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Five books I related to

Hi Virtually Readers! I’m currently busy, stressed and distracted, so I thought I’d write a quick post about books I related to. I have no clue what is going on in my life, but I’m *trying* to make books a constant *nervous laughter*.

1. Foolish Hearts

Do you remember a few weeks ago when there was a Virtually Read Emma Mills Appreciation Week? That was a thing that happened, and Emma Mills is part of it. Her books are bright and bubbly and full of heart and just really reflect concerns about friendship, and finding my place in the world, and caring too much which seem so relevant to me.

2. Untidy Towns 


I also talked about this one lots! But it was deserving. Untidy Towns, as the title implies, is as messy as life, and as such it’s just vibrant and affirming and lovely and made me very happy. Adelaide’s struggle is one of chhoice, and Kate O’Konnell tenderly shows that the choices you think you have are not the only ones available to you.

3. Behind the Scenes at the Museum

This is one of those books that makes you feel like the world is stranger and more creased that you thought before you started reading. Yet somehow I did quite enjoy it? It’s very intellectual, but overall I loved that Ruby, the main character, shows that you always have to be asking questions. What kind of world do you live in? Who are you connected to, and why?

4. Spellbook of the Lost and Found


I didn’t expect to like this much after not enjoying The Accident Season, yet somehow it worked really well for me. The main characters must wonder: what if the world is more strange and full of magic than we thought it was? What if we have power we don’t understand? (Actually, it was a bit like The Graces in this way). I loved the friendships and edgy strangeness of it all. I related to this book because it reminded me to be surprised by whow I live and who I am, and the graciousness that lets that happen.

5.The FitzOsbornes in Exile

And now, I’m going to talk about The FitzOsbornes in Exile, a book that any longtime reader of Virtually Read will have heard about several times before. I feel like my identity is changing all the time at the moment, like I’m constantly questioning myself and am unsure what’s true. I hope this will always be true: I love this book. I love it because it is about living in times of shifting sands and certain change, and keeping on living, and living joyfully and honestly through that. What more could I ask for in a book? Whenever I read it, I see different parts of myself in it, and as such it grows richer each time.

What are some books you relate to? and how are you feeling today? probably in need of books, huh?

8 thoughts on “Five books I related to

  1. I love your descriptions of these books! They sound genuine and well-analyzed, like they came right from your heart.

    Those last two I’ve seen around at my library! I’ll have to check them out sometime before my neverending TBR smashes me to bits, lol

    Nice post!


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  2. I seriously relate to Radio Silence! I feel you on making books a constant in life… I have one week left of holidays and then it’s back to uni and I don’t know how I’m going to balance everything in my life again?! It’s a struggle! You got this though!!


    1. You’ve got this, Lara! you will gifure it out just like Frances does (also you have I Was Born for This to motivate you if you’ve read that yet)


  3. I feel like I related to Lirael by Garth Nix – it’s all about a teen girl trying to find her place in her world and see if she fits in and I remember those days.

    I hadn’t heard of any of the books on your list before now – thanks for the recommendations!

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  4. Oh I love this post ❤ I also need to read Foolish Hearts, because I remember your posts and that appreciation week and I really, really want to read that book, it sounds amazing.
    I'm so glad you enjoyed Spellbook as well, it's such a lovely, magical book and I really liked the atmosphere of it overall 🙂 x


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