What’s on Your Reading List?


in Creativity,Happiness

Reading is one of summer’s little pleasures.  If it isn’t one of yours, it should be.  Nothing compares to sitting under the cool shade of an apple tree with a book that speaks to you or ignites your imagination.  Taking the time to savor the words while listening to the neighbor’s lawn mower drone in the distance and smelling the scent of grass warmed by the sun.  Knowing that you have nothing else to do except to feed your mind. What could be more delicious?

Sample these:

  • The Gift of a Year: How to Achieve the Most Meaningful, Satisfying and Pleasurable Year of Your Life by Mira Kirshenbaum asks the important question of “what is the last big thing you did just for yourself?”  I just love the title and the idea behind it:  that for one year you do something that makes you happy. 
  • The Blind Contessa’s New Machine by first-time author Carey Wallace is set in 19th century Italy and is based on the true story of a blind woman who inspired the invention of the typewriter. Exquisite detail and writing will make you want to slip into lemon-scented gardens.
  • Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene features the adventures of a teen sleuth who solves mysteries.  Yes, this is juvenile literature but who said we can’t go home again?  I love rereading books that I enjoyed as a girl.  Not only am I reminded of the self I once was, but how could anyone resist a gal who cruises the streets in her hot roadster with her matching shoes and purse? 
  • Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort of Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach is a compilation of essays for each day of the year designed to help you find your authentic life.  I reread this book periodically and always find something new to think about.  Simply beautiful.
  • With Bold Knife and Fork by M.F.K. Fisher is an adventure in culinary creativity.  If you enjoy great writing and love to cook, the stories and recipes are oh-so-enjoyable (except for things like “Elsa’s Summer Tongue” …  yuck … but interesting nonetheless).
  • Mommy Millionaire: How I Turned My Kitchen Table Idea into a Million Dollars and How You Can, Too! by Kim Lavine is a detailed guide to building a business with tons of useful information for those just starting out (even if you aren’t a mommy).  Besides, who can resist any book about making a million dollars?

 Enjoy!  And let the ideas flow….

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Judy Stone-Goldman July 23, 2010 at

I love summer reading lists! Or any reading lists–I am reminded of the abundance out there, all the wonderful things to read. I’m going to look at the Fisher book, and definitely the story about summer tongue. Is that tongue the food? I actually have a funny childhood story about tongue…so I’ll have to check it out.

So–are you finding time to read and to rest? (I saw that post, too…)
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Andrea July 23, 2010 at

Yes, it is tongue the food … doesn’t hold much appeal for me. :) There are lots of “interesting” recipes like that in the book but Fisher is so witty that I enjoy her writing more than the actual recipes. Although I must admit the recipe for the banana bread is excellent! The summer is lovely – lots of time for reading and connecting with friends. What more could a person want?


Rita July 25, 2010 at

Oh, just have to share what I’m reading: Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness by Portland writer Ariel Gore. Easy (meaning, I like the writer’s voice and lack of pedantry), thought-provoking read on what happiness is and why it’s important (and, maybe, not important–I haven’t finished it yet, so I’m not sure where it’s all going).
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Andrea July 25, 2010 at

Ooohh! I will have to look for that … sounds fabulous. Thanks!


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