Books I’ve known and loved

Friends! Today I bring you some of my favourite books. While they’re mainly very obvious choices, I always enjoy hearing the recommendations of others so I thought I’d share. And maybe you could share some of your favourites too?

Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
My favourite Murakami, alongside Kafka on the shore. This beautiful cover is illustrated by M. S. Corley.

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
Rarely am I affected by a book as much as this. Haunting and heart-rending.

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
I think everyone I have recommended this to has enjoyed it.

Jane Eyre by Emily Bronte
I’m such a fan girl. I yearn for a Nanny/Jane Eyre crossover with Fran Drescher shouting “OH, MR ROCHESTER!”

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
It was hard to get into the first time I tried, but well worth it when I did. This and Alias Grace are two of her most satisfying books. I also loved Oryx and Crake but after not enjoying its companion book The Year of the Flood, I wonder if I was wrong about it. Time for a reread.

Leviathan, or, The Whale by Philip Hoare
I saw Philip Hoare speak at the readers and writers festival a year or two back, he’s such an interesting man. And BFFs with John Waters! I haven’t read Moby Dick (it looms on the shelf), which plays a large part in the book, but I really love whales.

What’s the best thing you’ve read lately?

Make your own Marimekko

This looks like the best book ever. Celebrating sixty years of Marimekko, it’s full of DIY projects as well as interviews and studio tours with the project designers. It looks super fun and I would love to get my hands on it.

Above images via Coolhunter

I’m not entirely sure if the last image is from the book for not, it did lead me to the book in the first place, but now I can’t recall where I found it. I’m keeping it here anyway as it’s the best thing I’ve ever seen. Why aren’t I an orange ghost with a round petticoat and polka dot tights? No fair.

Great Food

The new penguin paperback series comes out in April, with covers designed by the ever astounding Coralie Bickford-Smith. Having heard of barely any of them, I can’t wait to check them out. I’d still love to collect more of her last series, though I’ve been so scared of ruining the one I have I’ve only opened it once.