By Claire
May 13th, 2015

Reading is one of my all time favorite activities, and I’m one of those people that likes to have a few different books going at once.  I distinctly remember my 5th grade teacher telling me I should really finish one book before starting the next, but I just can’t seem to help it.  I love the feeling of diving into a new story, or a publication full of beautiful images and discovering something new.  Because I seem to always have an average of four books going at once, I try to keep all of them pretty diverse… one riveting novel, one that’s a bit more serious or informative and of course, a couple sources for visual inspiration.  Below is what’s on the current rotation, all of which I highly recommend.

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 1)  China Dolls, by Lisa See.  This is one of those great page turners you can really get lost in.  It’s told from the perspective of three Asian American women living in San Francisco throughout World War II.  It delves into the complex relationship these women have, and gives a lot of perspective on what it was like to be Chinese and Japanese during this part of American history.  It also has a touch of glamour as they all work in the entertainment industry, which is of course fun to read about.  Great writing and an interesting story!

2)  Jerusalem, by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi.  I’m one of those people that actually reads a cookbook from cover to cover just for fun.  Dreaming about new recipes to try and learning about different ways to prepare meals is so entertaining to me… and I often can’t get over how incredible the food styling is in so many cookbooks.  I’ve tried a few of the recipes from this book already, and love how fresh and bright the food tastes and can’t wait to test out a few more.


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 3)  The Curve of Time, by M. Wylie Blanchet.  I picked this book up on a day trip to the San Juans recently, and really fell hard for it.  I’d never heard of this story, but it’s truly fascinating.  It is non-fiction, written by a woman in British Columbia named Muriel  who was left a widow in 1927.  She decided to pack up her five children and dog onto a 25 foot boat, and cruise around the coastal waters of Canada every summer for 15 years.  The book is basically her log from this time, with each chapter telling a different tale of their exploration and adventure.  The area was more remote then and the stories reflect the more simple time, which is quite interesting to think about as this area of the world is expanding at such a rapid pace.  I love this book because  it’s the story of a very independent and self sufficient woman, who had a lot of responsibility, but managed to live life to the fullest.  Quite an inspiration!

4)  Domino Magazine.  The Spring 2015 issue is on stands, and I couldn’t get my hands on it fast enough.  Domino is so great at speaking to a younger demographic that has a more carefree and eclectic sense of style then some of the other longer established design magazines.  They understand that a lot of readers are on a budget, so they’re quite good at catering their content to reflect that, while still being very aspirational.  Plus they often mix in recipes or fashion here and there for fun.  Lots to take away from this issue… very excited to officially be thinking about Spring and Summer decor!


I’m always on the hunt for new reading material… any recommendations you’d like to pass along?  We’d love to hear it!!



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