Jessica Laura


I was tagged by why-the-caged-bird-sings to do this, so here we go:

Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list.

1. I Love You This Much by Sam Mc Bratney

This is the earliest memory i have of reading. My mum has read it to me hundreds of times when I was tiny and it’s the most beautiful book. I’m going to read it to my future children, without fail.

2. Elisabeth is missing by Emma Healey

I have very recently read this book and I thought it was wonderful. My granny has dementia and it was so fascinating to read a book in the pov of someone who has this horrific disease. it’s a really hard thing to do (I’ve tried) and Healey does it wonderfully. Makes you really rethink how to talk and react to people.

3. Harry potter series by JK Rowling.

Who doesn’t love a bit of harry potter!! Books 3 and 6 are my favourite. I love time travel and mysteries. And these two especially had that for me.

4. The Kingmakers Daughter by Philippa Gregory

I love how Gregory’s books focus on characters in history that don’t get a lot of attention in the class room. I didn’t have a clue who Anne Neville was until the Cousin’s War series, and I immediately fell in love with Anne. This book also made me rethink about Richard III. They are such a fascinating and mysterious couple, and this book started my obsession with them.

5. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

I don’t think I have a favourite book but this one comes pretty close to being it! My dad gave me this book to read on holiday once when I had run out of things to read. It was probably the first ‘adult’ book that I had ever read and since then I think I’ve read it three or four times (which is ALOT for me, - I don’t reread!) Good romance. Quirky timeline. Contains time travel. What more do you want from a book :)

6. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

I love all of Kate Morton’s books. They are all superbly written. Great complex characters, amazing unexpected twists in the plots, the best settings and she always includes the whole duel time(past and present) aspect thing - which is my favourite plot structure :) she is possibly my favourite author, and this is (I think) her best novel. Jimmy ❤️

7. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This is a book I’d love to forget just so I could read it again. It’s beautiful and magical. I need to reread this.

8. Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by TS Eliot.

I know this isn’t strictly a ‘book’ and it’s a set of poems, but they are my favourite poems. Brought to me through the genius that is Andrew Lloyd Webber :) my mum bought me this beautiful copy of this collection of poems for my 16th birthday and I’ll always treasure it.

9. Unsaid Things by McFly

This book shocked me. Growing up loving and admiring this band, I had no idea the amount of shit these guys had gone through and the kind of things they had gotten up to. (I hadn’t the foggiest they were so naughty!!) I am so unbelievably proud of Dougie it’s untrue. He is so brave. If you’re a fan, you need to read the book. That’s all I’m saying.

10. The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

This is an odd one for me. My old English teacher told me to read it but I can’t even look at this book anymore. It distressed me for weeks on end, infact it still distresses me, I can’t have it in on my bookshelves in my bedroom. I couldn’t sleep. Don’t even get me started on the film - why I went to see it I have no idea. So haunting. The ending, I can’t even explain how it made me feel. I loath the holocaust for how horrific and inhuman it was but at the same time the subject fascinates me. This book makes me shudder. That’s why it’s on this list.

I would tag others to do the same, but I’m on my phone, (still have no wifi!!) and I’ve saved this post as a draft and I can’t work out how to tag people using all that HTML coding stuff!! So anyone that sees this, feel free to do it and tag me in it so I can read it :)

Lake at #burghley #stamford #lincolnshire #lake

Lake at #burghley #stamford #lincolnshire #lake

Move over chatsworth. I wanna get married here! #burghley #stamford #lincolnshire

Move over chatsworth. I wanna get married here! #burghley #stamford #lincolnshire

Just visiting my next door neighbour :) #burghley #stamford #lincolnshire #countryhouse #england

Just visiting my next door neighbour :) #burghley #stamford #lincolnshire #countryhouse #england

New ring :) #pia #ring #jewellery #new

New ring :) #pia #ring #jewellery #new

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Did Pride make you feel political about your sexuality? “It made me feel that people have to stop talking about the difference between people. The difference between England and Ireland, men and women, middle class and working class people, gay and straight people… It’s endless. People are more similar than we think. That is a political ideal I think. I feel enormously positive, maybe I’m too optimistic, but I think this film will change attitudes. One of the reviews said it’s a film that makes you want to punch the air - and that’s exactly how Pride made me feel.” - Andrew Scott

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