Over the past few years, I’ve become quite the bookworm. If you see me on the metro, I’ll likely have a book in hand. At home, I’m constantly flicking through cookbooks and magazines in search of inspiration. Even on holiday, my ideal way of passing time is relaxing poolside with a cocktail and a good book. For me books are symbolic of relaxation, inspiration and knowledge, and I must admit, I feel a little lost if I’m short of something to read.
In my mind, or jotted down on a note pad next to my computer, there’s a constantly growing list of books to read. My 2019 must-read list is not, however, made up uniquely of novels. There are cookbooks, magazines and blogs too. I thought I’d share with you today everything on my list so far. These aren’t books I’ve read yet, but ones I’m super eager to get my hands on! My must-read list will likely to evolve throughout the year so I’ll be sure to update this post every few months.
If you’re a bookworm too, make sure to drop me a comment and let me know what books you can’t wait to read!
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
I feel like I’ve been waiting an eternity to get my hands on this book! Lethal White is the forth book in the Cormoran Strike series. It follows a rough-around-the-edges Private Investigator as he tackles unusual and complex investigations in London. The characters in this series are fantastic and I can’t wait to see how the relationships have developed in this forth book.
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
I love books and films set in the 1940’s if you feel the same, be sure to add City of Girls to your reading list. The story follows 19-year-old Vivian’s journey in New York in the 1940s. She arrives with nothing but a suitcase and sewing machine in hand, but quickly finds her place working among showgirls in an unconventional Manhattan theatre.
Available June 2019
The Suspect by Fiona Barton
This gripping thriller is about two 18-year-old girls that go missing while on vacation in Thailand. A journalist attempts to find out more about what happened to them and ends up revealing information on her own son who also went missing whilst on holiday.
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
After almost 30 years since publishing “The Handmaid’s Tale”, Margaret Atwood has finally announced there will be sequel called “The Testaments”. Set 15 years after the end of the first book, Atwood attempts to address everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Gilead and its inner workings.
Available September 2019
La Patisserie by Yann Couvreur by Yann Couvreur (only available in French)
I recently had a flick through this book and the recipes look incredible! There’s a good mix of simple as well as more complicated desserts and his flavour combinations seem delicious. The book itself is very beautiful and the photography is stunning. I can’t wait to get it so I can start testing some recipes.
On Vegetables by Jeremy Fox
With an aim to put the focus back on vegetables, Jeremy Fox creates page after page of stunning vegetable based dishes. Everything looks incredibly delicious and the presentation is so inspiring. For everyone who vowed to eat less meat this year, this book is a must-have!
Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi & Hélène Goh
This year, I’m trying to improve my simple recipes, such as cakes and biscuits. After having had a quick look in this book, I was filled with inspiration. I might actually buy it this week so I can start testing some recipes.
I’ve been following this blog for many years now and this year will be no exception. I love reading Jenny’s thoughts and opinions on being an influencer as well as her blogging advice for all the beginners out there. Her style is amazing and she’s a great person to turn to for some fashion inspiration.
This blog is a bit of a new discovery for me, but I’m really enjoying reading her lifestyle focused posts. I really loved her recent article titled “Finding my way in the online world” as well as this post on her smoothie and supplement recommendations.
I think by now, everyone knows the New Darlings. They are the couple we all strive to be. They’re cute, stylish, and down to earth. They’ve recently renovated their home in Arizona and it is stunning. If you’re after home inspiration, relationship advice, or casual fashion ideas be sure to check out their blog.
Fou de Patisserie (only available in French)
I buy these magazines religiously. They provide me with so much inspiration and keep me up to date with what’s new in the Paris food scene.
Peachy Keen is definitely on my reading list because, well, I’m a contributor! However, even if I wasn’t, this magazine would still be on my 2019 must-read list. The magazine looks at ethical & sustainable fashion in Australia and New Zealand. It’s published in French with the articles translated to English in the back so that way everyone’s happy!
This quirky Australian magazine has been one of my favourites for a long as I can remember. With stunning images and illustrations throughout it’s a joy to read. The articles are very relatable and often very funny. It’s only available in English however, you can buy copies in Paris from the Conran Shop.
If you give any of these books, blogs or magazines a read, be sure to drop me a comment and let me know what you think.