Classes officially begin today for both J and me. It's always a little bittersweet to say good-bye to the summer, but I'm pretty ready. I love remembering what I was feeling when I wrote this post, but this year I am decidedly more focused on cooler weather.
Maybe it was my week in Minnesota with a winter-loving sister, but my brain has been filled with thoughts of coffee in the library, yarn and crochet hooks, dark evenings with tea, and scarves, scarves, scarves. You?
But I will definitely miss the reading I did this summer...
Gosh, I enjoyed it.
I am lucky to have a children's book library in the building where I work. Do you realize how amazing that is? I can go in anytime I want and browse picture books all the way up to young adult...cozy up in a corner with a pile...check out a few for home...I'm living the dream.
There were five amazing books that stood out to me this summer (I'm not counting Little Women or The Wind in the Willows...both were re-reads...and incredible). So get out your reading list and listen up...
5 Awesome Reads You Might Not Have Heard Of
The Rainbow Goblins
I'm not sure how this picture book slipped through my childhood, but I'm glad I found it before my children come along. The illustrations alone are enough for me (can't go wrong with rainbows), but the story is also fanciful, and I approve of anything with creepy, little mystical characters.
Let Your Life Speak
This book moved me so much, I wrote about it at the beginning of the summer. Part spiritual, part practical. It's definitely a must for young adults deciding where their lives are going, but I think it's probably also wonderful for seasoned adults.
Light on Yoga
So this has officially been the summer I've adopted a regular, daily yoga routine. And this is the book that has helped me do it. Written by Iyengar himself, this book is clear and accessible, but definitely still challenging. I also love that Iyengar addresses more than just the physical nature of yoga...and for a lot less money than regular classes!
7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess
As a non-Christian, I have never been more moved by someone writing from a Christian perspective and advocating for a focus on the values espoused by Jesus. Though deeply rooted in Christian morals, 7 is really a study of seven areas of American excess. It made me extremely reflective of how the choices we make as individuals in this nation are not just neglectful of our fellow humans, but also destructive of the earth and of the very fibers in our being that yearn for a life more meaningful than an SUV and bleached teeth. Seriously, it might just change your life. READ THIS ONE!
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place
I am officially on pins and needles for the fourth book in this series to come out. I describe this author as a cross between L.M. Montgomery and Lemony Snicket...pretty irresistible, right? Very British, very clever, very cute...if you are at all a fan of children's long fiction, these are a must read.
As the seasons begin to change, so will my reading list. Picture books will make way for scholarly articles. Inspirational non-fiction will shove over for research textbooks. It's okay though. Because you'll find me reading with a thermos of something steamy, and one eye looking through a frosty window for the first flake of snow.
Are you ready?