Brocante Bookshelf

By Alison September 28, 2023 3 Comments 4 Min Read

You know how there are people who prefer dogs to people? I feel the same way about books and if someone would let me live in a bookshop, I would move in tomorrow.

But in lieu of life among the bookshelves, there is Amazon and I spend more time than can surely be healthy stuffing my virtual basket with those books I want, because I have myself convinced that the universe regularly pokes her nose into my account and arranges for life to grant me bookish blessings.

So this week I’m helping her alone by sharing my wish-list out loud: an eclectic reflection of all the parts of me right now and a nudge to the universe to pop them on my library’s shelves, upload them to Borrowbox or stuff them in my Christmas stocking…

  1. Simple Country Living by Annette Thurman (aff) – because it struck me the other day that the lovely lifestyle books I used to cherish speak of times gone by now and it is time to add a little modern old-fashioned to my coffee table.
  2. What About Men by Caitlin Moran (aff)- because yes, what about men? I loved Caitlin’s take on womanhood in her two previous books and I’m ready to have all the conversations we are not as a society having.
  3. Growing Seasons by Kristen Johns (aff)- Mostly because I want to make my own Lavender Blue Tansy skin serum please?
  4. Turning Inward by Ross Rayburn (aff)- because I am ready for a new more personal, introspective take on meditation guided by someone who truly knows his stuff.
  5. The Unfortunate Effects of Heartbreak and Magic by Breanne Randall (aff) – because it says it is for all those who love Practical Magic and The Gilmore Girls. So what’s not to like?
  6. The Blue Zones by Dan Buettner (aff)- because I recently thoroughly enjoyed the Netflix show and would like to have the lessons learnt to hand in a book.
  7. Create Your Own Cozy by Liz Marie Galvan (aff)- because I peeked inside and it looks like OUR kind of cozy?
  8. Amazing Grace Adams by Fran Littlewood (aff)- because the blurb says Grace Adams gave birth, blinked, and now suddenly she is forty-five, perimenopausal and stalled–the unhappiest age you can be, according to the Guardian. And today she’s really losing it. Stuck in traffic, she finally has had enough. To the astonishment of everyone, Grace gets out of her car and simply walks away.
  9. Winter Celebrations by Arounna Khounnoraj (aff)- because I want my Christmas this year to be quieter, more elegant, more homely, more mine. 
  10. Build the Life You Want by Arthur C. Brooks and Oprah Winfrey (aff) – simply because I want to be happier
  11. An English Garden by Katie Gayle (aff)- because Autumn wouldn’t be Autumn without a new cozy mystery series.
  12. Plant You by Carleigh Bodrug (aff)- because I’m gently shifting to a more sustainable way of both living and eating and this fits the bill beautifully.

Happy reading, lovely people.x


  1. Paula says:

    I’m right there with you about the bookshop. Wouldn’t that be a lovely thing to have a flat over a bookshop? With a big garden?

    It’s so fun to see what’s on your list…I have at least 10 separate lists on Amazon! They get added to more frequently than they get purchased from. Alas… Always fun to scroll through. Sometimes I do go through them and go wild and order a handful. Such bliss when they show up on the doorstep. xx

    1. Alison says:

      Now wouldn’t that be wonderful? We could create a kind of bookish coomune and hold afternoon salons….x

      1. Kelly says:

        Count me in!!! 😁

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