Housekeeper's Bookshelf

By Alison October 1, 2015 6 Comments 4 Min Read

Housekeeper’s Bookshelf

Housekeepers, I believe that reading is quite the most Autumnal of pleasures. All of a sudden there seems to be time. Something so very much amiss during the chaos of those Summer evenings. There is time and as the nights draw in, there is just the right mood for getting oh so terribly introspective and losing yourself in a pile of good books.
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And so dear lovely Housekeepers, welcome to the first of my monthly round up of scrumptious new books just right for the cosiest of seasons…
my kitchen year
First up… My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl. As the former editor of Gourmet magazine, Ruth is a women who knows food and in My Kitchen Year she describes, with recipes, how she used food to heal her heart after Gourmet closed and she had to re-imagine her future and come to terms with re-defining her very self.
My Kitchen Year: Amazon.Com/
Next… The Year of Cozy by Adrianna Adarme because I am Alison May and there wasn’t a cats in hell chance of me swerving a book with COZY in the title now was there? It’s about cosy food and cozy crafts and cozy little to-dos and we need it in our lives right now!
The Year of Cozy: Amazon.Com/ 
christmas joys
Now… Country Living Christmas Joys. I have long believed that just as my Mum did, we should add one or two lovely Christmas books to our collection each year. Whether it be a teeny book full of traditions,  children’s story book, a novel or a decorating book like this one, there is something rather special about taking them out each year and losing yourself in the Christmas of your dreams…
Country Living Christmas Joys:
52 Lists
Then… The 52 Lists Project. Now I wouldn’t normally throw a journal in to the midst of one of my reading lists, but this one is special and it will help you go deeeeeep. You want to go deep don’t you? Then now is just the right time to pick this journal up and use it to list you way to a more authentic you.
The 52 Lists Project: Amazon.Com/
And… Your Beauty Mark by Dita Von Teese because it is The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour. Now I may be eccentric but not by an extra-long stretch of the imagination could I be called glamorous, and thus this book is top of my wishlist if only so just a teeny bit of Dita rubs off on me…
Your Beauty Mark: Amazon.Com/Amazon.Co.Uk
celias house
Finally… Celia’s House by D.E.Stevenson. A Brocante book list wouldnt be a Brocante book list without a vintgae novel thrown in for good measure and this from the author of Miss Buncle’s Book promises to have just the right combination of wit and vintage domestic detail that I so adore. Already waiting for me on my Kindle I simply cannot wait to crawl in to bed tonight…
Celia’s House: Amazon.Com/  
Happy Reading Housekeepers!


  1. This is a great list! I can’t wait to read Your Beauty Mark.

  2. Victoria says:

    Oh man, I am a list maker like crazy. I have lists of which lists I need to make! I am definitely getting the 52 lists book!
    The year of cozy book of course caught my eye too. Fun!

  3. hrbooth20 says:

    I cannot find Celia’s house available for Kindle? Is it not available in the UK?

    1. Alison May says:

      Oh heck it doesnt look like it is: I use an American amazon account. I’m so, so sorry!x

      1. hrbooth20 says:

        That’s ok, some of the others in the series are so it’s very strange. I was just confused as you’re a fellow Brit! I might order the paperback as it looks a lovely series x

        1. hrbooth20 says:

          I’ve just downloaded this instead, which is free at the moment on uk kindle and has three Christmas stories plus some craft and recipes apparently! I thought others might enjoy it too

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