Happy Holidays Everyone! I can’t believe this year is coming to a close! I have been quite the bookworm in 2018. Below is a list of all the books I read in order and a little description for my fellow readers.
I found the Libby app this year and was able to link my San Diego County Library card, and read or listen to all of these books for FREE! I am constantly saying that our local libraries are one of our most under used resources. This app just brought my local library to me!
We Were Liars- E. Lockhart
This was recommended by a guest. It didn’t disappoint. It is a bit of a mystery and drama about a young girl and her well off family’s summer vacation home.
Commonwealth- Ann Patchett
Loved this both funny and heartbreaking family story.
Lifestyle/ Personal Improvement-
The Ultimate Guide to Crystals and Stones- Uma Sibley
A great guide for all my energy peeps.
Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Divination- Richard Webster
An in-depth guide to over 30 different types of divination, from Tarot to Bibliomancy. This one lost my interest, to be quite honest. It was a bit too New Age for my taste.
Basic Witches- Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman
This would have been a great and fun read for high school me. A bit too fluffy for me now. Cute though.
The More of Less- Joshua Becker
I was looking for good reminder of why I choose to live a minimalist lifestyle. I think I needed to revisit the principles after a bit of a hiatus from prior overindulgence of the subject. I liked this one.
Essentialism- Greg McKeown
Hands down, one of my favorites! This book is so well written and really invited me to change some of the toxic busy behavior I was creating for myself. It isn’t about getting more done in less time, it’s about getting just the right things done. McKeown has a brilliant way of making everything we make out to be overly complicated in our heads, actually quite simple.
The Hygge Life- Gunnar Karl Gislason, Jody Eddy
This is the first book I checked out on the Danish concept of Hygge, which roughly translates to a created feeling of warmth and coziness. Think candles, warm sweaters, hot drinks, and close friends in a cabin while it rains outside. Yeah, I got hooked and checked out every other book on the subject.
Practicing the Power of Now- Eckhart Tolle
I love this book for anyone looking to live a more mindful life. It was a great reminder to stop rushing and to focus on the present. There are some great tips in here on how to quiet the mind.
A New Earth- Eckhart Tolle
I started this book years ago, when Oprah told me it was a good idea. I was wrapped up in it for awhile, but at some point lost interest. After reading “Practicing the Power of Now”, I felt it was time to revisit. The book largely focuses on how by separating ourselves from our ego, we can live a more meaningful life and change the world around us.
Hygge- Marie Tourell Soderberg
This book has a beautiful collection of photography, evoking that true hygge feeling. The content is quite similar to that of “The Hygge Life”, explaining the concept through recipes, decor, and entertaining.
Live Lagom- Anna Brones
After reading about Hygge, I became interested in the Swedish term, Lagom. It translates roughly to- not too much, not too little, but just enough. My minimalist nature was captured from the start. Lagom can be applied to work-life-balance, design, beauty routines, cooking, and environmental sustainability. Really, it is a way to look at the world, slowing down and finding happiness in everyday balance.
The Little Book of Hygge- Meik Wiking
This is my top pick on the subject! The beautiful imagery wasn’t there, as it was in the other books, but I found the content richer. I love the history of design, and actual research included in this one. If you are a super nerd like me, this is the one for you.
How to Hygge-Signe Johansen
I know, I have a problem. Somebody should have committed me for the amount of Scandinavian lifestyle books I read this year.
Soulful Simplicity- Courtney Carver
This is another one at the top of my reccommendation list for the year. Courtney Carver provides a raw and truthful account of how she went from suffering from MS, in debt and unhappy, to feeling well, slowing down and taking her life back. I listened to it on audiobook, read by the author, and think that the power of listening to her tell her own story, made it even more special.
The Art of Screen Time- Anya Kamenetz
This book came to me in a bout of panic that my children were spending too much time on their phones. Understanding that I am one of the first generations of parents to raise children in this landscape of digital overload, I knew I needed to personally do some research to find what was right for our family. I love that this book gave a full range of data from very young to teenaged children and did not just demonize tech. I truly think this is an important read for any parent in today’s world, wondering how to best manage screen time in their homes.
The Year of Cozy- Adrianna Adarme
This is one of those super cute and clever table books that I love to read and aspire to do, but am never really going to spend my time doing. Grain-free doggy doughnuts anyone? Yeah, it was a browse through and return kind of situation.
An excellent second book on Lagom.
Girl, Wash Your Face- Rachel Hollis
This is one of my favorites of the year. All my ladies, can you hear me? Just get it on audiobook and give it a whirl. I was hesitant because of all of the hype, but Mrs. Rachel Hollis sucked me in.