January Reading List

Another year of new reads begins today. For all you literary lovers, I aim to up the amount of book reviews and posts coming your way this year. In case it weren't obvious already, I read a lot but I don't take time to write about what I read as much as I would like. That's going to change in 2017. First up we have January's reading list. Four books I'm ready to dive into with all the enthusiasm that a new year brings...

Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher-After finishing Swing Time by Zadie Smith at the end of last month, I decided I wanted to start the year with a lighter novel. Both in terms of content and page numbers. I've also just found out that I share a name with the protagonist, definitely not the motive for reading this I promise (!). It sounds like the perfect paperback to read in Summertime, either poolside or by the beach. 

In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney-One of my two Christmas presents to me, from me. Grace Bonney's book is a collection of bite sized interviews and images of women and their spaces. Women of influence, up and comers and inspiring women are all featured. It is the perfect coffee-table read and from what I've read so far, it looks set to be the ideal book to inspire me, and also encourage anyone who peruses it to aim high this year. 

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler-This novel has been on my to-read list for ages and after waiting what felt like several decades for it to come in at the library, I finally have it. This has been dubbed "a lush, thrilling debut" and it tells the story of 22 year old Tess, a girl who escapes suburbia to fulfill her ambitions in the Big Apple. Her dream being working in a respected restaurant. Sweetbitter is a tale of "discovery, enchantment and the power of what remains after disillusionment". This is another book I will be hopefully taking with me to the beach this month.

Get a Life: The Diaries of Vivienne Westwood-Vivienne's newest book was purchased on a whim. Read: I was having a lousy time in the middle of December and felt that I somewhat justifiably deserved a new book. Get A Life is a compilation of Westwood's diary entries, from her online diary of the same name that she started in 2010. The almost five-hundred page tome is as likely to wax lyrical on fashion as it is to consider books that Westwood is deeply moved by and of course political action she is taking. It is also filled to the brim with visuals and imagery that Westwood herself selected to accompany the entries. One for the fashion fans and diary lovers alike. I've only read 100 odd pages of this one so I am looking forward to immersing myself in it and reviewing it properly for you in a few week's time.

-What are you reading in January?

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