If you didn’t already know, then I LOVE books. In fact, I adore them so much that the floorspace in my room is being overtaken by them and I could quite easily (and happily) read one in an entire day. Every Christmas, I always put down a book on my list as I figure that seen as though I no longer get toys to play with on Christmas Day, I can have a book to read instead. Then came along the Boxing Day Sales, and I headed on over to Waterstones to see what they on offer and to my pleasant surprise, a majority of the books I had been wanting to read for a while where on 50% off!! Winner. So that meant, a lot of books were consumed (can that be said?) over the month of December much to my pleasure.
I couldn’t be greedy and keep all these incredible books to myself, so I thought I’d share with you a list of just some of the books I’ve been reading recently. Most of them (in fact all, par one) are non fiction as as I’ve gotten older, these seem to be my personal favourite in my quest for self-improvement and devotion to learning.
Luckily for me, I have had the privilege of meeting Estee a couple of times in person and I can vouch that she is exactly the same, if not even more charming and accommodating, in person. I finally got my hands on Bloom when it came on sale after Christmas and once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down! I love how refreshingly honest the book is and how willing Estee is to speak up on topics – that usually glaze the surface – and use her experiences as a way to help and inform her readers. When reading, you almost get that sigh of relief that someone else actually understands how you once felt and comforted by the fact that you’re not alone (or crazy), and it’s that ability that Estee has to make you feel like you’re talking to an old friend that makes this book such a refreshing read. (Plus, this book just feels amazing to touch. You’ll see what I mean when you get it).
Hygge, Meik Wiking
Did we all just get hit by the Hygge train over Christmas? Well, it does seem rather suitable come to think of it, if you can’t get a bit of hygge over the Winter months then you’re in for a gloomy time. Thankfully, the Danish have decided to share with us what it is that makes them one of the Happiness Countries in the world and rethink how much us British complain about a bit of rain…
The Girls, Emma Cline
I had heard a lot of hype about this book, but hadn’t really heard a lot of people’s opinions about what they thought of the book after reading… Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that the book’s storyline can at times make you feel rather uncomfortable and disturbed. Whilst in hindsight I agree with some of the books reviews that it the author is able to detect certain element of truthfulness that we’ve all gone through as teenage girls, I did find the book at times, pretty hard to read. Nevertheless, I would love to hear any other people’s thoughts who have read the book themselves. What did you think?
Inside Vogue, Alexandra Shulman
I was so excited to watch the Inside British Vogue documentary that ran on BBC late last year. Whilst it has been criticised for neither showing a true reflection of Vogue’s hard work or re-creating that dream-like escape into fashion that takes us away from everyday reality (one of the main reasons I love the industry), I actually felt that I had grown a rather fondness to the editor in chief, Alexandra Shulman. When I saw that she had come out with a book documenting her year surrounding the 100th year of British Vogue, I knew immediately that I had to get my hands on it. A comical, honest, insightful and captivating read that takes you from shooting the Duchess of Cambridge to the everyday stresses of the boiler breaking. A definite must read and a rather interesting perspective to read after her notice of departure as Editor in Chief of British Vogue a few weeks ago.
Blogging Your Way to Front Row, Yuli Ziv
I had read this book before after discovering it in my local library and although it should technically be wayyyy out dated now considering how fast the digital world moves (it was published in 2012), the book still makes some rather relevant and genuinely helpful tips and advice on all things blogging. I would definitely advise for anyone who is looking for more of a helpful and technical ‘How to’ guide for people who want more of an industry perspective, from beginner to expert.
After hearing all the hype about this book, I was a bit reluctant to read as I questioned whether it would really have something of value for me… turns out that I picked it up at precisely the time I needed it. As I was about to catch the train home from Kings Cross for Christmas, I was feeling like it was time to let go of a few things in my f**k bucket that were stealing my time and energy. I finished the book feeling a new found sense of freedom, I recommend reading when you feel you need it the most.
Books On My Bookshelf/Wishlist