Give the gift of books, no matter what the occasion, who the recipient is, the best thing you can give is the gift of books.
My house is filled with them, hardbacks, paperbacks, journals, coffee table books, reference, fiction, autobiographies, art, photography…the list goes on and on!
I give books as gifts to the children in my life every year, at least one of their presents is a book, and as often as I can the adults get them too! Whether it’s books I know they want, the kind of book I know they’ll love or a book that everyone should read.
I’ve never found a gift that has the power, the meaning or the relevance as a book. It’s not only the physical gift you are giving them, you’re giving them the time to read it, the moments to steal away from real life to escape into the pages. Surely the gift of time is right up there with the best of things to receive.
As it was my birthday recently I realised just how much the people who love me know my love for books, so along with a couple of older books I thought I would share some of my current favourite reads.
My Bucket Lists was a gift from one of my dearest friends who is an author and like me, a lover of note writing and list making. It sits on my desk next to my MacBook and reminds me daily to do a little more, try something new, save some pennies, be a little braver.
It’s not a reading kinda book, it’s a writing kinda journal one.
I’ve never fully embraced the art of journaling, but this book already has numerous pages filled. It’s the kind of book that reminds you to do and see, not simply exist. You complete lists including Fears I Will Overcome, Things I Want To Save For & Things I Must Learn To Do. Sure I don’t have to complete them all, but there is something affirming about writing down intentions that inspire me when I feel uninspired.
From finding a way to inspire your own life, to reading about the life of women who have shaped the world we live in.
Sixty inspirational women, from many walks of life. All have changed the world in a variety of fields. Among them are politicians and artists, journalists and teachers, engineers and campaigners, fire fighters and film stars.
The Female Lead was the most beautiful gift from two of my girls who also understand the gift of books, in fact it was this book at that made me think to write this post as it’s the most ‘me’ book I can imagine being given.
I’m constantly in awe of women, women I have never and will never get to meet, women I aspire to be like, who inspire me and others, and the women in my life who live their lives with kindness and courage even during the toughest of times. Look around and if you are lucky you will be surrounded by outstanding women too.
From badass women to swearing excessively, another of my favourite things! So when I opened this hilarious little book from my mum I couldn’t help but think that my personality traits and love for swearing must shine bright!
Sure it’s great to give inspiring, thoughtful books, but some times it’s just as important to give irreverent books just for the fun of it. F*CK This is exactly that, and every time I see it sitting next to my bed it makes me smile.
Also how awesome is the word twat. It’s underused by most and excessively use by me!
Sure this book won’t have you curled up on the sofa engrossed, but what it does do is snap you out of a bad mood with a laugh. It will remind you that no matter how harsh you might be, there are a shit tonne more wicked witted folks out there!
In need of some badass women in your life? This book is for you!
The 100 revolutionary women in this beautiful book were bad ass in the best sense of the word: they challenged the status quo and changed the rules for all who followed! If you’re gonna leave a legacy that’s a pretty good way to do it!
From pirates to artists, warriors, daredevils, scientists, activists, and spies, the accomplishments of these incredible women vary as much as the eras and places in which they effected change. Each bad ass women has been illustrated Ann Shen, and honestly Bad Girls Throughout History fully embraces the wonder that is the gift of books.
I find myself going back to this book time and time again, it’s one of the few books that lives in my bathroom. It sits pride of place and I know for a fact almost everyone who’s ever stayed at my house has flicked through it and later told me how fab it is!
I’ve never really been a poetry fan, but when I saw this book on the Instagram accounts of many of the women I admire I added it to my book wish list, so when I unwrapped this exact book at my birthday lunch as a gift from Laura I was beyond thrilled.
I vividly remember my English teacher telling us that poetry allowed you space to breathe, that it was a window into a world that you know nothing about and yet feel as though it’s a part of you. I seriously rolled my eyes at it, but when I read the pages of this book I feel like they were written for me and at times about me. Which made me realise Mrs Taylor had been spot on, I have been brought into a world I know nothing about and yet feel a part of.
Finally a list of books I love simply would not be complete without a book on style and as far as I am concerned there is no style book you need more than this one by Garance Doré.
It is an indulgent backstage pass behind fashions front lines, peppered with French-girl-next-door wit and advice on everything from mixing J.Crew with Chanel to falling in love, to pursuing a life and career that is the perfect reflection of you.
Although I don’t strive to have someone else’s life, I love finding inspiration from truly stylish women and they no one oozes style like Garance, she is the epitome of Parisian chic. If you’re unsure of how best to style your Breton stripes, to making the best first impression to finding yourself and pretty much everything in between.
So there you have it, just a few of my favourite books and why I think we should all give the gift of books.
What’s the best book you’ve been given? Have you got any particular reads on your list to santa this year?