My Favourite Books

My Favourite Books

I adore reading, I just don’t read enough, even less now I have a toddler. We have bookcases in all rooms apart from the bathroom with more in the hallway. Storey time with my toddler is one of my favourite moments of the night, more now that he has  started to choose the books and actually stay with me and listen for the duration. I hope he takes after my love of books as his daddy isn’t interested in reading at all now! I kept most of my childhood books and already have them set up in Lucas’s room for when he’s a little older.

I find reading very satisfying and calming, getting lost in the facts of true stories or the imaginative fiction helps me de-stress and unwind from the day. I’m the type of person that will re-read my favourites over and over again, I can’t put my top four in order but they are:

Lord Of The Rings Trilogy – J. R. R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings books were my first obsession, I got the trilogy one Christmas when all my school mates were receiving their first Harry Potter book (I thought Harry Potter was ‘too childish for me’ at my grand old age of seven). I read them every night and found it so hard to put them down, I can’t remember how long they took me to complete, I had to re-read a few chapters in The Two Towers as I found that one the hardest to follow that young, but it wasn’t long. I found it hard to put them down, only giving in when I couldn’t keep my eyes open any more.

The Godfather – Mario Puzo (spoiler in this paragraph if you’ve never seen or read)

It takes me longer than usual to finish a read of The Godfather than another book of the same size, but once I finish the chapter before Sonny Corleone’s death, I have to put the book down for a week or two, if I don’t carry on reading it, he won’t die, right? Once I have had enough mental preparation, I can read through and ‘kill sonny’, as I know it’s going to happen, I always feel personally responsible..

Helter Skelter, The True Story of the Manson Murders – Vincent Bugliosi

Helter Skelter was my introduction into true crime and my only other book obsession, I’ve read other Manson books and plenty of other true crime books but nothing is as gripping as Vincent Bugliosi’s first hand account serving as the prosecutor in Manson’s trial. The book is in two parts, the crimes are described in detail first then it goes onto describe how the police, courts and prosecution managed to gather and piece together evidence to build up the case against Manson and his self described family. An amazing and interesting insight to behind the scenes, especially at that time in my life when I was completely lost and undecided in which direction to go in with regards to subjects, exams and career. Criminology was a path I was considering.

The Chronicles of Narnia – C. S. Lewis

These chronicles were another childhood Christmas present, when all of the books were on the shelf next to each other the spines made a picture of Aslan. I was unaware that The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was more known than the others and shocked when my friends only knew of the one book, rather than the whole set. These are my go to books when needing to read about and immerse myself with courageous thoughts and feelings, thinking about certain Aslan/C. S. Lewis quotes have helped in my real life situations.

Courage, dear heart.

Aslan/C. S. Lewis

I have to read books before watching any film/tv adaptations, I know it’s cliche, but they are genuinely always better! I hadn’t heard of The Game of Thrones before the TV series came out, so downloaded the books onto my kindle app and got reading before I started watching (I’ve finished season 5 and taking a break to watch season 2 of Stranger Things).

I have no ambitions to become a writer or an author but if I did the books I would write would need to be as influencing to people, as my favourites were to me. They would be long fiction crime/mafia novels, printed in a small type writer font on light brown pages, in small soft cover books. That’s exactly how I’d imagine the books I would write.

Prompt: Sunday Scribblings #7 – The Books I Would Write

Photo: Clare S, Nov 2017

Loophole, Lem Motlow’s Jack Daniel’s

Loophole, Lem Motlow’s Jack Daniel’s

Jack Daniel’s is produced in Moore County, Lynchburg, Tennessee, USA. Ironically, even though it is the top selling American whiskey in the world, Moore is actually a Dry county and has been since the Prohibition started.
Whilst Prohibition ended in 1933 at federal levels, Tennessee state laws were still in place. Lem Motlow (Mr Jack Daniel’s nephew), who had taken over the distillery before the Prohibition, became a state senator leading the efforts to repeal these laws. Some of his promotional material stated:
Elect me, and I will do something for myself, but I’ll also do something for you.
He was successful in 1938, allowing the production of Jack Daniels to commence in its distilleries. However, there are no laws regarding the sharing of alcohol and this is the Loophole that Lem Motlow used for all visitors to the distillery.
Jack Daniel’s created a story telling advertising campaign; Leicester Square Tube Station, Piccadilly line (Westbound platform) has a spot that has only advertised Jack Daniel’s for at least the past year, the above was taken in on my daily commute and the first thing that popped into my head after reading today’s prompt.
Photo: Clare S, 2018, London Leicester Square Tube Station.
Daily PromptLoophole |luːphəʊl
an ambiguity or inadequacy in the law or a set of rules.
“they exploited tax loopholes”
synonyms: means of evasion/avoidance, means of escape, escape clause, escape route
2. historical
an arrow slit in a wall.
“loopholes in the walls”
synonyms: hole, gap, opening, aperture, chink, slit, slot
make arrow slits in (a wall).
“the walls of the barracks were loopholed for muskets”
Real Life

Real Life



Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.

Jack London

I heard this quote early on in my current workplace and it’s stuck with me. I work in Front Of House Service/Facilities/Health & Safety or an online gambling website that also run live poker events.

Sometimes you just can’t help the situation that you are in, but you can help the way you respond, react and deal with that situation. That’s real life…

Prompt: Sunday Scribblings #2 – Real Life

Photo: Clare S, 2015, Amsterdam (Light Festival)