There are so many, but today I just want to focus on the ones form my Goodreads to read list and in English.
I find Julia Child fascinating after reading one of the biographies that was written by her nephew. I want to read more about her and I have a few book on my reading list about her, but those two I would like to get to first.
Apetite for Life by Noël Riley Fitch and The French Chef in America: Julia Child’s Second Act by her nephew Alex Prud’Homme.
I love reading books on food and cooking life, maybe because I love eating, so I have quite a few of those on my list, but first I would love to get to:
Toast, Marmalade and Other Stories by Emma Bridgewater
In the Kitchen: Essays on Food and Life
Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen by Laurie Colwin
Molly on the Range: Recipes and Stories from An Unlikely Life on a Farm by Molly Yeh
Through the Kitchen Window by Susan Hill
The Kitchen Diaries by Nigel Slater
My Berlin Kitchen by Louisa Weiss
Memoir might be my ever favourite genre to read. I love reading about other people’s lives in their own words. There’s something intimate about it and at the end I always feel like I made a new friend. I have many more on my to read list, but those are the ones I would love to get to soon.
Notes Made While Falling by Jen Ashworth. I’ve stumbled upon Jen through Simon form SavidgeReads and I’m so happy I did. #100daysofwriting is her idea and I’m enjoying this way of working on my book so much.
Earthed: A Memoir by Rebecca Schiller
A Still Life: A Memoir by Josie George
Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted by Suleika Jaouad
On the Red Hill: Where Four Lives Fell into Place by Mike Parker
House Lessons: Renovating a Life by Erica Bauermeiste
I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell
I Am an Island by Tamsin Calidas
The Fixed Stars by Molly Wizenberg
From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home by Tembi Locke
We’ll Always Have Paris: Trying and Failing to Be French by Emma Beddington
Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life by Nina Stibbe
The Cost of Living: A Working Autobiography by Deborah Levy
The Thing about Prague by Rachael Weiss
After that I would put all the books about writing and reading life, books about books in general and essay collections.
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders
Mantel Pieces: Royal Bodies and Other Writing from the London Review of Books by Hilary Mantel
Dear Reader by Cathy Rentzenbrink
Pen in Hand: Reading, Rereading and other Mysteries by Tim Parks
Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell
Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing by Jennifer Weiner
The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
I also like to read books who live differently and lately also books about nature and gardens, which very often connects to the theme of living differently.
Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path by Erin Loechner
Uprooted: A Gardener Reflects on Beginning Again by Page Dickey
Adventures in Opting Out by Cait Flanders
The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing
The Shift: How I (lost and) found myself after 40 – and you can too by Sam Baker
In the Garden Essays on Nature and Growing
And there are also some novels I would love to read soon, of course.
Mrs England by Stacey Halls
A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr
Lullaby Beach by Stella Duffy
Still Life by Sarah Winman
Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden
Luckenbooth by Jenni Fagan
Confessions of a Forty-Something F**k Up by Alexandra Potter
The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr.
And the latest from Agatha Raisin series by M.C. Beaton:
Beating About the Bush
Hot to Trot
Down the Hatch
There are quite a few, but those are the books I keep thinking about. Many of those are not at the library unfortunately and as I’m not buying books for now it can take me a while to get to them.
Have you read any of those?