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August 3, 2021

Here’s a whole bunch of excellent-looking books that I’ve saved to my wishlist. Perhaps some of these are your cup of tea too?

What are you reading, pal?


1/ World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil. (Follow Aimee on Twitter.)
2/ Futuresteading by Jade Miles. (More about clever Jade on Instagram.)
3/ A Year of Living Simply by Kate Humble. (More about Kate.)
4/ How to be a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery. (Follow Sy on Twitter here.)
5/ The Bird Way by Jennifer Ackerman. (More on Jennifer here.)
6/ Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake. (Follow Merlin on Twitter here.)
7/ Unforgettable by Emily Kaiser Thelin. (More on Paula Wolfert here.)
8/ Mending Life by Nina and Sonya Montenegro. (More Nina and Sonya here.)
9/ The Food Mood Connection by Dr Uma Naidoo. (Follow Dr Naidoo on Twitter here.)


See what I’m currently reading – and what I’ve read lately – over on GoodReads. Maybe we can be friends there?!

x pip

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  • Reply Judy August 4, 2021 at 12:26 PM

    I’m thrilled to see ‘Mending Life’ mentioned – it sits on my stack of mending books.
    Pip, are you familiar with Melbourne mender Erin Lewis Fitzgerald and her book, Modern Mending? It’s an absolute gem. Her website of the same name is a treasure trove of mend-y things, and her Facebook group, Modern Mending Club, is a wonderful place to get inspiration, support and ideas. Come and join us!
    I’ve just finished ‘Lentil Underground’, about a group of Montana grain farmers who switch from traditional chemical-dependent farming to organic legume farming. Unlikely subject matter, but a really great read!

    • Reply Pip August 4, 2021 at 4:25 PM

      I do know Erin and her book! She’s brilliant, isn’t she? I have known her for many, many years. Thank you for mentioning her here. x

  • Reply Karena August 4, 2021 at 11:30 AM

    Hi Pip, thanks for the recommendations, I’ve added them to my wishlist. I love books about nature too. Robert Macfarlane is one of my favourites. Without veering from my natural history trend, I decided to read a couple of books that also deal with grief (as I struggle with the loss of my sister) so I’m reading H is for Hawk (after hearing Helen Macdonald narrate from her more recent book of essays, Vesper Flights, which is amazing) and a book called Ghostland by Edward Parnell, who (like me) was grieving the loss of his parents and sibling and decided to explore his fascination with ghost stories by travelling around Great Britain visiting sites where they were written and set. It’s right up my alley because I love Victorian and Edwardian ghost stories and shared this life-long obsession with my sister Jo. Sometimes books feel like they were written just for you. 🙂

  • Reply Jacqueline August 4, 2021 at 10:05 AM

    I am reading the enchanting, beautifully written book The Dictionary of Lost Words by Kip Williams. I find myself reading relatively small sections each evening, as I don’t want it to end! It’s a somewhat strange premise: a young girl, living in England in the late 1800s, accompanies her widowed father, a lexicographer, to his workplace. She secretly becomes the ‘custodian’ of words that are rejected by the male arbiters of language as suitable for inclusion in the Oxford English Dictionary. Tom Kenneally described it as the most original novel of 2020 – high praise… and well deserved, I feel. It splits opinions in book groups, though!

  • Reply Clare Etheridge August 4, 2021 at 5:27 AM

    I like the look of ‘Unforgettable’, it looks really interesting! I just read Barbara Pym’s ‘Excellent Women’ and I loved it. It is a book featuring many jumble sales and the characters are great, I love a good book set in England and this one hits all the notes for me!

    • Reply Karena August 4, 2021 at 11:09 AM

      Clare, have you seen the Furrowed Middlebrow series by Dean Street Press? Judging by your comment, I think you’d love them. 🙂

  • Reply Reannon August 3, 2021 at 11:32 PM

    I am reading an early Taylor Jenkins Reid book. Not loving it. Her last three books have been some of my favourite from recent years so this is disappointing.
    Today I bought Lucy Tweed’s new book Every Night of the Week & it’s brilliant! I want to cook so many of the recipes in it. Have you got it?
    Futuresteading was on the service desk at Kmart today waiting to be shelved & I desperately wanted to have a flick through. I’ll go back later in the week for a peek.
    I also picked up your latest book to send to my sister in NZ. She just had her first baby, so exciting!
    Is your new course similar to Writey-oh? I started writing on my blog again a few weeks ago so maybe it would be helpful/fun?

    • Reply Pip August 4, 2021 at 10:17 AM

      Do you know that I have not read a single TJR book?! I must. Where should I begin??
      I want Lucy’s book! I hope they will send me one!
      Thank you for buying my book for your sis. You are a darling. Congratulations on the wee bairn!
      The new course is going to focusing on creativity, self-kindness and micro-positivities – with a writing focus. There are a bunch of lasses enrolled and I think it’s going to be a wonderful, bolstering group experience.
      Love you, pal!

      • Reply Reannon August 4, 2021 at 10:42 AM

        Start with Daisy Jones & the Six, it is my fave TJR book, I had to keep reminding myself it is fiction, followed closely by Malibu Rising. Malibu is her latest & did not disappoint. They are such quick, addictive reads. And the The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a great read too, that’s been my most recent of hers. You can tell she switched her writing style/genre when she write Daisy & it’s paid off, they are excellent stories.

        I’m going to enrol. Love your work Pip xx

  • Reply Donna Bridges August 3, 2021 at 7:54 PM

    I’m reading All our Shimmering Stars now . His first book Boy Swallows Universe was so moving I had to have a two week book break .
    Im also re reading Diaries of an Edwardian Lady , which I like for its beauty and simplicity of life .
    In the evenings I like to tour grand houses on YouTube , a rabbit hole that started with finding my ancestral home in Shropshire.
    I’m buying nothing that’s not absolutely needed then trying to buy second hand . I’ve discovered a wonderful Australian company which recycles sea waste , they turn it into bottles and pouches . You buy a forever bottle and refill . Then you save 15 empty pouches up and send back in a prepaid envelope. They clean them refill them and send them on their way again .So you throw nothing out , great concept, Australian all the way and environmentally friendly but most importantly the products work .
    Any who here’s me rabbiting on . I’m doing all this to save for our own home even a humble little one after we nearly became homeless recently. Saving saving in more ways than one , there’s a lot to be said for simple living .

    • Reply Jacqueline August 4, 2021 at 9:54 AM

      The recycled bottle/ pouch concept sounds wonderful, Donna! Can you share the name of the company that works in this way? I would *love* to find a means of reducing the number of containers that are consigned to the recycle bin, even with a relatively modest approach to purchasing domestic products.

  • Reply Tina August 3, 2021 at 5:53 PM

    Hi Pip,
    I’m halfway through A World of Wonders and it is lovely!
    I will certainly check out the other titles, looks like some good ones ?

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