There’s something about the winter months that gets me reading and wanting new books on my shelf. Most likely because it’s too cold to be anywhere but in four layers of clothing, a dressing gown, at least two pairs of socks and slippers, and buried under a winter duvet – I am not exaggerating. Plus there’s only so many seasons of each and every Netflix show I can re-binge.
I also very much like eating everything and anything in winter (though that actually isn’t seasonal – nor should it be), so winter also brings trawling through new recipe books for delicious food to make and devour. Are you seeing a pattern here? Winter is not a time to be outside for me. I’m well and truly hibernating (with the exception of this couch to 5k challenge…more on that later), and eating, reading books and the Sunday Times Style magazine are well and truly priority.
Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
I read this on the recommendation of my sister (actually I think most of these are her recs – thank you!), and she was, of course, correct when she said I would love it. The way the book is written lets you delve a bit into a few character’s back stories which makes the story all the more rich. Highly recommend, it’s an easy read with a great story.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
After seeing this book absolutely everywhere for months and months, I finally borrowed my mum’s copy (she has every book known and not known to man – no joke). I think this might have been the speediest I have ever read a book. The voice of Eleanor Opliphant is funny, personable and heartbreaking all at the same time. If you’re thinking about reading one of these books, choose this one: RUN DON’T WALK.
Eat Happy – Melissa Hemsley
Best recipe book I’ve had in a long ol’ time – and the best thing is probably that they are full of flavour, are pretty healthy and take (according to the cover but I think slightly longer to account for time spent singing into a wooden spoon) 30 minutes. Fave recipes I’ve tried so far:
- Mamma Mia Meatballs
- Ginger Fish Burgers
- Sesame Salmon & Miso Veg Tray Bake
- Korean Chicken with Sesame Sprinkle
Y – U – M!
Everything I Know About Love – Dolly Alderton
I was already a fan of Dolly’s weekly column and now I love her even more. I’ve only just started reading this, but I love it already. It so far accounts everything Dolly has learned about love – starting from childhood. It is hilarious and relatable for anyone who spent their teen years navigating the dramatic world of MSN messenger.
What else would you add to my reading list? Once I’m done with Dolly’s book I’m going to start Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell, so that’s my February reading sorted, but what should I read next? I’m aiming to read at least one book a month this year, so shout if there’s something you think I’d enjoy!