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Currently Reading: World Book Day

Posted on April 23, 2018 by Melissa Andersen

Currently Reading: World Book Day

Today is World Book Day and we're celebrating with another edition of Currently Reading. 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 loving 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.

 Currently Reading: World Book Day

AIMEE LAGOS

What book have you just finished or are you currently reading? What do you love most about it?

I’m obsessed with this DO book series, and am reading Do/Improvise by Robert Poynton now. It’s sort of business advice with a healthy dose of self help. This one in particular takes principles of improvisation and applies them to professional situations. I love it because it breaks down communication and being open to new ideas in ways I haven’t seen previously.

What pattern and colorway did you pair with your book and why?

I’ve paired it with Strike (Navy) because I think that cover looks nice with that pattern, but also because we learned a lot about design from working with Heath Ceramics. Now, whenever I see that collection, I’m also reminded of that need to be open to new ideas and processes.

What's your favorite book from childhood?

Oh, that’s a really tough one! I was a HUGE bookworm when I was young and was almost always reading. We had a glass dinner table and my parents would always scold me for trying to read a book on my lap through the table at dinner rather than participating in family conversation. I loved cats when I was young so one birthday my mom got me a book called All of My Patients Are Under the Bed written by a New York City veterinarian who specialized in cats. It was funny and sweet and I loved it because it allowed me to vicariously spend time with cats (and their crazy owners).

What's next on your reading list?

I keep threatening to finish The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt but haven’t gotten around to it yet, sadly. I did just order Meaty by Samantha Irby, who also wrote the BRILLIANT book We Will Never Meet in Person (which, if you haven’t read, you should do so immediately), so I imagine I’ll dive into that as soon as it arrives!

 Currently Reading: World Book Day

CHRISTIANA COOP

What book have you just finished or are you currently reading? What do you love most about it?

I’m reading A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra, per Aimee’s recommendation. It’s a beautifully written book set in Chechnya about a girl who loses her father and ends up being taken care of by the doctor there who is dealing with more than her share of burdens. So far, its been really engrossing, although I’ve been too distracted by Peaky Blinders to finish it yet.

What pattern and colorway did you pair with your book and why?

I did a bit of an obvious pairing of Moons (Ebony) with the cover. Although so far, the story is not at all the magical escape that the pattern is.

What's your favorite book from childhood?

The Secret Garden and The Little Princess are tied at the top of my list. My mom was from England, so perhaps I felt an even stronger connection to the English settings in these two books. But I loved escaping in stories with their touch of mystery, and I created such a vivid world of the characters in my imagination. I just loved them so!

What's next on your reading list?

I just got Samantha Irby’s new book, Meaty: Essays, that I can’t wait to start. I loved her book We are Never Meeting in Real Life, and I'm hoping this new one will be just as hilarious, authentic, and moving.

 Currently Reading: World Book Day

OLA SUPERNAT

What book have you just finished or are you currently reading? What do you love most about it?

My latest read was The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson. It’s a self-help guide of sorts to leading a happier life. Manson makes very interesting points you may or may not already be aware of, but I find it’s always helpful to hear someone else put concepts and gut feelings into words. I just got back from visiting my parents in Europe and every time I do, I get very contemplative about life and what's truly important. At times unnecessarily crass language aside, the book was a refreshing check for my values (and an easy plane-ride read).

What pattern and colorway did you pair with your book and why?

I picked Julia Rothman's Daydream (Orange), because the colors work well with the cover and birds don't seem to give many f*cks.

What's your favorite book from childhood?

I was obsessed with books as a kid. I couldn’t eat a meal without reading, because I’d be bored with just eating. My older sister always recommended or gifted me books, so I had a steady influx of amazing worlds and adventures to discover. The three series I read over and over again were: The Six Bullerby Children by Astrid Lindgren; The Little Nicholas by Goscinny and Sempé; and Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers.

What's next on your reading list?

I’ve already started on my next book— Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng—and so far, I can’t get enough.

 Currently Reading: World Book Day

MELISSA ANDERSEN

What book have you just finished or are you currently reading? What do you love most about it?

Earlier this year, I heard an interview on NPR's Fresh Air with author Garrett Graff about his new book, Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government's Secret Plan to Save Itself – While the Rest of Us Die. Although it sounds like a book for conspiracy theorists, it's actually based on recently declassified government documents, as well as first-hand accounts and Graff's intensive research. The book follows the United States government through the Cold War and describes, in fascinating detail, the bunkers and secret hideaways designed to protect our government leaders, the extensive lines of succession to replace officials who may be killed, and the roles and responsibilities each agency would inherit in the event of a national catastrophe like nuclear war. This interesting look at the nuclear arms race and how it shaped and reshaped not only the U.S. government, but also the American way of life, is endlessly fascinating and, sadly, quite à propos given the current geopolitical climate.

What pattern and colorway did you pair with your book and why?

I paired this book with Quilt (Cayenne). The geometric lines of this pattern remind me of the intricate plans of the secret underground government bunkers, tunnels, escape routes, and communications channels strategically dotting the American landscape. 

What's your favorite book from childhood?

I've been a lifelong book lover, so it's difficult to choose just one! Even as a child, I enjoyed being cozy and cocooned - especially when reading. I would find a quiet place, wedge my beanbag chair into a corner, and surround myself with pillows and blankets as I got lost in the worlds I was reading about. I read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein so many times I've lost count; Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak was a bookshelf staple that saw a lot of loving over the years; Linnea in Monet's Garden by Cristina Bjork was a constant in my life, as art was (and still is!) another passion of mine; and as I grew older and my affinity for horror and sci-fi blossomed, I could nearly always be found with one of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps paperbacks in hand.

What's next on your reading list?

Dare Me by Megan Abbott. I've been on a Megan Abbott kick recently (read just one of her books - any book - and you'll understand) and this one has been on my list for a while. However, I just found out it's being adapted for TV (with Abbott's help!), so I need to read this before I watch it! 

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