A book a week. Some weeks I manage two books. Other weeks I manage none but I’m reading every day. That is my answer when I’m asked how I read this much. Just a few pages whenever I can. Most of my reading gets done at night. For the past three weeks I’ve made it a point to stop working, cooking, cleaning, pottering around by 8.30pm and I head off to bed.
The days are getting shorter. The light fades and the temperatures drop. Retiring to the calm and luxury of my bedroom at 8.30pm has been a lot easier to do then I initially thought. Once in bed I bury my head in a book and there I remain until sleep naturally comes.
Of the seventeen books I’ve read so far this year, I thought I’d share some of my favorites. Three in particular have stood out. My fascination for recipe books continue, I particularly enjoyed 26 Grains by Alex Hely-Hutchinson. The initial few pages on the variety of grains and their uses, preparation techniques and nutritional value were most helpful. I also really appreciated how flexible the recipes were, especially those that built on each other for instance, recipes for making pancakes or a loaf out of leftover porridge! A revelation for an often time poor mumma.
It’s also no secret that I’m at the very infant stages of my minimalist journey. Last year I bought the Marie Kondo book, and in retrospect, it was quite a let down. I suppose because in large part she address how to organise your belongings rather than getting to the heart of ownership and consumption. Everything That Remains by The Minimalists was better fit for me. It looked at why we consume and why we need to look closely at what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. Everything That Remains is more a ‘why to’ book rather than a ‘how to’ book. It challenged me in so many ways and has made me ask a lot of questions about the things and people in my life.
If you’re looking for a more ‘how to’ book but found that the Kondo method wasn’t for you, you might like to look into The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Living Guide by Francine Jay. Jay struck a better balance in her approach to organizing. Where Kondo was largely emotionally driven, Jay’s work integrates rational thought and emotion in dealing with clutter.
Have you read anything particularly noteworthy this year?
Are you still on track with your reading goals?
Full list of books read so far (below):
1. The Official New Zealand Road Code (damn straight I’m including this, I only read it cover to cover three times!)
2. How to (Really) be a Mother – Emily Hourican
3. In the Mood for Colour: Perfect Palettes For Creative Interiors – Hans Blomquist
4. 26 Grains – Alex Hely-Hutchinson
5. As The Verb Tenses – Lynley Edmeades
6. You Can Buy Happiness (And It’s Cheap) – Tammy Strobel
7. Power Play – Danielle Steel (don’t ask)
8. The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Living Guide – Francine Jay
9. Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More By Doing Less – Christine Koh & Asha Dornfest
10. Everything That Remains – The Minimalists
11. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance – Angela Duckworth
12. One Summer in Venice – Nicky Pellegrino
13. The Slow Professor – Maggie Berg & Barbara L. Seeber
14. After You – Jojo Moyes
15. Tribes – Seth Godin
16. The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Living Well – Louisa Thomsen Brits
17. A Table In The Orchard – Michelle Crawford