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Friday, November 2, 2018

My Book List ~ What's Next?

Reading is a hobby of mine. I still love the smell and feel of a book in my hands. It is coming to the end of the year and I am almost finished reading Treating People Well and the Women's Herbal Apothecary.

I have enjoyed both of these books so much. They have added substance and fortitude to my mind and so now I am wondering... what in the world can I read next? Treating People Well has provided so much information on how to handle difficult people, virtual manners, owning your mistakes, discretion and loyalty. I adore this quote from the book about dealing with difficult people, "The battles they seek and the conflict they create aren't really with you but with themselves. Remembering that makes it easier to view them with some level of compassion. And continuing to treat such a person with equanimity, despite the abuse he or she hands out, is a reflection of your own good character and integrity." 

Love this quote but it is SO hard to do! With the Women's Herbal Apothecary, I have gain so much information about the female body and how to care for it naturally. I have really enjoyed reading all of the chapters about the different stages of life. I especially found some of the information in the "menstrual cycle" section very interesting.... " The increase in testosterone at this point leads to desire for intimate interactions, but it can also lead to a stronger sense of competitive or impulsive behaviors." Oh dear is this statement true! The other item that I like about this book is the honesty of the author. It was so refreshing.

So now since I have had these thought provoking and stimulating books, I want some more of the same. But I also thought maybe a "fun" book would be great too!

So I checked my Amazon book list to see what other treasures I could find.

I thought about Linens: For Every Room & Occasion by Jane Scott Hodges. I figured this would be a great "fun" book to read. I love learning about linens. 

The next book was Rachel Ashwell: My Floral Affair


Next on my list for "substance" is The Inviting Life: by Laura Calder. The description of the book alone is intriguing and sings to me for sure!

"Far more than a guide to homemaking and being a fine host—although it is definitely all that too—The Inviting Life is about how to live each day with a desire and determination to turn the ordinary into something lovely. It’s also a book about why we should bother. Whether the subject is d├ęcor, ambience, shopping, feeding weary travellers, mixing cocktails, planning dinner parties, or getting yourself motivated for spring cleaning, Laura Calder affirms the value of our everyday activities and shows how beauty, creativity, and delight have the power to change the world. This one-of-a-kind book is both a page-turning narrative about Laura’s own hosting and home-making adventures and an invaluable work of reference. It’s a spur to ideas for everything from creating a welcoming living space and making a respectable salad, to putting guests at their ease and writing a thank-you note worth receiving. Written with candour and humour in Laura’s inimitable and engaging voice, The Inviting Life offers empowering guidance for anyone looking to take more pleasure in their life and home."

Fourth on my list is the  French Country Cottage:by Courtney Allison

What a stunning book! I follow Courtney on Instagram and can't get enough of her photos. They are so inspiring. In this book Courtney shares her story of her renovating her 1940's cottage in the countryside of California. 

And the last book that I am considering is Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct

A brief description from Amazon:  Most people would agree that thoughtful behavior and common decency are in short supply, or simply forgotten in hurried lives of emails, cellphones, and multi-tasking. In Choosing Civility, P. M. Forni identifies the twenty-five rules that are most essential in connecting effectively and happily with others. In clear, witty, and, well...civilized language, Forni covers topics that include:

* Think Twice Before Asking Favors
* Give Constructive Criticism
* Refrain from Idle Complaints
* Respect Others' Opinions
* Don't Shift Responsibility and Blame
* Care for Your Guests
* Accept and Give Praise

It appears as though I have some excellent choices on my hands. I will take my time and make a decision soon. I love reading. I hope that some of you may have been inspired to pick up a book and began reading. It can be a wonderful way to learn and bring elegance into your life. 


(photos via Google, description text via Amazon)

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