE by Jessica Knoll

Again, great reviews and love the sounds of the dark twisted plot.

Currently Reading:
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
Winners by Alastair Campbell

“When I want to read a novel, I write one.”

― Benjamin Disraeli



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