Sunday, 26 November 2017

Cosy Winter Reads

What i've been reading this winter

What I've been reading this Winter

If any of you read my 2017 Goals post you will know that I have been trying to read for fun a little more this year. I say for fun because as part of my degree I get through a lot of books, sadly an in-depth review of German Linguistics is not what I really want to be curled up in bed with at night! I definitely don't read enough still, but over the past few months I have picked up a couple of books, some festive themed and some not, that I think will keep me going into the winter months. My favourite time to read is in the bath with a cup of tea, it's probably the only point in my day when I am not on my phone or laptop so sometimes if I am feeling a little stressed or overwhelmed, I'll run myself a quick bath and read a book for half an hour. As it's getting colder, there are definitely some hygge vibes about being cosy inside with a book. I thought I would share what I have been reading and also what is next on my list if any of you are looking for some inspiration on some festive themed books to read!

Sophie Kinsella, My not so perfect life, The Little Paris Bookshop, Nina George

The Little Paris Bookshop; Nina George
"On a beautifully restored barge on the Seine, Jean Perdu runs a bookshop- or rather a 'literary apothecary', for this bookseller possesses a rare gift for sending which books will soothe the troubled souls of his customers. The only person he is unable to cure, it seems, is himself."
Now this is a book that I actually started when I was still living in Germany but I never got round to finishing it. I don't think I ever really gave it a proper chance or my full attention so I am definitely looking forward to giving it another chance on a cold and rainy day with a mug of tea. The book presents itself as one for the person who has read it all, so it might even make a great gift for a friend. Having only read half, it does have some twists and doesn't necessarily go completely the way I had expected so hopefully I will enjoy it a second time round. The cover is also beautiful and covered in snowflakes so it definitely has some Wintery feels.

My not so perfect life; Sophie Kinsella
"Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed. OK, so the truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn't really hers. But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren't they?"
I love Sophie Kinsella books for a really easy and fun read so I am really looking forward to starting this one! Her writing style is chatty and witty, making her novels the perfect break when you want some down time! I read some great reviews of this on amazon before I ordered it so I can't wait to read it over the Christmas holidays after exams.

The Hygge Holiday, Rosie Blake, #Girlboss, Sophia Amaruso

#GIRLBOSS; Sophie Amoruso
"In the space of ten years, Sophia Amoruso has gone from high-school dropout to the founder of two companies, Nasty Gal and the #GIRLBOSS# foundation. Sophia's never been a typical CEO or a typical anything, and she's written #GIRLBOSS for other girls like her: outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success."
I had read so many blog posts on this book and a lot of people have recommended me the Netflix series. I am nearly at the end and it is definitely one that I'll pick up if I am needing some inspiration or a quick five minute boost. Sophia's story is incredible and it shows just how much hard work can pay off. I think this one would make a great gift too for anyone that likes reading or is at the point in there life where they are making life/career decisions as it is definitely a follow your dreams kind of book!

The Hygge Holiday; Rosie Blake
"Everything is going wrong for Yulethorpe this autumn. it's cold, drizzly and the skies are perms-grey. The last business on the high street - an adorable little toy shop - has just shut its doors. Then Clara Kristensen arrives."
This is the book I am currently reading and it was this video from Alix that made me pick it up. The cover is beautiful (I am definitely a buy because of a pretty cover kinda gal sometimes and I am not even sorry) and so far I have to say I am enjoying it. It's not the most captivating read ever, but I am still not quite into the nitty gritty of the story. Clara obviously has a secret that is constantly alluded and I do think the characters are pretty believable ever if the story seems a little far fetched at the moment. It's a nice, easy read and since it centres round a toyshop I definitely think it's the perfect Christmas read!

Tanya's Christmas; Tanya Burr
"Tanya's Christmas is a pure celebration of the season. Within its pages, Tanya shares everything you need to make the most of Christmas. From finding the perfect gift, decorating your home and hosting a party to remember, to cooking roast turkey with all the trimmings, baking indulgent festive treats and her own hair and makeup tips."
This is the first of Tanya's books that I read and to be honest, I don't really know what made me pick it up. It was half price on amazon and since I am a bit of a Christmas fanatic I thought it would make a lovely coffee table book, or one to delve in and out of throughout the season. The book itself and the images inside are beautiful and I so glad that I picked it up. Some of the recipes inside sound incredible and I can't wait till I have a little more time (or as a revision break) to try some of them out. It covers everything from wrapping presents, baking, festive outfits and more and it is the perfect book to have on your coffee table or bedside table throughout December.

If you have any Christmas themed book recommendations then please leave them in the comments as I am always looking for new books to add to my reading list!


  1. These really are lovely reads to enjoy over winter! #GirlBoss is such a motivation read :) Lovely to see Sophie Kinsella in this list too, I used to read her books by the pool when on holiday. Oh and that cover to the Hygge book is SO pretty!

    1. Thanks Gabrielle! I always think Sophie Kinsella is one of those authors where you know you'll probably enjoy any of her books so it's always such a safe bet! Thanks for reading lovely xx

  2. Ohh I really want to read that Sophie Kinsella book! I listened to a podcast episode with her a few months ago and I've been meaning to buy the book ever since. I think it might be the best Christmas holiday reading! xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    1. I absolutely loved it! I read it non stop over two days, it was such an easy and interesting read! x

  3. I love Sophie Kinsella, just picked up another one of her books (although I cannot remember what it was called) and have been meaning to pick up The Hygge Holiday for a while so I'm glad to hear you're enjoying it! xox

    1. Thanks for reading Shannon! I love Sophie Kinsella, all her books are so easy to read and she has such a witty style of writing! I hope you enjoy the Hygge Holiday if you do pick it up :) xx


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