I love to read. It’s one of my favorite things to do during free time. In fact all winter I collect books and prepare for our summer escapes to our family’s cabin in the woods. Whether I'm kayaking to a special rock to sit and read or I'm simply on the front porch of the cottage. There is nothing better than overlooking the peaceful lake and reading a really good book.
While I am considering books to add to my summer reading stack, I thought I’d share my most recent reads with you along with one I’m just finishing.
1. Healing Environments
by Carol Venolia
I often reference and re-read portions of this book so decided it was time to give it a full cover to cover read. This book is all about connecting to your indoor spaces and the reciprocity of our bodies and the spaces we inhabit. The author describes this for “anyone who wants to do better than just getting by”. I personally enjoyed the chapters on Color, Symbols and Environmental Messages, and The Thermal Environment. Healing Environments is a bit older, published in 1988 (yes, I was eight years old) so it's not easy to find and some of the content is a little dated but it’s still an excellent book if you can get your hands on it.
2. Crystals – The Modern Guide to Crystal Healing
By Yulia Van Doren (aka Goldirocks)
This brand new book by “Goldirocks” was a gift from a friend and what a beautiful gift it was! The photography is really gorgeous and I enjoyed flipping through each page. If you’re new to working with and using crystals or even if you’re more experienced, I assure you that you’ll enjoy Crystals. This book covers everything you need to know about working with these beauties including selection, use, cleansing and more. It was a nice book to read but I think it will also be something that stays front and center on my bookshelf for quick reference and to occasionally to view the pretty photography.
By Cheryl Strayed
Yes, I definitely like to re-read books and I believe this was my third time reading Wild. I undoubtedly enjoy diving into her book as she makes you feel like you are a part of her adventure and her personal journey. While she’s loosing toenails hiking the PCT, you can be cozy and warm reading in bed and still experiencing a bit of her trek.
4. Retox – Healthy Solutions for Real Life
By Lauren Imparato
Retox is all about living! I enjoyed this author’s fresh view of yoga and health and her view that “a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be built around self-deprivation, hours of meditation, and strict dietary restrictions”. Everything in her book is no –nonsense and very practical. If you’re looking for a book filled with easy to implement yoga practices, some great recipes and a fresh outlook on healthy living, check it out!
5. E Squared
By Pam Grout
I’ll be honest, this book was recommended to me several times on my Amazon account. I just never broke down and ordered it until recently. E2 is a book of “Nine do-it-yourself energy experiments that prove your thoughts create your reality”. This book is SO MUCH FUN! Not only did I really enjoy the author’s humor, but you literally take on different experiments for 48 hours. At the end of each chapter there is a Lab Report to complete. I currently have one experiment remaining and now have to order E3 for more fun with Pam Grout.
So now it’s your turn. Share what you are currently reading in the comments below.
*Just a note that I do not receive any type of financial gains for recommending these books or where to purchase them.