Mam and I are somewhat addicted to books. If you saw our shelves at home, you’d almost wonder how the house hasn’t collapsed under the weight of them!

From charity shops to secondhand stores, to the latest in Chapters; our collection keeps getting bigger and bigger. Here’s what we’re dipping into at the moment.

Mam’s Reading:

Hanoi Stories – Pam Scott

The Blurb (Taken from Google Books)

After three brief business trips to Hanoi, Pam Scott became enamoured with the city, Vietnam’s intriguing capital. In 1994 she made a more permanent move, and lived and worked there for the next eight years. What she discovered was a more interesting, challenging and wonderful place than she could have imagined. In Hanoi Stories, Pam tells of an unexpected side to this city, and of the people she came to know and love. During her time in Hanoi, Pam moved outside the cloistered expat world and became involved in the lives of everyday Hanoians – cyclo drivers, postal workers, university students, ordinary families. She also opened Hanoi’s first English language bookshop and, among other things, took singing lessons, went ballroom dancing, had her fortune told Hanoi style, and ate some of the city’s more exotic offerings.

Úna-Minh’s Reading:

Asking for It – Louise O’Neill 

The Blurb (Taken from Google Books)

In a small town where everyone knows everyone, Emma O’Donovan is different. She is the special one – beautiful, popular, powerful. And she works hard to keep it that way.

Until that night . . .

Now, she’s an embarrassment. Now, she’s just a slut. Now, she is nothing.

And those pictures – those pictures that everyone has seen – mean she can never forget.

Making Habits, Breaking Habits – Jeremy Dean

The Blurb (Taken from Amazon)

Say you want to start going to the gym or practicing a musical instrument. How long should it take before you stop having to force it and start doing it automatically?

The surprising answers are found in Making Habits, Breaking Habits, a psychologist’s popular examination of one of the most powerful and under-appreciated processes in the mind. Although people like to think that they are in control, much of human behavior occurs without any decision-making or conscious thought.

Drawing on hundreds of fascinating studies, psychologist Jeremy Dean busts the myths to finally explain why seemingly easy habits, like eating an apple a day, can be surprisingly difficult to form, and how to take charge of your brain’s natural “autopilot” to make any change stick.

Witty and intriguing, Making Habits, Breaking Habits shows how behavior is more than just a product of what you think. It is possible to bend your habits to your will—and be happier, more creative, and more productive.



Book Resources

If you’re lucky enough to be in one place for a long time, then the library a la Matilda is the best place for the best value, but here are some of our recommendations on what we use all the time:



One of Mam’s favourite websites to use, it’s particularly useful when you’re looking for books that are out of print! One of the main drawbacks though is that you have to wait for your book (unless you have a Kindle).


Chapters Bookstore

Cd0llanXEAAuvoSIf you’re in Dublin city then you’ll know that Chapters Bookstore is a goldmine for bookworms. With a slew of book deals in store and a wonderful secondhand section upstairs, it’s a fantastic resource (many a time have we found collectors’ books in their shelves).

Charity Shops

Who really cares of books have been thumbed through 50 times – that means that someone actually took the time out to read them! Three books for €1? Yes please. Some of our best book finds have been from charity shops AND you’re giving back to people. It’s a win-win situation.



The Trip Advisor for books – if you’re stuck on whether you should give a book a go, then Goodreads. Great for reviews, this nifty website is pretty handy when you’re on the go too.