As part of my attempt to spend a little less time online, I noted in my ‘Welcome 2018’ post that I’d like to read more this year.
Thankfully, my loved ones seemed to get the memo because for Christmas, not only did my Mama gift me two books like she does every year, I received new books to peruse from my Dad, sister, boyfriend and his family too! I’m one lucky lady.
Whilst annual goals and resolutions are fresh in our minds, I thought I’d divulge just a few reads that’ll help you to kick-start your year, titles that I think’ll fuel creativity, spark passion and get the imagination running wild. And, as always, please pop a little note in the comments box with some of your recommendations for reads of similar ilk.
The Working Woman’s Handbook by Phoebe Lovatt
This non-fiction ‘self-help’ book did the blogosphere rounds a few months ago and so I made note of it and added it to my Christmas list.
I’ve been dipping in and out of it since I unwrapped it and am absolutely loving it so far, I must say! Many of you left me lovely comments towards the latter half of December with mentions that you found my blog inspiring to read as to-be freelancers, and boy oh boy, is this the book for you.
I’ve freelanced for several years now and set-up my business in its current form last year. This guide is full of insightful tips, interviews and more for wannabe freelancers (said in the least patronising manner possible!), established businesswomen and other young professionals in the creative field.
It covers every topic imaginable in a non-fluff way; for those who’re similarly frustrated at the abundance of ‘5 Ways to Make Your Business Succeed!’ ‘3 Tips to Hit 1000000k on Instagram’ articles out there that regurgitate the same ol’ non-tips, this is a great read.
Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham
I received Lorelai Gilmore’s book as a Christmas Eve gift(!!) and finished it in a week.
Easy to digest and written as though from a friend, this is Lauren Graham’s witty thoughts popped into a book, documenting everything from her career roots to Gilmore Girls, diets to style and more. Whilst I tend to stay away from reads like this, I thoroughly enjoyed it and would totally recommend it to any Gilmore Girls fan. (So much insider gossip!)
Elijah’s Mermaid by Essie Fox
Okay, so this might be the four thousandth time I’ve mentioned this book on Daisybutter now but Elijah’s Mermaid is one of the standout novels of 2017 for me.
Centred around themes of love and obsession in Victorian England, it’s a bewitching and magical tale full of rich imagery and unexpected settings. I borrowed it from the library and the author reached out to me on Twitter to send me another of her titles(!!) which I cannot wait to delve into soon!
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
I noticed this book sitting in my bookcase a few weeks ago to which my Mama told me she’d bought it as a gift for me when it was released and ‘forgot’ to give it to me. An absolute travesty!
Although it seemed to have mixed reviews, I quickly made my way through it and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s an intoxicating story set in 17th-century Amsterdam and the central theme – that of a doll’s house that is tiny rendition of the house in the story – is just darling to me. This one is tricky to talk about without giving too much away, just take my word for it that this is a slow-paced but gripping dip into historical fiction. One for beginners, if you will.
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin
Fellow Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire fans, if you’re craving a dose of Westeros loving, might I recommend to you George R.R. Martin’s three short stories?
Bound together in one book, this series of short stories follows hedge knight Dunk and his squire Egg, set a century before the GoT/ASOIAF series. They’re beautifully written (duh) and come in a repackaged edition with equally beautiful illustrations. Good to tide you over until, um, 2019.
To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World? by Lucy Siegle
A book that I’ve not picked up in far too long is this investigative non-fiction one by Lucy Siegle. It featured quite prominently in my undergrad dissertation – in it I wrote at length about the future of fashion in terms of media and the media’s effect on the industry – and, actually, it made for a great read. I’ve touched upon haul culture and how non-eco friendly the fashion industry is time and time again, so if you enjoyed those posts, you’ll really enjoy this. It’s about time we banded together to make a difference about our footprint on the planet we call home.
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