Wednesday, January 26, 2011
a january stack
Around the turn of the new year, I had the idea to assemble a stack of books that I want to explore and re-visit in 2011.
I've been a little slow to follow through with it, but finally I made my selections.
These are not my new books I got for Christmas. These are books from my existing collection that I've been meaning to either re-visit or delve into further for inspiration, projects, and recipes. I like having a finite stack that I know I want to be working with for awhile. Having a focus like this helps me so much.
Here are my selections--
The Happiness Project--I loved this book so much when I read it a year ago. I was conscious at the time of rushing through it quickly because it was so compelling to me I just couldn't put it down. But there is so much stuff to think about in there, I knew I wanted to re-read it soon and really take it in more. I'm especially interested in revisiting her chapter on "Energy" because that is an area I want to delve into in my own life.
Heaven on Earth--this is my favorite parenting book. The author is so very gentle and reassuring. She promotes simplicity, rhythm, imagination, and observation of the seasons. Even though we are not a Waldorf family in any official kind of way, I'm very drawn to Waldorf and find this guide so helpful in inspiring my parenting.
Earthways--I wanted a "through the year" type project book in my stack. I chose this one because again, the tone is so gentle and comforting, and the projects are very doable and down to earth. I'm remembering just lately how quickly the early childhood years flew by with Jacob and Faith, and so I'm especially wanting to embrace these years with Dieter and Rainer. Doing these little projects with them is a way to enjoy this fleeting time.
Appetite--I've owned this book for a number of years but have only made a few recipes. I love to be inspired by the text and pictures, though, so moved it to the stack. I want to enjoy trying at least one or two more recipes in here and feel like I've really delved into the book, even if just a bit more. The tone is seasonal, practical, down to earth, and with lots of variations.
Feast--I'm a huge Nigella fan, and Feast is one of my favorites. I love the way she considers the word "feast" in all its variations. My favorite chapters? "Kiddie Feast" of course and "Breakfast" and "Kitchen Feast". I just tried the split pea soup from her New Year's chapter and it was wonderful. I've used this book in the past a fair amount but want to delve a little deeper this year, because there's a lot in there that intrigues me.
What new or old books are inspiring you right now?