3 late Summer Reads for inspiration and why you should read all at once
I am one of those people, who likes to read multiple books at once. Different topics for different moods. I know a lot of people like to start one book and finish it before they move on to the next book. I used to do the same, unless I was forced to read multiple hardcovers for German Literature classes, like ‘FAUST’ by Goethe (by the way I actually do recommend this one, its a classic).
After a while, I noticed I had stopped reading, period. So I made a conscious effort to add ‘some reading’ to my daily To-Do list, on the back of a torn envelope. (Still looking for a Planner/Agenda that I can commit to ;-/) This Task however, would usually be the one I would not be able to check off. Every time I would think, OK I’m gonna take the book with me and read it through out the day, it never happened. For a while, I was reading ‘A New Earth’ by Eckhard Tolle – a friend recommended it to me when I was going through stuff and tried to balance and figure out life – and I loved it and recommended it to everyone I knew. Though I had the audio book version on my phone, I switched between the two formats depending on what my surroundings would be. Here is why I stopped reading for a long time: This specific book is very much spiritual and detailed in emotions, triggers, psych etc. Once, I was reading it on the plane (a heavily thought provoking chapter) and ended up dealing with all the “consequences” for the rest of my trip. Because I got so into it, I was sub-consciously carrying out the examples given in the book – I know this sounds strange, so as quick note: It was about various scenarios how people pick up other peoples energy and don’t realize this and carry it with them for a while, whether its good or bad energy –
Needless to say, I did not open the book on my return flight. This is why I stopped reading for a while. I never wanted to read certain books in the wrong moments. So I started reading a few different books at once. When I needed something light, I would read a easy relaxing book (mostly Paulo Coelho).
On the regular, I have 3 books ‘active’ at the same time. I categorize, so I can have one for each occasion and mood.
Currently, I am enjoying the following three; and I can definitely recommend all of them. Thatswhy I made this blog post, because I really like them, and this mood-system is what got me back into reading more frequently. After all, I am also one of those people, who can be very moody at times. Read on..
1. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena – Anthony Marra
Novel about a postmodern warfare. This Fusion of desperate and whimsical sets the tone for this book. The NY Times wrote: While reminding us of the worst of the war-torn world we live in, Marra finds sustainable hope in the survival of a very few, and in the regenerative possibility of life in its essential form, defined by a medical textbook passage that Sonja and Natasha read at different times. In her darkest moments, Sonja sees her life as “an uneven orbit around a dark star, a moth circling a dead bulb,” but against that image is the textbook definition: “a constellation of vital phenomena — organization, irritability, movement, growth, reproduction, adaptation.”
2. Bonnie Cashin: Chic is where you find it – Stephanie
Design & Fashion: An exhilarating look at the quintessential American modernist, acclaimed for her “Auntie Mame” lifestyle, her iconoclastic approach to fashion, and her visionary designs for the modern American woman. A talented artist who happened to become a fashion designer, Bonnie Cashin was brilliant, free-spirited, and unconventional in all she did. Revered for her intellectual and independent approach to fashion, Cashin changed the way women dressed with her revolutionary, forward-thinking approach to life. She designed chic, functional clothing for the modern woman “on the go”—women like herself who loved to travel and lived life to the fullest. The most successful independent fashion designer of her day, Cashin worked outside the fashion industry, yet is arguably the most influential designer of our time, revered in the fashion world and a muse for designers working today. – by Rizzoli
3. Styled – Emily Henderson
Interior Architecture & Creatives: Styled takes you through, room by room, vignette by vignette, sofa by sofa to show you how to styled each piece so your whole space looks intentional, designed and like you.
“Styled is packed with practical advice for any design enthusiast, whether a space needs a few finishing touches or a complete overhaul.” -Architectural Digest
What are you reading this Summer?