Reading the Classics

There’s something I find calming about reading classical literature. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it serves as the perfect way to wind down after a stressful day. That’s probably why over the past year or so, I’ve been really into the classics – I’ve definitely been in need of relaxing pastimes. With this in mind, I’ve decided that 2019 is going to be the year where I read as many of the classics as I can fit in. Last year, I read Pride and Prejudice which I loved, and towards the end of last year, I read Emma. Safe to say, Jane Austen is one of my favourites. I read a few other classics when I was much younger, but without being very intentional about it.

Here is the list I’m hoping to get through this year:

Emily Bronte – Wuthering Heights (halfway in!)

Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre

Jane Austen – Sense and Sensibility

John Bunyan – Pilgram’s Progress

Herman Melville – Moby Dick

I’m not sure if I’ll get through them all, but here’s hoping!  I read quite fast, but the classics take me much longer, so I don’t put much pressure on myself to get through them quickly.

What are your favourite classics?

Nabeela x

A Reading List | September – December 2018

Ironically, I read the most novels in the last four months of 2018, which also happened to be the four busiest and most stressful months of the year. I guess reading really is my form of escapism.

Instead of boring you with the details of all of them, I chose my top 4 from September to December. Here goes…

Jessica Brockmole – Letters from Skye 

Set in wartime, this book tells a heartbreaking tale of mother and daughter, all through letters in two parallel time periods. Brilliant.

Paula Hawkins – Girl on the Train

I was excited when I saw this book in a secondhand stall at a market as I’d heard really good things about it. It did not disappoint. One of the most thought-provoking and brilliant books I’ve ever read.

Eugenia Kim – The Calligraphers Daughter

I couldn’t put this one down. Set in wartime (are you seeing a pattern here?) it provides insight into the cultural differences that exist in the world, all whilst telling a gripping tale.

Jodi Picoult – A Spark of Light 

The newest release from my favourite author. It took me a little while to get used to the backward timeline, but as usual, it was emotional and an eye-opening read.

Happy New Year, friends! I hope 2019 brings you much joy (and much reading).

Nabeela x

The Edit / 02.

Woah. I haven’t done one of these in ages. The holidays often bring some time to actually think about the things we use and consume in our daily lives rather than just racing through it all, so I thought I’d share some things that I’ve been loving lately.

Reading

I just finished the book, The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh and I adored it. It is a beautifully written book and definitely worth a read.

Next, I’ve really been enjoying these blogs, and I find myself checking back at least once a month.

Taste and See 

Miss Moss

Into The Gloss (All-time favourite)

Listening

I’m a huge fan of the Stuff Mom Never Told You podcast by How Stuff Works. They tackle important and sometimes touchy subjects in a open-minded and interesting way. The episodes always leave me thinking about things in a different way and make for a fantastic listen. I particularly enjoyed this episode and this one too.

Billie Eilish is my favourite musician at the moment. I love all her songs and find them so calming. She’s also only 16, which is crazy inspiring. Even although her music isn’t the style I typically listen to, I find myself turning on her songs every day.

Loving

The Detoxifying Facial Mask by Naturals Beauty is such a winner. I find that it helps with breakouts almost immediately.

Since having some stomach issues last year, I started drinking kombucha and now I’m hooked! My favourites are the Rooibos Chai one by Happy Culture and the Ginger one by Culture Lab.

Instagram

I love Morgan Harper Nichols’ Instagram account. If you’ve scrolled on Pinterest or Instagram, chances are you’ve come across some of her writings. I adore her work – its a perfect pair of art and words, something that I, as a visual, word-lover, appreciate deeply.

That’s all for now, lovelies.

I have some exciting things coming soon, and some fun content planned, so stay tuned and keep your eyes on the ‘gram to stay up to date.

Nabeela x

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