A READING LIST FOR 2017 AND BOOK GIVEAWAY PART 2

Dear friend and gardenerHow was your weekend, did you get any reading done? I sadly didn’t, but on the plus side, it was so lovely outdoors we gave the garden a good tidy and a few new plant friends got moved in too. Carrying on with my ever increasing reading list for 2017, today’s books are for dreamers and gardeners. I also have copies of Mountain Berries & Desert Spice by Sumayya Usmani, Studio by Sally Coulthard and Architecture By Hand by Spencer Fung to giveaway at the end of this post (you can see inside them here), happy reading. xplant inspired booksMy garden and plant books are multiplying fast. I love learning about plants, how to grow them, look after them, where they originate from and just how magical they are in general! The five I have close by this season start with Dear Friend & Gardener – Letters on Life and Gardening. I bought this one at Great Dixter on our last visit – it is the lovely exchange of personal letters between two of Britain’s leading gardeners – Christopher Lloyd and Beth Chatto. Within the pages, they share their successes and failures and the things they learn from each other’s experiences in their very different gardens. Regular visitors to Dixter, we can’t wait to visit Beth’s garden later this year.The Urban jungle bloggers bookNext up, the super joyful Urban Jungle – by the sweetest plant lovers I know – Igor Josifovic and Judith De Graaff. We were so lucky to have them come visit us with photographer Lina to take photos of our green home and include us in the book. I join in with their monthly challenges as often as I can and love the whole cactus loving community they have created online. One of the happiest internet discoveries ever I think?! Wallis was naughty as usual, stealing things from the shots and playing up for the camera!Urban Jungle bloggers bookThe thoughtful gardenerFor outside plants, I am obsessed with The Thoughtful Gardener by landscape and garden designer, Jinny Blom. This one is filled with inspiring meadows, structures and planting, hazy gardens, romantic flower collections and the most amazing ideas and examples for layering plants in borders and all over. Gardens in all seasons are captured and the secrets of how to achieve them shared. Plenty in here to keep your mind ticking over all year and beyond.The art of mindful gardeningMy next book The Art of Mindful Gardening – was a gift from the lovely Sarah, the gorgeous seed box creator over at Franklyn + Vincent. Having met online over our shared love for seeds – it was the nicest thing when it arrived. A gentle page-turner filled with advice and guidance, I am working my way slowly through the Spring chapter right now and loving it.House of PlantsFinally for all you indoor plant collectors, one of my favourite green books ever House of Plants by Caro Langton and Rose Ray. The photography and interiors are stunning, it will definitely be joining my kinfolk books in the pile of most admired.Favourite books 2017Now for a few books to get lost in. I am half way through Patti Smith’s M Train, after falling for her writing when I read her other memoir ‘Just kids’. I knew I had to snap this one up when I saw it in this San Francisco book shop last September – yes I am only just reading it now. I also walked out with a stack of awesome independent magazines, a great store if you are ever passing?!  A field guide to getting lost Rebecca solnitA Field Guide To Getting Lost was spotted on the floor at an indigo dying evening I attended with the lovely peeps from Toast (more about that next week). It was part of the stack of inspiration that our dye master Katherine May had brought with her. It had me at the cover and then when she read out the following passage that was it, on my way home I hit eBay to buy a used copy to place by my bedside asap.A field guide to getting lostOthers in the dangerously high pile are The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura – a book that emphasises how Teaism taught the Japanese many things and most importantly – simplicity. I am trying to get zen for at least one hour a week and am obsessed with all things Japanese. Then we have – Far out isn’t Far Enough by Tomi Ungerer. The title and cover on this one both called out to me. A vivid diary detailing the trials, tribulations and sometimes strange life on an isolated peninsula. With drawings and words, this book brings to life the wild and bleak landscape that Tomi and his wife moved to in 1971 after leaving New York City.Good reads 2017My list would not be complete without my beloved independent magazines. I pour over every new issue of Laine, Cereal, Open House, Another Escape – oh the list goes on and luckily we now sell most of my favourites over in the shop so I get them as soon as they are released, wahoo!Cereal Magazine Spring 2017Now, enough about me and time for something for you. Do you love snooping around artists studios, trying exciting new recipes or interiors that work in harmony with nature? If so, I have a copy of – Mountain Berries & Desert Spice by Sumayya Usmani, Studio by Sally Coulthard and Architecture By Hand by Spencer Fung to giveaway to three of you – just leave a note with the title you’d like to read most in the comment section below and I will randomly choose three winners next Monday to send them to (open to UK Only I am afraid). Ps. I am thinking of adding something like this at the end of our driveway for passing neighbours, hikers and dog walkers. I love to forward a book on to someone new and we have plenty of people walking by, as we live only metres away from the local country park. What do you think? Have a great new week, Jeska xBook giveaway 2017

42 Comments
  • Moominforest
    April 3, 2017

    Honestly I would be so happy with any of the three. Your posts are always inspiring, encompassing so many things I truly love. I am constantly drooling over them, whether it is your travels or home. Books are how I breathe so the last two posts have taken me to book nirvana!!! To have a little of your lovely world would be amazing :)

    • JeskaHearne
      April 6, 2017

      Ooh yay! Do let me know if you have a preference though – just in case! ;)

      • Moominforest
        April 6, 2017

        Now I am excited!! I would be so happy with any of them but I suppose the cookbook looked especially yum :) Your taste for things is amazing so I know any of the books would be a visual feast

  • Kayte
    April 3, 2017

    I’d already put Studio on the potential birthday list before I read to the end! Looks like a lovely one to nose around other people’s houses (always a favourite activity) and to inspire my own, hopefully not too far away, studio.

    Thank you x

    • JeskaHearne
      April 6, 2017

      Such a great title! Fingers crossed for you ;)

  • poppy
    April 4, 2017

    love your selection of books, the Urban Jungle would be my choice of book. Not seen Laine magazine before, yesterday after work went and tried to find a cool knitting magazine – spring always gets me wanting to knit something new.

    • JeskaHearne
      April 6, 2017

      Hi Poppy, it is any of the three books in the last picture ;)

      • poppy
        April 6, 2017

        ah!

  • Jess
    April 4, 2017

    Hi Jeska, such a lovey giveaway! I’d love the Mountain Berries and Desert Spice – as part of my journey of seeking utopia, and feeding my soul, this would be a great way to transport me to exotic places and fill my tummy!

    • JeskaHearne
      April 6, 2017

      Hooray – it is such a magical book – flavour sensations and pretty too! xxx

  • Rhiannon
    April 4, 2017

    Studio. I love looking at other people’s houses and creative spaces (and wishing they were mine) so that book looks wonderful!

    • JeskaHearne
      April 6, 2017

      Good luck Rhiannon – thanks for reading :)

  • Jules Hall
    April 4, 2017

    Oooh – Architecture by Hand looks like a wonderful book to while away the hours with.
    Thank you for this opportunity and for sharing your current reading pile – sharing books is such a joy.

    • JeskaHearne
      April 6, 2017

      Thanks Jules, it is such an inspiring book, so many lovely textures and spaces.

  • Alison Percival
    April 5, 2017

    What a beautiful blog -can tell I’m going to spend many happy hours perusing your gorgeous photos. All the books sound great but I’d be thrilled to receive a copy of Sally Coulthard’s Studio as I’m looking for inspiration for a room of mine own.

    • JeskaHearne
      April 6, 2017

      Thanks for entering Alison, it’s such a beautiful read!

  • lizzie smith
    April 5, 2017

    so happy i found your blog–and shop!!–just love them! would love to have a copy of any of the books–they are all on my wish list!

    • JeskaHearne
      April 6, 2017

      Brilliant! Fingers crossed for you – if you have a fave out of the three do let me know?!

  • Alexandra P. Hobson
    April 5, 2017

    Oh Mountain Berries & Desert Spice sounds wonderful (a let’s be honest looks fantastic!) and I think I might order Patti Smith’s Just Kids, have picked it up so many times and for one reason or another never brought it home. So many great recommendations Jeska – my husband will kill me, our flat is books, plants and furry creatures, no room left for us!

    • JeskaHearne
      April 6, 2017

      Haha! Good choice and yes grab Just Kids if you can its beautiful and brilliant.

  • katiekate84
    April 5, 2017

    I’m currently housebound awaiting spine surgery so have been getting a lot of reading done. Currently pawing through Urban Jungle which is just the most delightful book and your space is so inspiring. Out of those three books, Studio is the most intriguing to me. I love snooping into other peoples creative spaces.

    • JeskaHearne
      April 6, 2017

      Oh no! I wish you a swift recovery after, Katie! Great choice :)

  • Dorte Januszewski
    April 5, 2017

    I enjoyed reading your post Jeska. So many inspirational books! I’m going to check them all out. I especially love the look of ‘Studio’ by Sally Coulthard. Have a lovely week X

    • JeskaHearne
      April 6, 2017

      Thanks lovely and good luck – it’s a beauty!

  • Tracey
    April 5, 2017

    Studio by Sally Coulthard. And I agree about your idea of creating a little library, there is one near us and it is beautiful!

    • JeskaHearne
      April 6, 2017

      Awesome to hear! Your name is in the hat! :)

  • Melissa Barraclough
    April 5, 2017

    I would love to read Studio by Sally Coulthard. I would love to find a copy of Kinfolk Table too. I’ve seen snippets of inside the book and I love it!

    • JeskaHearne
      April 6, 2017

      Both are so lovely! Thanks for stopping by Melissa :)

  • Laura
    April 6, 2017

    Thanks for the post! I would love a copy of Mountain Berries and Desert Spice :)

    • JeskaHearne
      April 6, 2017

      Pleasure! Fingers crossed for you!

  • H Bailey
    April 6, 2017

    All beautiful books but as a bit of a foodie it has to be Mountain Berries & Desert Spice. My husband would probably have something to say about adding to the ever growing pile of cookbooks though!

    • JeskaHearne
      April 6, 2017

      It’s a one in one out situation here! Hahaha ;)

  • lizzie smith
    April 6, 2017

    i guess studio would be my preferred choice as i am in the process of getting back into creatingafter a long absence!! honestly though–any one is fine. thanks for asking!

    • JeskaHearne
      April 6, 2017

      Ooh yay! Making is the best! I am forcing myself to take time to be creative again – work always takes over, so now I am going to try reclaiming my evenings and weekends! :)

  • lizzie smith
    April 6, 2017

    sounds like a plan!! me too! x

  • Janine Bowers Wild
    April 7, 2017

    I would love Studio – getting back into crafting and making now my girls are in school and need inspiration for my workspace. Thanks so much for a great giveaway & inspirational reading.

    • JeskaHearne
      April 10, 2017

      Brilliant! Your name is in! :)

  • vickyw
    April 7, 2017

    I love this, so many good books! I’d love the studio one, love having a nosey around other peoples creative spaces :)

    • JeskaHearne
      April 10, 2017

      So much fun isn’t it?! :)

  • Lynn Page
    April 9, 2017

    What a lovely idea of books for passers by, a great way to recycle. All three books look wonderful but my heart lies with interiors so Studio would come up trumps. The perfect picture in my head is sitting reading in my garden – early retirement is just around the corner!

    • JeskaHearne
      April 10, 2017

      Sounds like a lovely way to enjoy a new book, Lynn ;)