This is my first favorite’s post of 2018 and I am so excited! I’ve read a good amount of books for the month of January, but there were two that stuck out more than the rest! These two books I couldn’t get enough of and it was bittersweet when I was finished with both, but LUCKILY one of the is the first book is a trilogy and there are other books like the my second pick, so the adventure continues. My love for these novels will continue on! (Praise hands emoji) I will not longer leave you in suspense, let’s talk favorites:
- The Bear & the Nightingale by Katherine Arden : This book…. I mean… to sum it up, this book is like if the Fantasy genre, and Russian literature decided to get married, have a baby, and live happily ever after. This book is the mingling of my two of my favorite genres, and it’s beautiful. I tried my very best not to just breeze through this novel, but actually take my time and appreciate everything this novel had to offer. With a delicate blend of Russian folklore and magic, I couldn’t help but be transported into the Russian landscape and into the lives of these enchanted characters of this story. I loved every minute I spent between the covers of this tale of magic and finding your true identity. The Bear and the Nightingale is a great book for when you want to curl up under some warm blankets, and escape the world around it. It was the perfect companion during those cold night where staying home seemed like a better idea than going out. It was sad when I reached the final pages of this captivating story, but to my delight I discovered that there are to be two other novels!! I haven’t been so excited for a continuation of a book in a long time, will be purchasing the other two books ASAP. Katherine, if you ever stumble upon this blog, please know that I hope you continue to write after this trilogy and I will buy every book you publish! Consider me a life longer love of your work!
- The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking: This book is all about making things “cozy” but in a way that it is represented in your life. Hygge (Pronounced hoo-gah) can be translates into a “coziness” but not just with objects but creating an atmosphere, life style and mindset of being hygge. By adding things like blankets, soft lighting, candles, warm drinks, and great friends can make your life more hygge. The Little book of Hygge was the perfect book to crawl under the blankets with a cup of tea at the end of the day during the cold weeks in California. For those who don’t know, California doesn’t really have a winter… we get winter weather for a few days or even a few weeks where it drops to the 40’s at night.. perfect book and tea weather and this book helped me to achieve those winter cozy vibes. I felt the hygge life style take effect during those cold nights with my book, and tea under a warm blanket. If you are curious about Hygge, and want to incorporate it more into your life then I can’t recommend this book enough. It is the perfect introduction to hygge, along with adorable pictures, and a helpful tool to use when finding out more about this Danish style of life. I am curious to read other books about hygge and found another book Meik has written about Lykke, which is the art of being happy or having happiness. By the time I finish all of Meik’s novels, I am going to be the more mellow, happiest person with the coziest house, lol! I can’t wait!
There are my two favorites for the month of January. What was your favorite book that you read this past month? Let me a comment below on your favorites.
Here is a linked is my December/January Comings & Goings if you want to see what else I picked up last month!