Autumn is upon us and it is time to grab your hot chocolate (or hot drink of choice, pumpkin spiced latte anyone?) and cosy up by a roaring fire. As you can probably already tell, I love this time of year and always have done, and as the nights draw in my love of reading always starts to creep back in. I am definitely one of those people who falls in and out of love with picking up a good book, but the general rule is that I accidentally confine my reading to two times of year, my annual summer holiday and cosy autumn nights. With that being said and my favourite time of year beginning, I have recently seen a few books that I’d like to get my hands on to complete my perfect autumn evening and today I thought I’d share them with you. Take a seat, grab a drink & let’s get settled in!
1. ‘Mid-Century Modern: Icons of Design‘ by Frances Ambler
My favourite period of design is having a come back and I couldn’t be more excited about it; Mid-Century Modern is back and bigger than ever. Yay for atomic patterns, quirky curves, clean lines and a bit of teak. Bought to life in ninety illustrations and covering all areas of this amazing design movement, we all need to get my hands on this book for the ultimate guide to MCM.
2. ‘Language of Flowers A Miscellany‘ by Mandy Kirkby
A few months ago, I bought a beautiful book from the early 60s of the same name as this book and after having a quick flick through the above, it seems to be an updated & more in-depth version. Wow. Both books delve into the meaning of flowers & plants, and having a name like ‘Holly’, you can see why I would love this. The Victorians adored bringing meaning to every bunch of flowers sent & plant planted, and I hope that this book will bring a more personal touch to the modern floral world – or at least to my gifting!
Until I get my hands on these, I am currently loving reading: ‘Naked at The Albert Hall’ by Tracey Thorn and ‘Cordially Invited’ by Zoe Sugg
3. ‘The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes‘ by Monocle
Cosy, a word that I have already used several times in just this one blog post and perhaps my favourite word at this time of year. This book is the one when it comes to building the perfect cosy home that will last a lifetime and it takes on the challenge of helping you to create a home that will allow you to embrace your life as you live it – umm, yes please! A book of designers, architects and inspiration, this is a must read for anyone who wants to bring a bit of ‘hygge’ into their home & life. Grab a copy at your local Waterstones!
4. ‘Dress Scandinavian: Style your Life and Wardrobe the Danish Way‘ by Pernillle Teisbaek
Now, here’s a book that really speaks to me. I have learnt from a bit of travelling in the last few years that Scandinavians REALLY know how to dress and I’m going to say it, I think they have the coolest style of anywhere I have ever visited. ‘Dress Scandinavian’ is by one of those cool Scandinavians, blogger & model Pernille Teisbaek, and is packed full of style & interiors advice to help us all become that bit more scandi-chic.
5. ‘Feminists Don’t Wear Pink & Other Lies‘ by Scarlett Curtis
This is probably the book that I am most excited to get my hands on, a compilation of thoughts about feminism by some of the most incredible ladies in the public eye. What’s not to love! Not only has this book been put together by the bomb dot com, Scarlett Curtis and her pink hair, but all the royalties made from it are going to the ‘global leadership development initiative’, Girl Up; and that is something that I, for one, can certainly get behind.
What’s your ultimate cosy evening book and have you bought any great ones recently?
Love Holly x