by Molly Moore
Looking through pages of book to molly's clevage with her pigtails hanging down for post about love books

I love books.

I can thank my parents for my love of books. Both of them are avid readers and as a child they both read to me a lot, and visits to the library and local little bookshop were a regular part of my childhood. I was the geeky kid who saved all their birthday money and pocket money and spent it on books. I was the kid who face burst into a huge smile if she got a book token (giftcard for the Americans) for Christmas. I loved my books. They were my friends. They were where I escaped to, the adventures I had, and as I grew where I learned about love, and murder, and grief, and romance, and betrayal and injustice, and sex and, well you get the idea, the list is endless.

I always wanted to run a little book shop. It was my childhood ambition. I tried to get a part time job in my local bookshop but they were not hiring. I have never worked in a bookshop but even to this day I would love to. I still sometimes day dream about my little bookshop. There would be places to sit and read. You could buy a tea or coffee and maybe a cake too and of course lots of lovely books. In fact if you buy a book you get a cup of tea or coffee for free. See, I have seriously thought about my little book shop.

When I saw that May’s prompts for Life Matter’s was all about books this month I knew I had to join in. Books, books, glorious books. I have shelves and shelves of them. A mixture of read and unread. If I read a book and it is good but not amazing then I tend to pass it onto to my Mum or take them to the charity bookshop. She sends her books to me so there is a steady supply between us but some books are for keeping. They are the books that are just special in some way. That you just can’t part with, whose stories stay with you for years after you have read them and they sit on your shelf and you know in between their pages there is a little bit of magic. How could you ever give those ones away?

For May’s prompt this week she asked for people to share their fiction recommendations. Being a life long book worm it is a little touch to know where to start with that. After all the books I love have definitely changed and evolved over the years and the list continues to grow ever longer. So I thought I would pick just 5 books from my book shelves that I would never get rid of for whatever reason.

A Town Like Alice by Neville Shute – A war time romance but definitely not your standard one. Set in Malaya during WWII and Australia post war it deals with love, endurance, hope and one woman’s absolute dogged determination to stay alive. I also clearly remember the TV mini series and may have had a youthful lusting after Bryan Brown. My attraction to older men is not a new thing.

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough – I am fairly sure the root of my priest/vicar kink can be found in the pages of this epic saga which I read in my later teen years. I somehow lost my original copy but replaced it a few years ago. Also this is another with a TV mini series connection and the scene were Meggie finally manages to seduce Father Ralph…. unnfff. Seriously if you have a slight priest kink and have not read this book then you are missing out.

Tampa by Alissa Nutting – I bought this book in the airport purely because of the cover and I definitely did not regret it. It based on a true story of female teacher who has a ‘relationship’ with one of her male students. It is dark and disturbing and fairly graphic and I am adamant that if the genders in the story were swapped it would never have got published.

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson – Any book that has blackened charred pages deserves to be kept but this one also contains a captivating story of love that I couldn’t put down. Michael read it first and gave it to me. It was one of those books wherre I was sad when it ended. That doesn’t happen often.

Sweetpea by C J Skuse – I love me a serial killer but a ruthless female serial killer is the best. It has a slight Brigit Jones style of writing about it in that it is diary entries but whilst Rhiannon is funny her similarity to Brigit ends there because she is also a ruthless cold blooded killer and I loved her.

Now what about you…. I would love for everyone who comments to leave me one recommendation for a fiction book you think I should read. And if you are interested in following along with my reading then check out my hashtag #mollyreadsbooks on Twitter where I have been writing about the books I have read for the last two years.

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Posy Churchgate March 27, 2020 - 11:33 pm

Wonderful literary shares Molly … Gosh there’s a prompt, books I could never get rid of, yep I could write a long list from that!

Like you I spent most of my pocket money on books too, and trips to the library were constant, although I had to wrestle my library card off my mum ( otherwise she used the whole family’s cards to borrow research books!)

Sweetpea – I think this is the one you mentioned before that I added to my TBR list, just struggling for spare time to read it! I recommend The Calling for you.

Molly Moore March 28, 2020 - 9:26 pm

I have added it to my book list on Amazon, thank you

Modesty Ablaze March 28, 2020 - 10:53 am

A lovely post Molly … Sweetpea sounds dangerous, but interesting!!!

Xxx – K

May More March 28, 2020 - 12:59 pm

Some great varied choices here. I have read your first two and am keen on them both. From the remainder I would like to to try Tampa.
I have many books I could leave as a recommendation but you may have read them. But this book – Year of Wonders – by Geraldine Brooks is a little less known. I read it when it was first published 19 years ago and it stayed with me for years. It is very apt in the strange times we are living now.
– May

Molly Moore March 28, 2020 - 9:25 pm

I have read that one and yes it is a brilliant book and very apt for the time we live in now. Sadly I lent my copy to someone and never saw it again. I must replace it someday


Mrs Fever March 28, 2020 - 7:35 pm

I have not read any of the titles on your list of five, but like you I have shelves full of books (both read and not-yet-read) and have a lifelong love affair with books.

I am always hesitant to ‘recommend’ books or say “You should read _________” because it feels presumptuous and prescriptive (I wrote a whole blog post about NOT recommending books once – *laugh*) but since you asked…

Given your nonstandard wartime romance at the top of your list: You might like The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. It’s fiction, but it’s based on fact, and its decidedly nonstandard. 🙂

Molly Moore March 28, 2020 - 9:26 pm

Ohh thank you. I have added this to my Amazon book list too. Thank you

Elliott March 28, 2020 - 11:17 pm

Sweetpea looks good. I like diary type stories and those told in letters. LikeThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.


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