Hi, Letters to Corey readers! My name is Sophie and I run the beauty, books and lifestyle blog Nana Wintour. The lovely Grace asked me for some book recommendations over on Instagram and it has ended up turning into this post. So here we have it five books; spanning high schools, the great outdoors, fashion and child stardom.
Grace hasn’t read any of these books, but she will be working her way through them, so join in and read them with her.
“I’d finally come to understand what it had been: a yearning for a way out, when actually what I had wanted to find was a way in.” – WILD
Wild by Cheryl Strayed. You may have seen the movie, featuring Reese Witherspoon as Strayed but did you know it was a bestselling book first? This book is inspiring and is the story of Cheryl Strayed’s rediscovery and personal rejuvenation of sorts. After a slew of life-changing events, Strayed chooses to conquer the Pacific Crest Trail and rediscover herself in the process. If you are yet to read this, you need to. It is a brilliant book.
“My own definition is a feminist is a man or a woman who says, yes, there’s a problem with gender as it is today and we must fix it, we must do better. All of us, women and men, must do better.” – We Should All Be Feminists
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche. The slogan adorning one of Dior’s tees at the moment came from this book. It’s a short and snappy read and serves as the perfect introductory text to feminism and gender equality.
“It’s strange because sometimes, I read a book, and I think I am the people in the book.” – The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. This novel is quite possibly one of my favourite books of all time. I just wish I’d read it when I was still in high school as opposed to fresh out of it. It’s about growing up, why it’s okay to feel like an outsider, sex, drugs and the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Read the book first and then watch the movie.
“…A frankly honest account of what it’s like to helm the magazine, Shulman doesn’t hold back in her account – detailing not only the successes but the struggles that arise as she prepares for the magazine’s most monumental anniversary.” – Vogue.co.uk
Inside Vogue by Alexandra Shulman. I really do not want to spoil this book too much for anybody wanting to immerse themselves in its pages but for British Vogue lovers, magazine enthusiasts and anybody with an interest in Vogue and its inner-workings, you need to read this one. I will definitely be re-reading it again but I am also, not-so-secretly hoping Alexandra releases a further volume or book of anecdotes and musings from her time at the magazine.
“The defining characteristic of a hipster—the thing everyone agreed on, and most hated about them—wasn’t so much their taste, but their contempt and condescension toward those less cool than themselves.” – Where Am I Now?
Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson. Where Am I Now? Is a series of essays from Mara on topics such as her accidental stardom, show choir, anxiety and depression and more. It also includes a poignant essay she wrote about Robin Williams which did the rounds in the weeks following his passing. Think of this book as less of a tell-all, scandalous read and more of a reflective, engaging collection of stories and experiences from Mara’s life thus far. In amongst her stories of growing up on film sets, there are also snippets of her life that are really relatable and it is that connectedness which makes this book truly special.
Book covers via Google
Sophie is the blogger behind Nana Wintour, I am incredibly envious of her ability to create flat lays aka beautiful Instagram pictures. Follow Sophie to get all the inside scoop on Fashion + Books as well as an insight into her life.