Even at the age of 21, I still note down what I would love to get at Christmas, whether I’m treating myself or someone else! There’s one thing that’s on my Christmas list every year, which is a good book. Books are magical at any age, there’s nothing like the smell of freshly printed pages – also a book will never run low on battery!
Alongside this, the health benefits are endless. Studies have shown that as well as educating us, reading can reduce stress too. A 2009 study by Sussex University researchers showed that reading may reduce stress by as much as 68 percent. “It really doesn’t matter what book you read, by losing yourself in a thoroughly engrossing book you can escape from the worries and stresses of the everyday world and spend a while exploring the domain of the author’s imagination,” cognitive neuropsychologist David Lewis told The Telegraph.
Fashion North have brought together the best five books you need on your Christmas list this year, including fashion, beauty, music, memoirs and mental health.
- Inside Vogue: A Diary of My 100th Year by Alexandra Shulman – This book is a no brainer, a must-have for any avid fashion lover, it includes what it’s like to work with Victoria Beckham to Karl Lagerfeld and shedding some light on the chaos what happens in Milan Fashion Week. £9.99
- FACE by Sam and Nic Chapman, founders of Pixiwoo – This is THE book for make-up addicts – from beginners to aspiring make-up artists. It includes advice, techniques and top tips for your skin, brows, eyes, lashes and lips. From easy-to-follow guides to recommendations for the ideal tools used to create looks, this book will be your bible on how to manage and style each feature to suit you best. £16.99
- The Age of Bowie by Paul Morley – This is the book of the year for any die hard Bowie fan. Arts commentator Paul Morley writes a moving tribute to the performer, this book not only includes memories but an in-depth biography of his legacy through out the singer’s life. £13.60
- Happy by Derren Brown – Happy aims to reclaim happiness and to enable us to appreciate the good things in life, in all their glory. By taking control of the stories we tell ourselves, by remembering that ‘everything’s fine’ even when it might not feel that way, we can allow ourselves to flourish and to live more happily. £16.99
- Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick. This memoir is humorous, recalling back to when Anna was a thirteen year-old “scrappy little nobody” to somebody who uses her sharp wit on the stage, the screen, and now the page. £8.49
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