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If you could please just bring me food and wood every once and a while. I'll just be living in this tiny cabin reading all of the books!! 

So, I didn't read much in September. In fact the book that I read to read on vacation remained in my suitcase. Although, I did manage to catch up on reading my magazines. 

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr was completely engaging. I was absolutely entranced by the story and the characters. It has been awhile since a book swept me up into it and I was lost to the world. 4/5

Real Artists Have Day Jobs by Sara Benincasa is a must read even if you aren't an artist trying to make your way in the world! She has such a refreshing voice and point of view. I also greatly appreciate how she talks about depression and how she found her way through it. 5/5

African Textiles Today by Chris Spring was beautiful. I love textiles so this book was like food for my soul. It was a really great look at the history and language of African Textiles and how they are being used today. 4/5

Losing My Virginity: How I survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way by Richard Branson. The first section is a bit like navel gazing and quite honestly Richard Branson in the 70s was a bit sexist. It does get better and I found the most intriguing parts were when he was challenging the status quo. An interesting read but not the best book. 3/5

Have you read anything new lately? 

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Books, Glorious Books!

I've been challenging myself to read more, especially the piles of books that are sitting around my home longing to be read. 

It's also true confession time...I read cheesy romance novels. It is what I read before bed and it helps my brain disengage. I'm also completely jealous that my friends, who were in the same English Master's program as I was, got to take a literature class on Romance Novels. Sigh. 

This list won't include the cheesy stuff I am reading because a) I'm embarrassed and b) I read them so quickly it would be a slightly inflated list. 

Here are the books I read January of 2016.

Die Empty by Todd Henry
This has been on my pile of books to read for too long. It took me a while to get through because there were activities to do as you were reading the book. It really helped me to focus on the things I want to be doing in my life. The greatest takeaway for me was 'closing loops' or to stop doing those things that don't help you lead your best life. I'd say 4 out of 5 stars and only because the last couple of chapters weren't quite applicable to me. 

The Life of a Bowerbird by Sibella Court
This was a gift from a friend and another book that sat too long on my shelf. Its freaking beautiful and it brought out my inner magpie. It is a great book for inspiration and it gave me a daily dose of beauty, but I wouldn't recommend it as a how to design book. More of a coffee table book. For that reason I give it a 4 out of 5. 

The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine
This book kind of blew my mind. Each chapter walked through the hormonal changes happening to a woman as she grows up. This book was a revelation for me. She mentions that about 10% of women have extreme hormonal shifts that can launch them into depression and even suicidal thoughts, especially around their period. That was me. I was the 10% and it wasn't until I went on birth control in my 20s that it finally evened out. It was quite frightening how wide my moods would swing. There are a couple of generalizations and it is very heteronormative but definitely worth a read and I'd give it also a 4 out of 5. 

What books have you read lately? Any good recommendations? 


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