Books I’ve Been Reading Lately

Oh hello! I almost feel like I have to reintroduce myself because it’s been quite a while since I’ve last published a blog post. Life has just been going on I guess. So many aspects of my life have changed since I graduated. Even though many things are new and can be scary – these new changes are exciting. Because I’ve had so much going on in my life, I’ve actually rediscovered my love for reading. Reading has created a safe and well known space where I can escape from change, uncertainty and imbalance. It has essentially made me feel grounded.

Seeing the books, I’ve read, together has made me realise, that they are somewhat linked. They share themes of finding oneself, accepting and appreciating diversity and lastly of hope. They’ve each contributed to make me feel seen, heard and accepted.

The first book I want to mention is ‘The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse’ by Charlie Mackesy. This book was gifted to me by some very special people in my family and it therefor has absolutely priceless value to me. I adore the people who gifted it to me, and I adore the book as well.

To those of you who havn’t heard of this book I’ll try and describe it for you. This masterpiece is an illustrated tale of four characters; The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse. They each have their characteristics and inner battles. What’s so beautiful about this book is first of all the illustrations, but secondly it’s the way these characters help and listen to each other despite their differences, which, let’s be honest, is something we all could learn from. It’s an easy read, but author Charlie Mackesy still manages to create a univers, which one does not wish to leave. I highly recommend it!

This too is an easy read, however, that does not mean it has less value. This book, this woman and this milestone in history is truly phenomenal. I am in no way embarrassed when I tell you that my eyes where filled with tears during Amanda Gorman’s literary performans at the inauguration of Joe Biden. Simple words, but yet so meaningful and powerful. I must say my favourite lines are:

“For there is always light,

If only we’re brave enough to see it.

If only we’re brave enough to be it”

Amanda Gorman

This book is really special too. This book taught me a lot about the differences between generations and cultures. It made me smile and it made me cry. What I really like about this book is that each chapter is narrated by a different character, which I find really special because you (the reader) get to know the characters from their own point of view and not from a main character’s. In continuation, the book offers an interesting and well-made frame, but it is the reader that has to paint the picture. A job that some may find uninteresting but others find intriguing.

Thank you so much for reading this post. I hope you found some book inspiration, as that was the purpose of this blog post. If you enjoyed this post please make sure to give it a like and let me know in the comments, what you’ve recently read – especially if you have any good book recommendations (I would love to know).

Lots of love from

Karen xx

6 Comments

    1. Karen Wodstrup

      How lovely to hear that you’ve also read Red At The Bone. Even though The Hill We Climb is short I still recommend it. Her speech was just such a moment and Oprah’s foreword is also incredible. Thank you so much for reading Chloe! Sending lots of love your way xx

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  1. infinitelyadaydreamer

    Such a special post Karen! Really enjoyed this read. Thank you for sharing. I’ve always wanted to read the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse. It reminds me of my personal favourite story, the Little Prince. The storyline is perhaps overlooked by grownups as being too simplistic or childish but there is always something to be learnt. Subtle things that can change even stubborn mindsets or perceptions. Stunning photos also. Love the pops of colour and all your trinkets.

    At the moment I’m reading ‘The Farm’ by Joanne Ramos. It touches on culture, immigration, feminism and the objectification, sale and value of a woman’s body. Such a powerful read that delves into social constructs and different power plays. There are very interesting interactions between women of different social and economic standings in this read. The storyline follows a single immigrant mother who takes on a deal at a place called the farm. There she serves as a surrogate for wealthy clients who can’t bear children themselves. At the farm everything is monitored and the women’s health is attended to carefully. The perfect conditions are set up for these unborn babies to thrive. At the end is the promise of a hefty pay out.

    I was also reading The Girl On The Train but stopped when I realise I hadn’t yet seen the movie. So I watched that and then just couldn’t be bothered finishing the book, haha. Hoping to start Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara next.

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    1. Karen Wodstrup

      Honestly thank you so much for your sweet comment. I truly can’t recommend the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse enough! If you love the Little Prince it’s an absolute must read.

      Also, thank you so much for your book recommendations. You’ve already got me hooked on ‘The Farm’. It sounds right up my street. I absolutely love to learn about culture, diversity and gender through fiction, as I find the subjects way more intriguing this way. My empathy and understanding of these subjects is just way better when it’s fiction and not factual.

      I wish you the loveliest week!

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