18 August 2017

My Sanity Shelf

Reading has taken a backseat for me in the last couple of months. You know how it goes- life gets in the way and you barely have time to fill your monthly quota of four books (at least in my case). So while I don't have a whole lot of new books to talk about, I do have a bunch of old favourites which I return to time and time again- AKA my sanity shelf. Thanks to Sophie for this excellent post idea, taking inspiration from a fab project called Girls at Library. Without further ado, here are seven books that I could, and do, happily reread for comfort and all round happy times.

It by Alexa Chung
I've had this book for years and years and it's shown up an endless amount in my Instagrams. Not only do I love this book for the aesthetics, but I do like flicking through and reading random sections. It's certainly not a novel, but the gorgeous illustrations, vintage photos and iconic images of Alexa make this book one of my favourites to own. I absolutely love some of her style icons she mentions throughout the book, such as Anna Karina, Jane Birkin, George Harrison, Mick Jagger and Wednesday Adams. An essential for the coffee table (if I had one).

Submarine by Joe Dunthorne
This is the only book I've ever underlined passages in, probably because there are golden nuggets sprinkled throughout that were directly lifted and used in the film version. There is something nice about underlining my favourite parts in books although I don't think I'm completely committed to do this for every book. So, this without a doubt makes it onto my sanity shelf because I definitely tend to pick this up and reread sections.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Even though this series (and the movies) are literally the most popular thing on this planet (aside from Harry Potter probs), The Hunger Games is definitely my favourite book series. I've reread the series a few times and I almost feel like it's time for another read. I just think it's such a genius idea and translates really well onto film. My favourite book is the first one because I just think it's so iconic but my favourite movie is probably Catching Fire.

This Modern Love by Will Darbyshire
Similar to Alexa Chung's book, This Modern Love is the perfect thing to flick back through once you've read it from start to finish. I particularly like the 'beginning' section- with the lovely photos and thoughtful pages- it's just a nice book to have lying around (because obviously the cover is amazing).

Girl Out of Water by Nat Luurtsema
I basically NEVER reread books but considering how good Girl Out of Water was, I just had to. This is such a comforting and funny read. I always say this when I mention this book, but the cover is so misleading in my opinion and makes it look like it's for 8 year olds. Young teens would enjoy this but people my age would as well.

Driftwood by Cathy Cassidy
This is such a nostalgic read for me, just like Jacqueline Wilson's books are. I haven't read this book for a while but you can probably tell from the battered exterior that it's been well loved. I am definitely going to reread this sometime soon but I do remember some parts quite vividly. This is just such a comforting book for me, having got it for one of my birthdays ages ago, and I feel like I'm that way with a lot of children's/young adult books.

Girl Up by Laura Bates
I reread parts of this book for an assignment recently (it was a great assignment, clearly) and it reminded me how lovely and important this book is for teenagers to read. This, and Everyday Sexism have made me realise many things and the importance of equality in our society. Apart from it being about sexism, it also explores topics like relationships, body image, social media, etc which are all connected to feminism too in some way. It's books like these that make me have faith in humanity.

Have you read any of these books?




  1. Some of them are in my list (and I'm quite exited to read them!). I read all of the Hunger Games book in less than 2 weeks, this showed how much I loved them (maybe more than the Harry Potter ...)

  2. That is so interesting. I re-read books constantly. I used to love Cathy Cassidy, I read Scarlett about four times. Great post xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    1. Thank you :) I find it hard to reread at times.. x

  3. I love having a flick through It, it never gets dull. I really need to check out Modern Love, it sounds righ tup my street!

    Emma | Reverie de Paris

    1. It's a cool book! You should definitely check out This Modern Love :)

  4. This modern love is one of my all time favourite books, and its made me feel so many emotions its unreal. I must read Submarine, as I adore the movie and I imagine the book so be just as great!

    Lucy | Forever September

    1. I think the movie is better but the book is also great. x

  5. I've never heard of Girl Our of water but I just googled it as well and think it may be my next read! Also I love Submarine, I love the narrator and just the way it all is written I find some parts so funny, I have quite a few underlinings in my copy and then I bought it for my boyfriend at Christmas and underlined this one bit that made me laugh so much (for no reason I don't think it was meant to be as funny as I found it) for him just so he could see my enjoyment as he read it as well ! x

    1. Haha that's so cool! I would love to know what part that was. And that's such a cute gift/thought. xx


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