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!)
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.
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.
Well, December ended up NOT being a good reading month. With the holidays and work, I fizzled out. I completed 45 books in 2015, which was 90% towards my goal of 50 books. Call me crazy, but I’ll have another goals of 50 books for 2016. :) I will be back for a recap of 2015, along with some potential reads for 2016. Happy New Year!
1: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry 2: Clara and Mr. Tiffany 3: Absolutely Truly: A Pumpkin Falls Mystery
4: The Miniaturist 5: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing 6. The Professor and the Madman
7. Aimless Love
8. Lean In
9: The Four Seasons
10: The Food Babe Way
11: First Frost
12: Natalia Rose’s Detox Guide to Youth Regeneration: Achieving Timeless Beauty
13: The New Health Rules: Simple Changes to Achieve Whole-Body Wellness
14. Yoga Girl
15: David Copperfield
16: On Wings of Song: Poems About Birds (Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets)
17: The Beauty Detox Power: Nourish Your Mind and Body for Weight Loss and Discover True Joy 18: Nine Horses: Poems
19: The Happy Herbivore Guide to Plant-Based Living
20: Farm Sanctuary
21: Deliciously Ella: 100+ Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Plant-Based, Gluten-Free Recipes
23: Ballistics: Poems
24: Main Street Vegan
25: The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know
26: The Light Between Oceans
27: The Oh She Glows Cookbook
28: The Miracles of Prato
29: Eat. Nourish. Glow.: 10 easy steps for losing weight, looking younger & feeling healthier
30: The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion
31: Do Your Om Thing: Bending Yoga Tradition to Fit Your Modern Life
32: The Plantpower Way: Whole Food Plant-Based Recipes and Guidance for The Whole Family
33: Under the Wide and Starry Sky
34: Paper Towns
35: The 30-Day Vegan Challenge (New Edition):The Ultimate Guide to Eating Healthfully and Living Compassionately
37: Horoscopes for the Dead
38: Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself
39: John Saturnall’s Feast
40: The Book of Speculation
41: 100 Love Sonnets
42: The Cricket on the Hearth
43: Gentlemen and Players
44: Station Eleven
45: The Little Paris Bookshop
Do you have any book recommendations that I should add to my reading list?
I have completed 44 books so far this year, which is 88% towards my goal of 50 books. I think I will be close to hitting my goal this year, but we’ll have to see how much reading time I have over the holidays.
I have completed 39 books so far this year, which is 78% towards my goal of 50 books. I think it will be a stretch to hit my goal, but I’m not completely ruling it out, as I hope to carve out some quality reading time over the holidays. ;-) I always look forward to some quiet time over the holidays to sit with a book and a cup of tea.
I have completed 35 books, which is 70% towards my goal of 50 books. I really enjoyed Under the Wide and Starry Sky and highly recommend for any fans of Robert Louis Stevenson! I’m also finished with Bill Bryson’s Shakespeare: The World as Stage. I would like to incorporate more poetry through the end of the year, and I’m taking an inventory of my shelves and “plan to read” lists to see what I would like to tackle before the end of the year. While I don’t think I will hit my goal this year, I’ve read some really great books in 2015. 🙂
I have completed 32 books, which is 64% towards my goal of 50 books This was definitely a month of non-fiction… I’d like to get back to some fiction and poetry over the next couple of months. I will need to take another look at my shelves – there are a number of books I would like to tackle before the end of the year. I feel like I hit a bit of a reading slump over the summer, but plan to immerse myself in this book.
While I continue to plug away with my reading, I’ve also been thinking that I really need to put all of my beautiful blank books and journals to good use! In addition to collecting books, I seem to have a “thing” with writing journals and blank books. I love to purchase them with the great intentions of getting back into writing, and then the journals sit on my shelve collecting dust. Hopefully I’m not the only one out there with this habit! 😀
I’ve never been big on “journaling”, but I’ve started thinking that I could really benefit from this practice. I love to write, but as I’ve mentioned in the past, I really haven’t made the time to foster and support creativity. Part of the issue with breaking into my journals is that I don’t want to “ruin” my beautiful journals, and part of the issue is that the perfectionist side of my rears its ugly head and if I don’t have something that I think is worth saving in a journal (i.e. a great poem, thought, etc), I tear out the page. I’ve made a few attempts at some free writing, started and then didn’t keep with a gratitude journal, and also jotted down some reflections. I would like to get back into the practice of writing – I just need to figure out where I want to start. Perhaps I’ll start with some of the writing prompts I’ve received from a writing class and online?
Any fellow writers or wannabe writers with tips or words of encouragement?