I’m sure by now you’ve figured out that I’m a bit of a bookworm, which is partly due to the fact that I spend so much time on planes and in airports, and partly due to the fact that I’m an escape artist in every form (travel, books, slipping out of parties without my goodbyes).
It has been a while since I’ve posted in the book club, for which I apologize. My reading tendencies are sporadic at best, mostly determined by the amount of travelling I am doing in any given month.
But alas, here we are! I came across some great books in the past week in and out of airports, so wanted to share some of these great reads with you.
So, what am I reading this February? Here are my recommendations and current reads:
Paris Dreaming by Katrina Lawrence
I was obssessed with this book a few pages in and if you’re anything like me and the author (a self-confessed Francophile), I promise you, you will love this book. I’m even prepared to say (currently halfway through reading the book), that it is my favourite Paris memoir of all time.
Katrina writes about her various escapades to Paris at different stages in life and already I’m convinced we are the same person in separate bodies, at separate stages of life. After myself visiting Paris more times than I can count and at different stages of life (seventeen with jet black hair, twenty on my first solo trip, during a break up with said ex-boyfriend, etc. etc.)
I know I’m always recommending books on Paris (and you guys have already picked up on this theme), but I promise you this is the Paris memoir to end all memoirs. I plan to read it thrice this week alone (yup, its that good!)
How to Get Sh*t Done by Erin Falconer
The philosophy of this book is simple: women are so hung up doing a bit of everything that we do not focus on ourselves enough to be a boss at what we want to do/be. This is my kinda feminism and if you’re a girlboss in any way, shape or form, you will love this book.
200 Women: who will change the way you see the world
Continuing with the theme of empowerment this month (I’m on a bit of a girlboss mission this year), I would love to recommend you all the 200 women book. In a similar style to Humans of New York, this book interviews 200 different women and allows you to rethink how you see the world and your place in it.
The Sun and her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
For so long I saw this author’s first book (Milk and Honey) on the shelves of the celebrated best sellers and for whatever reason, never picked it up. I soon realised her poetry would speak directly to my soul and am firmly of the belief that I picked it up at the right time of my life when I needed it most.
I would recommend both of Rupi’s books if you are suffering uncertainty, loss, or simply looking for direction and guidance at a difficult time or in times of change.
Love her Wild by Atticus
I picked up this book on my recent trip to Canada and I’ll be the first to admit the title was what sucked me in, but the content kept me reading and wanting more. Another book of poetry, the words on these pages speak directly to nomadic types (myself included) who just want to roam the world, soak it up, and be the reason someone smiles. A little dark at times, but the depth will spark thought.
Still Me by Jojo Moyes
I’m a huge fan of Jojo Moyes, especially after reading Paris for One, so am really excited to read her newest novel, Still Me. There’s a lot of hype around this book so I’m saving it for now, but have promised myself to read it next week when I pass back through Johannesburg airport and need to fill in the time between flights.
Over to you, what are you reading this month!?