Fun fact: one of the first things I did when I moved is join the local library.
It’s a place where you can read as many books as you want for free – what’s not to love? Library Love will be a regular series of my blog talking about my recent reads from the library, and (hopefully) encourage a few of you to use your own local library a bit more often.
Scarlett Says by Scarlett Moffatt | Rating: 3*
Whilst I’m not a regular watcher of Gogglebox, the Channel 4 TV show where you simply watch other people watching TV, I am aware of Scarlett Moffatt through countless magazine articles and TV appearances. I thought I would give her first book a go, after seeing that she has recently released an autobiography. Scarlett Says was exactly what I thought it would be; a quick read of what Scarlett thinks about certain topics interspersed with some of her favourite facts. I’m tempted to pick up Scarlett’s new autobiography and see what I think of that; hopefully it will be more “personal” than Scarlett Says.
Humble Pie by Gordon Ramsay | Rating: 4*
If you are ever wondering “what is Daniella doing on a Saturday morning?” I’m either at IKEA or I am watching Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares/Hotel Hell. Reading that back, I should probably get out a bit more. I’m not quite sure where this new obsession with Gordon has come from, but hey ho. When I spotted that Humble Pie, Gordon’s autobiography, was available on my library’s digital app, I couldn’t borrow it fast enough. As expected, Gordon holds nothing back in the account of his life. From a difficult childhood with an abusive father, the volatile years of training as a chef, and his growing fame, he talks about it all. As a fan, it was great to see a different side of him, and I particularly felt for Gordon whilst reading the chapters that talk about his brother’s addiction to heroin.
Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur | 3*
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur | 4*
If you are not familiar with Rupi Kaur, she is a poet who shot to fame on Instagram when a photo of her went viral. Milk & Honey, her first book, is a collection of poems. The book is divided into four sections – the idea is that each section can “deal with a different pain, heal a different heartache”. Some of the poems are powerful, but unfortunately many of the poems from Milk & Honey have been shared across social media so many times I had practically read the whole thing anyway. However, hope is not lost as I thoroughly enjoyed her second book, The Sun and Her Flowers. It featured poems from Milk & Honey, together with brand new ones that luckily I hadn’t read before! I have to say, the particular poem “Checklist” melted my heart.
What was the last book that you read?