Hey bookworms! May 5th marks the release of the fabulous The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood. In honor of the time capsule that Gottie and her best friend Thomas create in the book, I thought I'd photograph some of the items I think I'd include in my own time capsule! So, This Is Who I Am.
Firstly, I'd include a pair of earphones to signify my love of music. My favourite music is a huge part of who I am, so I'd have to represent that in some way! The next thing is my favourite bookmark. This shows two things about me: my love of reading, and my loves of giraffes. Seriously, giraffes are the cutest, don't argue with me on this. The third thing that would go in the capsule is my volunteer badge from the Oxfam store that I've been volunteering at for the past two years. The store has shaped my life in so many ways.
What next? Well, I'd have to include the cinema ticket for the last film I went to see, Civil War! (No, I'm still not over it.) I'd also add my favourite writing pen that I've had for years. I got it during a school trip to a museum in which I utterly fell in love with all of the ancient Egyptian artifacts. The next thing I'd pop in the box is a picture of my dog, Dilly!
Next I'd include a camera lens cap. Photography is a huge part of my life and has meant a lot to me since taking it up a few years ago. Now I couldn't imagine not being behind a camera lens, capturing photographs! I'd also include the rocks I collected from the summit of Mount Snowdon when I climbed it in 2014, to remind future me that I kept on climbing, even when things got tough!
As for books, I'd include two of my most important ones. The first being Harry Potter because it quite literally changed my life and inspired me to read! The second being an anthology that two of my own short stories are actually published in!
I'd also include tokens to signify two of my favorite books series: The Mortal Instruments and The Hunger Games. Along with a quote postcard from another one of my all time favourite books, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell!
I think I'd also throw in a couple of paintbrushes to signify the new hobby that I've taken up over the past year: watercolour!
Lastly, I'd include a picture of my bestie, my sister, and myself!
My heart is a kaleidoscope, and when we kiss it makes my world unravel . . .
Last summer, Gottie's life fell apart. Her beloved grandfather Grey died and Jason left her - the boy to whom she lost her virginity (and her heart) - and he wouldn't even hold her hand at the funeral! This summer, still reeling from twin heartbreaks, Gottie is lost and alone and burying herself in equations. Until, after five years absence, Thomas comes home: former boy next door. Former best friend. Former everything. And as life turns upside down again she starts to experience strange blips in time - back to last summer, back to what she should have seen then . . .
During one long, hazy summer, Gottie navigates grief, world-stopping kisses and rips in the space-time continuum, as she tries to reconcile her first heartbreak with her last. The Square Root of Summer is an astounding and moving debut from Harriet Reuter Hapgood.