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New Year, New Reading List

With one my goals this year being to read more and spend less time in front of a screen (particularly before bed), a new reading list seemed to be in order. Here's a little look at what I'm planning on diving into over the next few months, and a few old favourites I'm keen to revisit in between.


To read

All The Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr

This was last year's winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and a New York Times best seller. I just started getting into it two nights ago and it's already so hard to put down.


Unconditional Magazine

By dream team Ilona Hamer and Alexandra Nataf, Unconditional is a picture perfect addition to any coffee table.

Us - David Nicholls

One Day is one my favourite novels, so I wanted to give Nicholl's latest offering a try. Centered around the protagonist's marriage and a family trip throughout Europe with some lovely flashbacks spliced in between, it's the kind of book that makes for perfect holiday reading.


Once - Wim Wenders

A beautiful book by an incredible contemporary filmmaker. I have been meaning to add this one to my collection for a while, there's no time like the present, right?

Speedboat - Renata Adler

This cult '70s novel was out of print for a while, before being reissued two years ago. Somehow I still haven't managed to read it yet, but between this article, the cover artwork and recommendations from close friends, this will be next on my list for sure.

Agnes Martin: Paintings, Writings, Remembrances - Arne Glimcher

This retrospective had just been released when I was in New York a few years ago. It was my first time seeing Martin's work in person (at Dia:Beacon, Upstate) and she has since become one of my favourite artists. My only regret was being way over my baggage limit and not being able to take a copy home with me. Hopefully I can finally add it my collection this year...

Neopolitan Novels, Books One to Three - Elena Ferrante

When Hannah-Rose recommends something, you know it's going to be good. I was sold on the portrayal of female friendship across a lifetime (and three novels) by this highly acclaimed Italian author. That and the fact, that moments after Hannah began describing it to me, we saw a fellow beach-goer next us to already half way through. Better late than never!

All in Good Taste -  Kate Spade

Another one for the coffee table, Kate Spade's latest book is a beautifully designed guide to entertaining. As one of my life goals is to get a dining table (or at the moment, an apartment to put one in), I would very much like some pointers for being a good hostess.


To Revisit

Beautiful Ruins - Jess Walters

Hollywood, the Italian coast, romance and long lost love. It's only been a year since I read this, but I'm already up for round two.


Mirage Magazine

An on point mix of girls, vintage cars and architecture, Mirage is an old favourite for inspiration. Given that it's always a while between issues, sometimes a trip through the archives is just what you need.

Lodestars Anthology

An independently published magazine for travellers, Lodestars themes every issue around one country. So far there is England, Scotland and Australia.  


Love x Style x Life - Garance Dore

Garance's first book was exactly what I was hoping for. It only came out late last year, but the mixture of musings on French style, career advice and love stories makes it a treat to pick up again and again.

My Paris Dream - Kate Betts

I fell in love with this book recalling Kate's experiences as a fashion Journalist in 1980s Paris. I only read it a few months ago, but with an upcoming trip to Paris planned, I'll be taking this as my travel companion.

Polaroids - Guy Bourdin

No words are needed in this little book. These mostly unpublished polaroids showcase the glamour and sexuality which Bourdin is so well known for. Bringing it back to the coffee table and getting inspired to bring my Fuji Instax out from hiding. I used to love taking polaroids so hopefully this year I'll have a chance to snap some more.

Image credits: 1. Photo by me, 2. Alexandra Nataf for Unconditional, 3. Collage by me, 4 & 5. Via Mirage Magazine, 6. Via Garance Dore.