November Reading List

And just like that it was November. I don't think I am alone in saying where has the year gone, in fact I know I am not. Perplexed feelings about the passage of time aside, this month's going to be a good one for books with new releases around every corner and more time to devote to the art of reading in general. This month I am picking up books about beauty and the associations we make with clothes, a tale of two dancers and a collection of short stories, exploring undercover feminist book clubs among other things. It's a good mix and I cannot wait to get started with these...

Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti-After being persuaded by a few different people to track down this book, I finally acquired it from the library this month. It's bulky and I may regret carrying it around the airport tomorrow but it is intriguing me too much to not travel out of the country with it. Fashion and clothing are mulled over by women of note like Lena Dunham and Tavi Gevinson but are also poignantly considered by women from various backgrounds and beliefs. If you love fashion and want something a bit meatier than your average style guide, this is for you.

Swing Time* by Zadie Smith, out November 15th-Zadie Smith is one of those writers who has made her way onto my radar and looks set to be firmly placed there for some time yet. Swing Time, her latest novel is a tale of two dancers and former friends. One becomes successful in her pursuits while the other has her sights set on the power of dance, rhythm and tribes. In their twenties the friendship takes a hit and is 'never to be revisited'. I started reading this a few days ago and I am already immersed in it. There's something powerful about Smith's writing and I know I will race through this book.

What is not yours is not yours by Helen Oyeyemi-Technically I do not own this yet but I am hoping to change that very soon. I'm sure some literary critic will dislike my comparison here but this sounds like the Love Actually of stories. This series of short stories contain a wide variety of characters who make appearances in other tales throughout. There's an undercover book club, students from a puppet school and the exchanging of books and roses on St Jordis Day among other things. This sounds right up my street and like an absolutely exquisite literary delight.

Pretty Iconic by Sali Hughes-The follow up to Sali's successful book Pretty Honest is here and it looks equally as fantastic. In Pretty Iconic, Hughes looks at over two hundred beauty products that have been real game-changers. From the nostalgic Johnson's Baby Wipes, through to the iconic Chanel No. 5. No beauty stone, or coveted palette is left unturned. This is truly one for the beauty obsessives.

-What are you reading in November?

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**Have a great week guys! I'm off to Melbourne tomorrow and am taking a much-needed break from blogging next week. I'll still be around, I just won't be writing anything beyond an Instagram caption. I'll be back the week after though with heaps of new content and in the meantime you can keep up with my stories on FashioNZ, such as this one #getthatpromo.

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