friday faves: 10 best books covers of 2015 (so far)

Hall of Small Mammals: Stories by Thomas Pierce

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by John Ronson

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum, US edition

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum, UK edition

The Shore by Sarah Taylor, UK edition

Shooting Stars: Ten Historical Miniatures by Stefan Zweig, reprint by Pushkin Press

Letter to a Future Lover by Ander Monson

The Poser: A Novel by Jacob Ruben

Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper, UK edition

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

friday faves: love, and stuff edition

friday faves: valentine edition

Here’s a friday fave dedicated to some little things that are kinda related to love, and stuff.

1. Maybe you’re in love with a Darling. Maybe your best is a Darling. Most likely, you’re a Darling.  This beautiful quarterly magazine defines ‘the art if being a woman’ in a way foreign to glossy magazines.  2. The best little things come in the form of simple, gold rings. This one from Vale Jewelry is our top pick right now.  3. Hartland Brooklyn cards are a-dorable. Find them online or at Milkman’s Daughter.  4. A black heart by Banquet Atelier for the dark side of your loved one. Available at Violette.  5. The History of ‘Loving’ to Read by The New Yorker.

Psst. Darling and Vale Jewelry are both sold at Violette

10 books for the literature lover on your list

10 books for the literature lover on your list

We just so happen to be pretty entrenched in the book world, and we know the books that have every editor in the industry talking. We’ve selected the 10 fiction novels published in the last year that have received the highest number of rave reviews and nods from the literary world’s most prestigious award panels. These titles are on every ‘best of the year’ list we’ve seen so far, so the literary lover on your list is sure to be pleased with any one of them.

1. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

2. Redeployment by Phil Klay

3. The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

4. To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris

5. A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

6. A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride

7. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

8. Bark by Lorrie Moore

9. Us Conductors by Sean Michaels

10. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

We’ll take one too, Santa.

friday faves: mishmash edition

friday faves by {OH} Victoria

friday faves by {OH} Victoria

If this friday faves post has a theme, then it’s talented women. But that happened by accident, so we’re still going with “mishmash” – that’s just the kind of week it’s been.

1. For once, a DIY we can actually do. If you’re like us then your rings are on the coffee table, the dresser, the nightstand, the desk…really, any flat surface that happened to be available when you decided to take them off. Even if this adorable ring dish doesn’t solve that (it won’t) it still looks cool. DIY by the lady-run A Beautiful Mess.  2. We just stumbled across this We Heart It spotlight on Feling Poh and immediately fell in love with her whimsical water colours.  3. Kate of mega-blog Wit & Delight’s essay about ditching social media for a week is incredibly inspiring. We’ll let you know if we decide to follow suit.  4. How did we not know about The Toast until now? The book section is particularly witty.

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We’ve always been drawn to fiction (our ever-growing reading pile proves it) but lately non-fiction titles have been grabbing our attention. Our new-found interest isn’t making that book stack any smaller, but the weather’s getting nicer and books are the perfect beach accessory. Here are six non-fiction reads to add to your list.

1. Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Orthadox Girlhood by Leah Vincent ~ An electrifying memoir about a young woman’s promiscuous and self-destructive spiral after being cast out of her ultra-Orthodox Jewish family.  2. A Breast Cancer Alphabet by Madhulika Sikka ~ What Madhulika Sikka didn’t foresee when initially diagnosed are the unexpected and minute challenges that make navigating the world of breast cancer all the trickier. Her collection of personal essays is a definitive and approachable guide to life during, and after, breast cancer for patients and their loved ones.  3. The Soil Will Save Us by Kristin Ohlson ~ Healthy soil solves a myriad of problems: drought, erosion, air and water pollution, and food quality, as well as climate change. Ohlson’s discoveries and vivid storytelling will revolutionize the way we think about our food, our landscapes, our plants, and our relationship to Earth.

4. Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar by Kelly Oxford ~ Let this video explain it.  5. Listen to the Squawking Chicken by Elaine Lui (yes, that Elaine Lui) ~ A loving mother-daughter memoir that will have readers laughing out loud, gasping in shock, and reconsidering the honesty and guts it takes to be a parent.  6. Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults by Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale ~  Reminiscent of Sloan Crosley’s essays and Lena Dunham’s Girls, Graduates in Wonderland is an intimate, no-holds-barred portrait of two young women as they embark upon adulthood.