• Anastasia Hamurari

February in books

Another month passed by and left me with the memories of reading some books I was truly impressed by. It is rare when I end up not liking what I read since I rigorously choose the books. I am a curious person, hence book on my reading lists are usually quite diverse. The proof is down below.

The first book I grabbed in February was “The sun and her flowers” by Rupi Kaur.

A rhetorical question – is not that another great book by Rupi? Book filled with always-on-our-mind topics about loss, self-doubt, struggles of immigrants, constant hunger for more, and love within ourselves. Combining all the global issues we face in the world and my passion for them, this book was a hit for me. Every page is read not only silently, but also out loud. You want to read it for the whole world. To read it so that everyone could hear it. I tried to soak up every resonating with me poem, tried to reminisce on it. Sure I will come back to this book again and again. So should you.

Next up, my amazon order came in and I could not wait to dig into “Dress Scandinavian” by Pernille Teisbæk.

What can I say – I loved this one. With addition to being an amazing fashion and beauty inspiration, it holds a ton of stunning pictures and colorful blocks of pages which are eye-catching. If not the hardcover, I would totally call it a magazine (though a very useful type of magazine). It is full of tips and tricks on how to rule the clothes you already have in your wardrobe as well being smart when adding new pieces to your collection. I am a fan of Scandinavian way of living which is probably why I enjoyed this book so much. Pernille’s background as a fashion influencer with over 15 years of experience in the fashion and magazine industries has definitely made an impact on how encompassing all the written information is. Speaking about the author – I have not heard anything of Pernille beforehand, but now I must follow her on all social media she has got.

While browsing social media, “The gifts of imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are ” by Brené Brown quickly got my attention. I downloaded it on my Kindle and spent boring university lectures reading it. It is a small one hundred and something pages book packed with wisdom that makes you think, think and think. Brené spent 10 (!) years of her life learning the concept of “living in tune with your own self”. This book challenges us, the readers, in different ways. It makes us “dig” into ourselves, acknowledge the imperfections we have and accept them. It makes us see our worth even in dark times and work towards wholehearted living and well-being. It literally lets us shape our life in a way we always wanted to live but never could. It also talks about being vulnerable, combating perfectionism and letting go of what others think of you. Of course, you should keep in mind that no book can change you, but it can give you the foundation to work with and be that change. It is definitely the book I will be rereading again and again just to remind myself how important it is to accept and love ourselves for who we are.

Another jam came in the mail – it was “Inside Vogue” by Alexandra Shulman, which I have been wanting to read since I discovered it. A fashion-y type of a book/diary I thoroughly enjoyed.

It is written in a form of a diary which makes it an easy-read while still being a book. I have always been a huge fan of Vogue, and finding out that there actually is a book of its insights was a big win for me. The world of fashion might seem vague for those not familiar with it, but Alexandra who has worked for a quarter of a century in Vogue has indeed given it a definition and a framework of a kind. Being an editor-in-chief of such an influential magazine it takes a lot to be able to combine your work schedule, social and personal life. Shulman manages to succeed at it and gives us a glimpse at what working in Vogue is like. From choosing the right picture for the cover of centenary issue to organizing the most stressful event in issue’s matter – all of it makes it an exciting and informative piece of diary everyone interested in fashion industry will find almost obligatory to read. I am now determined to find more diaries like this one which give an intimate view on someone’s life in a particular industry.

Which review did you like the best? Are you drawn to any of these books? Let me know which ones you read in February and which are on your March “To-read” list!

Image credit: Mathilde Aubier

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