I’m a huge list-maker, so this year I’ve been keeping a list of all the books that I’ve read so far. The list is approaching double digits, which feels like a lot to me, considering that I consider myself a slow reader. Given how much I’ve been traveling though, I’d say it makes sense! I wanted to share some of the books that have really stood out to me lately in case you’re looking for something good to read. Whether you want a juicy, can’t-put-it-down novel, a delicious and gorgeously photographed recipe book, or a decor book to inspire your next makeover, this list should help you!
Literature (fiction & non-fiction):
It seems that I’ve been on a WWII kick when it comes to the novels I’ve been reading. I’ve loaded up my Kindle with one after another, but some favorites are:
Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan: This one was recommended after I read All the Light We Cannot See (which I adored) and it was equally as engaging. It tells the story of an Italian man and his unexpected ways of secretly fighting the German occupation of Italy.
Something Beautiful Happened by Yvette Manessis Corporon: After reading about Italy during WWII, I was curious to know more about what happened in my family’s home country of Greece during the same time. A quick Google search led me to this true story about the author’s grandmother and how her entire island hid a Jewish family. She also sought to find the descendants of the family — and has inspired me to trace even more of my own roots!
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: I’m pretty sure I am one of the last people to read this book, but DAMN is it good!! I cannot recommend this engrossing read enough. If you want a good rainy weekend read that you can’t put down, this is it.
The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy: As a self-professed control freak, this memoir really stood out to me because the author tells the story of what happens when literally everything in her life is upended. If I could use one word to describe Levy’s telling and interpretation of her story, it would be ‘wise.’
The Year of Less by Cait Flanders: Given that I am not buying clothes for a full year, this book was a must-read. While I think Cait went way further purging items that I would, there is definitely a lot of inspiration and food for thought in this book — especially when it comes to truly evaluating what is holding you back.
In case you missed it, Donna Garough’s newest book is truly fab. Part Two of Your Home Your Style really speaks to me because it’s all about styling your home. With tips about room-planning, how to style a coffee table, and open shelving inspiration, this book is definitely going to inspire many of my upcoming renovations.
The Minimalist Kitchen by Melissa Coleman: If you’re a fan of The Faux Martha (and you should be!), this book is incredible. I got my hands on an advanced copy and I adore the easy-to-follow, delicious recipes. Plus, Melissa and her family are the most darling and live a super-inspiring minimalist life. I’ll be sharing more from this book next week, so be sure to stay tuned!
Those are my faves so far this year, but I’d love to know what you’re reading and loving lately. Let me know down in the comments.
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photography by Jojotastic.