Clare's Personal Book & Stationary Recommendations

I hate to say it but the holiday season is just around the corner! Here are my personal gift recommendations for the book & stationary lovers in your life, including my own personal star rating!

(Click on each book to go directly to the listing on Amazon)

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

Set in Oxford, England during the period of the women's suffrage movement as the Great War was on the horizon, The Dictionary of Lost Words tells the story of Esme, a lexicographer's daughter who gathered lost words. Esme created a dictionary of these lost words, which come together to show that words used to describe women's issues and experiences often went unrecorded in a history written by men. This story is a thought provoking tale that celebrates words and the English language.

Best suited to the reader who likes a long, very detailed story.


4/5 stars

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

Before Owen disappears, he smuggles a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her. Hannah knows exactly to whom the note refers—Owen’s sixteen-year-old daughter, Bailey. But Bailey, wants absolutely nothing to do with her stepmother.

Hannah’s desperate calls to Owen go unanswered, the FBI arrests Owen’s boss, and a US marshal and federal agents arrive at her home unannounced. Hannah  realizes her husband isn’t who he said he was. And that Bailey holds the key to figuring out his true identity.

The Last Thing He Told Me is a riveting mystery and family drama all rolled into to one plot twist after the other, until it's final heartbreaking turn.


4.5/5 stars

Paperboy by Tony Macaulay

As a Northern Irish immigrant I absolutely loved this whimsical, humorous look into everyday life in Belfast during The Troubles. Paperboy will charm you and make you laugh out loud as it brings life to the culture and colourful characters of Belfast in the 70s, so it will.


5/5 stars