Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Best of Both Worlds

There are some perfect pairings. Chocolate and peanut butter. Tea and biscuits. X and Y. For me, one of these perfect pairs is books and shopping.

I love to read, and, as a woman, shopping is in my DNA. Over the last few years, I've accumulated a few books that combine two of the things I enjoy most. While all of these books are gems, my current favourite is The Virago Book of the Joy of Shopping.

Beautifully packaged in black and that shade of blue popularised by one of the most well-known jewellers in the world, this book brings puts together a big picture by tackling every aspect of shopping from a fabulous selection of women writers. Taking the form of extracts from fiction (characters by Helen Fielding, Patricia Highsmith, and of course, the Shopaholic herself), non-fiction and even letters and diary entries by the likes of Jane Austen and George Eliot, this book is one that every woman should have, and will love.


ChichaJo said...

Love books and shooping too! :) And chocolate and peanut butter! I made peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and loved them (I posted the recipe if you'd like to make them too)...I can make next time we get together :)

Stepford Mum said...

I thought I commented on your chocolate peanut butter cookies but I guess I didn't! They look so yummy, and I will certainly make them one day. My absolute fave ice cream on earth is Haagen Dazs Deep Chocolate Peanut Butter. I cried when they stopped selling it here.