NEVERENDING STORIES #3
It's been a while since I last shared my favourite reads with you (click here for my favourite magazines and here for books). And while not much has changed and I still like to pick up the same magazines and still do not manage to find enough time for my books, I thought I should share some more reading material with you. But how about mixing it up a little bit this time? Instead of categorising my finds, I am showing you my favourite reads across the board - think blogs, magazines (print and online), books and newspapers. You had better get yourself a cup of tea.
The Happy Reader
The new seasonal magazine The Happy Reader is a collaboration between Penguin Books and Fantastic Man and is all about reading. Beautifully designed and full of information about where people read, how they read and what they read. In the words of Seb Emina, its editor in chief:
"It's infused with the otherworldly magic that is found only in the pages of great books."
The publication is a great read, is very light and fits into most bags and comes at the small price of £3.
Ian McEwan - On Chesil Beach
I bought this book at a flea market in Berlin for a fraction of its usual price. I've been saving it since, and will finally start to read it during the Christmas break. Having been selected for the Booker Prize in 2007, the book is based on story of two newlyweds that reflect upon their lives on the night of their wedding. I thought I'd share the first few sentences with you, to give you a sense of the book:
They were young, educated, and both virgins on this, their wedding night, and they lived in a time when conversation about sexual difficulties was plainly impossible. But it is never easy. They had just sat down to supper in a tiny sitting room on the first floor of a Georgian inn. In the next room, visible through the open door, was a four-poster bed, rather narrow, whose bedcover was pure white and stretched startingly smooth, as though by no human hand.
Miss Moss - Mid Week Distraction
I love the blog Miss Moss and this weekly column is my new favourite thing on the internet. I have no idea how Diana manages to find so many links per week, but her list is always full of great online content! If you find yourself lacking good links or in need of a good distraction, head on over to her blog on Wednesdays - you'll see what I mean!
Given to me by colleagues at my old job as a leaving gift, this publication is based around inspiring characters opening up their private spaces to the public for all kinds of different activities - be it for a dinner or as a shop. If you're interested in the two Openhouse founders, Andrew Trotter and Marie Luz Vidal, make sure to read their portrait on FvF - it features stunning images and is a great and informative read.
Back to the magazine though - it's filled with beautiful photography, interesting interviews of people from all over the world that the reader can visit and join in with the activities.
Daphne Du Maurier - Frenchman's Creek
As I have already told you before, I am a huge Daphne Du Maurier fan. Having recently watched the BBC mini series based on Jamaica Inn, I couldn't help but pick The Frenchman's Creek up. I can't wait to spend my cold winter evenings reading the book. I expect haunting stories and a hint of romance - what more could you wish for?! Here is the first paragraph of the book:
When the east wind blows up Helford river the shining waters become troubled and disturbed and the little waves beat angrily upon the sandy shores. The short seas break above the bar at ebb-tide, and the waders fly inland to the mud-flats, their wings skimming the surface, and calling to one another as they go. Only the gulls remain, wheeling and crying above the foam, diving now and again in search of food, their grey feathers glistening with the salt spray.
The Travel Almanac
The Travel Almanac is a magazine I've seen on Instagram and Twitter a lot this past year; this summer I finally caved and bought myself a copy - and what a treat it was! Coming in the perfect magazine size and paper weight, it's a great read 'on the road' or when Fernweh takes hold of you and you're in need of inspiration. Focusing on the theme of travel and temporary habitation, it features inspiring stories by creatives from around the world and offers timeless content.
Freunde Von Freunden - Link List
The Link List was set up by Freunde von Freunden when I started working for them and represents all the links that we come across during the week and find good enough to bookmark and share - varying from good trailers and mixtapes, to new apps and interesting interviews, it showcases the broad interests of the FvF team and serves as a great source for inspiration.
As usual, I can't get enough of Apartamento and the new issue is a great publication to take on your daily work commute or devour during those long winter evenings. Always full of inspiration for your home and featuring incredibly creative stories, the magazine keeps on getting better and better. My personal highlight this time around: Osma Harvilahti's photography of Finnish glass designer Oiva Toikka in his home.
That concludes my list - I hope you've enjoyed it. Let me know if you know of any inspiring websites, books or magazines I should be reading!