The legendary C.S. Lewis once said: “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” With that thought in mind, going on a good paperbound adventure with a soul-warming cuppa in hand seems like a pretty good way to start off a new 365. Here’s what’s on the Poppies and Pence bookshelf to start off 2015:
Grace: A Memoir – Grace Coddington
This has been on my to-read wish list since it ‘graced’ the bookstore shelves back in 2012. I know, I’m way late to the party on this one. Having always been intrigued by Grace Coddington, perched effortlessly in fashion front rows around the globe, her appearance in The September Issue documentary made me even more curious. From her early days as a model to becoming Creative Director at Vogue and everything in between, the book is also filled with wonderful illustrations by the women herself.
Refinery29 Style Stalking – Piera Gelardi, Christene Barberich
Ah yes, a street style book. But not just any street style book, Style Stalking comes from the brilliant editors of the one website I literally spend the most time on – Refinery29.com. Editor-in-Chief Christene Barberich and Executive Creative Director Piera Gelardi put together style essentials in a collection of gorgeous and eclectic photos bound together in pages I could pretty much flip through endlessly. *Coffee table essential for any street style lover.
So, Anyway – John Cleese
Fawlty Towers, Monty Python, need I say more? A massive fan of both the show and the comedy troupe, this is a book that HAD to be included. If Cleese brings even an ounce of the wit and brilliance to his writing as he does to his performances, this is sure to be a page-turner.
How To Be Alone – Sara Maitland
From the book: ““You are one of those courageous people who want to dare to live; and to do so believe you have to explore the depths of yourself, undistracted and unprotected by social conventions and norms.” Never one to adhere to any kind of social convention or norm, this is a must-read for those who appreciate the wonderment and strength of solitude. The way Maitland navigates through the touchy subject of how society has still not accepted those who actively, and bravely, choose to live solo is so wonderfully stated and extensively well-researched. It really gives you something to think about.
What are you reading/looking forward to reading this year?