Not only is it the beginning of a new month…it’s the beginning of a new year! My word for 2018 is “simplicity” and you’ll likely see that theme reflected in a number of this year’s book club selections. Two of the three books this month relate to the concept of simple living. I hope you enjoy them!
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LWD January Book Club Selections
Walden – Henry David Thoreau
At Walden Pond, Henry David Thoreau reflected on simpler living in the natural world. By removing himself from the distractions of materialism, Thoreau hoped to not only improve his spiritual life but also gain a better understanding of society through solitary introspection.
I’ve read this several times but it’s been many years since the last reading. I think it’s time to revisit Walden Pond.
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately…”
“Walden” is available free on Kindle and your public library is sure to have it. Years ago I found a lovely, vintage, hardcover edition at our local used book store for just a few dollars.
Sweetie by Kathryn Magendie
For shy, stuttering Melissa, the wild mountain girl named Sweetie is a symbol of pride and strength. But to many in their Appalachian town Sweetie is an outcast, a sinister influence, or worse. This poignant and haunting story takes readers deep inside the bittersweet heart of childhood loyalties.
For this month’s fiction selection I browsed through my Kindle library. I have LOTS of books on there which I have yet to read. Since January is my annual “no buy” month, it only made sense to choose something I already own.
The Simple Home by Rhonda Hetzel
Award-winning blogger Rhonda Hetzel shares the day-to-day practicalities of a simple life and shows you how to rediscover the heart of your home. With a year of monthly projects that make household management easier, Rhonda encourages you to set up good systems, make what you need, and appreciate what you have. Learn how to stretch money further, safely clean your home, and cook from scratch with 40 favorite recipes, including step-by-step guides to baking bread and making cheese. Whether you’re part of a family, living alone, or thinking about retirement, this is an inspiring, indispensable guide to slowing down, taking stock of your life, and finding pleasure and satisfaction at home.
I read this author’s short book, The Simple Life, earlier this year. It was only 41 pages and when I finished, I wanted more. The Simple Home came out in November and has a five-star rating on Amazon. I can’t wait to start this one!
I hope you’ll join me in one or more of these books but in any case, I’d love to hear what you’re reading these days. And if you have any suggestions for future LWD Book Club selections, please let me know!
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