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One of the things I wanted to do more of this year was read. As a child I always had my head in a book – the Famous Five series and Harry Potter were my ultimate faves. In fact, I think I’ve read the Chamber of Secrets nearly thirty times… I loved it that much! As I grew up, I traded books for magazines, and more recently blog reading. It isn’t until I go away on a summer holiday and get my head into a good story that I realise how much I miss reading. I’ve managed to keep my word already this year, with a couple of titles under my belt and a few more on the go.
Here is what’s on my reading list at the moment:
Hygge – the trend that swept the nation in 2016 and had people panic buying candles, cushions and hot chocolate. Okay, it wasn’t quite as dramatic as that – but the concept of hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) definitely gained popularity in the last 12 months. If there’s one book you are going to buy on the subject, it has to be this one. The Little Book of Hygge taught me all I needed to know about achieving hygge in my home, with my friends, on holiday – pretty much wherever I am. I do love the concept of happiness coming from the things you already have around you and it’s definitely made me look at the world differently!
If you were born in the late 80s/early 90s then this book needs to be on your reading list! Emma Gannon had me chuckling all the way through, from her mishaps on MSN to her dodgy photo editing attempts in a pre-selfie era. I loved how relatable Ctrl Alt Delete is to millennials, but it also tackles really important issues including bullying, trolling, self-esteem and the pressures of building a career. Reading about how Emma followed her dreams of making a career out of the internet left me feeling really inspired. Anything is possible if you are passionate enough! Plus she is a ‘Nasty Woman’ – need I say more?!
Honest, witty, fun – Where Am I Now? tells the tale of accidental fame and the ‘true stories of girlhood’ by child actor Mara Wilson. We all remember Mara from ‘Matilda’, ‘Mrs Doubtfire’ and ‘Miracle on 34th Street’, but as the title asks – where is she now? I am yet to finish this book– but so far it’s been a great insight into how Mara dealt with her fame at such a young age, and how it feels to be in a grown-up world where everybody still remembers her as a little girl. This really is a ‘warts and all’ autobiography.
If you still aren’t quite on the property ladder (sigh) but interiors are your thing – Home For Now offers a great solution to all your renting problems. From arranging your furniture in the most space-saving way, to hanging picture frames without the fear of taking down the walls, this book has you covered when it comes to making your rented space look chic. I’ve got so many ideas for our flat now, many of which are cheap tricks and ‘hacks’ that cost little to no money. Plus, a little trip to the garden centre for some indoor plants will brighten up our home considerably!
Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!