I hope you have a book like this, a book that makes you feel sane when other forces conspire to loosen your bearings, a book that values what you value, a book that makes you laugh and nod and gives you comfort. If you think that books don’t have the power to confer validation upon their readers, then I’m afraid we’ve had very different experiences. Because although of course validation comes from a dozen other places in my life, books have their own way of reaching those hard to scratch places right in the middle of my soul (sometimes when I don’t even know that there’s a place in need of a scratch) in a way few other things can. They are intensely personal in this way, these books, and one that speaks to me with power and clarity might sound tinny and distant to you. This exclusivity is one of the reasons they’re so powerful: it sometimes feels as though they were written with us in mind.

When a Book Gets Everything Right (via booksandhotchocolate)

(via girlthatreads)

As it’s World Book Day in the UK & Ireland today, I treated myself to a few books. Trouble by Non Pratt was published today, but I was lucky enough to read it last year so you can read my review here. I also picked up Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell and If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch, both shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2014.