What have we been reading in 2023? Delve into our end of year book stack
The Year I Stopped to Notice, by Miranda Keeling
"January: A man walking along Caledonian Road falls over onto the huge roll of bubble wrap he is hugging, perhaps for just this sort of situation."
We enjoyed this sweet, quirky collection of observations charting the magic, humour and beauty in ordinary life through the seasons.
365 Ways to Save the Planet, by Georgina Wilson-Powell
#52 Reduce the depth of your bathwater. 73% of the water we use at home is in the bathroom. By skipping the bubble bath you can also re-use the bathwater for the plants.
We like the look of this very easy guide, full of achievable daily actions to help us up our sustainability score.
You Took the Last Bus Home, by Brian Bilston
From the guy who wrote Love Poem:
you are so groovet,
I'd like to stay under you
all of Tuesdet
A collection of fun, modern, witty and thought-provoking poems. Guaranteed to raise a smile; perfect for dipping in to when you've got an idle half hour.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman
On our fifth anniversary, we went down a rabbit hole of remembering things that happened in 2018, and dug out this sweet and quirky bestseller.
An easy read, superbly written, believable, moving and heartwarming.
Life Between the Tides, by Adam Nicolson
This study of 'rockpools and other adventures along the shore' deserved its place in our holiday book stack.
A fascinating insight that's not too heavy on the science; told through gentle storytelling (with even a little philosophy and humour thrown in).
The Carbon Almanac: It's Not Too Late, by Seth Godin
An incredibly useful (and hopeful) resource for anyone looking for clear answers on how we can play our part in mitigating the climate crisis.
With clear and easy to understand facts and illustrations, this is a great reference book that you'll find yourself wanting to read and then pass on.
Corkscrew: The highly improbable, but occasionally true, tale of a professional wine buyer, by Peter Stafford-Bow
Hilarious (perhaps borderline inappropriate) tale about the rollicking adventures of a wine buyer through the vineyards of Italy, South Africa, Bulgaria and Kent. A great holiday / travel read.
In the Kitchen: Essays on food and life, by Nina Mingya Powles & Others
We loved dipping in and out of this joyful collection of original essays.
The text explores how cooking, eating and food have the ability to affect our relationships and shape our lives.
The Hidden Life of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben
Not a new book, but one that is ever fascinating and relevant.
The author describes how, much like human families, tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them and support them as they grow. Walks in the forest will never be the same again.
The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2024, by Lia Leendertz
With the feel and weight of a traditional almanac, this month by month guide makes for a perfect seasonal companion. Gorgeous illustrations, tidal and moon charts plus 'snack of the month' seasonal recipes. Simply delightful.