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The Happiness Project

Friday, February 21, 2014

I actually bought The Happiness Project kind of by accident.  I was looking for another book the last time I was browsing around Target, and happened upon the yellow colored cover instead.  I was kind of down in the dumps that day (for who knows what reason), and I said “sure, happy, sounds good.”  The book was written by this woman named Gretchen Rubin who was relatively happy, but felt like she wasn’t as happy as she could be.  So she spent a year on a “happiness project” where she started researching different little ways that she could improve both her lifestyle and her outlook.  I’ve been reading a little bit every day at lunch, and I think I can actually say that it has made a difference.  I realize how much my happiness affects the people around me and vice versa, so I have started making an effort to act how I want to feel (something  Gretchen keeps preaching) instead of pouting when something doesn’t go my way.  Obviously I am not eloquent enough to do it justice, but if you have been in a funk recently like I was, you might find solace in this book.  What about you guys?  Any good books recently?

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{Taken as the snow was melting after our big winter storm last week}

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For the Love of Friday- Well Read

Friday, November 8, 2013

While the majority of my yearly reading usually happens in the summer, fall and winter are definitely my favorite times of the year to read.  As it starts to get cooler outside and the darkness makes an earlier appearance (a little too early for my liking lately), I experience less guilt dedicating longer periods of time to reading instead of going out into the world and being active.  Since I am always looking for new book ideas, I thought I would share some of the ones that I have read recently and what is on my future reading list.  Then maybe you will share some of your picks with us.  Pretty please, with pumpkin cupcakes on top.

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All of the books on my finished list I highly recommend with the exception of The Peach Keeper which wasn’t a winner in my book but still tolerable.  The Halloween Tree was my Halloween book this year and I am glad I read it but don’t feel the need to read it again.  It is a children’s book and would be good for a young adult (or adult) for October reading.  Little Bee and The Fault in Our Stars were probably my favorite but Tell The Wolves I’m Home is completely wonderful as well.  All of these are quite sad, however.  Just a warning.  Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore is a great book for bibliophiles who also appreciate technology.  I discussed the Sarah Addison Allen books in this post.

Okay, your turn.  What have y’all read recently that you do or don’t recommend?  And what is on your “to read” list?

Happy Friday, friends!!

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Shel Silverstein

Thursday, November 15, 2012

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Our love for books has been well documented around here but the truth of the matter is that some of my absolute favorite books are children’s books.  Shel Silverstein is such a lovely writer and the little poem above is a famous of his shared in one of his collections.  Children’s books have a tendency to include little lessons and things that the author felt it would be important to teach them.  Frequently ideas that are encouraging or inspirational and often in a way that is simplistic and accessible (effortless).  I wonder if that isn’t exactly what adults need too.  Because when I read this poem, it really does remind me that amazing things are possible.

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