I love books. I love how they feel, how they smell, how they inspire, how they allow to escape reality for a while, and how, sometimes, they help you grow- or even find yourself.
I read a lot of novels and poetry, but sometimes I also love a nice easy-to-look-at, lifestyle book. I pick one up during the day when I need a break, and take time to enjoy the photography and design for a long while. I usually "read" cook books and crafts books multiple times before I start making something from their pages!
Anyhow, I thought I'd share my current top 5, just in case you're in need for some inspiration (or have an Amazon gift card laying around!).
1. First Prize Pies by Allison Kave. I totally judged this book by its cover and am so glad I did. The photography and overall design are perfection, the recipes are inventive and fun, and they have me excited to get baking (and it's not an easy task, believe me). Plus, if you're vegan or gluten-free, she has your needs covered as well.
2. Paper to Petal by Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell. I received it as a gift and have been flipping through its gorgeous pages from start to finish at least three times- although I'm embarrassed to admit that I actually only made one project. The photography is amazing, the step by step instructions are super clear, and patterns are included.
3. Braids, Buns and Twists by Christina Butcher. I don't own this book but a friend lent me her book and I never want to give it back. Christina is my hair guru, and her hair-spiration never stops. With step by step, detailed instructions for every style and tons of great styles, it will get you out of any hair rut.
4. Adorn by Kit Lee and Shini Park. I received this book as a gift, being known as a huge fan of fashion DIYs. I was a little bit skeptical at first (why would you need a book when there are so many tutorials online?) but I was proved wrong. The book is a feast for the eyes and I've already made two projects from it. You can have a look at this preview to have a better idea of the kind of tutorials included.
5. Volunteer by Lonely Planet. It may not fall well into the lifestyle book category but I still wanted to include it. I'm only half way through it, but excited to continue. But oh my why is the font so tiny? It's not the easiest book to read but it's really interesting and inspiring. With over 150 organisations reviewed, a look at different types of volunteering, all sorts of tips, resources, advice and practical information, it's very thorough. If you've ever considered volunteering abroad, I highly recommend it.
Do you have any lovely lifestyle books you would recommend? I'm always hungry for more!
P.S.: My lovely friend Audrey had the sweetest baby. Welcome to the world, little Freia!