Books, books, books.

When I grow up, I want this in my house:

Now, to get this I need a few things like money, an actual house, a good architect... but most of all, books.

Over the last year I've focused on reading for fun. Before that it was textbooks upon textbooks, and I never wanted to spend more time reading because my eyes hurt from studying. Yes, that is my story and I'm sticking to it. But now I have pretty much all the time in the world to read books that I actually like.

So here I am, asking all of my wonderful readers, do you have any book recommendations? I'm not picky and I like to have an open mind when it comes to reading, so any suggestions are much appreciated. I have list ready to write them all down, I promise!


  1. For a good love story - anything by Nicholas Sparks!

    If you are looking for classics, I would recommend: Little Women, Gone with the Wind, Pride & Prejudice

    Life of Pi - in my opinion the book is a million times better than the movie!

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - not my usual type of book but I actually LOVED it and am amping up to read the 2nd one, The Girl who Played with Fire

    Happy reading doll :)

    1. Thanks so much Darcy! I did read the girl with the dragon tattoo series and loved it. You should keep reading, the ending is great :) But I haven't read the others. I'll look into them!!

  2. yeah girl! Reading is the way. to. go.
    Oh gosh, reading recommendations?
    John Irving: A Prayer for Owen Meany
    Wally Lamb: She's Come Undone
    Amy Tan: The Joy Luck Club (I haven't read that one, but people at the bookstore seem to like it)
    Sue Townsend: The Adrian Mole series
    Zadie Smith: White Teeth, N-W
    Vincent Lam: Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures
    Sue Monk Kidd: The Secret Life of Bees
    and I have heard great things about the Divergent series
    I hope that helps!! haha if you ever come to Toronto friends and family get 50% off at the bookstore!!

    1. Wow, thanks for all the suggestions! This is awesome :) You rock!

  3. Love the above photo - having a library in my home has always been my dream. Sigh, one day!

    As for recommendations:
    - one of the best books I read in 2012 was Jian Ghomeshi's 1982.
    - Tina Fey's Bossypants is hilarious.
    - The Glass Castle.
    - Pride and Prejudice
    - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
    - I'm a fan of Janet Evanovich for a fast and entertaining read, but it's by no means great literature.

    Happy reading & library building!

    Kate xo

    1. I know, so peaceful eh? And thanks for the suggestions, I'll definitely look into them!

  4. Oohh yes please! And I totally agree with you - I have to do so much textbook reading that unfortunately more reading is the last thing I feel like doing to relax :( But this year I'm going to try to do more 'for fun' reading! I'm taking notes on all these recommendations :)

    1. Yay!! Textbooks are just so dry and boring, reading for fun is much, much better!

  5. I get to read a lot of books for work (not textbooks, actual novels), although a lot of them are young people's literature. I'm also part of a book club, I shop in book stores way too much and I also read in different languages which considerably adds on to the "must reads", which means I have way more books than I have time to read. Regardless, my fiancé and I are slowly working on building a little reading space like in your picture above.
    Here are a few of the books that I read that I would recommend.

    The Millenium Series, everyone else has mentioned it, but you should definitely read the other two. There are few bits that get long, but all in all you can't stop reading and Lisbeth is just so awesome.

    Little Bee - Chris Cleave
    Before I Go to Sleep - S.J. Watson
    Tell it to the Trees - Anita Rau Badami
    Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie (this one is young people's lit but it is worth reading. An allegory for freedom of speech.)
    The Alchemist - Paulo Coehlo


  6. The Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear is great. Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver is awesome. The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld is amazing, I'm about to read Divergent. You should get GoodReads and add me on there... I've read a ton of really good books! :)

    1. I got it! But I don't know how to find people :(

  7. I'm totally going to look into all of these recommendations that people gave you!

  8. I need that in my house too!!!

    Are you on goodreads? If not you totally should be, you'd love it! Add me as a friend and you can see all the books I have read recently - don't judge though, I read A LOT of chic lit.

    1. Oh great idea! Thanks!! And don't worry, I do too. I'm trying to branch out a bit but sometimes you just gotta have that super easy read :)

  9. I wanted to have a built in bookcase in our house but alas it wasn't meant to be. I did however make 2 window seats for my bay windows (which my cats use far more often than I do!) I just read "Sun at Midnight" which I quite enjoyed.

  10. I'm on the last chapter of the Secret Keeper (Kate Morton) and am loving it. A historical mystery that's a real page-turner, with a great twist. Recently my sister and I both read and LOVED The Art of Racing in the Rain which is equal parts poignant, insightful and funny...and is narrated by a dog. It's a quick read.


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