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22 Jan 2018

Spring Reading List

Currently on my Spring reading list:

1. The Andy Warhol Diaries, edited by Pat Hackett - This book is massive, like Astrophysics textbook massive and is 807 pages long but aside from it being a tad uncomfortable to hold, you will devour this in no time at all. Every thought and every word straight from Andy's mind and mouth, it really does read like a diary so if you are not into that, this book may not be for you. But if, like me, you find the '70s fascinating with all the rockstars, the It girls, the Intellectuals, the Beatniks and the Artists you will definitely love this read. Andy is snarky (like saying that apparently Jerry Hall has b.o. and calling people outright ugly), opinionated, weird, thoughtful, calculated and idiosyncratic - all the characteristics of a mad artist.

2. 365 Photo Challenges to inspire your Instagram year by Karen Gordon - Instagram has taken over the (social media) world and for a while now,  people have been trying to curate the perfect Instagram theme. I know I've tried but I  have failed spectacularly as my theme changes with my mood and my mood changes A LOT, but if you are open to inspiration and would be up for a photo challenge, this book is perfect. Then again life is not perfect so I suggest that you do you and if your feed makes you happy then that's the most important thing, but it is nice to have this book as a jumping off point.

3. Celebrate by Lauren Conrad -  Speaking of Instagram, Lauren Conrad's feed, is the most beautiful and the most aesthetically pleasing IG feed I have ever seen. I have to be honest, I got this book purely because the photos  in it remind me of her feed but now I am so glad I have this in my arsenal of "How To" books. From invite etiquettes to a simple dinner party to fun clambakes to the more elaborate wedding parties, Celebrate covers everything from decor to food - all done in her signature pastel tinged breezy California girl turned lifestyle guru flair.

4. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov - Ah, what I would give to delve into the mind of a Russian author such as Bulgakov. Banned for a long time and heavily censored in earlier publications, the full and uncensored manuscript has finally been published in 1973. Heavy on analogies, oppositions and juxtapositions, this novel shows the turmoil that every human soul experiences - good and evil, light and dark, just and unjust, sensuality and chastity - and how one conducts one's life affairs greatly affect where one goes in the afterlife.

5. The Virago Book of Food The Joy of Eating, edited by Jill Foulston - Food, glorious food. Every luscious tidbit painstakingly edited from various books ranging from Harry Potter to Anne Frank's diary to vintage letters from 1730 England all rolled into a scrumptious smorgasbord that is The Joy of Eating. I have always loved reading about food in literature and to have them all in one book is one yummy heaven to me. My copy has now become dog-eared and well thumbed through and I will love it until it falls apart on me. And then I will buy myself a new one.

6. The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen - One of the main characters in The Sugar Queen has a strange plight, to some a curse and yet to others a blessing - books follow her wherever she may be. They appear mostly when she needs answers and the books that materialize tend to have titles pertaining to whatever situation she may be in, good or bad. Creepy factor aside, I would want that happening to me too! Sarah Addison Allen is one of my all time favourite authors and reading any one of her books makes me want to live in it and The Sugar Queen did not disappoint. If you are partial to love and magic, like I am, this one is a keeper.

7. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien - A classic, this one needs no further introduction. We all know what happens to Frodo (and Arwen and Aragorn and Merry and Pippin). Tolkien has me wishing I were an an elf, wanting an invitation to Tom Bombadil's house, desiring to take part in one of the many celebrations in the Shire and daydreaming about fighting alongside the Fellowship. I savour every word in Tolkien's books and that alone makes Tolkien a legend on my list.


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