Actually, the title of this post is a bit misleading — these are simply the books I’ve been dipping into while I’ve been sick. It’s been an unseasonably warm bank holiday weekend, and those are the ones that tend to make me a bit maudlin, as if i can hear the laughter of happy couples and families frolicking in the spring sunshine while I’m on my tod. I’m definitely on the mend… just bored of being cooped up at home. Thank goddess for books, eh?
Decorate by Holly Becker & Joanna Copestick – I’m so proud of Holly! Her book is filled with super-inspiring homes and ideas, all shot by the fabulous Debi Treloar; it’s interiors porn for the likes of me!
Modern Vintage Style by Emily Chalmers – also shot by Debi Treloar, also super inspiring.
Bossypants by Tina Fey – I’ve only watched a few episodes of 30 Rock and I don’t know much about Fey, but, my goodness, her book is fantastic! Worth buying solely for the chapter devoted to her dad, Don Fey – hilarious!
Do the Work by Steven Pressfield – if you have a Kindle* you can download this for free from Amazon, which is exactly what i did. I’ve read Pressfield’s The War of Art countless times, and this new offering from Seth Godin’s Domino Project doesn’t disappoint.
Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson – I love her recipes and I love her photographs. Fact.
The House by the Sea by May Sarton – this one is by my bed. Love me a bit of May when i’m feeling my solitude.
The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obrecht – I hadn’t read any of the reviews, just followed a link and downloaded a sample to my Kindle. And now I am hooked. In fact, I’m going to read some more when I’ve finished this post. Delicious magic realism.
* I’ve had my Kindle for a few months now, and I must admit I’m enjoying using it; being able to download a sample of a book is definitely encouraging more fiction purchases. But I’m still buying just as many real books, in part because most of the books I want are not available in the Kindle format, but mainly because I prefer to have the actual book in my hands. I like being able to skip ahead and flick through the pages, something I can’t do easily on a Kindle. I like writing with a pen in the margins, and turning down the corners of pages… I like the physicality of books. But for travelling and purchases I don’t feel the need to have on my shelf (Tina Fey’s book, for example; I’m loving it but don’t need it on paper) it’s ideal. I just wish more titles were available.