I usually always have 3-5 books on the go at once and a stack in a couple of rooms so I can pick up a book and read in my “pockets of time” wherever I am in the house! I seem to be fairly random with my reading in 4 categories – fiction, biography, travel and inspiration/self-help. I also get easily distracted by “shiny things” like a book that catches my eye and I just have to start reading it, therefore the reason for diving into multiple books at once!
This is the stack that I have lined up for the start of 2021. There are 3 fiction, 2 inspiration, 2 biography, 1 self-help and 1 travel; a nice mix! I have been on a “rereading” kick lately, so the top 3 on the stack are books I have read before. Here’s why I’m drawn to each of these books!
- Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. I love the emphasis on the importance of mother-daughter relationships in parallel with learning about how amazing memories and family are to elephants! I am reading this together with my Mother across the continent which helps to bring us a little closer. My good friend and fellow blogger MJ is also reading this with her Mother across the globe! And, I have read all of Jodi’s books and met her!
- The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. This is an enchanting fairy-tale with beautiful winter descriptions of the Alaskan wilderness and wildlife! I like to reread this every winter.
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. A fantastic, whimsical book to support and encourage creative living. It contains my favorite quote on creativity, “Most things have already been done, but they have not yet been done by YOU!”
- The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. For a nature lover, this is a very interesting perspective that showcases trees as living entities that are able to communicate with each other, defend themselves and feel!
- Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by The Countess of Carnarvon. A wonderful journey back in time to an amazing young lady that married the 5th Earl of Carnarvon (they only met in social situations about 6 times before getting married and he was present at and funded the excavation of Tutankhamun’s tomb!). This time period parallels the series Downton Abbey!
- Dare to Lead by Brene Brown. I have read all of Brene’s books except this one. They inspire confidence and give you the tools to get back up after a setback! My favorite book of all-time that I continually re-read is Brene’s The Gifts of Imperfection!
- Not in a Tuscan Villa by John Petralia. A retired couple moves to Italy and through all the ups and downs, discover what’s important in life. I love books about folks who step out of their comfort zone to try living in another country or give up all their belongings to travel around the world for a year. Lots to learn during travel; it’s an education unto itself!
- No Time Like the Future by Michael J. Fox. As a fellow Canadian, I admire his resilience and humor through a difficult health journey. This gift from my brother will be treasured!
- The World of All Souls by Deborah Harkness. This will be a fun, detailed dive into the world of A Discovery of Witches book trilogy (and also a TV series – season 2 release is Jan. 8!) I have read the trilogy and the prequel, Time’s Convert – a very enjoyable journey into a world of witches, daemons and vampires which I didn’t know I had an interest in, but it’s a fun series!
One of my New Year’s wishes is to replace endlessly scrolling through social media with reading books, watercolor painting or nature journaling!
I would love to hear in the comments what you are reading or if you have read any of my book picks!
Here’s a reading challenge and book list to check out on my good friend and fellow blogger’s latest blog post, A Random Walk with MJ!
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