Welcome to the Top 12 Fabulous Book Club Picks, January 2024!
This January, I think there is something for everyone! Among the suggestions is an uplifting guide for female entrepreneurs, as well as a couple of delightful cookbooks, a well-loved children’s (and in my case adult’s classic) The Flower Fairies of Winter, and many more. I hope you find something fun and inspiring here 🙂
From a Far and Lovely Country, Alexander McCall Smith
This is the latest book in the beloved No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, by Alexander McCall Smith. The series continues to be heartwarming and delightful, just as one would expect from McCall’s exceptional and gentle storytelling.
The Flowers of Provence, by Jamie Beck
As someone who adores flowers, Jamie Beck’s book is an absolute joy. Jamie is a talented American artist and photographer living and working in Provence. After embarking on a one-year sabbatical, she is now six years into establishing her artwork business, which exudes a beautiful sense of romanticism. This book featuring the flowers of Provence is simply gorgeous. For a glimpse of her creations, visit her stunning website: Jamie Beck.
The Running Grave, Robert Galbraith
Robert Galbraith, aka J K Rowling, continues to amaze as a writer. In this book, her main characters, private investigators Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellicott investigate a religious cult in the depths of the Norfolk countryside.
Galibraith’s book is an emotionally challenging read, yet her superb storytelling and compelling characters will keep you completely engrossed. I opted for the Audible version and Robert Glenister’s narration is brilliant. After a two-hour drive from New York to Connecticut, I found myself so captivated by the story that I almost wanted to continue listening and not get out of the car when I arrived 🙂
A Lady’s Guide to Scandal, Sophie Irwin
If you are a Bridgerton fan this book is for you! Described as a “frothy pleasure” enjoy a delightful romp through Britain’s Regency-era high society. Irwin’s writing is witty, quick, and smart!
The Dinner Table, by Ella Risbridger and Kate Young
I deeply admire Ella Risbridger for her heartfelt and poignant writing on grief, life, and resilience after the tragic loss of her partner at only 25 years old. Her previous books, A Year of Miracles and Midnight Chicken, both of which I adore, were written with profound beauty and sincerity.
I was thrilled when I found this new book, based on the lovely idea of an ultimate fantasy dinner party – food and guests! The guests include Maya Angelou, Nigella Lawson, Sylvia Plath, Samin Nosrat, and many more. I have this on order and I’m excited to dig in 🙂
Food for Life, Tim Spector
I loved this book. Again I listened to it on Audible on my long drives from New York to Connecticut. The reason I loved it was it’s so PRACTICAL. This is not some long list of what not to eat, but very doable, sensible suggestions and the reasons why you should give it a go. If you’re interested in nutrition or the gut microbiome this is a must read.
Coco Chanel, Justine Picardie
Yes, another book by Justine Picardie, who may just be my new favorite writer:) Last month, I mentioned her book Miss Dior, this month it’s Coco’s turn! This revised edition of the definitive Chanel biography, filled with new research, updates our understanding of the remarkable Coco Chanel.
Flower Fairies of the Winter, Cicely Mary Barker
Officially this may well be a children’s book, but I still love the Flower Faires at the ripe old age of 58. There is something so charming and magical about these beautiful illustrations and the stories that accompany them. This is something for a sweet, fantasy moment when the real world is too noisy and modern and you need a little escape. You don’t need to tell anyone, just enjoy!
Possession, by A.S. Byatt
I recently read in the New York Times that the British writer A.S. Byatt had died. After reading her obituary I ordered Possession. I had never previously read any of her books. I’m LOVING Possession. It’s certainly dated but Byatt was an amazing writer. She’s pulled me in, I love her central characters and I’m hooked.
Nature’s Tales for Winter’s Nights, Nancy Campbell
This is billed as “a treasure trove of nature tales from storytellers across the globe, bringing a little magic and wonder to every winter night.” Enough said I think!
Imad’s Syrian Kitchen, A Love Letter from Damascus by Imad Alarnab
If you love the flavors of the Mediterranean this book is for you!
In the author’s words “From the traditional dishes that my mother first taught me to cook, to the imaginative food that has become my own, my recipes tell my story. Enjoy them simply on their own or pile your table high and gather with family and friends. Come, join the feast, and let me share with you the unforgettable flavors of my Syrian kitchen.”
She Builds: The Anti-Hustle Guide to Grow Your Business and Nourish Your Life by Jadah Sellner
Oh my goodness I’m LOVING this book! This is a book written by a lady entrepreneur for lady entrepreneurs. It’s all about creating a business on your own terms, prioritizing your well-being, and breaking free from the toxic culture that leads to burnout. If you’re at all interested in building a business and you just don’t know where to start, read this. Jadah also has an amazing website full of resources @ Jadah Sellner