2019 Winter Reading List

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With the winter setting in, nights are becoming longer and the breeze much colder. One of our favourite ways to combat the chill is by curling up on a comfy sofa with a good book and a cup of tea in hand. 

We've chosen some of our favourite reads - some thrilling, some romantic, some thought-provoking - to keep you entertained while you're rugged up indoors.

Cape May by Chip Cheek

The GreatGatsby meets Revolutionary Road in this atmospheric tale of lust, innocence and betrayal. 

In late 1957, newlyweds Henry and Effie arrive in a sleepy beach town on their honeymoon, but their marriage turns out not to be everything they were hoping for.

Just before cutting their trip short, they fall into the arms of an enigmatic and alluring group of people, sparking an entanglement of relationships, the consequences of which will reverberate through their whole lives.

Small Days and Nights by Tishani Doshi

Luminous, funny, surprising and heartbreaking, this novel explores the story of a Grace, a woman caught in a moment of transformation after escaping her failing marriage. Upon returning to her hometown of Pondicherry to cremate her mother, she finds herself heir to an unexpected inheritance and thus ensues a series of events which make her begin to understand the sacrifices we make to forge lives that have meaning.

This is Home: The Art of Simple Living by Natalie Walton and Chris Warnes

This is Home is a back-to-basics guide that champions an ethos we most certainly get behind at Curious Grace; how to create authentic, wholehearted interiors. It's about living simply, finding the essence of what makes you happy at home and creating spaces that reflect your needs and style.

Filled with clever ideas and creative spaces this beautiful book is filled with hundreds of photos taken from Australia, Europe and the US that show you don't need a huge budget to create a beautiful home. 

Close to the Edge by Toby Faber

In the middle of rush hour on the London tube, Laurie Bateman witnesses a terrible accident. Afterwards, her life – which had been looking up – begins to plummet downhill. Within a few days of the accident, her flat is burgled and her flatmate assaulted. Are the events linked? Perhaps what she saw was not an accident, but something much more sinister…

Women's Work: A Personal Reckoning with Labour, Motherhood and Privilege by Megan K. Stack

For centuries, women have undertaken an overwhelming share of the labour required to keep people alive; through care-giving, home-running and all that they entail. This personal memoir from journalist Megan K. Stack examines this phenomenon from a feminist perspective we think you'll find deeply fascinating.

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Start Up by John Carreyrou

This New York Times bestseller gives you an insiders look into the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar biotech startup founded by Elizabeth Holmes. The book is now being turned into HBO documentary The Inventor, in which Jennifer Lawrence will play the main protagonist. Read it before it hits the silver screen.

Half-Baked Harvest: Recipes from my Barn in the Mountains by Teighan Gerard

Growing up in the Colorado mountains, Teighan Gerard began cooking dinner for her family at the young age of just 15. Since then, her passion has only grown, seeing her now creating delicious, wholesome meals that will help you take the chaos out of family meal times.

In Praise of Idleness by Bertrand Russell

In his compelling and succinct short essey, noted mathematician and philosopher Bertrand Russell sets out the case for the 4-hour working day. While perhaps not something likely to occur soon, it does make you consider the importance of leisure time and how we can add more meaning to our lives by making time to think and create.

The new Me by Halle Butler

When the possibility of a permanent job arises for 30-year-old, permanent temp Millie, she begins to envision a new and better life - one involving a gym membership, a book club, and a lot less beer and TV...

Millie is a misanthrope, belligerent, and teetering on the edge of a breakdown, but there’s something uncomfortably relatable about her internal monologue that will ring true for many of us. She's arguably unlikable, but speaks to the worst parts of ourselves in the most laugh-out-loud ways.



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