Since discovering GoodReads I have fallen back in love with literature and I read quite a few books during September but these three were the stand-outs by a long way.
Coco's Secret* by Niamh Greene is a beautiful book that follows Coco as she discovers an old letter hidden inside a vintage Chanel handbag she finds in a box of bric-a-brac bought at auction and her journey as she pieces together the clues that will hopefully lead her to the letters' rightful owner. I popped up a slightly more detailed review here but it's no secret that I loved it. There's one particular part where I got a little teary-eyed and I think that's a real testament to Niamh Greene's writing. She even took the time to tweet me saying that she liked my review, which I thought was incredibly lovely and thoughtful. I will definitely be reading another of her books very soon.
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling is a book I was a little apprehensive about reading, but I needn't have been because I absolutely adored it. The town of Pagford is seemingly idyllic, but all is not as it first appears to be and the death of a parish Councillor becomes the catalyst for the biggest 'war' the town has ever seen. I go much more into detail about why in my post here, but I think Rowling manages to create such a wonderfully complete world as well as characters I became really invested in and cared about. Not for everyone, but I loved it.
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith is J.K. Rowling writing under a pseudonym and I think it's a thoroughly cracking crime novel. When troubled model Lula falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed she has committed suicide but her older brother has his doubts and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to take a close look into the case. I'll have a full review up very soon, so all I'll say here is that if you've been thinking about reading it, definitely give it a go!
Stickygram (who are awesome) got in touch, I had the opportunity to get a few of my instagram pictures printed on to sweet little magnets and I think they're pretty fabulous. I'm so pleased with the quality and the vibrancy of the prints and they popped through my letterbox at lightning speed - it's almost as if they magicked them over! I'm working on a cute way to display them at the moment, I think they're too pretty to be hidden away in the kitchen where we don't spend too much time - I want to be able to look at them all the time instead!
My Gryffindor scarf that I got in the gift shop at the Harry Potter Studio Tour had to feature in here somewhere, even if I have only been able to wear it twice so far. Hurry up cold weather! I really want a Ravenclaw scarf too so I've bought myself some knitting needles and I'm going to attempt to learn how to knit. I've heard it's pretty relaxing when you get into it and I think it'll be nice to force myself to have a little bit of down-time because things are going to be pretty hectic over here for a while. I'm hoping I'll have the patience (and ability) to at least start and finish knitting one scarf. Who knows, it might even end up being something I really love!
Time Turner necklace from eBay after wanting to buy one at the Studio Tour but not spotting any and I just love it. I'm not sure how much I'll actually end up wearing it because it's pretty big, but it's ridiculously pretty and I have it out on display so it's lovely to look at! The blue Fishing Boat necklace* was gifted to me by Koa Jewellery, a Cornish, ethical handmade jewellery company making pieces inspired by the ocean. The deep blue shade is simply stunning and I've received so many compliments when I've worn this, it has fast become one of my most favourite pieces.
The silver sailboat was a gift from Mark when he returned from his mini-holiday to Cornwall and I think it's so perfect & thoughtful that I've barely taken it off since I opened it. It's so detailed, truly a piece that is small but perfectly formed. And finally mine and Mark's initials from an etsy seller called Rose and Raven, which is a ridiculously sentimental piece of jewellery that will be a favourite for a long time to come I think.
Do you know how to knit?
What has been your favourite book you've read recently?