Holiday Reading List for a Brand New 2016

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In an increasingly digital world, I’m on some backwards mission to get back to grass roots and spend the summer having a little down time (which yes, means a few weeks off travel – crazy huh!?) reading up on how to have a more successful year in 2016, how to have a more meaningful year in 2016, and mostly just how to chase other dreams in 2016 (I know, the irony giving that I write a blog daily and you are reading about this digital detox o n l i n e ). But its true, we all need a little time to ourselves to reboot and refresh, so here’s what I’ll be reading this summer whilst I do so – let me know if you read along too!

Cabin porn book

Cabin Porn

I’ve long had a dream to build a cabin in the woods. I think if I’m to think about it hard enough, this dream probably really kicked into overdrive when I was in Lapland, Finland, in a thick layer of snow inside a small cottage with hot cup of cocoa wondering what life would be like if I just bought a cabin here and disappeared. Seriously, it doesn’t sound like half a bad idea! One of my dreams this year is to get these plans into action. Step one; acquire land (could be more difficult than I imagine). Step two; make plans to make plans. Step three; make those plans. Step four; get plans approved. Step five; build the cabin of dreams (that will most likely be a treehouse). I’ll keep you updated.

My Paris Dream Book

My Paris Dream

I’m sure by now that everyone knows I’m obsessed with Paris and all things French, and since I just booked a plane ticket there for the spring, I’ve decided to up my summer reading list to include some Paris classics, new Parisian novels I have got my hands on (Christmas present to yourself, anyone?) and even put a little French language in there. “My Paris Dream” is my dream life – escaping the rest of the world to create your own little world in Paris, surely the world’s most beautiful city. Its not likely to happen for me anytime soon, so for now I’ll escape into this book and live vicariously through the author.

The Year of Cozy Book

The Year of Cozy

When I found this book in my Amazon recommendations list, I knew I had to have it. One of my resolutions for the New Year is to live as simply as possible whilst at home – sourcing vegetables, herbs and even fruits from my own garden, creating candles and creams and all sorts of lotions and potions for myself, and just start to appreciate the act of doing.

Hands on Home

The Hands on Home

Following on from my above recommendation, I would highly recommend this book as well, especially for those looking to create a home that shows your labours of love. If I lived at home more often I would definitely try to find all the answers inside this book, but realistically this will only last the summer as in January I jet off again for another year of adventures! Regardless, I’m gonna give it a go for the summer!

Little House Living Book

Little House Living

Are you sensing a theme yet!? Clearly I’m excited about spending a little more time at home to kick off the year! As the title suggests, this is another home book that encourages readers to live a self sufficient lifestyle, something I’d love to follow in the future – whenever I take a break from travelling – if ever! I’m looking forward to giving these recipes a try mostly as they offer really great healthy options and the New Year is always a great time for a detox.

Lunch in Paris

Lunch in Paris 

I’ve already sung the praise of this book elsewhere in my top books for about Paris for wannabe Parisians, but I will just add: I have serious food envy and cravings when I read this book, so a warning for all salted caramel and crepe lovers out there, this book will leave you wanting to jump on the next flight to Paris!

Girls who travel

Girls Who Travel

I opened up my mail a few days ago and this book was inside with a little note that read “I saw this and I thought of you”. The title is probably a straight up giveaway and it certainly got my excited! (I know, I know…. something about books and judging them by their covers)


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    December 29, 2015 at 3:12 am

    All of these look so good! I want to read them all!

    December 28, 2015 at 2:44 am

    Great list! Very inspiring. Thank you for sharing! I would like to read My Paris Dream!

    December 27, 2015 at 5:47 am

    You should try one of the classic French books too: Flaubert’s Madame Bovary or one of Balzac’s novels, to trully immerse yourself in the Parisian atmosphere 🙂

    Mary Anne
    December 27, 2015 at 3:32 am

    Based on the list of books you recommended, sounds like you miss the comfort of your own home 🙂 . It’s definitely time to take a break from travel but not for too long..we’ll miss your travel posts 🙂

    December 26, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Looks like a fun list. I missed Paris on my ATW trip this year. Maybe I can experience some of it with these books. Great photography/styling.

    December 26, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Interesting book recommendations. I love reading but sometimes I can’t concentrate when traveling. So many other interesting things going on … Surely will check out ur tipps 🙂

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    Amazing books. I’m obsessed with everything french and parisian too – and definitely need to read those books. Thank you for inspiring me.

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    December 25, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Building and living in a cabin is definitely on my bucket list!

    December 24, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    One can never run out of books to read! I know I shouldn’t judge books by their covers, but the ones you picked all look lovely!

    December 24, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    I really liked My Paris Dream! Though I definitely did pick it out based on the cover haha. I also really like Paris Letters, though it’s not quite as glamorous.

    Girls Who Travel sounds really interesting, though the Amazon description was a little vague haha

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    December 24, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Happy holidays Brooke!
    Thank you for encouraging me to dream and wish and to believe in that it will happen.
    l love you!!

    Kendall Simmons
    December 24, 2015 at 11:01 am

    I just bought ‘Cabin Porn’ a couple of months ago and absolutely adore it! I’m also in the process of hunting for a piece of farmland in Tennessee for a little future retreat of my own! I would strongly recommend checking out ‘Rock the Shack’ and ‘Hide and Seek’ as well. The photography and examples in them are unbelievable! I hope you blog about your new home and your cabin plans!

    Holly Atkinson
    December 24, 2015 at 10:23 am

    These look like wonderful reads! Definitely adding them to my list of ‘must haves’ for the new year!

    – Holly

    December 24, 2015 at 9:03 am

    What a great list of books. I’m definitely checking out several of these!

    December 24, 2015 at 9:00 am

    These all look amazing! Love the idea of The Year of Cozy… and I’m also a bit obsessed with Cabin Porn! Would love to hear more about your cabin plans as they come along 🙂

    Leigh Anne
    December 24, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Loving all the book posts lately!

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    December 24, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Love all these xx Adding to my list now x

    Brittany Justham
    December 24, 2015 at 6:24 am

    These books look great! I’m completely obsessed with your blog, Brooke! I think in the past week I’ve read nearly every single blog post. 🙂 I’m traveling to Paris this summer and so I will definitely put Lunch in Paris and My Paris Dream on my agenda to read. Thanks!

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    December 24, 2015 at 6:17 am

    I have one pise of cabin of pron book.