One of my goals this year is to read more. I've been using Elise Joy's daily habit tracker (you can sign up to her newsletter to get the free download) and so far I haven't missed a day. New Year's resolutions have always been something I've struggled with. I love the idea of a new year, of fresh starts and new goals. I'm just rubbish at keeping up with them. One of my goals last year was to read more and somewhere around mid August I realised I hadn't even managed to read a single book. Not good, Emma. Not good at all.

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I'm trying to get back in the habit of reading more. I've been digging out some old favourites as well searching out some new reads and I thought I'd share a few of them here.

First up, the old favourite: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke.

I can't believe it's been nearly ten years since I first read this book. Considering I carried this copy around with me for the whole summer it's in surprisingly good condition. I should probably warn you that this is not a small book. It's also not a book you should do any skipping ahead in. It's set in early nineteenth century England and is full of magic, fairies, darkness and war. It's currently being filmed by the BBC as a tv series and I can't wait.

Currently reading: The Vintage Tea Party Year, Angel Adoree.

This is a beautiful book. Each section has a theme, New Year's Eve, Children's Tea Party, A Hen Party, A Wedding Party, etc. It's packed full of recipes, cocktails, hairstyles, party decorations and invitations you can photocopy and use. Both the illustrations and photography are stunning so even if you're not planning a party any time soon I would recommend this book just to look through. It's a joy to read.

Future read: The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt.

This book seems to be everywhere at the moment and I've heard so many good things about it. I loved both The Secret History and The Little Friend so I've got high hopes for this one as well. I'm sure I'm going to love it.

What are you reading? Any recommendations?

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Hi, I'm Emma.

I'm a crafter, blogger and paper enthusiast living in the North West of England.

Gathering Beauty is the place where I share craft tutorials and diy inspiration. I started this blog back in 2013 as a way of sharing all the things I love and make. I share paper crafts, clay crafts, origami, printables and desktop wallpapers as well as the odd crochet and weaving project. I hope you find something here that inspires you.