Finding Old Books

By Char Shields - April 27, 2020



Whilst going through some boxes at my mum's house, I found some old books that I almost forgot I had. Half of these I haven't even read yet!

There is nothing like going through old stuff and finding some treasures. That's exactly how I would describe some of these. There are a few that I would like to talk about today.


1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This is a classic. I'm sure everyone read this as a teenager and obsessed over the film. Of course, I was one of them. I loved John Green and the Fault in Our Stars was one of my favourites.

Focusing on two teenaged cancer patients, this book is full of heartbreak. But the love these two teens feel for each other is strong and takes them to exciting places. I fully remember crying at both the book and the film, I'm not ashamed to say that.

2. Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern

From the author of P.S. I Love You, Where Rainbows End is a beautiful love story about two best friends who eventually find each other after a lifetime of heartbreak and hardships. It's told through text messages, letters and emails, and has you laughing one minute and crying the next.

Cecelia Ahern is a fantastic romance author. Although I don't really read romantic novels these days, I love coming back to this book over and over again.

3. The Amazing Book is Not On Fire by Daniel Howell and Phil Lester

Although this isn't a narrative, I still wanted to mention this book as it was a part of my teenage years as well. Out of all the YouTuber books, this is by far the best. Saying that, I've never read any others - I'm just guessing here.


Why I think this book is so great, even now, is because it's packed full of creativity. From a fan's point of view, this is the perfect book to enjoy and find out things about Dan and Phil. It's funny and their personality is squeezed into every word.

4. Nursery Rhymes

I also found a very old nursery rhymes book that I've had since I was a child.


If I remember right, this book has been passed down through generations of my family. It's very old-fashioned, so it feels like I'm looking back through history when I flick through these pages. I don't know if I'll ever have children of my own, but if I do then I will be passing this book down to them.

5. Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti 

Goblin Market is a long-form poem written by Christina Rossetti. I originally bought this when I was studying it back in college. This certainly brings back memories of A Level English Literature.


The poem itself covers a lot of important topics, including the effects of capitalism which is right up my alley. I believe being exposed to this type of literature has helped me realise the true ways of the world and just how messed up it all is. I owe a lot to the writers I studied in college, as well as my English lecturers.

6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Ending with some more young adult fiction, I of course have to talk about Fangirl.

This novel is about a girl who writes fan-fiction and who moves to college with her twin sister, who she starts to grow apart from. I only read this book about a year ago, and I was absolutely glued to it. Honestly, I couldn't put this book down and finished it within a couple of days.




I've yet to read the rest of the books in the above picture (apart from Marnine Simpson's biography and The Perks of Being a Wallflower which, sorry, I wasn't really a fan of). Luckily (feels weird to use that word in this sentence) we're in lockdown, so I have plenty of time to get through them.

Until the next time,

Char

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  1. Why do we hold onto our old books I wonder. It's not strictly necessary - most just hang around and we could easily get replacements - and yet we do ( I do especially!!). I still find it hard buying a title on KIndle - even though I prefer reading on the tablet - because I miss the physical book on my shelves. There are eve some I have bought in both formats.

    I think the real reason we keep them, is because our books are a trove of our memories, and (if unread) intentions - they say something about who we are and stand proxy for our thoughts at times in our lives. To bin them is somehow to lose that even if they are never opened again.

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    1. It's funny, isn't it? I definitely keep them as I'm a bit of a hoarder, and they hold sentimental value to me. I still have my old Roald Dahl children's books that I can never get rid of, they feel too important.

      Interesting observation as usual, Mark. Thank you :)

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