One of the things I love to do on my downtime is read. Not only do I love to red, but I love books. All kinds of books, from large coffee table books, to photo and art books, to atlases, to children’s books. I have never met a book store I didn’t like. That said, I tend to buy more books than I can read in a lifetime, but I chip away page by page. Due to my travel this summer, I have found myself unplugged more often than not with a book in my lap. I thought I would share a few of my favorites. And if you have any you love, please let me know !
Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
A young woman’s account of her experience of a temporary mental illness.
Inside Out Revolution: The Only Thing You Need to Know to Change Your Life Forever by Michael Neill
Michael Neill’s extraordinary approach to living is built around 3 basic principles that explain where our feelings come from and how our experience of life can help us transform for the better.
Lucy by Laurence Gonzales
An intriguing novel about a Primatologist’s relationship with the half Bonobo, half human teen girl that she finds herself caring for after fleeing a war torn Congo.
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
A dashing widower proposes marriage to an orphaned lady’s maid and brings her back to his country estate. As they settle into married life, perturbing circumstances and she is threatened with the lingering evil of his late wife. A suspense filled novel which was later turned into an Alfred Hitchcock film.
The Thinking Life: How to Thrive in the Age of Distraction by P.M Forni
The importance of good thinking is the forefront of this book. In a society where we are constantly distracted by mobile phones, the Internet, and our fast paced lifestyle- Forni provides us with suggestions to heighten our abilities in everything from attention and reflection to creative thinking and probelm-solving strategies.
The Bees by Laline Paull
A thrilling and suspenseful novel that takes place in a hive. Flora is a member of the lowest caste in her orchard hive. She is not like other bees and her curiosity is considered a dangerous flaw. But having assets like courage and strength, she is given access to the Queen’s inner sanctum. It is there that she discovers the mysteries of the hive and becomes a threat to the strict social hierarchy.
Sisterland by Cutis Sittenfeld
A compelling story about identical twin sisters who share the gift of “senses”.
From the Ground Up: A Food Grower’s Education in Life, Love, and the Movement that’s Changing the Nation by Jeanne Nolan
I have been giving everyone this book as a gift. It was a life changer for me and is of particular interest due to the local twist. If you are interested in health, the local food movement, and organic gardening– this is the book for you. Truly inspiring.
Lee Miller: A Life by Carolyn Burke
Being one of my favorite photographer’s, Lee Miller’s career has always intrigued me. Not only was she the first woman war correspondent, she was also a model, photographer and muse. This book traces her life from her early childhood to her modeling days at Vogue through her marriages and her experience as a war correspondent.
The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy
A story about how one person’s act of mercy can affect the lives others and how they discover their connection.