Winter Warming Oct 2019

At Homesense you can find everything you need for a home-y home under one roof. Whether that's an emerald green armchair, a super-soft patterned throw or an extra-large mug for hot chocolate (marshmallows not optional), we’ve got everything you need to create a cosy autumn nook to snuggle up in with a good book. With books being such an essential part of any home, we asked our Editor for a few reading suggestions that she’s sure you’ll love –*grabs a blanket and lots of squishy cushions*

The book that I go back to again and again...
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
This is a book that has stayed with me and I still get chills just thinking about it. It’s the tale of a young man’s life and although some of the subject matters are quite mundane and domestic, Tartt paints them so richly. The characters are so rounded and the tale’s full of heartbreaking twists – it’s just fantastic. It’s one to re-read again and again at different stages in life. 

 

The book that inspired the girlboss in me...
The Woman I Wanted To Be by Dianne Von Furstenburg
DVF is an empowering role model and the poster ‘girl’ for strong business women everywhere. Aside from her savvy business acumen that birthed a multimillion-pound company, it’s her attitude that’s a real inspiration. Dianne has been a princess (yes, an actual princess), partied with Andy Warhol at Studio 54 and continues to be super glamorous well into her 70s. Every ambitious girl will take something away from this autobiography.

 

The book that opened my mind...
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
In this super-interesting book, science writer Rebecca Skloot looks at the life and afterlife of Henrietta Lacks, the African-American woman whose cancer cells were harvested for a scientific experimentation. You could say that Henrietta is the most important woman in medical history as her cells, taken from a cervical-cancer biopsy, became the first immortal human cell line and have helped scientists to research and find cures for hundreds of diseases. So why do we know nothing about this woman? Why do her family still live in poverty, whilst others have made millions from her biology? This book is a riveting look at science and race – a total must-read!

 

The book that taught me about love... 
Normal People by Sally Rooney
This book is astounding. It’s definitely one of the best books I’ve read in the past few years, if not ever. I cried when it finished – not because it’s sad, but because it was so well written and insightful. I would LOVE to write like Rooney, I mean, what a talent. Normal People is about a girl and a boy and their relationship, spanning from their teen years into their twenties. Plot-wise, not much happens, but that’s fine. The way Rooney writes about those deep, dark internal feelings, miscommunications, thoughts left unsaid… just stunning. Go and buy it right now.

 

The book that gets me every time...
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Okay, warning, this book made me cry – no, weep. It is the saddest book in history and just plain amazing. I first read it a couple of years ago and knew that I’d to revisit it many times over. The book is a beast. It’s so long, but unsurprising when the writer lovingly chronicles the entire lives of four main characters; Jude, Willem, JB and Malcolm. Jude is the star of the show and his story will have you itching to know more. It’s a book you’ll never forget.

 

If that hasn’t made you excited for autumn, we don’t know what will. Head down to your local Homesense and find everything from faux fur rugs and mood lighting to coffee table selects and tasty cookbooks that are all up to 60% less than the RRP.

 

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