The list of things I love to collect is longer than I’m proud to admit, but books and pajama sets are definitely at the top (along with lipsticks, stickers, face sprays, headaches and single socks). Now that we are all spending more time at home, I thought it could be fun to create a few book & PJ pairings for an extra glamorous social isolation experience.
These books are brand new launches, coming to the stores this month, and the pajamas are all high-quality options I’ve found from ethical/sustainable brands. It’s always a struggle to decide between sharing affordable clothing that might not be ethically produced or more expensive items, but I’m going for the latter, both for peace of mind and also because that’s what I genuinely would like to buy. I hope you enjoy reading this, and let me know what’s your favorite pairing down in the comments!
The book: I bought my copy of Sweetbitter, Stephanie Danler’s debut novel, when I first went to Paris three or four years ago. I fell in love with the cover immediately (remember the pink one with the wine glasses?), and I still remember the story of Tess, the twenty-two-year-old who moves to New York City and starts working at a celebrated downtown restaurant. Four years later, Danler has a new book – this time a memoir called Stray – about growing up in a family shattered by lies and addiction, living in New York, and her return to her home in Southern California, looking for answers and uncovering hard truths about her parents. It sounds amazing.
The PJs: The millennial look of this pajama set made me think of being in my 20s and living in a big city, so there you have it. That’s the reason why I chose them.😂 They’re from Printfresh and you can find the shorts here (on sale!), but unfortunately, I don’t think they have any short-sleeved shirts left, so here’s the long-sleeved option with pants. There’s also a similar set, but with stars and moons instead of the eye print, in case you really want a short-sleeved PJ.
The book: I’ve been watching a bunch of WW2 related shows lately (highly recommend Little Drummer Girl, but the jury’s still out on Hunters), so Daughter of the Reich sounds like the perfect, thrilling historical read right now. This book is about Hetty, the daughter of a high-ranking Nazi officer, who encounters a Jewish friend from the past and ends up falling in love (and embarking on a secret affair) with him.
The PJs: I wanted something classy and retro to pair with this book, since it’s a historical romance with a pretty conservative setting. These silk PJs are from The Ethical Silk Company and were printed by hand!
The book: I expect Beach Read to be the perfect beach read, and while I’m planning on sharing a long list of new summer books in the near future, I couldn’t wait until then to share this one. This contemporary romance tells the story of Augustus Everett and January Andrews, two authors who suddenly find themselves living in neighboring beach houses for three months. Bogged down with writer’s block, they strike a deal: Augustus will spend the summer going out of his comfort zone and writing something happy, while January will do her best to start the next Great American Novel. The biggest challenge will be not to fall in love with each other, of course.
The PJs: This is the sort of pajama set that’s pretty enough to wear outside and even to the beach, so it would be the perfect thing to bring with you on vacation. It’s from Desmond & Dempsey, and you can find the top here and the shorts here.
The book: I’m very excited about this book. It’s about three estranged siblings who find a secret inheritance hidden among their late grandmother’s possessions: the Florentine Diamond, a 137-carat yellow gemstone that went missing from the Austrian Empire a century ago (this diamond really does exist and is indeed lost/might have been destroyed, which makes the book sound even more amazing). The siblings then begin investigating their grandmother’s past, trying to determine whether they are the rightful heirs to the diamond.
The book: Is there anything better than a book about clueless, rich new moms from New York City? If your answer is a resounding no, then Happy & You Know It might be a good new addition to your TBR. This book tells the story of Claire, who agrees to a gig as a playgroup musician for overprivileged infants on Park Avenue. She is immediately smitten with her new employers, a group of wellness addicts with shiny hair and a slight addiction to juice cleanses. It’s a “brilliant take on motherhood, a celebration of unlikely bonds and of the power that can be unlocked when a group of very different women is thrown together when each is at her most vulnerable.”
The PJs: Do I really need to explain my choice here? Can you imagine a wealthy new mom from NYC wearing anything else? This set is actually the reason why I started writing this post in the first place – I’ve been thinking about it for a while (even shared it on my newsletter), so I had to mention it again. It’s real pretty. From Sleeper.
The book: It’s the only young adult book on this list because I don’t usually read YA, but Clap When You Land sounds amazing. It’s about two girls (Carmen lives in the Dominican Republic, while Yahaira is in New York) who get their hearts broken on the same day, when they find out their dads have died in a plane crash. The thing is… their dads are one and the same, and they’re about to find out – learning of each other in the process.
The book: You should know I’m a sucker for an Ivy League setting, so there was no way Ghosts of Harvard wasn’t getting a place on this list. This mystery thriller tells the story of Cadence, a girl who went to Harvard to understand why her brother Eric, a genius who developed paranoid schizophrenia, took his own life there the year before. Under the enormous pressure at Harvard, Cadence investigates her brother’s final year, to the point where she herself starts to hear mysterious voices.
The book: Last but not least, another work of historical fiction. The Paris Hours is told over the course of a single day in 1927, following the lives of four ordinary people: Camille, who was the maid of Marcel Proust and is frantically looking for one of his notebooks (which she saved for herself after being told to burn them all); Souren, an Armenian refugee who performs puppet shows for children; Guillaume, a lovesick artist who is running from a debt he cannot pay when he suddenly meets Gertrude Stein; and Jean-Paul, a journalist who tells other people’s stories because his own is too painful to tell.
The PJs: I wanted something that I could imagine a Parisian lady wearing to bed in the 1920s, but with a modern twist. I love how rich this green silk looks, and the piping reminds me of the stripes from those old school postcards. This set is from Hesper Fox; you can find the shirt here and the trousers here.
What’s your favorite book & PJ pairing? Do you have any of these titles on your TBR already?📚