My Winter Reading List

Sometimes you stumble upon a book and it awakens your inner book wurm. When I was younger, I was obsessed with books. Wherever I was, I would have a book with me and whenever I had only a split second to spare, I would be with my nose in the book. I loved to dive into fantastical worlds, to meet amazing characters and to go onto this journey with them. Everything we would go on holiday to the UK, I would have The List full of books I knew I wanted to buy at Waterstones.

As I grew older, this love for reading and books kind of watered down. Instead of reading a book, I found myself scrolling through Instagram or Facebook. Instead of making sure I had a book with me whenever I went somewhere, I checked whether or not I have my phone with me. It changed so naturally and gradually, I didn’t even notice at first. I didn’t notice how much time I spent on my phone, mindlessly scrolling through Instagram of my Facebook feed, and, perhaps most importantly, I didn’t realize how much I had missed books.

// Sarah Perry – The Essex Serpent

My rekindled love for books started with this beautiful number. What initially drew me to Sarah Perry’s debut novel was the cover; my mind is just immediately drawn to anything that shines and this book was no exception. When I read the back of the book and discovered The Essex Serpent is a historical novel set in England during the 1800s, I knew I had to purchase it. That week I would spent a lot of time on the train (a lot of time) and very much to my own surprise, I spent most of the journey reading the book instead of checking my social media. 10/10 would recommend this book if you’re a fan of historical fiction, romance, mystery and fantasy. 

// Alexandra Shulman – Inside Vogue

Obviously, there’s a massive difference between being the editor of British Vogue or student magazine, but in a way, it’s also strikingly familiar. In Inside Vogue, former editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman shares her diary of the magazine’s 100th year and the making of the 100th issue. She gives a unique insight into the inner workings of Vogue, into her job as editor-in-chief, into her own personal life and into the making of one of the best-known women’s magazines in the world. It’s a funny, eye-opening and, for me, recognizable read, which I would highly recommend if you’re a fan of the magazine, or just really curious about journalism and publishing. 

// Diana Gabaldon – Outlander

Currently I take Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander with me everywhere I go. When I’m taking the tram to university, I’m diving into the world of combat nurse Claire as she travels back in time to 18th century Scotland. As a fan of the TV series, I really wanted to get started on the original books as well. So far, I’m not disappointed and I really enjoy to follow the familiar story in a slightly different way and to meet the beloved characters again. 

// Maggie Stiefvater – All The Crooked Saints

Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver trilogy is still one of my favorite book series to read, but for some reason I could never really get on board with any of her later publications (oh believe me, I tried). So when I saw Stiefvater’s latest novel in the bookstore, I decided to give it chance anyway. All The Crooked Saints follows the story of a family, who have the ability to perform unusual miracles and is set in a little town full of mystery and strange happenings. 

// Jessie Burton – The Muse

This week we celebrated Sinterklaas and Merlijn gave me this beautiful book by Jessie Burton. I had read a lot of good reviews about her previous novel, The Miniaturist, so I was always curious about Burton’s work, but never really got around to reading it. Now I can sink my teeth into The Muse, which sounds like exactly my cup of tea. It’s historical fiction, set in England, and follows through women in two different time settings. 

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