G is for Glorious Books That Cheer Me Up

There are days when everyone feels rather awful. Like when it’s been raining for about 2 weeks, or there’s no milk for tea, or when you get one bad mark in coursework which absolutely proves you will fail your degree and never get published and live alone with many cats.

I’m fairly optimistic, but when these days dawn upon you, everyone has somewhere they go or something they do, in order to cheer themselves up. I like to bake a cake, watch a period drama, or look at books with lovely pictures. Here are my favourites:

Kingdom of the Ice Bear by Hugh Miles and Mike Salisbury

I’ve always had a strange obsession with the Arctic, ever since I read Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. They are literally the best books I have ever cast my eyes upon. And I’m an English student, so I’ve read a lot of books. Anyway, this book has sumptuous pictures of polar bears, which are coincidentally the best animals of all time.


Craft by Kirstie Allsopp

Oh this book is amazing! I love crafts, and it has so many amazing things to do! I thoroughly suggest everyone buys some. It’s also tempted me to enter some craft and baking competitions over the summer. I’m a cool person to be around.


The World of Downton Abbey by Julian & Jessica Fellowes

Well, if you’ve never watched Downton then you really are only living a half-life. I once spent 81 hours watching every episode of Lost in my first year of uni, and I was convinced that it was my favourite programme ever. I was wrong.

20120425-213547.jpgCupcakes from the Primrose Bakery by Martha Swift & Lisa Thomas

Like I said, I’m a fairly keen baker. The best recipe is for white chocolate and raspberry cupcakes – they made me sick with delight, as I ate rather too many. But the other day I made Earl Grey cupcakes for my boyfriend, and he was jolly pleased with them!


The Book of Tea & Coffee by Sarah Jane Evans & Giles Hilton

I saw this in a charity shop window. It’s lovely, and tells you all the different types of tea and coffee, and the history of tea and all that kind of thing. I like tea.