22 May 2016

On My Shelf

Today I'm using Jennie's number prompts [1+7, 3+10 and 5+1] to show you some things from my bookshelf! The majority of my shelves are organised alphabetically by author however I also have a couple shelves that are not organised any particular way, so you end up with quite a mixture.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton [shelf 1, book 7]
On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives at a grand house in Amsterdam to begin her new life as the wife of wealthy merchant Johannes Brandt. Though curiously distant, he presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations ring eerily true. As Nella uncovers the secrets of her new household she realizes the escalating dangers they face. The miniaturist seems to hold their fate in her hands – but does she plan to save or destroy them?
I read this last year after having it on my list for a while.  It wasn't one of my favourite reads and I think that's because it was quite different from what I expected - not quite as magical as it sounds.  That's not to say I didn't enjoy it though, just for different reasons than I originally picked it up for.  I wrote a full review which you can read here!

The Man Who Risked It All by Laurent Gounelle [shelf 3, book 10]
Alan Greenmor is standing on the edge of the Eiffel Tower, determined to end it all. A cough interrupts him. To his right is a mysterious stranger in a dark suit, smoking a cigar. This is Yves Dubreuil. The person who will change Alan's life.

Dubreuil convinces Alan to reconsider his plans, with one caveat: instead of ending his life, he will have to give his life over to Yves. In return, Dubreuil promises to teach Alan the secrets to happiness and success. Yves' plan to transform Alan from a man on the edge is not an easy or likely one. But if Alan is to return to life, he must risk it all...
I had actually forgotten all about this book! If I remember rightly it was a present a couple of Christmases ago.  Hopefully one I'll get around to reading soon, particularly because it involves two of my favourite things - mysteries, and Paris!

 Harry at the Airport by Derek Radford [shelf 5, book 1]

Quite an odd thing for a 25 year old woman with no children to have on her bookshelf, you may think, but there's a story behind it!

When I was quite young, between the ages of around 2 to 6, we went on a few holidays abroad and most often by plane. I remember snippets of those holidays but nothing at all about flying, being on a plane or even in the airport at all.  I only know that we did fly because I vividly remember reading Harry at the Airport. It follows a family of hippos on their way on holiday and through check in, baggage check, boarding etc. so children can learn about all the things that go on and the different people that work in the airport.  I loved it! I could even picture the exact layout of some of the pages. We didn't go on any more holidays abroad after I started school but every time someone brought up flying I would talk about this book and wonder what happened to it. I even looked for it online a couple of times with no luck.

Fast forward to when I was 18 and I went on my first holiday without my parents, to Tunisia with a group of friends from school. A couple of days before I left my dad surprised me with a copy of the book he'd found on eBay! I don't think it was even available in the UK any more and this copy was actually shipped over from America.  I was so excited and I loved being able to flick through it again! Now, it's one of the most special things on my shelf and I'm looking forward to sharing it with my children in the future.

What's on your shelf?

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