This is what an hactual literary addiction looks like. I love big books and I cannot lie. This time of year is PERFECT for getting stuck into juicy reads as well, because it's bleak and dark outside, all you want to do is curl up in your onesie and vegetate. So here are the things making me want to do that the very most.

The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave: OK here it is - I judged this book by its cover. It looks absolutely beautiful, it won some pretty high praise when it was released last year, and I now desperately want to read it. Do I have 25 similar books sitting on my shelf waiting for their shot to bed read? OF COURSE I DO. But this one is about a girl who is forbidden to leave her island, who longs to explore, whose father was a cartographer and who is threatened by the presence of a fire demon. It's basically Moana and the authoress is two years younger than me and lives in Oxford so I feel morally obliged to read it. K.

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green: Aah, John. I love me some John. Don't we all love us some John? I do love a quick YA read that I can just gorge on in a day and it's done - so it was with The Fault In Our Stars and Looking For Alaska, so I'm sure it shall be with Turtles All The Way Down. And also - John, if you could tell me how you got such a brilliant naming convention for these books man, that'd be fab. I haven't read up too much on this one as I almost didn't want to be let in on what the premise is, I'm just so excited it's out in the world now!

Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks: A collection of short stories that I'm sure will be just as loveable as the big guy himself - Tom Hanks is a gift to the world in a time when we all really need to believe in the good in people. I've got no reason to believe his debut fiction won't be equally as joyful.

Winter by Ali Smith: The next in the Seasonal series, my love for Autumn is something I could write an essay on but I settled with this post. I'm so ready for this lady's genius to be in my world again. I'm not sure if it will follow the same characters and story, but her gorgeous mix of art, poetry, prose - even the construction she uses to tell stories and the pacing of her writing is just all engulfing to me. She might be my favourite author ever, it's too soon to tell - but if not, definitely one of them.

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur: Described as 'a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising and blooming - a celebration of love and all its forms'. Could not be more up my street. I absolutely love Rupi's poetry and her illustrations, and I'm so excited to see what her second collection will bring to the table.

Brand Brilliance by Fiona Humberstone: I read How To Style Your Brand earlier this year and loved the lessons it taught me about personal branding and also successful branding for a small business. Fiona has a great, no-nonsense, no-jargon way of speaking that makes following her quizzes and guidelines so easy to do. She lets you workshop creatively but also asks to-the-point questions that will lead you to answers you might never have considered. It's a really thorough, challenging but fun way to explore the roots and depths of your business or blog. I can't wait to follow on with more in this book!

How Not To Be a Boy by Robert Webb: Honestly, this might be the most important book release by a celebrity this year. With the whole Harvey Weinstein case, Trump as president, the Google row earlier this summer and just the environment we're operating in culturally, there has never been a more important time for the white male voice to say something different. To take a different tone, a more searching look at its own privilege. Robert Webb's book is an autobiography that doesn't exactly come from a humble place of admitting to privilege but it DOES look, and look closely, at how ill-equipped men are to deal with masculinity, their emotions, the pressure that being a man can bring with it. When I think about Emma Thompson speaking about the 'crisis of masculinity' that led to the Weinstein climate, I become more and more convinced that now more than ever we need to address these embedded gender roles and have an honest conversation about how the hell we do better.

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry: This one is sort of a cheat, as I do have a copy of this on my iPhone. I'm just writing it here to bloody remind myself to read it this Autumn! It's been almost a year since I bought it. Come on Tami, step up.

And then, because cosy nights at home call for delicious food...

5 Ingredients by Jamie Oliver: I love Jamie and anything that can simplify dinner time headaches is A-OK with me. 5 ingredients can't lead to THAT much faffing in the kitchen, right? Also, if anyone has been following Hannah Gale's Instastories, you already know this is where it's at.

The Roasting Tin by Rukmini Iyer: In much the same vein, this book does look like it'd make dinners (and potentially lunches) a whole lot easier - all of your prep happens in one tin, chuck it in the oven, only one thing to wash up. Happy days! There can't possibly be anything to question here. Nope. Not at all. That's the way it works. I will be making delicious suppers as soon as I get this book. 


  1. Oooh such an exciting post, I love all your book picks. I’ve read Milk and Honey so I would be glad to pick up The Sun and Her Flowers to see if it’s any good. I’ve not read anything by Ali Smith but Autumn and Winter look very appealing. Happy reading! :-) xx

    Helen | Helen’s Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting Helen! I'd very much suggest picking up Autumn - it's such a great read and definitely a comforting one for this time of year! T xx


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