On this day of love, I thought I would post an ode to my first love: reading. I have been an avid reader for as long as I can remember, and devouring books was one of my great joys as a child. Here are a few places I’d love to curl up and read, along with the book I’d likely be engrossed in. Enjoy, and happy Valentine’s Day!
From the green velvet chair to the perfect blush paint up the stairwell, I love every bit of this little study nook. The warm wood, gold accents, and mix of greens are perfection. It would be the perfect place to settle in and take notes on The Vanishing Princess.
Jenny Diski explores femininity in quietly subversive ways throughout this collection. Her stories are luminous, dark, and sexy by turns, and by the time you reach the end, you’ll realize she’s turned convention inside-out without you realizing it. You’re through the looking glass, and not at all unhappy to be there. An incredibly thoughtful read.
Room via Style by Emily Henderson.
This moody bedroom is the perfect place to curl up and explore the feminine psyche. Perfectly rumpled linen bedding? Check. Clean white accents? Check. Plants and pottery? Double check. All you need to add is a cup of tea and some poetry by Jeanann Verlee.
Verlee’s work is striking, honest, and beautiful in Said the Manic to the Muse. Each poem is a slice of womanhood in all its complex, labyrinthine power. A volume to ponder.
Room via Haarkon.
This eclectic, light-filled room would be the perfect place to linger. The juxtaposition of the sculpture, ceramics, and modern painting is a delight, and the herringbone flooring paired with that beautiful wood cabinet? Be still, my heart! Amidst the slanting sunlight, I’d relax with A Gentleman in Moscow.
Perhaps my favorite book I read last year, Amor Towles’ rich prose delights with every turn of the page, and the cast of characters glows against the backdrop of a Moscow that changes over decades. While I usually read quickly, this was a book I savored.
Room via Haley Boyd.
2 thoughts on “To my first love…”
Great blog Charla! My favorite book last year was also A Gentleman in Moscow. Have you read Amor Towles’ other novel Rules of Civility?
Thank you! I haven’t Rules of Civility yet, but it is in my list. Have you read it? And if so, did you enjoy it?