When it comes to reading books, Christmas is my absolutely favorite time of year. There is no pressure of early waking hours, and I can read until wee hours (I love nothing more than a great page turner!), and I don't feel guilty when I quit my bed only to migrate to the couch (a cup of delicious tea nearby) to continue to devour the story.
This year, my Christmas reading was all about the inspiring people: I finished a book on success stories of the likes of Steve Jobs, Howard Schulz, Coco Chanel and Warren Buffet; and then I dived head first into Grace, A memoir. As I already mentioned here, I've been thoroughly enjoying her story, especially the descriptions of all the fun and adventurous photo shoots she edited, and her career in Vogue (seriously, it was so amazing to read something positive about Anna Wintour, whom, by the way, I truly admire for what she's accomplished!). I would definitely recommend this to anyone passionate about the world of fashion, since Grace is a gold mine of information on all the big names of the industry (party with Karl Lagerfeld, anyone?).
I'm a little bit afraid that since I resumed work yesterday (oh yes, my boss knows no mercy, and I was in the office at 7am on January 2!!!), my nights dedicated to reading will be way shorter, but I'm still looking forward to diving into these four gems:
1. Mireille Guiliano : Women, work & the art of savoir faire. I thoroughly enjoyed Mireille's first book French women don't get fat (even if I failed absolutely miserably at following one of her most important diet trick: leek soup. Eww). She is one chic and fascinating lady with an amazing career at Veuve Cliquot, so when she published a book of career advice (punctuated with tips on how to enjoy a chic and glamorous life), I had to have it on the spot. The first few chapters are more than promising!
2. Andrew Hussey: Paris. The secret history. My family and friends already know that it's quite dangerous to leave me alone in a bookshop: I usually end up wanting and needing badly at least 20 books. You can thus only imagine my excitement when, for the first time, I set my feet into Shakespeare & Co. in Paris (more on it in an upcoming post). Love at first sight doesn't even begin to describe it, and I simply couldn't leave without getting at least one (all right, two) book to remind me of the experience. And what else could I have picked up than a secret history of Paris? I may have lived in the city for 4 years, but I'd ńever ever claim that I know all its secrets. But with this book, I'm certainly on my way to become an expert!
3. Julia Child: My life in France. Another gem I scored at Shakespeare & Co. Julia Child is a timeless reference and THE authority for everyone who loves French cuisine and who wants to understand its secrets. Julia is such an amazing example of will, eagerness to learn and perseverance. After all, when she arrived in France, she didn't know the first thing about cooking (and that's something I can absolutely relate to). I'm sure this book will be as delicious as Julia herself.
4. Carl Bernstein: A Woman in charge: As I mentioned above, I've been all about success stories and inspiring biographies lately (gathering all the wisdom possible for an upcoming project), and I couldn't possibly skip this one. I've been admiring Hillary Clinton for more than a decade and she is one of the best examples that with enough courage, determination and perseverance, you can conquer even the male dominated world of politics.She is definitely a role model for any woman striving for success, and I can't wait to learn more about her personal journey.
What is on your January reading list? Do you have any amazing recommendations? I would love to know!