And just like that, it’s the last day of February. Time for this month’s reading list! if you are looking for your next great read, perhaps something from this month’s round up will strike your fancy. I loved the comments from last month, so many people had great suggestions and shared what they are reading, too – If you have read any of these, or want to recommend a book, please share in the comments!
Little Fires Everywhere came highly recommended for just about anyone I’ve talked to that has read this book, and I’m going to add my voice to the chorus of praise. It centers around a particular family with four children in a well-to-do neighbourhood that also own a rental property, and how a series of events from the past and present collide when they rent to a single mom and her teenage daughter, who both become socially entangled in the lives of all four children. If you read and enjoyed The Mothers, this is thematically similar, but with even more fascinating characters.
This was an enchanting collection of essays, many famous individuals- all about one memorable item from their wardrobe that holds special significance to them. As someone who can remember exactly what I was wearing when anything significant happened in my life, this really spoke to me. I showcased this one on Instagram recently, because it’s given me a great idea for exploring the stories behind our knits and the things we make. I’m just pulling together some general guidelines, and then I’m going to be looking for guest posts on the subject. If you think you would be interested in writing a guest post like this, let me know!
I first read A Field Guide to Getting Lost about 4 years ago, but almost all of Solnit’s books hold up wonderfully through multiple re-readings because she weaves together history, culture, personal stories, and philosophy in such an artful way that just makes sense. After all, getting lost is the precursor to finding ourselves. One of the many memorable passages:
“I love going out of my way, beyond what I know, and finding my way back a few extra miles, by another trail, with a compass that argues with the map…nights alone in motels in remote western towns where I know no one and no one I know knows where I am, nights with strange paintings and floral spreads and cable television that furnish a reprieve from my own biography, when in Benjamin’s terms, I have lost myself though I know where I am. Moments when I say to myself as feet or car clear a crest or round a bend, I have never seen this place before. Times when some architectural detail on vista that has escaped me these many years says to me that I never did know where I was, even when I was home.”
I’m not sure how I stumbled across this book, but I just took it out of the library for a second time, so I think I’ll need to buy a copy soon. It’s divided up by the four seasons with chapters for each month of the year, and in each month there is a collection of seasonally appropriate crafts, recipes, and other ideas, like how to enjoy early mornings, or picnicking in the fall instead of the summer. I particularly liked that nothing about the book felt too trendy, so it feels like it will age well and still be useful years from now. The author (who is the blogger at A Cozy Kitchen) is a dog lover, so there are some doggie-friendly crafts and recipes, too!
Lila likes to pretend she can read all the words, and James loves to listen to it and comment on the illustrations: “Wace Caw!!” (I love that his R sounds are still so babyish). This sweet book is a take on the infamous No-More-Monkeys-Jumping-on-the-Bed theme, but each number counting down features children in silly costumes getting up to mischief on what looks like a very long journey to sleep. It’s a sweet bedtime story that’s getting a lot of repeated readings around here lately! Ideal for ages 2-6, so if you have little ones or are looking for a gift idea, this might be a great choice!
I can’t believe tomorrow is the beginning of March! What are you guys reading, anything wonderful?
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