On Our Bookshelf

We are enjoying the fall weather and are in the midst of preparing our home (inside and out) for the winter season. Clothes have been sorted, the pantry is being restocked, flower beds raked and weeded and playing outside in the fresh air as often as possible. As the weather has turned cooler, I'm also nestling in and reading. Here's what has been shuffling through our bookshelf:

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg-- Still reading this one and loving it. It's absolutely fascinating and explains why 1) I dislike marketing and 2) I stay away from places like Target, Wal-mart, etc. Also, if you've ever been fascinated by the brain, you'll love this book's look at the neuroscience behind advertising, habits, and impulses.

Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids by Kim John Payne-- I could write pages about this book. First, everyone--parent, grandparent, aunt/uncle, future parent-- should read this book. Second, everyone should read this book. Honest. At the very least you'll understand why I am so passionate about simplicity and the lack of "stuff". Plus, it reinforces the direction David and I feel our family needs to head. It also reinforces how critical it is to give our children limits, few choices (in everything from food, toys, and clothing) and the importance of pausing to both appreciate and establish rhythms in life. Bonus, we're getting some ideas of how to get Tabitha to release herself to sleep.

The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford-- I read this book for book club and loved it! It is both sweet and sentimental yet eye opening and intriguing. I learned much about the social climate of the Pacific Northwest during World War II. It's also a story of loving others even when societal pressure says otherwise. What struck me the most was how a family in the book kept their identity in the midst of adversity.

Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery and a Very Strange Adventure by Lisa Evans-- This middle grade novel was pure fun. Loved the size of the book, which really does impact one's reading experience. The story line had just enough adventure to intrigue but remained plausible. There is a second book out in this series, but the library doesn't own it... yet. I'll try and be patient, but it was such a fun little jaunt I'm anxious to keep going!

What's been on your bookshelf? Read any good reads lately?

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