cold weather reading

Chilly days season has arrived and I'm giddy. I love what these days mean......blankets, cable knit sweaters, hot beverages, chunky socks, unceasingly lit candles, movies, and books, stacks of books.  

I miss our fireplace when this time of year rolls around. I'm sure you understand as we all know that sitting under a blanket, book in hand, with a fire crackling in the fireplace is one of the best things in life.

So I thought I'd give you a little reading material to kickstart your cozy days reading. And please add to my list!

- Foodie-Centered -

because it's food and "people who love to eat are always the best people." - Julia Child

Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Tasteas my love for being in the kitchen has increased over the years so has my interest in learning more about the history surrounding food and those who have influenced and formed the culinary world

Audrey at Home: Memories of My Mother's Kitchenone of the classiest ladies and the food she loved.

My Life in FranceI simply adore Julia Child.

- Fiction & Fantasy -

because it is always delightful to walk in an imaginary world for a little while.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition: I've just begun reading the Harry Potter series and I'm enthralled with J.K. Rowling's imagination and writing. What a world she created! I've heard this new illustrated edition is just beautiful. I can already tell this is cozied by the fire type of book series.

Anne of Green Gables: My beloved Anne. How much I've learned from her through the years. This book and this series will forever hold a very high place in my favorites list and every fall I have to spend some time with my old friend. 

The Truth According To Us: I have yet to read this book but it is written by one of the co-authors of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society which, if you've seen previous posts of mine, is a book I just adore. I had told my mother-in-love about Guernsey and she loved it so she picked this one up afterwards and thoroughly enjoyed it, too. If the writing is anything like Guernsey I've no doubt it'd be a great read.

- Biographies & Memoirs -

because it's always fascinating to learn about the lives of others and hear their stories.

Home: A Memoir of My Early Years: I read this book a while back and so enjoyed learning more about Julie Andrews, her childhood, and how her incredible career began. What a gracious, lovely lady she is.

Jimmy Stewart: A Biography: Old movies. I love them. And Jimmy Stewart is one of my all-time favorite old movie actors. To read a biography about him as been on my list for a long time.

A Severe Mercy: This book is hard, my friends, but it is one of the most beautiful, profound, grace-filled, truly sweet books you'll ever read. This precious couples story will move you, change you, and inspire you.

- Home - 

because cold weather days are a perfect time to plan, to dream, to be inspired.

Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves: I've heard good things and I know that Emily Henderson is a favorite among many. Whatever your personal design taste having a variety of books like this to reference is a great way to be inspired and helped, and they look pretty sitting on your coffee table or bookshelf, too.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing: I have seen this book in the hands of many friends and favorite bloggers as of late and, as decluttering and organizing are near to my heart I'm very curious about what this book shares. *Obviously, I am not into zen philosophy but am interested in the practical helps and habits this book offers.

Happy Reading, my friends!