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!
In celebration of her new book, Your Home Your Style: How to Find Your Look & Create Rooms You Love, I teamed up with the inimitable Donna Garlough for a really fun post today. If you’re unfamiliar with Donna’s work, you’re about to have your mind blown. She is the Style Director for Joss & Main and quite the expert at providing a chic road map to finding and implementing your decorating style. Every time I come across a new design book, I always try to figure out how the tips will translate to a small space — some do, some don’t. Lucky for us though, Donna has shared her top 5 tips for small space living today! Trust me, you guys are gonna want these tips (and they are amazing even if you don’t live in a tiny house!).
The other day I was helping my best friend style her bookshelf and realized that one thing was missing: really gorgeous design books. Sometimes referred to as coffee table books, this is the element that can give your #shelfie that really curated-yet-casual vibe you see slaying it on Instagram. I like to use mine to add height, color, and texture. For my own shelf, these books help to break up the monotony and give my plants the perfect backdrop. With my bff in mind, here’s my list of essential coffee table books to help you style your own space!
I’ve had lots of amazingly talented contributors here over the years, but one who stands out in my mind is Ashley Rose Conway of Craft + Cocktails — especially now with the new book, The Art of the Bar Cart! She collaborated with design director and party planning expert Vanessa Dina to share some really fantastic tips for styling your bar cart and, I have to say, I really love this book. So much that we’re giving away a copy!
I always think I’m a slow reader, but when it came time to round up what I read in September, the list felt longer than usual! This month I loaded up my Kindle with lots of fiction which is always my favorite thing to so when I’m feeling like staying in and getting cozy on the sofa. With fall upon us, I have the feeling I’ll be reading more and more!
Here are my favorite books that I read in September:
I’ve been able to catch up on soooo much reading since I broke my leg in May, which has been awesome. About once or twice a month, I’d text my friends who I know have amazing book recommendations and then load up my Kindle so that as I finished one, I could quickly move onto the next. This habit has definitely gotten me through night when I couldn’t sleep and the long hours of boredom that come with keeping my leg elevated and iced.
It’s been quite a long time since I shared my reading list with you guys, so here goes!