Books to Fall in Love With ...

With Valentine’s just around the corner, we wanted to do something a little different for 2021 and share with readers some of the books we’ve fallen in love with over the years. As ardent readers and lovers of literature, we know there’s no shortage when it comes to the host of incredible books out there in the world. But, somehow, we have managed to hone it down to just six of our most loved and well-thumbed books spanning childhood to adulthood. From both Amanda, our owner and bookseller, and Emily, our resident blogger, these are our top picks for books to fall in love with …

Amanda - owner and bookseller:

Amanda's top picks of books to fall in love with...

The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr:

I have fallen in love with many books throughout my 54 years in this world, but the first was The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr. As a child I used to visit our local library every Saturday morning and this was always the book I wanted to take out the most. I was fascinated by the way in which the tiger drank the water from the tap and I think I saw myself as the little girl. I can still remember the smell of the library and the feel of the book as I carried it home. Undoubtedly a timeless classic, it will lie in the hearts of children for generations.

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë:

When I was 14 years old, I read Jane Eyre and that was the beginning of my love affair with reading. Charlotte Brontë transported me to another world and I wanted every book to do the same. I fell in love with Mr Rochester and felt the power of the written word and how extraordinarily it can evoke so much emotion.

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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens:

One of my most recent perfect reads was the incredible Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. The sense of place was beautifully evoked, it had a truly compelling narrative, and it had such wonderful characters you couldn’t help but hold dear. I want to read it again this year, and I know Emily does too. We both just loved it so much.

You can also read one of our previous blog posts here on a book review of Where the Crawdads Sing and hear how much we loved it.

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Emily - Resident Blogger:

Emily's top picks of books to fall in love with...

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell:

I remember the first time I read this pinnacle of a book, bracing myself at almost every page, looking for the words that had become so famously recited from the movie screen of 1939. ‘Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.’ It wasn’t until finishing the book that I realised I had to wait until the very last pages of this brick of a novel to reach that famous line. Hers and Rhett Butler’s love story is both infuriating and devastating and I think I’ll always find it fascinating. Set against a backdrop of the American Civil War that will forever be a turning point in US history, this book will always be a firm favourite of mine.

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Note: I know this book heavily romanticises the antebellum south and only recommend if people are prepared to read it in context.
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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë:

Wuthering Heights made its way into my hands when I was fourteen going on fifteen. I had to read it for GCSE coursework and although most people in the class weren’t keen on reading it, I found myself loving it. I’ve always been a lover of classics, but there’s just something about Wuthering Heights that seems so dramatic, haunting and striking. The wild moors; the wind and rain tangling Cathy’s hair; the overwhelming urge to be swept away with the story – I fell in love with it all. I’ve read it many times since. Much of my favourite lines of literature come from this novel and Heathcliff’s strangled cries of ‘Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living; you said I killed you - haunt me, then!’ is one of them.

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee:

There’s just something about this book that warms my heart through and through. I love Scout’s voice and always enjoy the unravelling of the plot and story the deeper I go into the book. Scout is, without a doubt, one of my favourite characters in literature, ever. Told from her perspective, it encompasses a period of her childhood set against the backdrop of her hometown in 1930s America, in an era of social injustice, racism and the effects of the Great Depression. Even now, there’s still much to learn from this novel today. It’s always stayed with me for years and I love dipping back into its pages every now and then.

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Vintage Subscription Service

To coincide with Valentine’s weekend, we have put together a special vintage subscription package all to do with love and romance. Our vintage subscription service is uniquely tailored and hand picked with classic memorabilia to enrich the reader’s experience. We are also keen to create bespoke packages to celebrate anniversaries, as well as any other occasions you’d like to celebrate. If you’re all set for Valentine’s but would still like to gift a book package to a special someone, just let us know and we can start working on it straight away. For more information, please visit the subscriptions page on our website, or take a look at this previous blog post.

After all, there’s nothing quite like falling in love with an undiscovered, or brand new, book...

Stay safe out there and happy reading.

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