My journey with British literature and some English classics on my reading list…
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A few reading recommendations on the theme of love for February
A review of Sophie Mackintosh’s The Water Cure.
I review The Anna Edit’s new book ‘An Edited Life’ and talk you through the organization tips I’ve implemented, from life to work and home. This is one for the type A personalities and people who love to be tidy!
The books I’ve read, am currently reading and will be reading in January
A novel I absolutely loved!
My first impressions of Tina Brown’s The Vanity Fair Diaries
My favourite blogs and magazines
A few of my cosy Sunday recommendations
I’ve tried a few times to read short stories books, but they were never really my thing. Mainly because I find them challenging. It’s hard for me to get into a story and then see it end a few pages later, and even harder to switch from one story to the next so quickly. But I so desperately wanted to read Curtis Sittenfeld’s ' You Think It I’ll Say It collection. It’s about love, social class and relationships. Every single story got me captivated (and to make sure I wouldn’t mix the stories, I decided to read only one at a time).
My favourite story was ‘Bad Latch’ about a soon-to-be-mom taking prenatal classes and feeling overwhelmed and intimidated with the other perfect mothers, and one in particular. The moral of the story is that we can make friendships in the most unusual places and perfection often hides a much bigger problem.
It’s a lovely book for people who find it hard to commit to longer stories or for anyone who loves contemporary woman fiction. There is a story for everyone in there!
Do you have any short stories book to recommend?
This year in books was fantastic, I don’t think I could have hoped for something better. Not only were some amazing books released this year, but I also managed to complete my challenge of reading 52 in 52 weeks (even before the 52 weeks mark). Where it got difficult was finishing the ones I did not enjoy that much, just because I wanted complete my challenge. That’s why in 2019, I just want to read for the pleasure of reading, if I don’t like a book, I can stop wasting my time and pick up something else. Here are some of the books I’m looking forward to reading in the next year…
How To Fail - Elizabeth Day
I discovered Elizabeth Day this year through her podcast ‘How To Fail’ in which she interviews successful people about their failures and how their failures impacted their lives. I’ve also read her novel ‘The Party’ which was incredibly captivating. This is why I was more than happy when she announced that she was releasing a book with the same theme as the podcast sometimes in spring 2019. Definitely on my reading list!
The Sisterhood - Daisy Buchanan
Daisy Buchanan is one of those people on the Internet I just admire. I devoured her previous book ‘How to Be a Grown Up’ and now I’m completely obsessed with her new podcast “You’re Booked”. This book is an account of her relationship with her five sisters (the good and the bad), and I can definitely relate having 2 sisters myself.
An Edited Life - Anna Newton
Anna has to be my favourite YouTuber and blogger, she is relatable and also the nicest (I had the chance to meet her when I was in London). I feel like we could be friends in real life because we love the same things: fashion, books and organization. This year she is releasing a book all about organizing your life, your home and your work. I simply CANNOT wait. It is perfect for my type A personality and I’m also sure it will be a stunning book to look at.
Delight - J.B. Priestley
This was recommended by Dolly Alderton. It was released after WWII as an attempt to cheer people up by pointing out life’s simple pleasures. I think it is so important to consider the little things in life, so I’m sure this book will be a good one for reading in my blanket with a nice cup of tea in the cold winter months.
Prep - Curtis Sittenfeld
I’ve heard a lot about Curtis Sittenfeld this year and I think the topics she explores in her novels are right up my street: coming of age stories, prestigious schools, social class, etc. This was another High Low recommendation and I think it will be a page turner!
What books are you looking forward to reading in 2019? Are you giving yourself a reading challenge for the coming year?
A beautiful English edition of my favourite coffee table book was released
Recent reads and what I’m currently reading from Dolly Alderton to Scarlett Curtis, Lauren Bravo, Jojo Moyes and India Desjardins.
My thoughts on Lily Allen’s autobiography ‘My Thoughts Exactly’
Some of the best fiction books I have read this year
The novels and memoirs I’ve read recently…
A review of Katherine Ormerod’s brilliant book ‘Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life’.
A book featuring amazing women writers talking about modern topics
Two beautiful living autobiographies to add to your reading list!
A few things I’ve been reading in the past week, from novels to weekly columns to new blogs