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Currently Reading: Hygge & West Edition

Posted on March 09, 2018 by Melissa Andersen

Currently Reading: Hygge & West Edition

What could be more quintessentially hygge than curling up with a good book (in your Hygge & West bedding, of course)? Team H&W is always on the lookout for our next favorite read, so every other month we'll be sharing the books we're currently reading (or have just finished) with the hopes that you'll share your reading list with us. From coffee table books to thrillers and everything in between, keep scrolling to see how the H&W crew does story time.

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AIMEE LAGOS

What book have you just finished or are you currently reading?

I just finished Spy of the First Person by Sam Shepard. It was his last work before passing away in 2017. It?s not really a novel and not really a memoir. It?s written in the first person and it moves around in time. It?s a short little gem of a book.

What do you love most about it?

It was a labor of love ? his drafts were written by hand, then recorded, then dictated as his ALS progressed. His family transcribed everything. Patti Smith, Shepard?s close friend, helped edit it. It?s also just beautifully written and very moving.

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What's next on your reading list?

I started The Goldfinch ages ago and didn?t finish it, so I would like to start that back up. Lately I?ve been reading more essay and short story collections because I don?t have extended periods of time to read and it?s hard for me to get through novels. Christiana left me The Bitch is Back: Older, Wiser and (Getting) Happier last time she was here, so I?m looking forward to reading that as well.

Where is your favorite place to read?

I love to read at our cabin ? in the winter, I snuggle up on a sofa; in the summer, I sit on the dock. We?re usually in ?relaxing mode? up there, so it?s the perfect place to read. Reading in the bathtub is also one of life?s great luxuries ? I need to do that more often!

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CHRISTIANA COOP

What book have you just finished or are you currently reading?

I just ?read" Patternity: A New Way Of Seeing Things. I have to admit, between the Olympics and the new Queer Eye, I didn?t make it very far in my actual book that I was planning to read last month? the Patternity book is all about pattern in fashion, design and the natural world.

What do you love most about it?

I love how it challenges us to look at the mundane in a new way.

Who would most enjoy this book?

Any of our fellow pattern lovers or people looking for creative inspiration would enjoy it.

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What's next on your reading list?

Next up is A Constellation of Vital Phenomenon by Anthony Marra.

Where is your favorite place to read?

In bed!

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OLA SUPERNAT

What book have you just finished or are you currently reading? 

I?m currently listening to The Black Book by James Patterson and David Ellis. It?s a crime fiction book about murder, corruption, sex scandals, bad vs. good cops, secrets... all the good stuff.
 
What do you love most about it?

The plot has had some good twists so far. However, I?m partial to this book simply because the story takes place in Chicago where I lived for five years. I love hearing familiar landmark and street names - it makes me feel closer to the characters, as if I?m moving through the city right along with them. The lector even does a Chicago accent!
 
Who would most enjoy this book?

If you like mystery/thriller/crime books, there is a big chance you?ll like this.

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What's next on your reading list?

I?ve been on a mystery/thriller kick ever since I read Gone Girl over a year ago. Recently, however, I?ve been trying to read two books at a time: a ?fun? one and a ?smart? one. So far, I?m only two chapters into the latter - The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg - so I?ll make a point to finish that one next!
 
Where is your favorite place to read?

On the couch with my tiger pillow, eyes closed (since I *listen* rather than *read*) or in bed before falling asleep.

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MELISSA ANDERSEN

What book have you just finished or are you currently reading?

I recently finished You Will Know Me by the insanely talented Megan Abbott. The murder mystery follows the family of a young gymnast who is on track to compete for a spot in the Olympics when something terrible happens in their small town. Suddenly everyone - and everything - comes into question. 

What do you love most about it?

Not only does Megan Abbott know how to pen a deeply captivating page-turner, but in this novel she also explores the dynamics of a family with a child prodigy and how one kid's extraordinary talents can affect the relationships between parent, child, siblings, and spouses. I also love how this book - in true Megan Abbott form - puts female characters at the center of the plot in a way that seems to both define and defy feminism.

Right after I finished this book, I tore through another Megan Abbott novel, The Fever. Like You Will Know MeThe Fever sets mystery and intrigue against the backdrop of those formative high school years - a time, as Abbott writes, spent "in pursuit of magic and mayhem." It's another coming-of-age novel driven by a female cast of characters that combines small-town suspense with the personal turmoil of youth in a way that only Abbott can.

Who would most enjoy this book?

Anyone who likes to read! If you love thrillers, mysteries, suspense, coming-of-age stories, domestic fiction, strong female characters, or just plain old great writing, this book is for you.

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What's next on your reading list? 

American War by Omar El Akkad. I've already started it and I cannot put it down. It's a chilling tale set in a near-future America that's been ravaged by climate change and civil war - a world that feels uncomfortably possible today.

Where is your favorite place to read?

If I could read anywhere in the world, I would almost always choose the beach. There's something about the warm sand between my toes, the sun on my face, and the sound of crashing waves that feels so conducive to literary escape. But in my day-to-day life, I prefer cozy nighttime reading curled up in my bed with my guy and my furballs nearby.

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KATHERINE BILDSTEN

What book have you just finished or are you currently reading?

I just finished The Alchemist by Paolo Coehlo. It is such a classic and it took me far too long to finally read it. It's a fictional story about the journey to discover one's destiny or purpose, as told through the adventures of a young Spanish shepherd.

What do you love most about it?

I am a sucker for allegories and human truths, and this book is full of them. I think it's really neat that there's so much room for one to interpret and apply the book's lessons in his or her own way. It's the kind of thing you would want to re-read in 10 years to see if and how the story's meaning has changed for you. 

I also just finished reading A Wrinkle In Time for the first time since the third grade, and it was funny timing, because I think Madeleine L'Engle's words have a similar effect. Both stories are rooted in a specific character's narrative, time, and place, and yet they are timeless.

Who would most enjoy this book?

I think this book is truly for everybody, but I'd especially recommend it to anybody at a crossroads or introspective moment in their life. It's considered by some to be a self-help book!

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What's next on your reading list?

I just started reading News of the World by Paulette Jiles. It's a western, a very sweet story and I love the author's writing style. No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin is also in the queue - I love Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and think his presidency was during one of the most fascinating times in American history.

Where is your favorite place to read?

Well, practically, my bed on a weekend afternoon. But my most favorite spot to read is on the day bed at my family's cabin in Wisconsin in front of a roaring fire. The only downside is that the coziness of wool blankets, warmth of the fire, and Van Morrison playing in the background is also the perfect recipe for a nap... so I never make it too far in my book!

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