Must Read Books: December 2016

I went on a little book shopping spree recently. I do love to read, however I often don’t find time, or make the time, to sit down and enjoy a good book. However getting closer to Christmas I find my diary getting a little quieter (ready for the craziness that is January), and I have found some time in which to grab a cup of tea (or three) and enjoy my latest purchases.

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1) Bloom, Estée Lalonde

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One of my favourite YouTubers and bloggers, Estée Lalonde, released her amazing book “Bloom” last month, and I have to say it is one of the most amazing books I’ve ever had the pleasure to read/own/just stare at. The photography and pictures are stunning, as is the writing itself. Its a lovely lazy Sunday read, taking us through her childhood, adolescence and all the way up to the utter #GirlBoss she is today. The book really spoke to me, and what with running my own business and starting up blogging again, some of her amazing words can really give me the kick up the butt to not give up, no matter how much my confidence can suffer. If its one book thats on your Christmas list this year, make it this one, you won’t be sorry!

 

2) Hygge: The Danish Art Of Happiness, Marie Tourell Søderberg

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Next up is a book that appeared on the suggestions on Amazon when I was buying “Bloom”. Now this word, Hygge, has been banded around recently, and after reading the blurb I thought why not give this a read? This book is called “Hygge: The Danish Art Of Happiness” by Marie Tourell Søderberg. Being a major advocate of mindfulness and trying to be in the moment, this book all about shutting out the modern world, being cosy and enjoying time with loved ones really got me excited. Safe so say I read this in one afternoon, and like the first book in this post, the photographs that accompanied the writing were absolutely stunning. This book takes what “Hygge” means to different people from not just its country of origin, Denmark, but all over the world. It can mean taking 20 minutes to switch off your phone, grab a cup of tea and read a good book (sounds very hygge to me!) or enjoying a traditional family meal at the table with your loved ones (and this book includes those traditional Danish recipes to try yourself!). This was a very lovely, comforting book, that I’m sure I will open on cosy Sunday afternoons when I want to wind down at the end of the week.

 

3) Blogosphere Magazine

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Lastly, less of a book really, is the latest issue of Blogosphere Magazine. The reasons why I decided to purchase this publication were that a) its a great sounding magazine with excellent content, and b) that the editorial featuring the cover star, Zoe Sugg, is absolutely stunning from a makeup artist and hairstylists point of view. The creative team on this shoot did an absolutely amazing job, and is one of my favourite styles of photographs: stripped back and natural, yet you can see where a lot of effort has been put in (trust me, sometimes the “no makeup, makeup look” is one of the hardest things to pull off). The magazine itself is chock-full of great interviews, blog suggestions and events, and I am so pleased that I went for the special subscription deal that they had on and now I wait eagerly for next year’s issues!

So those are my current favourite reads, do you have any particular books you are loving at the moment? Let me know in the comments!

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