Women & Their Books: Sandrine Vaillancourt

What better way to round out the month than with bookish banter and another inspiring, brilliant lady showcasing her books? This month we have one of my blog-friends, all the way over in Montreal, the lovely Sandrine chatting about her books. Sandrine writes on a wide range of topics, from books to fashion and she also vlogs+has a killer Instagram. She's one of the people responsible for introducing me to what is easily one of my alltime favourite memoirs, Dolly Alderton's. Fun fact, she even met Dolly whilst she was in London recently. We have similar tastes when it comes to books so I may be a litle more biased than usually but Sandrine's recommended some great reads so I hope you enjoy her lil' interview...

-What are you currently reading?

I just started reading Nora Ephron's collection of essays called Crazy Salad & Scribble Scribble, which were originally published as columns for Esquire magazine in the 1970s. It's very different from her other books I've read, which felt more personal, so I'm still trying to figure out if I like this one or not. She is hilarious and extremely gifted with a talent for writing but unfortunately these essays feel a bit outdated.

-What is your most read book?

Funnily enough I rarely reread books, unless it's a coffee table book because I can go back to certain sections without reading the whole thing again. For example I love Pernille Teisbaek's Dress Scandinavian (above). Her style is perfection and I love the way her passion for fashion translates into words, so I sometimes go back to chapters I've loved or have forgotten. The same goes for Alexa Chung's It or A Paris Dream by Jeanne Damas. 

-What is your favourite book written by a woman? 

Dolly Alderton's Everything I Know About Love. This memoir completely changed the way I see nonfiction pieces and literary representations of women. Although her life and the challenges she has to go through are completely different from my own experiences,  this book made me feel a wide range of emotions. It's probably the only book I would ever want to read again and again, and I'd recommend it to every woman in their twenties.

-What was your favourite book or series of books as a child?

When I was young, I mostly read French-Canadian books like Le journal d'Aurelie Laflamme (Aurelie Laflamme's Diary) but unfortunately I was not a big reader. I started getting more into chick-lit when I was around twelve. Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series were my favourite. 

-Is there any book you wish you had written?

Dolly's book is one of them and The Rules Do Not Apply x Ariel Levy is another one. Nonfiction is such a fascinating genre and authors need to have such a curiosity, attention for detail and an awareness of the people around them to deliver something so personal to a wider audience. Levy's memoir is certainly modern and I loved reading about her experience of writing for The New Yorker

-Finally, what books are on your wishlist at the moment?

There are so many! I've just ordered Promising Young Women x Caroline O'Donoghue which was recommended by Dolly Alderton. I'm also looking forward to reading Why Social Media Is Ruining Our Lives x journalist Katherine Ormerod-someone I coincidentally love to follow on social media. Her book is coming out in October so I'll have time to read a few books before then. Finally, something a bit different from what I usually read, She Must Be Mad a collection of poems x Charly Cox. 

/ / Thanks so much to Sandrine for being a part of my Women+Their Books series for July! Next month we are bringing things back to my side of the world and I'm excited to share that with you as well as some other fabulous women I have lined up in the coming months. If there's anyone you think I should feature in this series, sing out. 

*All images c/o Sandrine's blog. 

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