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The It List 13 December 2022

Team Monde Share Their Reading Recs for Summer

New years resolution to read more? Join the (book) club.

Here are the top recommendations of books Team Monde can't wait to curl up with this summer. By the beach, pool, taking some refuge from family time or reading in bed, these are the books we can't wait to get stuck into these holidays.

Words By Team Monde

Alexandra, CEO & Founder

As a self-confessed foodie, there’s nothing I find more relaxing and comforting than planting myself in the kitchen and whipping up new and interesting dishes.

The past two years were the perfect time to experiment with flavours and ingredients while we were confined to our homes, but this year, with the frenetic rush to make up for lost time with everything from eating out or to catching up with friends and family I have found that I haven’t been able to spend as much time in my favourite room in the house (a.k.a. the kitchen).

These holidays I’m going to up my cooking game and try every recipe from the latest book from Yotam Ottolenghi and his team – Ottolenghi Test Kitchen Extra Good Things. Esteemed British food writer Diana Henry from the Telegraph said of the book “You could cook out of this for years and never eat a dull meal.” Looks like it’s going to be a food-filled summer ahead.

Ottolenghi Test Kitchen, was $49.99 now $29.95, Booktopia

Britt, Head of Community

Since purchasing our place in the midst of COVID, I have become obsessed with decorating and doing small DIY projects to beautify the space. So much so, I have been consistently looking for interior and landscaping inspiration in pretty much anything I can find.

‘Design Lives Here’ by Penny Craswell is the ultimate coffee table book celebrating Australian design, and spring board for me to bring some homegrown goodness into my home. Paying homage to iconic Australian design, heritage architecture as well as keeping everything considerably minded in terms of environmental impact, are all things that I consider greatly when it comes to modifying my house. This book offers that (in droves), all with a contemporary and clever spin.

Not only will this book act as a means of inspiration for personal projects to come, but its weight and colour make it the perfect styling piece to sit on any surface within common areas within the home.

I can’t wait to flick through its pages at a leisurely pace these holidays, unwinding in all the inspiration and appreciation.

Design Lives Here, $69.99, The Iconic

Galen, Graphic Designer

As someone with a developing interest in stoic philosophy, it would be rude not to dive into Marcus Aurelius’ ‘Meditations’. Heralded as one of the greatest works of spiritual and ethical reflection ever written, I’m hoping to expand my own approach toward adversity.

From what I’ve read so far, the fascinating thing about Marcus’ contemplations are their striking relevance in the here and now although written between A.D. 121 – 180. It’s beautiful to read the thoughts of the most influential individual on the planet at the time remain so deeply human and so deeply sensitive.

Meditations, was $24.99 now $20.25, Booktopia

Kaylah, Editorial Contributor

For someone who loves reading, my book count has been ridiculously low this year. So believe me when I say, I am beyond excited for a summer break to get some much-needed reading done.

One book that has been on my wish list for probably far too long is Michelle Andrews and Zara McDonald’s ‘The Space Between’.

I haven’t been much of a podcast listener as of late, but the time I have spent scrolling on TikTok instead of reading has often led me to snippets of the authors’ renowned podcast ‘Shameless’, which then led me to this book.

Having a book focused around the confusion of being in your twenties is one that definitely piqued my interest, and after years of questioning myself, it is nice to know that maybe we are all in the same boat, just trying to figure out life as we go.

I am actually looking forward to having a non-fiction book to bury myself in, and am hopeful that as well as being a light read, there may be some pages I can find myself nodding along with – particularly when it comes to being in the creative industry.

The Space Between, was $35 now $26.25, Booktopia

Erin, Editorial Contributor

My summer plans include rest and relaxation and reading those books I’ve been meaning to read for months.

My summer vacation is about building my confidence and channelling Bad B energy, so I will pick up ‘Why Men Love Bitches’ by Sherry Argov and ‘Self Love Workbook‘ by Megan Logan as my first two books. It’s not just that I have seen self-help books everywhere on tik tok, but I also want this summer to be the happiest, most confident, hot girl summer imaginable, where I can reflect, learn all the tips and tricks and level up before the new year.

Jenny Han’s ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty‘ is another book I’ve been dying to reread. There is something magical and beautifully written about this book. Summertime just makes me nostalgic for some feel-good romance and drama, and Jenny Han’s works have a way about them that makes you feel part of the story world.

My final pick has to be ‘Gabrielle Chanel: Fashion Manifesto‘. Since I am a self-confessed fashion enthusiast, a vacation would not be complete without reading a book about a woman who was one of the fashion revolutionaries and studying the history of Chanel.

Why Men Love Bitches, was $24.99 now $20.25, Booktopia