Completed Books – November, 2016

It’s hard to believe there is less than one month remaining for the 2016 year – time flies!  I made more reading progress this month.  I really enjoyed all three books I read in November (books 39-41).  Fire Along the Sky is book 4 of Sara Donati’s Wilderness series.  I also really enjoyed A Paris Apartment and it reignited my interest in art history.  I recently picked up The Art Forger, which I look forward to reading.  Here’s to a month of reading and all things merry to wrap up the year! 🙂

  1. The Good Karma Diet
  2. Big Magic
  3. The Happy Vegan
  4. Questions about Angels: Poems
  5. Success Through Stillness
  6. Into the Wilderness
  7. The Most Beautiful Walk in the World
  8. Bird by Bird
  9. Dawn on a Distant Shore
  10. Happy Cooking
  11. Timeless Beauty
  12. Kale and Coffee
  13. The Oz Family Kitchen
  14. Pablo Neruda: Book of Questions
  15. Fallen Beauty
  16. The Uninvited Guests
  17. SuperFoods Health Style
  18. It’s All Easy
  19. Call Me Zelda
  20. Living the Farm Sanctuary Life
  21. The Silver Witch
  22. Pretty Happy
  23. Hemingway’s Girl
  24. The House of Hawthorne
  25. Lake in the Clouds
  26. The Kind Diet
  27. Delights and Shadows
  28. The Paris Wife
  29. The Blue Zones Solution
  30. The Museum of Extraordinary Things
  31. Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Resume
  32. The Swerve
  33. The Joy of Less
  34. Good Poems
  35. The Perfume Collector
  36. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair
  37. The Rain in Portugal
  38. Casanova in Bolzano
  39. The Secret Garden
  40. Fire Along the Sky
  41. A Paris Apartment

Tea Time – Fall Edition 2016

It’s been a while since I talked tea…  :)  And now that the weather is turning cooler, it is the perfect time to take an inventory of my current tea selection.  I’ve noticed that my tastes and preferred teas have changed over time, with a few longtime favorites still in the mix. I’ve underlined the teas that are currently in rotation.

  • Adagio Citron Green Tea (loose leaf)
  • Adagio Cream Black Tea (loose leaf)
  • Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane
  • Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime
  • Harney & Sons Black Currant
  • Harney & Sons Paris
  • Harney & Sons Vanilla Comoro
  • Lipton Decaffeinated Honey & Lemon
  • Simply Balanced Organic Chamomile
  • Stash Moroccan Mint
  • Tazo Calm
  • Tazo Refresh
  • Trader Joe’s Green Tea
  • Trader Joe’s Vanilla and Cinnamon Black Tea
  • Trader Joe’s English Breakfast Black Tea
  • Twinings Earl Grey Tea
  • Yogi Detox Tea
  • Yogi Egyptian Licorice Mint Tea

What are some of your favorite teas or do you have any other tea recommendations?

Completed Books – October, 2016

Happy Hallows-Eve!  I’ve made some good reading progress over the last month. Highlights include The Perfume Collector, which I really enjoyed, along with The Rain in Portugal by Billy Collins.  I was excited that this book was all new poems.  I plan to continue to work through some of my poetry collection between now through the end of the year. I would also like think about a classic or two that I would like to tackle over the winter months. My friend and I are thinking about Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens (gulp – big book!).

  1. The Good Karma Diet
  2. Big Magic
  3. The Happy Vegan
  4. Questions about Angels: Poems
  5. Success Through Stillness
  6. Into the Wilderness
  7. The Most Beautiful Walk in the World
  8. Bird by Bird
  9. Dawn on a Distant Shore
  10. Happy Cooking
  11. Timeless Beauty
  12. Kale and Coffee
  13. The Oz Family Kitchen
  14. Pablo Neruda: Book of Questions
  15. Fallen Beauty
  16. The Uninvited Guests
  17. SuperFoods Health Style
  18. It’s All Easy
  19. Call Me Zelda
  20. Living the Farm Sanctuary Life
  21. The Silver Witch
  22. Pretty Happy
  23. Hemingway’s Girl
  24. The House of Hawthorne
  25. Lake in the Clouds
  26. The Kind Diet
  27. Delights and Shadows
  28. The Paris Wife
  29. The Blue Zones Solution
  30. The Museum of Extraordinary Things
  31. Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Resume
  32. The Swerve
  33. The Joy of Less
  34. Good Poems
  35. The Perfume Collector
  36. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair
  37. The Rain in Portugal
  38. Casanova in Bolzano

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow…

Hello! I’ve been attempting to declutter some things at home, including my bookshelves (insert dramatic gasp!).  While I love my book collection, I really started to take a hard look at some of the books I picked up on a whim or at a used book sale, thinking “some day I’ll read this…”  I’m not sure when that will happen with some of my books.  I’ve also found that while I have a core set of books, writing styles, authors or genres that I tend to gravitate towards, there are definitely some books on my shelves where I was really into a specific topic, time period, etc., and have since moved on from that focus. I’ve cleared out a few bags of books to provide a little more breathing room on my shelves… and to make room for new acquisitions, of course! 🙂

A few of the mental debates I had while sorting through all of my books included just how many copies of some books do I really need?  For example, I have multiple copies of a few Jane Austen books – leatherbound version, Penguin clothbound classics (love this series!), annotated versions, etc. I also took a hard look at my fiction books and really started thinking about how many books I would actually plan to read again – especially with the growing list of books I still want to read!  Finally, I had a number of history and reference books about similar time periods. While I’ve read some of them, I again had to ask myself whether I really intend to read all of them.  Of all of my books, my poetry collection is the one area where I could really justify keeping everything, as I often pull the books off the shelves when looking for inspiration or looking up a poem.

I would love to hear how fellow readers manage their growing book collections…

Completed Books – September, 2016

With September to a close, I’ve added a few books to my “completed” list.  It looks like this month was a focus on non-fiction books.  I also have a couple of poetry books that I am reading alongside the books – Good Poems and some John Keats. I need to review my shelves and various reading lists, as I have a few that I would like to tackle before the end of the year!

  1. The Good Karma Diet
  2. Big Magic
  3. The Happy Vegan
  4. Questions about Angels: Poems
  5. Success Through Stillness
  6. Into the Wilderness
  7. The Most Beautiful Walk in the World
  8. Bird by Bird
  9. Dawn on a Distant Shore
  10. Happy Cooking
  11. Timeless Beauty
  12. Kale and Coffee
  13. The Oz Family Kitchen
  14. Pablo Neruda: Book of Questions
  15. Fallen Beauty
  16. The Uninvited Guests
  17. SuperFoods Health Style
  18. It’s All Easy
  19. Call Me Zelda
  20. Living the Farm Sanctuary Life
  21. The Silver Witch
  22. Pretty Happy
  23. Hemingway’s Girl
  24. The House of Hawthorne
  25. Lake in the Clouds
  26. The Kind Diet
  27. Delights and Shadows
  28. The Paris Wife
  29. The Blue Zones Solution
  30. The Museum of Extraordinary Things
  31. Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Resume
  32. The Swerve

 

New Additions?

Hello, friends!  So… I’ve been eyeing a number of new books that I’ve come across in bookstores and online – like I really need to add more books to my reading list!?!  :-/  While I am working  on a bit of decluttering at home, I couldn’t help but notice some new titles.

Here are a few that have caught my eye:

Are there any books you are looking to add to your collection this season?

 

Autumn Poems

One of the items on my fall bucket list included compiling a list of some of my favorite autumn and fall poems.  I have include some of my favorites below.

  • Theme in Yellow by Carl Sandburg
  • Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost
  • To Autumn by John Keats
  • Last Week in October by Thomas Hardy
  • Autumn Day by Rainer Maria Rilke
  • October by Helen Hunt Jackson
  • Unharvested by Robert Frost
  • Autumn Chant by Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • October’s Party by George Cooper
  • Under the Harvest Moon by Carl Sandburg
  • Autumn Fires by Robert Louis Stevenson

Do you have any favorite autumn poems to add to the list?

 

Welcome, autumn

As we usher in the season of autumn, I get excited as tend to think of it as a time to do a bit of a refresh. Think back to school time, a changing season, and an opportunity to refocus before heading into the holidays.  I love the change in weather – goodbye humidity, hello crisp air!  :)  While I know plenty of people are sad to see summer ending, there is just something about fall that is so much more appealing to me than summer.  Keeping warm and cozy with layers and blankets, hot tea, candles burning and a good book. I also love the cooler weather to make more soups and warming foods.

I would like to take full advantage of the fall season. I’ve included a few 2016 fall bucket list items below.

  • Go on a hike to see the fall colors
  • Enjoy some fresh, local apples – preferably from a local orchard (and a cider doughnut is a must!)
  • Drink a hot mug of cider
  • Make a list of favorite fall poetry
  • Try new recipes using fall produce like butternut squash and apples

Do you have any fun activities planned for fall?

Reading Recap – 2016

As promised, I wanted to share a list of the books I’ve read so far this year.  I typically have a tough time reading “heavier” or more serious books in the summer months, so I have a couple on my list that I would like to tackle this fall. I also have a few poetry books stacked by my bed that I’m also working on. I ended up coming across the book Fallen Beauty by Erika Robuck about the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, which led me to Call Me Zelda, Hemingway’s Girl, and The House of Hawthorne.  While the books were historical fiction, I found it fascinating to learn more about the lives of some famous authors.

  1. The Good Karma Diet
  2. Big Magic
  3. The Happy Vegan
  4. Questions about Angels: Poems
  5. Success Through Stillness
  6. Into the Wilderness (loved this book!)
  7. The Most Beautiful Walk in the World
  8. Bird by Bird
  9. Dawn on a Distant Shore
  10. Happy Cooking
  11. Timeless Beauty
  12. Kale and Coffee
  13. The Oz Family Kitchen
  14. Pablo Neruda: Book of Questions
  15. Fallen Beauty
  16. The Uninvited Guests
  17. SuperFoods Health Style
  18. It’s All Easy
  19. Call Me Zelda
  20. Living the Farm Sanctuary Life
  21. The Silver Witch
  22. Pretty Happy
  23. Hemingway’s Girl
  24. The House of Hawthorne
  25. Lake in the Clouds
  26. The Kind Diet
  27. Delights and Shadows
  28. The Paris Wife
  29. The Blue Zones Solution
  30. The Museum of Extraordinary Things

Any books that you’ve read recently or recommend?

 

Catching Up…

Wow, how is it already September 2016?  In case you didn’t notice, I took a bit of a hiatus with the blog.  :)   I’m back and look forward to catching up.  I’ll follow up with a post to recap my reading so far this year. I have to admit, I didn’t set any specific reading goals this year, and while my reading as been all over the place (fiction, non-fiction, poetry), I’m hoping to refocus this fall, as I usually do with the changing seasons and weather.