Woman does NOT live by a nifty wardrobe alone! And you’ve got to step away from the screen sometimes and read… (well yes, reading on an e-reader is still a screen, but I don’t count those…)
This is the time of year when a lot of us need gift ideas, or just a good read to curl up with in the cold weather. (you in the Southern Hemisphere need a book for a warm-weather vacation, no?)
And I’ve got LOTS of books stacked up around Chez Janice & Belovedest. Oh my…
First – the book your best girlfriend that you’ve never met wrote to keep you focused on being happy, and on being your very best. Fiona gives us all permission to talk to (and listen to!) the woman inside of us who has style and whimsy and exceptionally good taste:
And of course, let’s not forget the ever-elegant Tish Jett. Tish was one of the bloggers that really got me “into” blogging; when she was writing her first book, she let me put guest posts on her blog ALL THE TIME. Yes, it was helpful to her, I hope, but it also got me a lot of exposure and helped me find many of the lovely readers of The Vivienne Files who have meant so much to me… Her new book is beautiful – the sheer quality of this object is delightful. Beautiful paper, beautiful graphics and illustrations, and of course it’s a really good book!
If you would like to know more about minimal living, there’s nobody better to read than Courtney Carver. She’s the lovely woman who came up with Project 333, and when you read her writing, you can see the benefits of a more streamlined material existence, as well as that of a less cluttered social life. She reminds us that the best things in life are indeed not thing things that need a storage container!
The most amazing book I’ve read about minimalism might be “Goodbye, Things” by Fumio Sasaki. The people featured in this book have edited the material aspects of their lives as far as can reasonably be achieved. It’s not a style of living that we can all emulate, but it’s fascinating to see how very simply live can be lived if that’s your first priority.
If all of the celebrations around the end of World War One have you curious about how that whole mess got started, Barbara Tuchman wrote the definitive book about the lead-up to the war… She’s a lucid writer who makes the story riveting. You’re rooting for everyone to get things settled and NOT go to war, even when you know full well how the story ends:
Speaking of wars, there are some in the history of the US about which I know shockingly little – the Mexican War, and the Spanish American War have both been gaping, glaring holes in my education. Michael Beschloss to the rescue, with a book that tells the stories of presidents during wartime in a way that is as far from dry history as possible – this is a page-turner!
On a completely different subject, if you’re recently become interested in soccer, or know someone who has, Ruud Gullit’s book is a must-read in order to better understand what in the world’s going on during a match that keeps everybody so riveted. Originally titled “How to Watch Football,” it’s been re-titled for the US market…
If you’re interested in reading something unlike any book you’ve ever read (unless you’re Buddhist), The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying is a fascinating look at how death can be approached by people who believe in reincarnation. You might not make it all the way through, and some of this might be confusing as heck, but there are passages in this that are beautiful and give me great encouragement and comfort:
There are so many books that I could discuss here – I could easily write a blog entirely about books (if I had no need for sleep…)! But I’m wrestling with a small stomach virus, so I’m going to stop here and let you all pick up the conversation. I know you’ve read something wonderful just recently – share it with us all!