‘A room without books is like a body without a soul.’ – Cicero
As the daughter of two rabid readers I grew up surrounded by books of every genre and was encouraged to explore my own literary tastes from a very early age. I kicked things off with Green Eggs and Ham by the legendary Dr. Seuss and have been tearing through genres ever since. There’s something so intoxicating about sitting down and opening a new book for the first time and my love affair with the written world shows no sign of stopping any time soon. The photo above is my bookshelves today…and yes, I fully support my decision to colour code them! 🙂
The only problem? It doesn’t seem to matter how many books are already in my TBR (to be read) pile…all it takes is one recommendation from a trusted source or the buzz of my favourite authors and suddenly I find myself adding another book to my shopping cart. Thankfully this time of year is perfect for staying in and curling up with these beauties!
Here’s a look at my current TBR pile:
After reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by organization expert Marie Kondo I’m eager to see what she has in store for the sequel, Spark Joy. I was also intrigued by The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k, which was penned, in part as a reaction to Kondo’s first book. After all, wouldn’t we all benefit from letting more go and focusing on living in the moment?
As a self-confessed YA/New Adult fangirl I have a special place in my heart for brilliant author Rainbow Rowell. When I heard she was writing a special short story called Kindred Spirits for World Book Day (which was this past Thursday, March 3rd) I was thrilled and couldn’t wait to snap it up. At the same time I grabbed a copy of Attachments which I (shamefully) haven’t yet read. A friend said she loved it even more than Fangirl (is that even possible?!) so I know I’m in for a treat.
As a lover of celebrity lifestyle, body and self-help books I was eager to get a hold of Kate Hudson’s Pretty Happy. I like that Kate’s emphasis is on being healthy and strong rather than on losing weight or adhering to an unstable diet. A great spokeswoman for #StrongNotSkinny!
The final two on my list are gorgeous coffee table books:
Follow Me To by Instagram sensations Murad Osmann and Nataly Zakharova. If you haven’t followed these two on Instagram, GO NOW! ….Checked it out? Welcome back! Now that you’ve had a chance to see their stunning images I’m sure you’ll agree that you need this book in your life. In addition to delighting the eye with new surprises on every page it’s also giving me some serious wanderlust. Time to start planning my next great adventure!
London: The Information Capital is a fascinating collaboration between geographer James Cheshire and designer Oliver Uberti with 100 maps and graphics displaying life in London in a variety of unique and beautiful ways.Some of my favourite infographics include the one showing flight paths in and out of the various London airports and the tube map showing you how to visit all 270 tube stations in a single day. (I’m up for the challenge…maybe I’ll tackle it for a future Saturday Sights post?)
Now it’s time for me to put the phone away, close the laptop, turn off the TV and spend some quality time meeting characters who I’m sure will become old friends in no time!
Read any of the above? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below! (And I’m always up for more recommendations….)