Holiday Reading Recommendations | Darling Magazine

Whether as a last-minute gift for someone, or for personal enjoyment, Darling recommends picking up one (or several) of the following books to keep your heart warm and your mind strong as you travel afar or stay home with family this holiday season. Happy reading!

This holiday season inevitable leads to down time. While we hope it’s curled next to a crackling fire, hot tea in hand, it may just be the battered terminal of an airport or cramped backseat of a family car ride. In any case, a good book is magical—the perfect escape, and a wonderful way to pass the extra moments of the holidays.

For the gourmet:
Gabrielle Hamilton’s Blood, Bones & Butter is hands down one of the best memoirs we’ve ever read, filled with luscious details of her rural upbringing and foray into the food world, this is a page turner.

For the history buff:
All the President’s Men tells the fascinating story of the Watergate Scandal as it grew from a small, hidden news story to a national scandal, all due to the perseverance of fresh-faced investigative reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. A true testament to the power of press.

For the newlywed:
Our editor recommends The Five Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman. Or, if you want a more spiritual take on marriage, Tim Keller’s The Meaning of Marriage is beautifully written and provides real insight on the dynamics of deep relationship.

For the musician:
Just Kids by Patti Smith is a haunting memoir of her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe and her life and times developing as an artist and musician, the complications of family relationships and self-discovery. We couldn’t stop reading.

For the dreamer:
A blank journal to fill the pages with hopes, dreams, and sweet memories. Moleskine is a classic choice, perhaps best complimented with a beautiful pen set.

For the fashion forward:
Grace Coddington’s Grace: A Memoir chronicles the Vogue editor’s career as she rose through the fashion ranks, but her unique sensibilities (i.e. cat obsession) make this insightful piece artful and clever.

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