As a bookworm I have always loved to read. I remember biking over to the library on my pink bike to pick up a fresh stack of books to read that week. As an adult reading is still one of my most beloved hobbies. I alternate between different genres and often read two or three books by each other.
I find solace in books when I need comforting or when I want to expand my knowledge on certain topics. Right now, I'm trying to simplify my life. And I always find it inspiring to read stories from others who have already mastered the skills to simplify.
I came across this book from Erin Boyle:
1. Simple matters - Erin Boyle
"For anyone looking to declutter, organize, and simplify, author Erin Boyle shares practical guidance and personal insights on small-space living and conscious consumption. At once pragmatic and philosophical, Simple Matters is a nod to the growing consensus that living simply and purposefully is more sustainable not only for the environment, but for our own happiness and well-being, too. Boyle embraces the notion that "living small" is beneficial and accessible to us all—whether we're renting a tiny apartment or purchasing a three-story house. Filled with personal essays, projects, and helpful advice on how to be inventive and resourceful in a tight space, Simple Matters shows that living simply is about making do with less and ending up with more: more free time, more time with loved ones, more savings, and more things of beauty."
I haven't gotten the chance to dive in to Erin's guidance yet. But her book is definitely on my To Read list!
Living with zero waste sounds fantastic to me. But right now, it sounds nearly impossible as well.
Nonetheless, Bea Johnsons's zero waste living style has made me aware of the amount of thrash my family and I produce daily. I really would like to make big changes when it comes to reducing waste but I haven't managed to do so. I've implemented small steps in my routines. Like only buying unpackaged fruits and vegetables. Or bringing home made lunch to work. By making these changes in to a habit I can slowly work towards greater goals.
3. De Makkelijke Moestuin - Jelle Medema (Dutch)
I love this guy's blog! Jelle Medema is an awesome young man who made a living out of his hobby: kitchen gardening. In his book he explains the easy steps to producing vegetables and flowers in your own back yard.
Yet another inspiring book that's on my To Read list. I've got so enthusiastic reading the synopsis that I had to share it on my March Must Read list.
"Rule the world and take control of your emotional and mental health from where you sit, stand, and sleep. The Holistic Home is based on an original lifestyle concept focused on creating a dynamic, healthy, and thoughtful space within yourself and your home by combining three planes of action--mind, body, and spirit--that result in profound change."
5. America's cheapest family - Steve and Annet Economides
If you are looking for ways to save money on groceries and other household bills this book is a bible for saving. Steve and Annet are the most frugal couple I read about. They share their insights on living below your means by making some drastic changes to your spending pattern.
Have you ever think about doing groceries for an entire month? That's one of the ways that's supposed to save you money. There are also some great chapters on paying of debt and how to teach your children to be responsible of their own finances.
I have set up one major goal for myself this year: cutting back on my work hours to spend more time with my son. I'm working on several ways to do so. But spending less money is a necessity if I want to achieve my goal. I came across Ruth Soukup's blog Living well Spending less. I really wanted to learn more from her so I ordered her book. I can't wait for it to arrive!
Gala Darling is an awesome writer who I have been following for quite some time. She is a beautiful, intelligent woman who wants to help other 'babes' to feel good about themselves.
Her positivity is contagious. I you are feeling a bit down or uninspired I suggest you have a look at her blog to indulge yourself in happiness and find a sparkle to brighten your day.
This book had been lying on my To Read shelf for months. A friend of mine borrowed it to me because she thought I might like it. I'm nearly have way through it and it really has gotten a hold on me. It's about mysteries and trying to find answers in the past. It has been ages since I didn't want to put a book down to go to sleep :-)
As a mother of a toddler, children's book are also on my daily reading list. And as you may know, when little ones have favorite books they want to read the same ones over and over again.
Where's Dribbel is a classic and should be in every little boy's or girl's book collection. I love to see how my toddler looks for Dribbel behind doors and under furniture. He now knows where the little dog is hiding but it's still fun for him to lift up the flaps to see which animal is hiding underneath.
My train loving toddler got this book as a present from Santa. And I must admit he's more into the stickers that are inside than the story. He loves pulling of the stickers and sticking them on the other pages. It's good for his fine motor skills so I don't really mind.
I'd like to hear what your current book favorites are!
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