My Current Favourite Books

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I admit, I don’t read books as much as I used to. Not since the days when Harry Potter was the love of my literary life. Since the novel series ended, I haven’t been able to find a book that could hold a light to The Boy Who Lived. And I’ve long since tried to find one that did.

Even though I don’t read fiction anymore, I have my nose in other things. I like “self-help books” or “self-improvement” books. They go well with my continuous growth philosophy. Restless evolution, baby.

The other genre of books I enjoy are related to the things I like doing. Currently, those are blogging, photography, and building + nurturing relationships. I’ve gathered 5 of these for you guys to discover!

Without further ado, welcome to my first lifestyle post – My Current Favourite Books 🙂

Dress Up, Chow Down | My Current Favourite Books

Dress Up, Chow Down | My Current Favourite Books

Love x Style x Life

I discovered Garance Doré within the last year but I became an instant fan. She is a French photographer, illustrator, and blogger living in NYC with her now-fiancé.

Garance writes her blog in a really captivating way. She speaks as if she were talking – even rambling – to her friend. So, when I found out she was publishing a book, I knew it would be the same charismatic writing. Needless to say, I bought it immediately.

The contents are pretty straight forward. It’s filled with tips on love, style, and life but also stories and perspectives. I found myself enlightened, reassured, and connected to Garance while I read it.

Not surprisingly (given the roles she plays in her life), the book is presented in a sort of magazine form. Very visual and not overwhelming. The book for you if you want something pretty, easy to read, relatable, and not demanding of your time 🙂

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A Beautiful Mess

Before starting this blog, I was already into photography but it never moved beyond working on composition and what I could do with an iPhone 6. Now that I am a blogger, I’ve decided to up my photography game by a) buying my first DSLR and b) putting effort into my Instagram feed 😀

Sometimes it gets pretty frustrating trying to come up with ways to take pictures. You want things that reflect you but are also pretty and sometimes you just run out of ideas. That’s where this book comes in clutch.

A Beautiful Mess is a photo idea book. I think it’s useful for people who can’t invest in a high quality camera. The book includes suggestions on making creative backgrounds, prop use, as well as ways to preserve memories.

*Shout out to my boyfriend’s Mom for gifting me this book. 

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Study of Pose

I’m not an expert in the field of art but if I were to describe this book I would use the phrase, “fine art”.

This book features 1,000 stunning black-and-white photographs of international model, Coco Rocha, taken by world-renowned photographer, Steven Sebring.

According to Amazon, Coco is known for being able to strike camera-ready poses extremely quickly. When I imagine that, I imagine something beautiful and scary. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if this woman was once a ballerina based on a lot of the poses.

This book is straight up huge. I haven’t finished it but I think it’s the kind of book you just flip to a random page to take in a photograph or two whenever you please.

*Shoutout to my best friend for gifting me this book.

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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Mindy Kaling is one of my girl-crushes. This is a high honour because I don’t have very many of them.

When I first learned about her – before I even heard her speak or act or anything – I felt like she was going to be annoying. That’s why I was initially resistant to watching The Mindy Project. After getting talked into giving the show a try. I did and found Mindy funny and not at all worthy of being thrown heavy items at.

Even though I no longer watch The Mindy Project (it’s sad really), I still find the humour I loved in her in this book. Mindy talks about her life and is not shy about poking fun at herself. There’s even a really bad – yet kind of adorable – photo of her from when she was young.

Give this book a go if you’d be down to hang with Mindy 🙂

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How to be Parisian Wherever You Are

Last but not least, the book you’ve seen everywhere on Instagram (besides Love x Style x Life).

I haven’t actually started reading this yet but if it’s anywhere near the level of charisma that Garance’s book has, it should be a good read.

I really connect with some aspects of Parisian culture. The effortlessness of it. I’ve found beauty in that – especially in Parisian fashion.

Have you read this book? Let me know how you liked it 🙂

Dress Up, Chow Down | My Current Favourite Books

When I decided that I was going to write about my current favourite books, I knew I wanted to present most of the photos as flatlays. Right now I like to use a clean white surface for flatlays. My go-to place for a prop like this is at my favourite café, Brewin’ Bros (click to fall in love).


Dress Up, Chow Down | My Current Favourite Books

Dress Up, Chow Down | My Current Favourite Books

Dress Up, Chow Down | My Current Favourite Books

I don’t know if it’s the result of being a blogger but I’ve become more interested in home decor (the kind of home decor that serves barely no function) – this includes coffee table books, which I believe to be there primarily because they’re pretty.

I think at least one of these books could be a coffee table book. If not, it’s a good thing these books are great for a casual read 😉

What are your favourite books right now? Got any suggestions for coffee table books?

The Books

Love x Style x Life by Garance Dore | A Beautiful Mess by Elsie Larson & Emma Chapman | Study of Pose by Rocha and Sebring | Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling | How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are by Berest, Diwan, Maigret, & Mas |

Photography by @petrouspetals

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