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The Book Smith: Second Hand Book Shop Treasures.

Those of you who saw my recent post to Weedon’s Depot will know I visited second-hand bookshop, called The Book Smith, and I had a little splurge on books. I could have spent hours in The Book Smith. It smelled like an amazing old bookshop (I scent I wish I could bottle up). There were so many books to explore, more than most bookshops I visit in London with a coffee shop with delicious homemade cakes and hot drinks. I would recommend the mint hot chocolate!  I got six books for £14 (what a bargain!) some which are on my (never-ending!) reading list as well as some that just caught my eye. For each book, I will include, the summary provided by the author and why I decided to buy the book. Hope you enjoy!

Books on my reading list

The Abundance of Katherines by John Green


When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine.

And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped.

Nineteen times, to be exact.

On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun – but no Katherines.

Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.

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Why I brought this book?

Just like many other young people, I loved The Fault in our Stars and to be honest, had not read a John Green book before then. I enjoy his style of writing, focusing on character development and adventure and subsequently, have gone on to read Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska. Looking for Alaska is my favourite so far, the storyline is gripping as I felt invested in both the main characters. Anyway, lots of people say that Abundance of Katherines is their favourite John Green book so I thought I would give it a go.

Bonus Mini Review

I have actually finished this book so thought I would give you a mini review of my thoughts. Colin Singleton is incredibly smart, so is expected to do great things, but has little emotional intelligence. His best friend Hassan helps to ground Colin by providing an emotional context in everyday situations. Colin is going through a break up so has decided to create a graph showing when a relationship will end based on his previous relationships with girls who are all called Katherine. Colin and Hassan also decide to take a road trip and meet Lindsey who starts to become close with Colin.  I won’t say anymore as I don’t want to spoil the book for you! It is a fascinating yet light read focusing on friendships and teenage relationships.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte


Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries.

The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.

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Why I brought this book?

A British classic which I have ashamed to say I have not read. Jane Eyre by Emily Bronte’s sister Charlotte Bronte is one of my favourite books of all time. The writing is so dramatic and powerful yet easy to understand. So I’m keen to read  Emily’s work and see if there are any comparisons. I am also looking forward to reading a love story that isn’t all sunshine and rainbows based on the summary!

Lovely Bones by Alice Seabold.


My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.

In heaven, Susie Salmon can have whatever she wishes for – except what she most wants, which is to be back with the people she loved on earth. In the wake of her murder, Susie watches as her happy suburban family is torn apart by grief; as her friends grow up, fall in love, and do all the things she never had the chance to do herself. But as Susie will come to realize, even in death, life is not quite out of reach . . .

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Why I brought this book?

A remember in my teenage years hearing about Lovely Bones but I wasn’t into reading as much as I am now. My Auntie reminded me of this book as she is going to see the play so I was pleased to find a copy in the shop. The theme is slightly more sinister than my normal reads, as I don’t really read about murders! But I am interested in reading this book as it is from the perspective of the victim.

New discoveries

Fractured by Dani Atkins


The night of the accident changed everything… 
Now, five years on, Rachel’s life is crumbling. She lives alone in a tiny flat, working in a dead-end job, desperate with guilt over her best friend’s death. She would give anything to turn back the clock. But life doesn’t work like that … Does it?

The night of the accident was a lucky escape… 
Now, five years on, Rachel’s life is perfect. She has a wonderful fiancé, loving family and friends around her, and the career she always wanted. But why can’t Rachel shake the memory of a very different life?

Gripping, romantic and heartbreaking, Fractured is a magical love story that asks: can two different stories lead to the same happy ending?

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Why I brought this book?

It is interesting to wonder how your life might be different if certain events hadn’t planned out for better or worse so I was intrigued to read about a character who is experiencing this. This book is quite a short read so would be perfect for a long weekend.

Thanks for the memories by Cecelia Ahern


How can you know someone you’ve never met?

Joyce Conway remembers things she shouldn’t. She knows about tiny cobbled streets in Paris, which she has never visited. And every night she dreams about an unknown little girl with blonde hair.

Justin Hitchcock is divorced, lonely and restless. He arrives in Dublin to give a lecture on art and meets an attractive doctor, who persuades him to donate blood. It’s the first thing to come straight from his heart in a long time.

When Joyce leaves hospital after a terrible accident, with her life and her marriage in pieces, she moves back in with her elderly father. All the while, a strong sense of déjà vu is overwhelming her and she can’t figure out why …

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Why I brought this book?

I didn’t realise this author wrote PS I love you, not one I have personally read but one everyone has heard of.  I would be lying if I said one of the characters being set in Dublin (a city I can’t wait to visit) was a factor in me buying this book. I enjoy reading stories about two separate characters whose lives intertwine, I think its that feeling of knowing something before the characters do.

A Place called Here By Cecelia Ahern


Ever wondered where lost things go?

Ever since the day her classmate vanished, Sandy Shortt has been haunted by what happens when something – or someone – disappears. Finding has become her goal.

Jack Ruttle is desperate to find his younger brother who vanished into thin air a year ago. He spots an ad for Sandy’s missing persons agency and is certain that she will answer his prayers and find his brother.

But then Sandy disappears too, stumbling upon a place that is a world away from the only one she has ever known. Now all she wants, more than anything, is to find her way home.

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Why I brought this book?

Another of Cecilia’s books intrigued me so hopefully, I like a writing style! This book intrigued me as it seems like a light-hearted mystery with a focus on the characters involved and their emotions, rather than the situation. I love getting really invested in the characters in a book so this is important to me and I also think it adds more drama to the scenario if you are invested in the characters.

I have just finished reading this book and loved it! So keep an eye out for a full reviewing coming next week.

If you have read any other these books let me know what you think. No spoilers though!

Come back on Wednesday to see my current Amazon book wishlist


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