You are probably just like me...you probably have books squirreled away all over your house, books you have been given for a birthday or Christmas, books you brought home from conferences and author events, books sent to you for review, books you bought on impulse, books you found on sale....
I have been happy to find a lot of great books sitting here on my shelves right now. Here are a few that I hope to read soon.
A Book That Takes Its Time: An Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness. I saw this book at a library conference. As soon as I opened it, and took a look at all the fantastic activities inside, I knew that I would have to get a copy of it for myself. I did, and I've read it, but now is a great time to look through it again, during this stressful time.
I ordered this book, The Emergency Poet: An Anti-Stress Poetry Anthology, from a bookstore in England at the beginning of this stay-at-home time, and it took a couple of weeks to arrive, but it did arrive. It's an excellent collection of poems. I'm reading a few poems from it each day.
I've been trying to read all of the 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up for a long time now, and several wonderful friends have sent me books from the list that are not widely available here in the US. I've had these three on my shelf for a while. For some reason, I've been reading these 1001 Children's Books like crazy (I read twelve last week). So I am thrilled to have these and a few others on my shelf.
The single best book I have ever found for calming my anxiety and fears during a stressful time is this book, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chodron.
I have any number of gentle reads. Village School is one of them.
I have an entire Paris book stack here at home. This one, The Paris Librarian, is doubly wonderful, with Paris as a setting and a librarian as a character.
Writing is always something that helps me. This book, 1 Page at a Time: A Daily Creative Companion, is a book I got for my birthday. It's ideal for me.
I love DK books, with their big illustrations and their helpful explanations. I use this one, 101 Yoga: Essential Tips, for my daily yoga regimen, though I still miss my yoga and swim classes at the Y and walking with my friend.
I found this one on my bookshelf from a library conference. It's More Deadly Than War: The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World War. I hope I can be brave enough to read it soon.
Books-about-books are always wonderful, but they seem more comforting, more helpful right now.
What sorts of books do you have on your bookshelves
that are comforting right now?
Have you ordered any books?
Share your recommendations with me.
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each Tuesday That Artsy Reader Girl assigns a topic and then post her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join her and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.