What are you reading at the moment? As the month turns into February I am reluctantly emerging from a post-Christmas literary cocoon; having slipped each night into the world of one of the books I received (my Christmas list always includes ‘a book that you’ve read and loved this year’, and I’ve been introduced to to some amazing new authors this way).
In my beside pile of books I’ve finished…
I might have been the last person on earth to have read A Little Life by Hanya Yanaghara, but I made up for that by beginning it all over again as soon as I finished. So sad, so beautiful, and so completely extraordinary; one of those books where you feel a sense of loss once it’s over. Don’t be daunted by the length, which rapidly becomes reassuring… it’s a story of lives you don’t ever want to end.
I’ve just finished Nigel Slater’s Christmas Chronicles, which is an extended ode to winter, packed with recipes, memories and reflections; it crackles with warmth and you can almost smell the woodsmoke, molten candle wax, freshly-baked bread and melting Taleggio cheese; if (like me) you still have a couple of winter months ahead of you, read this now; it’s divine.
One older novel that I finally read and loved; Arundhati Roy’s Booker-prize winning The God of Small Things plunges you straight into monsoon season in India and the childhood of twins Rahel and Estha, vividly charting the dramas big and small that unfold around them at home and across the country as political unrest grows.
For a visual feast, In Detail by stylist Hans Blomquist did not disappoint – it’s packed with beautiful pictures and room sets, and advice on how to use colour and objects to create different moods. If you’re forever scrolling through other people’s living rooms on Pinterest or Instagram (hello, kindred soul) then this is for you.
And in the pile to read next…
Have you read anything good lately? Please add some more recommendations to my pile!