The lasting impact of a good book


Hello Friends,

Over the weekend I found myself standing in my local bookstore searching for a new cookbook.  One might conclude that I have an addiction since I can't stop reading and buying them, but I'm not worried... there are worse habits.

Modern day publications include personal stories, are filled with knowledge passed from author to reader, stunning photography, and let's not forget the recipes.  I'm happy to report I found a new book to add to my collection, IN THE KITCHEN.

While there, I saw one of my favorite books sitting on a table and started wondering if books I read years ago would resonate if I read them today.  We are always evolving, life experiences and current events change who we are over time.

My goodreads list

Looking at my list of five-star books and the fond memories I have of both the book as well as my reading experience - below are my top ten books (alpha order):

  • Angela's Ashes
  • Cold Antler Farm
  • Her Fearful Symmetry
  • Still Alice
  • The Birth House
  • The Heretics Daughter
  • The Poisonwood Bible
  • The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives
  • The Time Traveler's Wife
  • Ultra Marathon Man

While the books above are still favorite's, it's an incomplete list since I do not record every book I read.  

I am happy to see two books that inspire my daily life on the list!  Below is a partial list of books that have made a lasting impression.  

Cold Antler Farm: I don't know if it's the memory of reading this memoir during a blizzard, a post-snowshoe snuggle by the fire, wrapped in a blanket with a good book, and getting lost in the author's words, OR her story... but I adore this little book. Her story inspires me to step out of my comfort zone. {inspiration}

Ultra Marathon Man, by Dean Karnazes: I read this book years ago, as a new release. Then my teenage son read it. I was getting ready to sign up for my first ultra marathon, a 50 miler in Maryland (I ended up pausing this personal goal until 2011).  I will forever be in awe of Dean Karnazes. {strength} 

Third Plate, by Dan Barber: I started practicing Third Plate a few years before the book was published.  I wasn't yet aware of the term, but I have walked the pastures and garden plots enough to adopt the practice subliminally.  Barber believes our food is only as nutritious as is the dirt.  He also is open to hybrids and science. {Nutrition}

Homemade Gatherings, by Ashley English: Rather than everything being put away, ready for a visitors (unrealistic but true) Ashley English offered me freedom to create the space I wanted for my family.  A change that takes time, layering old with new, a basket of homemade mittens and socks, crafts throughout, a home focused on relationships and food.  

She also happens to live on a homestead - which intrigues me. {Lagom}

Words to Live: My yoga teacher gave me this book in 2005.  I read it all the time, travel with it.  If you glance at a page, you are likely to find my handwriting throughout. Days circled, photos and keepsakes between pages. {Belief / guidance}

Honorary mention, THE LONGEST WAY HOME by Andrew McCarthy:  This is the only travel book that I have read that includes traveling and family logistics.  The push/pull of daily life, desire to explore without planning - which tends to be how I travel (not by solely by choice). {explore}

Inspiration - Strength - Nutrition - Home - Beliefs - Exploration

Six little words that hold great importance for me.  

I'm always looking for new books to read and layer throughout my home.  Fitness books live in our home gym,  My office has a collection of business, empowerment, crafting and general inspirational resources.  Next time you visit, you may notice the small stacks placed throughout and my system for staying organized.  

I don't keep many books but the ones I do keep hold a lot of meaning for me.

With gratitude, Mari