April has descended with a whirlwind of crazy weather, emotional high’s and lows, and questions about the future. (Is that dramatic enough for you? No worries – nothing life altering at present.)
Thankfully, to balance and calm the drama–there are wonderful books to read.
I’m reading a few new books currently, along with picking up some un-finished reads, as well as happily consulting my recently completed read, Bread & Wine, for inspiration as I blog my way through cooking the book’s recipes.
Here’s my reading stack, Twitterature-style:
I started this book a few months ago, and am just now getting around to finishing it. I discovered this book years ago at my favorite bookstore, but just recently realized I’d never read it. The roots of Norris’ most recent memoir, Acedia & Me came from this richly dense little chapbook and spirituality lecture. #awittytitleforathoughtfulandintimateread
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent A Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin
I’ve had this book for quite some time, I’m not gonna lie. I stopped reading it last year when I hit the ‘kids’ section. (My only ‘kid’ is my sweet puppy dog pictured above). Needing a little spring in my step lately has caused me to pick this book back up, and I’m enjoying it’s research, whimsy & advice. #worththetakeaway-just.be.sarah
Reading Bread & Wine has made me hunger for all things ‘foodie’ – including this captivating and heartwarming read of Julia Child’s life abroad. The movie Julie & Julia was in part based on this book as well as Julie Powell’s memoir, and I appreciate the beautiful details I find in Child’s writing, that showed up in Nora Ephron’s delicious screenplay. This book feels like April in Paris – a true spring fling. #juliaismyhero
I have waxed poetic about this book on my blog until I’ve become blue in the face. (I also wrote a glowing review with it’s own ‘foodie playlist’ here.) I really don’t re-read books hardly ever, but I have continued to come back to the words of these essays for writing inspiration while the pages of the recipes are acquiring new food stains in my kitchen–bliss. #amustreadforfoodiesandjustabouteveryoneelse
I’ve got to admit something: I wasn’t sure at first this book would speak to me. I truly don’t have a problem ‘starting’ something, it’s the follow through that gets me every time. But punching fear in the face – now THAT had me intrigued! I’m honored to be a part of this book’s launch team, and was uber excited to receive an advance copy at the Blissdom blogging conference from Jon and his team. (That man is one fantastic speaker!) I love Jon’s writing style – he keeps me engaged as a reader, entertained as a listener, and fed as a learner. This book releases April 22nd, and is available for pre-order here. #thebestmapintheworlddoesn’tmatterifyoudontknowwhereyouare
What are you reading these days?
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