Completed Books – June, 2017

  1. Picnic, Lightning
  2. Power Foods for the Brain
  3. Of Bees and Mist
  4. House of Light
  5. Upstream
  6. Bio-Young
  7. The Little Book of Hygge
  8. Mansfield Park
  9. Yours Truly
  10. 100 Days of Real Food: Fast and Fabulous
  11. The School of Night
  12. Always
  13. A Moveable Feast
  14. Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne
  15. To the Bright Edge of the World
  16. The Art Forger
  17. How to Hygge
  18. Pablo Neruda: Absence and Presence
  19. Delicious!
  20. The Magnolia Story
  21. The Endless Forest
  22. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Happy Reading!

Completed Books – May, 2017

I’m a little behind in my reading goal of 50 books for the year, but getting close to the halfway mark.  I have a huge stack of books from the library (why do they all seem to be available at the same time?!), so I hope to make more progress this month. I have a couple of books I’m reading at the same time – a mix of non-fiction and fiction and really need to get back to reading some poetry as well!

  1. Picnic, Lightning
  2. Power Foods for the Brain
  3. Of Bees and Mist
  4. House of Light
  5. Upstream
  6. Bio-Young
  7. The Little Book of Hygge
  8. Mansfield Park
  9. Yours Truly
  10. 100 Days of Real Food: Fast and Fabulous
  11. The School of Night
  12. Always
  13. A Moveable Feast
  14. Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne
  15. To the Bright Edge of the World
  16. The Art Forger
  17. How to Hygge
  18. Pablo Neruda: Absence and Presence

Happy Reading!

Completed Books – April, 2017

Well, April was not a great reading month for me.  Between being sick and getting side-tracked on a few things, I didn’t make much of a dent this month.  However, I am actually making some good progress on reading some of the books I picked out for 2017 (more to come on this).  I enjoyed reading To The Bright Edge of the World as it was full of outdoor adventures and exploration of new territories – it inspired me to get out in nature more often!  I’m also in the midst of reading The Art Forger and I’m really enjoying learning more about the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in Boston.

  1. Picnic, Lightning
  2. Power Foods for the Brain
  3. Of Bees and Mist
  4. House of Light
  5. Upstream
  6. Bio-Young
  7. The Little Book of Hygge
  8. Mansfield Park
  9. Yours Truly
  10. 100 Days of Real Food: Fast and Fabulous
  11. The School of Night
  12. Always
  13. A Moveable Feast
  14. Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne
  15. To the Bright Edge of the World

Happy Reading!

In Honor of National Poetry Month

In honor of National Poetry Month, I had a stack of poetry books I hoped to read this month.  Unfortunately, I ended up getting side-lined with the flu, so reading progress came to a screeching halt for a couple of weeks. I read Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne.  I enjoyed reading the letters and poetry, especially after watching the movie Bright Star a few years ago.  I really didn’t know much about John Keats before the movie, outside of some his more famous poems, and for whatever reason, that movie really struck a chord with me.   Perhaps because he was so young when he passed away, struggling to make his poetry known to the world.  Perhaps it was the love story.  I digress, but it helped me rediscover John Keats and his poetry.

Here a few poetry books I have set out on my reading table and hope to tackle over the next month or so (for belated National Poetry Month!) 😀

Single- or Multi-Tasking?

I’ve noticed that my attention span seems to be decreasing.  Even when I’m reading a book, I can’t help but keep my phone nearby “just in case” I get an important text message, e-mail, etc.  Let’s be real – I don’t have anything that urgent I need to check on where I can’t set aside a solid half hour or more to immerse myself in a book.  However, I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve really lost focus lately – even with a good book!  :-/

I’m not going to point my finger at technology, as I am definitely a user and consumer of technology and love many of its efficiencies and benefits.  However, if I take a step back, I wonder whether I always need to be “connected” and whether I am really more efficient when I am multi-tasking and checking e-mail, listening to a podcast, and bouncing back and forth with text messages at the same time.  Probably not…  It got me thinking about single-taking versus multi-tasking.  It seems like there quite a few thoughts and articles on this topic as of late, and I keep hearing the benefits of taking time to single-task, which creates more mindfulness and awareness.

In a society where we are “on” 24×7, I think it really becomes challenging and more of an effort to single-task and focus on one thing.  Given my recent lack of focus, I am going to challenge myself to single-tasking and try to be more present and “in the moment” which each thing I do, whether it be the mundane like folding laundry to the more important things like a chat over coffee with a friend, or when escaping in a good book.  Anyone else out there encountering similar challenges?

Completed Books – March, 2017

March ended up being a good reading month – I am now 26% complete towards my goal of 50 books.  😀   I finished Mansfield Park, which I thought was a charming book.  The School of Night brought back memories of A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.  I also enjoyed A Moveable Feast, especially after reading The Paris Wife and Hemingway’s Girl. I think in honor of spring, I might try to read a few nature books next month, along some poetry since April is National Poetry Month.

  1. Picnic, Lightning
  2. Power Foods for the Brain
  3. Of Bees and Mist
  4. House of Light
  5. Upstream
  6. Bio-Young
  7. The Little Book of Hygge
  8. Mansfield Park
  9. Yours Truly
  10. 100 Days of Real Food: Fast and Fabulous
  11. The School of Night
  12. Always
  13. A Moveable Feast

Happy Reading!

Completed Books – February, 2017

So far, so good in terms of my reading progress – 14% of the way towards my goal of 50 books.  I completed two non-fiction books this month, and I’m about halfway through Mansfield Park and also working on some poetry.  I think this is the maximum amount of books I can juggle at one time!  :-/

  1. Picnic, Lightning
  2. Power Foods for the Brain
  3. Of Bees and Mist
  4. House of Light
  5. Upstream
  6. Bio-Young
  7. The Little Book of Hygge

Happy Reading!

Reading List – Nature and Science

In my effort to organize some of my reading interests, I’ve created a list of books I would like to read that are in my “Nature and Science” category.  After recently reading Upstream by Mary Oliver, it inspired me to explore more books about nature.  I would love to hear your thoughts on the list below – especially if you’ve read any of the books on the list.

  • Meditations of John Muir: Nature’s Temple
  • Kissed by a Fox by Priscilla Stuckey
  • The Wild Places by Robert Macfarlane
  • The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert Macfarlane
  • Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane
  • The Whale by Philip Hoare
  • The Lost City of Z by David Grann
  • Tulipomania by Mike Dash
  • The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
  • The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
  • The Map that Changed the World by Simon Winchester
  • The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
  • Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature by Kathleen Dean Moore
  • The Wild Trees by Richard Preston
  • Wild by Charles Hughes
  • The Thing with Feathers by Noah Strycker
  • Wild Things, Wild Places by Jane Alexander
  • The Story of Earth by Robert Hazen
  • Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees by Roger Deakin
  • Longitude by Dava Sobel
  • The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson
  • Poseidon’s Steed by Helen Scales
  • Spirals in Time by Helen Scales
  • Kraken by Wendy Williams
  • What a Fish Knows by Jonathan Balcombe
  • Being a Beast by Charles Foster
  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  • Wilderness Essays by John Muir

 

 

You Know You’re a Book Lover When…

You know you’re a book lover when…

  • You can easily justify having multiple editions of the same book
  • You find it relaxing to be surrounded by books
  • You patiently wait and hunt for a certain edition or book cover – and get a huge rush when you finally find the book!
  • You prefer the original book cover to the movie version of the cover
  • Your “plan to read” list is so long, you know you’ll never complete it!
  • You rotate your piles and stacks of books like some people rotate seasonal decor
  • You would rather spend your paycheck on books instead of clothes or other items
  • You can recite your library card number as quickly as your phone number
  • You would consider a bookstore or library as a second home
  • You know there is no such thing as too many books  😀

 

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Completed Books – January, 2017

I’m going to strive for a goal of 50 books in 2017.  I’ve selected a few books that I hope to read in 2017 – I’m sure I’ll get side-tracked by new books, so we’ll see how well I do with completing the stack.  😉

  1. Picnic, Lightning
  2. Power Foods for the Brain
  3. Of Bees and Mist
  4. House of Light

Happy Reading!