Hello, January! We’re into a new year and it’s time to do all those things that we’ve wanted to do for ages and for me. one of them is reading. I was bought some lovely books for Christmas and I can’t wait to get stuck in to them and do a little bedtime reading instead of scrolling. Here are the three books that I’ll be indulging in over January, they’re all different subjects but they’re all going to be super useful.
I’m usually a novel kind of gal because I love to get lost in a story – (usually stupid romantic books because my imagination is too crazy for thrillers and scary books!) but these three are non fiction books and I’m hoping to learn a few bits and bobs. Please let me know if you have any book recommendations, novels or non fiction because I definitely need to read more and scroll less.
1. The home inspiration
Hygge was the trend of 2017 but Scandinavian life is something that I’m really interested in. Hygge is all about generally being happier, understanding what makes you seriously happy and surrounding yourself with that. I think it’s a fabulous idea and culture and we all should really think more about what makes us happy. Luke bought me this lovely book – Hygge; The Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Tourell Söderberg for Christmas and I can’t wait to submerge myself in this with a cup of tea and a hot water bottle. Plus, it’s as pretty and Instagramable as can be!
2. The life inspiration
I’ve read the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo a few years ago and I loved it, I also read a really interesting book called Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson and I’ve got to admit that I love the tidy life. I find these books really inspiring and just generally interesting. I know, I’m literally 85 but, what can I say? I just don’t like clutter! This book, Spark Joy by Marie Kondo is a round up of her methods so I’ll be refreshing my memory and keeping things tidy with this little guy. Marie Kondo’s main message is that if something isn’t obviously useful and doesn’t spark joy then why have you got it cluttering up your house and your life and I love this. I love to have a clear out, sell things on eBay, donate to charity shops and give stuff to friends and family that can use things in a better way than me. If you’re skeptical about this book and Marie Kondo’s style then I’d definitely encourage you to just have an open mind and give it a go because you might like it!
3. The career inspiration
I knew that I had to pick up the Make Instagram Your Business by Sedge Beswick when I saw that she’d brought it out so I stuck it straight on my Christmas list and luckily it appeared amongst my pressies. I met Sedge years ago when she was a guest lecturer at my university (her old university too!) and she was super inspiring. I loved her stories and her ideas (see used to be social media queen at ASOS and she’s now set up her own agency) and she’s a super girl boss. It’s a cute little book all about Insta trends and some of the biggest accounts out there and I really like that it focuses on engagement rates of the accounts because I think this is something that sometimes can be overlooked in this industry in favour of followers which isn’t the way to judge success. Just a lovely little read really if you’re into Instagram and blogging and it’s pink so looks lovely on my bedside table. Cheers, Sedge!