When, at the end of 2018, I asked in my Instagram Stories what you’d want to see more of on the blog, the majority of you said that you’d love for the book posts to make a comeback. And the truth is, I had hoped for you to say that. I missed writing about books. I missed reading. 2018 wasn’t my best reading year and I am so excited up to be back in the game, exploring new worlds and diving deep into the literary world. So today I want to show you my Christmas book haul comprising of all the books I was gifted for Christmas and collected for a fully stocked start into the reading year 2019.
My Christmas Book Haul 2018
Starting off with a coffee table book. Victoria from inthefrow.com has been one of my favourite bloggers for years and when I heard that we was releasing a book comprising in parts of her PhD in fashion I immediately put it onto my wishlist. I have already had a browse through the book and it seems to contain a lot of insider information on luxury fashion, the fashion industry per se, shopping and the movements that changed the industry in the past few years. In addition to that it is absolutely beautiful.
One of my highly anticipated reads of 2019 is Michelle Obamas autobiography. Sadly, it was sold out almost everywhere and I couldn’t get my hands on it until my friend Alina gave it to me as a Christmas present. Everyone seems to be loving Michelle’s book and I cannot wait to find out more about her and her life as one of the most influential women on the planet.
I have seen this book on so many reading lists last year and heard a lot of friends talk positively about the story, so I decided I needed to give it a read as well. The female persuasion tells the story of a college student meeting a woman who she hopes will change her life, a leading speaker and central pillar of the women’s movement. I am intrigued as to whether it can hold what it promises and will astonish me as well.
To be honest, I did not get this book for Christmas but wanted to include it into my Christmas book haul anyways as I haven’t yet gotten around to read it. Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race explores the history of race relations in Britain and explains the inextricable link between class and race, as well as give an insight into the eradicated black history and issues this comprises today. I find the topic immensely interesting and cannot wait to learn more.
I picked up this book at the bookshop because the blurb intrigued me, so I’m just going to insert it here for you to read through as well. “Richard has spent his life as a university professor, immersed in the world of books and ideas, but now he is retired, his books remain in their packing boxes and he steps into the streets of his city, Berlin. Here, on Oranienplatz, he discovers a new community — a tent city, established by African asylum seekers. Hesitantly, getting to know the new arrivals, Richard finds his life changing, as he begins to question his own sense of belonging in a city that once divided its citizens into them and us.”
I was recommended this book by a friend and saw it pop up on a few feminist reading lists shorty after, so I added it to my Christmas book haul as well. In this essay collection the author Siri Hustevdt exposes gender bias, upends received ideas, challenges the reader to think again and explores arts, humanities and the sciences. I am stoked to find out more.
In this novel three very different people must choose between their family and their values. Apparently the story explores abuse, wealth, career choices, family values and race issues – all intricately interwoven into a beautiful and relatable story of three characters finding themselves and having to face difficult decisions. I feel like this is going to be a “lighter” read in between all the educational novels and will still be contributing to my knowledge and compassion.
I am currently listening to this as an audio book and loving it. In Sapiens, Dr Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical – and sometimes devastating – breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities.
Have you already read any of these books?
What’s on your reading list for the new year?
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