There is something about the chill of winter that makes me read more. Perhaps it's the thought of curling up in bed or the couch (in my finest pyjamas and mismatched socks) with a blanket, a cup of coffee and the result of yesterday's rushed baking session, or it could just be the reality kicking in that half of the year is over and I feel like my mind has somewhat shrunk due to the lack of words I've read on paper.
Having a toddler at home also means that finding time to read is pretty tricky. It's so hard to get in the routine of sitting for an hour to read because I usually want to take advantage of those nap hours to clean the house, get organised, do some blogging and yes, sleep! So lately, I've been taking the opportunities to read as much as I can on bus trips to work, in the toilet (no doubt a gross habit) and just last week, Johan couldn't help but giggle when he found me reading whilst stirring a pot of risotto.
I've realised that the more I read, the happier I am. I get to imagine, to retreat and more importantly, to learn. Is it the same for you guys?
So, here is a list of what I think is the finest reads to get you through the chilly wintery days ahead of us. If you've read any of them, let me know what you think and let's get some #book_chat happening via the world wide web!
1 // 'Wild Swans' - Judy Chang
This autobiography is simply beautiful. I can't say anything more because I truly believe every woman should read this. These womens' stories need to be heard and to be remembered, no matter how heartbreaking every page is.
2 // 'Alphabet Family Journal' - founded by Luisa Brimble
I don't think this publication needs any further introduction because you all know I have so much love for it. All I can say is get your hands on Issue A!
3 // 'Of Mice and Men' - John Steinbeck
One of my favourite Steinbeck's classics and a good short read (I promise you'll get through it before your risotto is ready). A heart-moving story about the hardships of life, loneliness, dreams and the importance of friendship.
4 // 'Cloudstreet' - Tim Winton
Tim Winton is probably my favourite
Australian writer. I love his raw, honest and sometimes kooky ways of writing; always breaking the rules of how the traditional novel "should" be written. My favourite part about this book? The characters! I guarantee you too will grow so fond of them.
5 // 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn' - Betty Smith
Another classic favourite and one that I always come back to re-read when I need a huge pick-me-up because it's just so so so lovely to read.
6 // 'Tasty Express' - Sneh Roy
7 // 'Skinjob' - Bruce McCabe
Remember Blade Runner? This book is similar to that in the way it questions how the advancement of technology will shape and define the world we live in. Science fiction is not something that I would usually pick up but this book is captivating and challenges your own views on societal morals, values and beliefs.
8 // 'Jasper Jones' - Craig Silvey
Another Australian book and another great read full of unforgettable characters and outrageously good dialogue!