I was so excited about this week’s listicle topics – books! I love books so much, libraries and bookstores are sacred places to me so I could not wait to share some of the books I love.
Equally as cool and exciting, the list master Stasha herself is giving me the opportunity to choose next week’s topic! I immediately had 2 ideas.
I still can’t decide between them so pick the one you like or do a combo of both and get crazy with it:
#1 – list 10 things you really like about yourself, things you are good at, your super powers!
#2 – You have 48 hours free of all responsibilities and unlimited cash, what 10 things would you do, places you’d go, etc.
But back to the books, where to even begin? Pick 10 favorites? I can’t choose a favorite child! So I tried this kind of unorganized categories approach. Let’s see how this goes…
1. Favorite kids book – I Love You Stinky Face
No matter what this little boy thinks of, there is nothing he can imagine becoming that would make his mom stop loving and caring for him. I’ve read this to both of my boys, over and over and over.
2. Favorite book about my home State – The Wheedle on the Needle by Stephen Cosgrove
I loved this book so much when I was little. When my husband visited Seattle with me for the first time a few years ago, I had to school him on the Wheedle and point out his blinking nose when we visited the Space Needle.
3. Great family dramas - Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquirel
An abused young woman falls in love with her sisters husband.
and 4. – The House of The Spirits by Isabela Allende
A very long family lineage of secrets, love and pain.
5. Favorite book by a celebrity – Tim Gunn A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style
I’m not big on reading books by famous people but I used to be a huge fan of Project Runway and fell deeply in love with Tim Gunn. His voice in his writing is just as funny, kind and generous as he is on the show and I love his views of timeless, classic style.
6. I was a total English geek and really fell in love with Hemingway in high school. My favorite book from Hemingway – A Moveable Feast.
7. Favorite book and teacher/author on Buddhism – You Are Here by Thich Nhat Hanh
Thich Nhat Hanh has written several books on Buddhism, all of them are incredible but I really connected with this one for some reason.
8. Books I just really love – The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
I got on a big Kerouac kick after reading On The Road and read everything by him I could get my hands on. I love this book about his continuing adventures with the poets, wild friends and his quest to be a true bodhisattva.
And 9. March by Geraldine Brooks
This is the story of the absent father from Little Women who goes off to war. It’s a really important book and one of my all time favorites but also one I need a box of tissues to read. The pain and struggle, love and descriptions of war are incredible.
10. What I’m currently reading (and love) – Quantum Wellness by Kathy Freston
From the book:
The more we adjust or shift – even in tiny ways – the more we can look forward to sweeping changes showing up in our lives. We can cut one thing out of our diet, add a minute or two of meditation, or turn our attention just for a moment toward kindness, and before we know it we are different people creating a different world.
I can’t wait to find out what other people are reading and what books mean the most to you! Thanks so much for reading and hope you enjoy next week’s listicle as well!