bluebell & bumpkin

recent reads

Thursday, 9 July 2015

When I realised my recently-read pile contained heavyweights such as Wolf Hall, To Kill a Mockingbird, Cloud Atlas and The Goldfinch, I was craving something a little more easy-going. One of my least favourite expressions in the English language, is 'Chick-Lit'. It is a fluffy expression, which often hides a fantastic story, and after all, sometimes, a story about when girl met boy, falls in love and lives happily ever after, is exactly what you need.

silently

Saturday, 20 June 2015


:: the sunset

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Sometimes it is the simple things. Sometimes, the only thing that matters is the handwritten letter dropping onto your please wipe your feet doormat, the clink of ice-cubes in a tall glass of water, slipping under the freshest of bedsheets and the most breathtaking of sunsets.

:: chicken soup for the soul

Monday, 15 June 2015

I saw a wonderful post on Barbour's Instagram page the other day which read, Books are the Mirrors of Our Soul. And whilst this is certainly true, there is also an argument to say that not only are books the mirrors of our soul, certain books are in fact, good for the soul.

There are two books which I have recently read which should have a place on everyone's shelf: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, and Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling. Both are written by remarkable women, and both have given me food for thought, or being chicken soup for the soul.

currently reading :: harper lee

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is a book which needs little introduction. I had not read it since my schooldays which are more days ago then I would care to admit, and when it was announced earlier in the year Harper Lee would publish Go Set a Watchman, a sequel to her classic book in July of this year, I knew it was time to reread the original.

 'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.'