“Grab another book, grab another book
Pick it up flip it open
Pick it up flip it open” – from Books by Bambu
Putting together a list of books is one of the most difficult things you could ask me to do. As many of you know, I work in a library and I EFFING LOVE BOOKS. I’m a huge junkie for them, so it’s a really good thing libraries exist. At any given time I’m reading at least 10 books. Some I finish, some I don’t. But no matter what, I almost always learn something and feel something new.
Books have been a part of my life and have helped me explore who I am for as long as I can remember. Interestingly though, they’ve also been my imprisonment, as I escape into them and fail to actually put what I learn into practice. Reading is NOT doing. Real accomplishment comes from experience and practice. Sometimes you have to put the book down and live your own life. Never forget that.
The following books are those that have helped shape me, both figuratively and literally, this past year. They’re not all new, but I acquired them all in 2014. They’re the ones I remembered and purchased, and, for the most part, put into practice, so that’s saying a lot. They are not listed in order of importance. Let these pages inspire you to do your own thing and become a healthier & better person, both inside and out!
The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte
This book has revolutionized the way I approach setting goals. Instead of focusing on physical things, LaPorte teaches the use of “core desired feelings.” That is, you set goals according to how you want to feel. It’s a MUST have for those who are eternally working on themselves and long to be clear about what they really want in life.
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
I was put on to this book by Stic, from Dead Prez. This book explains why we do the things we do, and how we can break out of the unwanted habits and cycles we have set up for ourselves. It really helps to have this knowledge when you’re trying to create new routines. After reading this book I found it easy to understand and confront my undesired actions.
The Art of Living and Dying by OSHO
This is one of those books that the Universe desired me to read, as I found it unexpectedly and it completely changed the course of my life. This book taught me to look at death (and fear) right in the eye and embrace it. Seriously, there’s no use in avoiding this subject. While you may not agree with all the topics presented, such as reincarnation, it’s remains an eye and heart opening read that will get you to appreciate your life and breath a little more.
The Yoga of Herbs by David Frawley and Vasant Lad
This book is great for those interested in Ayurveda. While the book provides an introduction to Ayurvedic philosophy, I was very grateful to have come at it with some prior knowledge. It also helps to have a little knowledge of herbalism, but it’s isn’t absolutely necessary.
Moosewood Restaurant Favorites by The Moosewood Collective
I found this book incredibly easy to cook from, with simple recipes and menu ideas, it has become a staple in our home. My favorite is the Thai curry.
Rawsome Vegan Baking by Emily von Euw
I’ve been a fan of Emily’s blog, This Rawsome Vegan Life, for quite a while now. I was super excited to get this book and it didn’t disappoint. If you have any goals related to getting in shape or eating healthier, but don’t wanna live without sweets, make sure you have this book on your shelf.
You Have to Fucking Eat by Adam Mansbach
While we’re on the topic of food, let’s throw in a little humor (and truth) for all the parents out there.
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Life wouldn’t be complete without the fiction section. There was a lot of hype surrounding this book and I’m glad I chose to check it out. My favorite thing was learning about Sarah Grimke, a feminist abolitionist who inspired one of the main characters in the book.
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
I’ve spent much of my time in the library working in the teen section and have grown to love Young Adult fiction. These books are full of complex stories and characters, and can be read in an evening. I’ve read each of Rainbow Rowell’s stories and liked them all, but this book really nestled into my heart. It doesn’t hurt that I’m in love with the cover either.
Please let me know if you read any of these! And I welcome any recommendations you may have.