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22 February 2018

February's Bookshelf Favourites


I hope you've all had a lovely week. Mine's certainly been exciting and a little scary, but maybe more on that another day.

I wanted to pop in again to recommend some more books since I've been getting through two or three a week the last month. You can check out January's recommendations here (apparently blazers and brogues is the new uniform for my book related posts?).

1. Everything I know About Love, Dolly Alderton

I blasted through Dolly's memoir in a couple days, entirely captured by her voice and every little anecdote. As Alderton says herself, it's a book about love, but it is most certainly not about boys. This memoir struck me as a real celebration of the stability and comfort of female friendships; through joy, death, heartbreak and all the in between. That being said, Dolly's years as a dating columnist for The Sunday Times Style means that there are a couple dozen hilarious male encounters too. If you read one memoir this month, make it this.

2. Love In a Cold Climate, Nancy Mitford

Okay so you all know that I'm a huge Mitford fan by now - I discussed The Pursuit of Love last month. Love in a Cold Climate is narrated by the same ever wonderfully beige Fanny as she lives through the vivacious and often scandalous love lives of those close around her. Mitford is an expert at creating bizarre, bold and exciting characters and those who fill the pages of this novel are no exception. If you want a little scandal, a little love and a lot of decadence then this is the book for you.

3. The Secret Life of Cows, Rosamund Young

Young's book about a life on farms and spent with all kinds of farm life is a wonderful reminder that animal's lives exist well and beyond our mere use of them. A quiet argument against factory farming and the cruelties of the mass meat market, this books anthropomorphises cows, sheep and chickens to a level of endearment. They form friendships, mourn, hold grudges and make their own kind of jokes. Young's argument for kindness and compassion towards even those animals we will eventually eat is impossible to combat by the end, but more than this, it's a beautiful story of the secret lives of animals and how understanding those lives can be enriching.

4. Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen

I hope it isn't cheeky to include Austen on my list, but given that this is one of her less famous novels I thought I could get away with it. I've read a fair amount of Austen, but was particularly drawn to the character of Catherine Morland. A satire of gothic novels, it's delightful to watch Morland get entirely carried away by her own imagination and the often humorous (sometimes less so) after effects. From discovering hidden chests, to suspecting murder of various characters, Morland is every young woman who used to get a little carried away after reading a good book. An unlikely heroin she is, but a heroin indeed.

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  1. This list is spot on - could not agree more about your comments on Dolly's book too, absolutely loved every word.


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