On my bed side table lives my stack of recently read books, books I’m currently reading and those I want to dig into soon! In the same way that I get stressed out if I don’t have water nearby, I hate not having a book lined up for when I finish my current title.
Unless I’ve promised a book to a friend after I’m finished with it, I usually keep the one I’ve just finished nearby. Ever since I was a kid I have hoarded quotes, I’m obsessed with remembering lines from books and poems that I love. After I finish a book, I whip out my trusty Moleskine and write down the lines I like best. You just never know when they’ll come in handy, right?!
Out of my current stack, I’m officially reading one and casually reading three others. So here we go.
1. How to Grow Up by Michelle Tea.
Perhaps best known for her book Valencia, Michelle Tea is a fascinating human. She grew up as drug addict and alcoholic in San Francisco and has been a writer since that time. It’s totally mind blowing to read a memoir in which I constantly relate to her thinking, and yet we grew up in almost exactly opposite ways. As an queer woman she always confronts important topics in an awesomely blunt and humorous way. I love her writing for the exact opposite reason I love the writing of the next author!
2. Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
Holy crap, this is the most beautiful book. In contrast to the blunt direct nature of Tea’s writing, Kingsolver weaves in long, gorgeous descriptions, setting the scene down to minute detail before you even know what is going on. A dear friend loaned me this book and said that it rid her of her fear of spiders. That’s what makes this book so fantastic, the sheer amount of biological knowledge that went into writing this book means you’ll learn a ton about the world we live in. Also, I am a total sucker for books that leave loose ends and then tie them up,at the end in the most unexpected way.
This is the best book I have read in a really long time.
3. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso.
Okay, please know that it pains me to type a title that includes a hashtag, especially such an annoying one like #girlboss. It’s so overused and obnxious. That said, I find that when a book receives so much attention, it’s usually deserved. I learned this the hard way when I boycotted the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, which I now count as some of my all-time favorites reads. Anyway, Amoruso is a badass, to say the least. She had no fear taking and quitting a slew of terrible jobs, gaining experience along the way… and now she owns a company with over 350 employees. Just a little bit motivating, yes?
4. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Alright, I have been reading this book for about…6 months now? For a while there I read a few pages every morning, and I need to get back into the habit! It is such a dense book I feel like I need time to process every few pages or so, which make this the perfect sort of daily read for a little centering. It really does get my head on straight every time I pick it up!
5. One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
I’ve always gotta have a backup book. My mom finished reading this when she was at my house earlier this summer, so she left it with me. Score! This one I have yet to crack, but I love me some historical fiction! The main character of this one moves west in the late 19th Century America to participate in a government study in Cheyenne villages. I’m totally in awe of this time period and can’t wait to dive into this one.
6. Putting Food By (by a number of authors)
We planted a gazillion tomato plants this year and I mentioned to my dad that I want to learn to can, a summertime process I remember watching my parents do when I was a kid. Soon, this book showed up in my mailbox, courtesy of my pops! According to him, it is the quintessential canning reference. I was happy to discover that it covers all types of food preservation, including the lazy person’s modern convenience…freeze that ish! Right up my alley.
7. Mount Mitchell and the Black Mountains (An Environmental History of the Highest Peaks in Eastern America) by Timothy Silver
Now I would call this a niche interest here, but I love learning about my favorite spot in the world… Montreat! Heather’s dad gave me this because he knows of my obsession. Silver tells the history of these mountains I love so dearly, literally from the beginning of time. When I hike here now, I love knowing which glaciers created which peaks and the history of the area’s civilization. Like I said, this one ain’t for everyone, but to me, it’s so cool!
That’s what is current residing on my bed side table. A combination of fiction, non-fiction and memior/biographies. Let’s see how long these will last me! I find that I do much less reading when the weather turns cooler. When I’m forced inside I will succumb to the ever rewarding temptation that is Netflix. I refuse to admit that Fall is almost here though, so I’m telling myself I’ll have lots of time to read these outside on my porch!