My Capsule Bookcase, By Lizabeth Westwood. (Guest Post.)

*This guest post is part of an ongoing series, completely unique to this week. This is by Lisabeth Westwood, from lizabethwestwood.wordpress.com.*

I own far too many books and not quite enough shelves. But I love to reread books and I have created a capsule bookcase of the five that I think are brilliant and that you should definitely check out. Some are new, some are old, but they are all amazing.

The Classic: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
It is a classic for a reason and it is my favourite novel by Austen. If you like Bridget Jones, then you might see some similarities…hello Mr Darcy! This is the story of the Bennet family and their search to find the perfect match for their daughters. The main character is Elizabeth Bennet and she is a likeable, strong, and intelligent woman. The romances and relationships in this book are entertaining and surprise and this book definitely is improved by rereading. This novel will take the modern reader to the 1800s…but in a good way. 

Fantasy: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
I wasn’t a fantasy fan until I bought my first Robin Hobb trilogy. The author has an amazing ability to create a fantasy world with convincing and interesting characters and cultures. It isn’t space/alien fantasy rather more of a medieval world with a hint of magic. It follows the life of a young boy who is the illegitimate son of the heir to the throne who gets taken to court and instructed in the arts of assassination. It is the best thing I’ve read this year!

My Guilty Pleasure: Forbidden Places by Penny Vincenzi.
I first read this book when I was 12 and my mum brought it as holiday read. I was very much too young to read it (it has some ‘racy’ scenes!) but as an adult it has become my ultimate guilty pleasure book. It follows three women during World War II. It is a long, complex story and deals with a range of issues such as marriage, domestic violence, and a country in crisis and it keeps you hooked. I love the main character, Grace: she isn’t perfect but you are always on her side.

Detective: The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King
Think you know Sherlock Holmes? Think again. Holmes meets the young Mary Russell during a walk on the Sussex Downs and he introduces her to a life of detection. This book is the first of a huge series and each book follows the developing relationship between Holmes and Russell as they solve cases. If you are keen on historical fiction and on books where you don’t know what is happening next, then you’ll love this. It is the perfect weekend read with a beautiful cover.

Cookbook: Ready Steady Glow by Madeleine Shaw
I got this cookbook for my 26th birthday and I love these recipes! It is split into two sections: 30 minute meals and slow recipes. All the recipes are healthy, delicious, and include both plant- and meat-based meals. I love this cookbook because the recipes don’t require too many expensive or obscure ingredients. Shaw also includes a yoga routine at the back and talks through her approach to healthy eating. The photos are so lovely; it is perfect dinner inspiration. 

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