Yay Summer! I’m looking forward to reading some fantastic books, I’ve seen so many interesting looking everywhere and I’ve got a pile of library books beside my couch… but of course I’m always on the hunt for new recommendations!
Best Fiction of the Month: The Immortalists
Aside from the obvious bias that a knitter wrote this book and it’s been alllllllll over my Instagram feed, it’s a really, really good novel. Four young siblings see a fortune teller who tells each of them the date that they will die. The book focuses on each of the four siblings as they move towards their fates, leaving the characters (and the readers)to wonder – are their death dates fixed because they can’t avoid their fate, or because they are choosing to make the predictions a reality? An excellent cast of supporting characters help keep the book from becoming mired in the self-absorption of the main characters. The only drawback is that the book finished with my least favourite character, but it definitely couldn’t have ended with any of the others. Worth checking out, and supporting a fellow knitter/writer!
Best Nonfiction: Let It Out: A Journey Through Journaling
Aside from the cover image (makes it look like chick lit, don’t you think?), this book is a really in depth tool on helping anyone sort through literally anything in their life – good, bad, or blah. Full of genuinely interesting journaling prompts for things like productivity, getting organized, stretching your creativity, focusing on joy, writing your way out of compare & despair, making any situation fun, texts from yourself, making any job more enjoyable…. there are 55 different journaling prompts divided into different categories to tackle just about any trouble spot you might be having. If you would like to journal more, this is definitely for you.
Currently re-reading: Coming Through Slaughter
I’m pretty sure this is the 4th Michael Ondaatje book I’ve recommended since January, but I can’t help it – I’m obsessed. I haven’t read Coming Through Slaughter in probably about 15 years, but it is stunning. A novella told in fragments about a brilliant jazz musician, it’s half poetry, half fiction, wholly beautiful.
The One I’m Recommending to Just About Everyone: Big Magic
If you struggle with creativity in your life, or feel like you are going through a creative slump, this book is a lifesaver. I especially recommend the audiobook version- anytime I feel my creativity flagging, I find a lot of wisdom in this book. I often listen to it in the morning while I’m getting ready, it’s a wonderful way to set the tone for the day. Encouraging without any of the cheerleading ‘you can do it!’ vibes – it’s authentic and positive and encourages you to find your own thing that sparks you, whatever that spark may be.
Crafty Book I’m Loving: The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but I was rewarded with introspective, beautiful essays on all aspects of the knitting life. Okun struggles with anxiety and mental health challenges and wasn’t afraid to lay them bare, expertely weaving them into how her craft supports and helps, how it soothes, and why we knit the things we knit. The book isn’t laugh-out-loud funny; instead it is thoughtful, lyrical essays on the knitting life.
What have you read lately that you are loving? Anything interesting, thought provoking, or just wonderfully entertaining? Share in the comments!