I am REALLY excited about this week’s theme! I read so much to get inspired, and to learn about how to do things, and to look at pictures. I LOVE seeing what other people have done. I love how seeing a picture of something intriguing sparks my imagination to take ideas even further. And I love learning about the Victorian Era. And I hope you will share the things you read – because I love adding to my library!
Week 29 : Good Reads
Show us the books, magazines, or other reading material that you love!
Do you have a local bookstore that you love? Tell me about it. We have one and it’s delightful. Wild Geese Bookshop in Franklin is AMAZING, and I either find amazing books there, or the owner finds them for me. I love love love shopping local. It was hard for me to narrow down. But here are my favorites!
This is not how my nightstand usually looks. It’s not THIS stacked with books and magazines, but since I couldn’t narrow down, here we are.
Ruth Goodman’s “How to be a Victorian” is incredible. It starts at the beginning of the day, and tells you how everyone – from servant to aristocrats – lived their days. READ THIS. It’s beyond fascinating.
I’ve had this book forever, and it’s one of my go-tos when I’m feeling like I need a creative lift. I always get ideas or think of new things I can do with the stuff we already have.
Andy and Candis Meredith are delightful – if you don’t follow them on Instagram, you need to. They are wonderful, and their book is beautiful eye candy.
This is my current read – the Library is next, so I’m looking at ALL the ideas. Wild Geese tracked this down for me (because it’s not fun to just buy on Amazon). I read two magazines while on vacation that BOTH recommended this book. So now I own it. And it’s beautiful.
I don’t watch a ton of HGTV anymore – because the programming is so similar – but I LOVE Sarah Richardson. She has always made me feel like my love of mixing pattern is normal and wonderful and okay, and I feel like she gives me permission to be brave. And I love that her shows almost always include color – which is very much missing from TV shows today.
Magazines! Real Simple for clothes and life and stories. And of COURSE This Old House and Old House Journal. SO, so good.
Reclaim is a British publication that I picked up before vacation several years ago. I found it at Borders, and it looked fun. And it was the first magazine in a LONG time where I read EVERY word. I didn’t skip a caption or a story or just looked at pictures. I read it all, and immersed myself in their celebration of using antiques and vintage items in a way that is honest and somehow feels updated. The subscription from England is too expensive, but I have a subscription on my iPad and read it cover to cover every month. It’s my favorite.
Also, I think it’s important to know what’s happening locally. So I love being a part of Indiana Landmarks and reading their beautiful quarterly magazine that lets me know how preservation is going near us. And last, another British publication, Period Living. I don’t get this one every often (again, just a bit pricey) but I do have a few hard copies that I revisit, and I can get it on my iPad magazine app.
Those are my favorite reads!
Photo Challenge Info:
If you want to play along and share your pictures (I’d LOVE to see them!), use the hashtag #52weeksofhome
- Facebook – I’ll post each week’s post / picture on the Vivacious Victorian Facebook Page, and you can post yours in the comments!
You can also tell us which week you’re on, by including a second hashtag #52weeksofhomeweek29 (etc.)
Please share with anyone you think might be interested! If you missed the first weeks, WHATEVER! Do them anyway! Jump in whenever and wherever you want.
Here’s the list (also in pdf format : 52 Weeks of Home), of all the challenges for each week :