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What to buy for Christmas (or the heck of it!) : Books Part 1

November 18, 2016

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I love books. Books are my life. I love books so much I wrote some. Just so I could put myself IN BOOKS. I am that much of a book nut. Probably if you read my blog, you quite fancy books too? I mean, birds of a feather do book together. Or something like that.

I thought I would write about some books I think people in your life might like. These are the kind of books I really love myself or books that I fancy. Mostly at the moment I like creative books or funny books or books about food. Sorry if you were hoping for books about knuckles or how to make a million dollars. Those are just not my thing, unforts.

(I’m going to do a second post soon about cute kids’ books, so pop back for that, if you like!)

Okay. Let’s look at some books…


Creative books

I have quite a decent library of design, pattern, sewing, craft, decorating and just all ’round inspiring books at mine. I think it’s good to take a glimpse into the creative lives of others, because it’s good to be learning and reconsidering things a lot of the time. Maybe you think that too?


On the Loom: A Modern Weavers Guide

Bowie A to Z: The Life of an Icon: From Aladdin Sane to Ziggy Stardust


A Year Between Friends: 3191 Miles Apart: Crafts, Recipes, Letters, and Stories

Crochetterie: Cool Contemporary Crochet for the Creatively-Minded


Collage Carnival

Zakka Embroidery


No Patterns Needed: DIY Couture from Simple Shapes

In the Company of Women


Decorate for a Party
The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well


Funny books

I love funny books. I think it’s easy to forget just how beautiful a funny book can be.  I loved reading THESE funny books this year.



Man at the Helm

Paradise Lodge

Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life

I know, I know. I have a thing going on. It’s just that it’s been so long since I read something that really made me laugh and cry at the same time. These books do that for me. If you know someone who is a bit like me, they might love these books too.


Foodie books

Cookbooks come and go, but here are some that are steady and delicious and will make you want to whip something up, right this minute!



Molly on the Range: Recipes and Stories from an Unlikely Life on a Farm
Stir, Sizzle, Bake: Recipes for Your Cast-Iron Skillet


Simple: Effortless Food, Big Flavours

Alimentari: Salads and Other Classics from a Little Deli That Grew


A Kitchen in the Valley: Delicious Recipes from a Tasmanian Farmhouse

How to Celebrate Everything



Scandikitchen: Fika and Hygge


See you back here very soon for more books!!

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  • Reply Anna Bartlett November 19, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    Thanks for this list Pip – that Bowie book is perfect for the 18 year old and I may have just bought a couple to put under the tree… for me!

  • Reply Ashley November 18, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    I love new books! Not like a need another one, or that’s what my husband says! Thanks for this list! Definitely adding a few to the “To Read” list! 🙂

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