One of my goals for this year was to try to read more books (mostly in a quest to limit my needless social media scrolling!). I loved reading growing up but I have to admit I fell out of love with it in my teens and beyond favouring movies and tv series over the crisp pages of a book. If I’m honest, I find it quite hard to sit down now with no distractions and to read without feeling guilty, picking up my phone or having the TV on in the background. However, I’m making it a priority to get back into reading for pleasure. With that in mind, today I’m starting a new series on A Little Vintage Lady called A Little Vintage Library. Each month I will aim to read 1-5 books and give you a little synopsis of each.
My preference when it comes to books are uplifting easy reads, romances and books with an old-fashioned allure – the Hallmark movies of the book world if you might say! I can’t pass up a pretty cover either. Yes, I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but I definitely tend to choose those that will look pretty on my bookshelf!
I have some beautiful vintage editions of the classics around my house which I have never read which I want to dive into and I’ve also made a large reading list for 2018. If there are any you think I should add to my list please do let me know!
January’s reads were Little Women, The Cosy Teashop in the Castle, The Teacup Club and Coming Up Roses by Cath Kidston. First up was Little Women…
by Louisa May Alcott
Little Women is one of those classic stories that many of you may know from your childhood however, I must admit I have four different copies of this classic in my home and had never read one!
Little Women is a very sweet coming of age book centred around the March sisters in 1861.It is also the first story in a March sisters series by Author Louisa May Alcott. Four sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, all different with unique and charming personalities, the story follows them throughout a year in their life.
I think classics such as these are just absolutely lovely and would be a perfect addition to any well-curated bookshelf.
You can find my beautiful Rifle Paper Co. version (along with other beautiful classics) of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott on Book Depository.
The Cosy Teashop in the Castle
by Caroline Roberts
I love castles and I love cosy tea rooms so this book was pretty much right up my street! Dreamer and baking enthusiast Ellie Hall is stuck in a rut and ready to make a big life change. The story follows Ellie as she embarks on a new challenge – to win the lease for Claverham Castle’s tea-rooms, and make a go of a business in an industry she’s never worked in (despite what she may have said in her interview!). Armed only with her beloved Nanna’s recipe book, Ellie takes on the task with real gusto – but the real challenges come from very unexpected places. The quintessentially English-country-setting paired with a sprinkle of naughtiness and a whole lot of romance makes this the perfect read to sit down with a cup of tea and a slice of cake! If you are looking for a Hallmark movie in a book, this is the read for you!
The Teacup Club
by Vanessa Greene
At a car boot sale in Sussex, three very different women meet unexpectedly when, at the same time, they fall in love with the same vintage tea set. Each woman has her own reason for wanting them so between them they decide to purchase it together. Through laughs and heartbreaks, they form a friendship that changes their lives all because of a few beautiful, delicate pieces of china. This is a warm hug of a book that wrapped me up so tightly on a cold winters night and wouldn’t let me go with its sweet story. Lovers of vintage and teacups will adore this charming read.
Coming Up Roses
by Cath Kidston
I was lucky to be able to meet the wonderful Cath Kidston at an event couple of years ago and have her sign a copy of her book Coming Up Roses. I must admit, while I flicked through and admired a few pages from time-to-time, I never actually sat down to read it in its entirety.
This beautiful hardback book is a mini-history delving into her early life, family, job-wise and passion and passion and how Cath Kidston got started taking one simple idea and turning it into an iconic British brand. The book is a lovely easy read with a mix of biography told by Sue Chidler and direct in-depth quotes from Cath herself as well as personal photos. If you are a Cath fan, this book is a must-read but even if you aren’t, I think you’ll find this honest account of the growth of this infamous brand an interesting read.
You can find Coming Up Roses by Cath Kidston on Book Depository
Have you read any of the books above? What did you think?
Let me know in the comments!
XO Karen Louise