Perfectly Pocketable Paperbacks

I really do love a hardback book. It adds a certain grandeur that makes me feel as if I pulled it off the shelf of a great library that is stuffed floor to ceiling with these wonderfully stiffed backed tomes. I love having the cover leaf to mark my place. I love the crackle of the spine as you open the book for the first time... I could go on.  But enough of fawning over the hardbacks as today I want to share with you some lovely paperbacks because there’s nothing like a book that fits neatly into your coat pocket. My trusty Barbour has been acquainted with many an author over the years.  (Disclosure some hardbacks do but I’ve found paperbacks are of a more standard size so more fit said pocket). Also I don’t think there is anything more satisfying than being able to stash a book in your pocket which can sit pretty until opportune moment arrives and you can get back to your chapter. 

So on that romantic note, here are a few perfectly pocketable paperbacks… 


Patrick Melrose Series, Edward St Aubyn

The whole series fits nicely into a coat pocket. Depending on pocket size you could probably get two in at once but further testing would be required! I'm on book four of the series and I have to say that I have so far enjoyed all of them equally. I personally don't feel you could read one and leave it at that. These books belong together. I've written about this series before as I think they are essential reading for everyone. It highlights that devastating events in childhood have far reaching consequences and the journey Patrick finds himself on shows us just how far. Also we are one step closer to TV adaptation starring Benedict Cumberbatch. I can't wait. 

Nancy Mitford #1

The Pursuit of Love, Nancy Mitford

There's a certain glamour that surrounds the Mitford Sisters. An aristocratic English family with bundles of artistic talent and intellect and this book is only the start of proving that. Nancy used her own unconventional family as inspiration for the fictional Radletts.  It is a full on satirical drama with bad marriages, love affairs, the lot. Also it's brilliantly funny and I often find myself re-reading it when feeling uninspired. And this paperback edition is just gorgeous. 


Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff

I have to admit I haven't actually read this book yet but part of the reason I wanted to include it is so I guilt myself into reading it soon. Though if Obama rates this book then I think we can safely say we're on to a good'un. It looks into the idea of whether or not we can really know everything about each other especially the one we're married to. I'm looking forward to getting stuck in to this one. 


A Spool of Blue Thread, Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler is a stalwart American writer. I haven’t read as many of her books as I would like but there always there, ready to go when the To Be Read pile dwindles. I would say that her writing makes her books perfect holiday reads. Though the topics aren’t always cheery, they are well thought out stories that you can get lost in whilst sitting on the beach, by the pool, in a hammock etc etc. A brilliant book to discover a new writer. 


Happy Reading!