Books and Words

Do you have things you always seem to be into? Hot sauce, ways to stay active, and words always seem to be on my list. Books and poignant quotes, specifically. Hence, this post.

Luke and I had an idea recently, and we wondered why we hadn't thought of it sooner. We decided to have a book club with just the two of us, and make it a date night each week where we talk about our reading. After an initial foray into our book club of two, I proposed a family goal: to read one book on marriage, one book on parenting, and one "for fun" book (at least) each year. I had to add the "for fun" part in for me, mainly. I have a particular affinity for information-heavy books. You know, how-to-parent-and-stay-sane or how-to-urban-homestead. It's a weird part of my personality, but textbooks and betterment pieces trump novel almost every time. I'm trying to unwind that part of myself a bit. 

For my "for fun" read, I am reading Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I'm enjoying its character-driven arc, anchored in the singular history of a married couple. Do you have any fiction to add to my "to read" list? Some of my other current reads are The More of Less by Joshua Becker and Peace is Every Breath by Thich Nhat Hanh. I admit, I am having a moment with Thich Nhat Hanh. I feel like I could read everything he writes. There is such a richness there. 

I'd like to read more poetry too. In addition to chatting about what we're grateful for and lighting candles, we've started reading a poem at dinner each night. I am hoping to dive into the works of several poets. I started reading Felicity by Mary Oliver. I'm eagerly anticipating salt. by Nayyirah Waheed and hoping to read more from Nikki Giovanni. It might be cliche to say that words are powerful, but it's true nonetheless.

The words of creatives move me so deeply, that I find myself scribbling them in journals, on scraps of paper, and anything within reach. I will leave you with a few of my favorites, and look forward to your recommended reading! Cheers, sweet friends — and happy reading to you.

"The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe." - Albert Einstein

"We can continue to learn generation after generation and now is time to begin to learn how to love in a non-discriminatory way because we are intelligent enough, but we are not loving enough as a species." - Thich Nhat Hanh

"I do not at all understand the mystery of grace - only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us." - Anne Lamott

"I have a notion that if you are going to be spiritually curious, you better not get cluttered up with too many material things." - Mary Oliver

"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." - Dalai Lama