My 2017 Reading List

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When I was younger I ABSOLUTELY loved reading, I was definitely that kid who would rebel against bedtime and use a torch under the duvet to read Harry Potter. There’s nothing better than reading a book whilst lounging on the sofa under a blanket with the candles on (don’t forget the chocolate) and I feel like it really helps me relax and switch off when I actually allow myself the time to do it. I always seem to find something else to do that’s more pressing. Anyways, this year I’ve made a commitment to myself to read more and this is what I have on my list….

Why Fashion Matters/Frances Corner

”If fashion is emphemeral and superficial what does that say about us? Like clothes we fade and decay.”

At university one of my favourite modules BY FAR was titled ‘geographies of consumption’ where we looked at the political, economic and social explanations of consumption (it was interesting – I promise) and a presentation I worked on looked at beauty consumerism and gender. I sometimes wonder whether I should have gone into market research as I love how the intrinsic details of both us and products can influence every day decisions whether it’s what brand of pasta or skincare we buy.  I find it all quite fascinating! Anyways I’m geeking out too much now but this book investigates how fashion matters to the economy, to society and to each of us personally which I think is going to make for an extremely interesting and thought provoking read!

Girl Up/Laura Bates

”Warning : This book contains feminist limericks, colour-by-numbers genitalia and dancing vaginas.”

One of the things I love about my job is that I get to work on a huge variety of events which form campaigns such as LGBTQ+ History Month, Black History Month and International Women’s Week. I feel like I’m constantly learning new social theories, arguments and movements and I’d definitely say I’m on a journey learning more about feminism. I want to further educate myself and find out more and I’m hoping this book will provide more insight. Laura is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project a project which aims to take a step towards equality and challenge the everyday sexism which women can encounter regularly in different parts of our lives. In this book Laura ‘mocks the ludricous pressures and stereotypes faced by young women today’ and I have a feeling it’s going to be pretty inspiring.

Vogue 100 Highlights/National Portrait Gallery

”British Vogue has acted as a cultural barometer, putting fashion in the context of the wider world.”

I visited the Vogue 100 : A century of Style exhibition last summer  when it made its way up north to Manchester art gallery and picked this up in the gallery shop. When I was a teenager I’d save my spending money and buy a Vogue magazine every month and as someone who absolutely loves photography this was the perfect exhibition to visit. This accompanying book features a selection of 50 images from the exhibition alongside the stories behind them with faces such as the Beatles, Charlie Chaplin, Sienna Miller and Twiggy by breathtaking photographers such as Mario Testino, Ronald Traeger and Corrine Day.

‘Hygge’ The Danish Art of Happiness/Marie Tourell Soderberg

”Hygge touches all aspects of everyday life”

The word ‘hygge’ (pronounced hue-gah) seemed to be all over the internet in 2016 as the Danish concept became popular over here in the UK and was widely adopted in the world of blogging. Whilst I appreciate a lot of people are probably over this, I’m definitely keen to learn more and geek out. Denmark is apparently the happiest nation on earth so clearly they’re doing something right! I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but it is pretty dreamy and I’m excited to get snuggled under a blanket with a hot chocolate for a read.

Talking as fast as I can/Lauren Graham

”This book is like a cosy night in catching up with your best friend.”

So one of my challenges for 2017 is to re-watch all of Gilmore Girls from the very beginning. Now its not going too well so far still on season 1 and this book will probably add another distraction but at least its related! I’m a big fan in case you hadn’t guessed already and I cannot wait to read this as I’ve heard good things from my friend Anisha . I don’t know much about Lauren outside of Stars Hollow so I’m looking forward to reading some hilairious stories.

Ctrl Alt Delete/Emma Gannon

”Her confessions, revelations and honesty may even make you log off social media.”

So technically I’ve already started this book on the plane to New York but then when you arrive in NYC who on earth has time to read? Admittedly it got put back on the bookshelf but I am ready and rearing to get back into it because the bits I have read so far were very very funny. Emma shares her stories of growing up with the internet, reminiscing about the days of dial up (oh how the young kids would find this hilarious), flirting on MSN (haha cringe) and the rise of social media networking. There are definitely plenty more laugh out loud moments to come with the rest of this book and I have a feeling I’m going to find myself relating to the stories in many ways.

The Inside Track/Laura Trott & Jason Kenny

”How a boy from Bolton and a girl from Chestnut became the best in the world”

I couldn’t not have cycling featuring somewhere in my reading list and when it’s a book by cycling’s golden couple there really is no excuse! The joint biography follows their journey from youngsters to Olympic success with all the adventures and experiences in-between.  It looks like a really interesting and easy read so I think I’ll fly through it. Hopefully it’ll  give me some much needed motivation for spin class too.

Unexpected : The Autobiography/Greg Rutherford

”I didn’t want this to be a conventional sugar-coated, bland tale of a developing sportsman.”

So I loved Greg Rutherford during the London Olympics, fell in love with him slightly more  once I discovered his Instagram and saw how adorable his son is then well, Strictly happened and I fell hook line and sinker. As double European champion, Commonwealth champion, World champion and Olympic champion he’s a pretty impressive man and I am intrigued to read his story and find out more about his childhood and well, him as a person.

36 Hours Europe/The New York Times

‘There are no rules. The weekend is yours, and Europe is waiting.’

I’d had my eye on this book for a while now so when Matt and I got this for Christmas I was very happy! We’re trying to save money for a house and after treating ourselves to a holiday in New York a few months ago I think we’ll definitely be up for cheap city breaks closer to home. The book is divided into the areas North Atlantic, South West, Central, South East and Northern and offers itineraries for weekend trips to over 130 European destinations (clue in the title). Each city has a suggested Friday – Sunday plan with places to see, things to do, restaurants to visit and travel tips accompanied with BEAUTIFUL  illustrations, photographs and informative maps. Problem is – I now want to go everywhere!

Strong/Zanna Van Dijk

”Make your body STRONG. Move it. Nourish it. Thrive.”

I first discovered Zanna’s blog last year and it soon became my favourite fitness blog! A personal trainer by trade, Zanna’s down to earth and refreshing attitude to health, fitness & wellbeing concentrates on eating well and training effectively – being strong both physically and mentally.  I was very excited when this arrived in the post and it looks beautiful with a simple and fresh design, colour and plenty of photos.  The book is pretty much a women’s health bible and includes recipes (which all look delicious), guides on different exercises (great for when I’m not sure what to do at the gym), inspirational quotes and tips on a variety of subjects such as motivation, recovery and how to put it all into action. As I’m exercising more I want to learn more about my body and nutrition and this book looks like the perfect place to start!

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What’s on your reading list for this year? I’m hoping I’ll need more ideas!

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