The best part of the day! Is there anything better than climbing into a soft bed after a hot shower? Technically, yes. I have a cup of tea (chamomile) waiting and my salt lamp is on for good energy and its casts a soft pink glow in the room. Now that I’m nice + cozy, I’ll just get straight to it. There is so much great stuff out there to read before bed but below is in my current rotation…
1. The Forest Feast by Erin Gleeson
I’m a sucker for a good fresh meal and a good coffee read book so this book has the best of both.
Erin Gleeson made her dream a reality when she left New York City and moved into a tiny cabin in a California forest in order to be closer to nature. The natural beauty of her surroundings and the abundance of local produce serve as the inspiration for The Forest Feast, based on her popular blog. Most of the book’s 100 wholly vegetarian recipes call for only three or four ingredients and require very few steps, resulting in dishes that are fresh, wholesome, delicious, and stunning. Among the delightful recipes are eggplant tacos with brie and cilantro, rosemary shortbread, and blackberry negroni. Vibrant photographs, complemented by Erin’s own fanciful watercolor illustrations and hand lettering, showcase the rustic simplicity of the dishes. Part cookbook, part art book, The Forest Feast will be as comfortable in the kitchen as on the coffee table. (Description from Amazon.com)
2. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
A best friend and fellow book lover told me about this gem. Not for the light-hearted, this incredibly moving tale still had me hooked me from the start.
1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life—someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.
At Finn’s funeral, June notices a strange man lingering just beyond the crowd. A few days later, she receives a package in the mail. Inside is a beautiful teapot she recognizes from Finn’s apartment, and a note from Toby, the stranger, asking for an opportunity to meet. As the two begin to spend time together, June realizes she’s not the only one who misses Finn, and if she can bring herself to trust this unexpected friend, he just might be the one she needs the most. (Description from Goodreads.com)
3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
In the last six months, I’ve been more into leadership-spirited books and this one has been a favorite. I think great success (personally and professionally) starts with your character being centered and this book in on the money with helping you get there.
One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators and parents- in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations.
With a balance of theory and practical examples, this guide to personal and professional life describes seven principles of life management. Targeted toward anyone who is interested in personal change, it guides you through private victory, public victory and renewal. (Description from Barnes & Noble)
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