Winter reading list
If you clicked on this post, you must be a lover of books at heart. Winter + reading. Sign me up right now, right? The image that comes to mind is one of pure comfort. For me, that image is a view of the dancing snowflakes at my window. A huge, cozy blanket. A blazing fireplace. A warm cup of tea. The perfect book. And of course a fur-baby or two at my feet. Bliss.
Wintertime is when your body naturally wants to slow down, turn inward and conserve energy. Curling up with a good book is one of my favourite winter pass-times. When you get a bit of a break this winter, I encourage you to pick a book or two and cozy up to read. Not with the expectation of having to get through the whole thing, but rather with the intention that you will get some time to yourself.
This list that I have put together is one that carries with it the theme of introspection. Winter is not only a time of conservation and internal energy, but it's also a time when the anticipation of a new beginning starts to brew. With a new year around the corner, it is a great time to honour who you are and work on creating the best version of yourself. Some of these books I have read. Some I have yet to read. But each has been chosen with care and with you in mind, my fellow reader. I hope you enjoy.
1) Big Magic
Creative Living Beyond Fear; By: Elizabeth Gilbert
If you know me well, you would have been able to guess that this book would be on my list. I could not put this book down from the moment I picked it up. Big Magic is all about the meaning of creativity and how we often avoid creativity due to fear of failure or not being good enough. The book also explains that all your ideas contain a "spirit" of sorts, which is waiting to be manifested by you. Truly, this book was one of the main motivators behind me finally starting this blog - an idea I've had for years. If you are a closeted creative, or if you have been craving time to work on your creative side then my friend, this book is for you. Even if you don't consider yourself creative, but have always wanted to be then I think this book may just awaken a dormant talent in you. Inspiration galore.
2) The Gifts of Imperfection
Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are; By: Brene Brown
The title of this one speaks for itself. This book is a must-read for anyone who is doing a bit of soul-searching. It gets right at those touchy subjects like feeling inadequate and constant comparison to others. Sound like you? Then this book was meant for you. Brene Brown uses her research on vulnerability, shame, authenticity and belonging to help her readers realize that it is OK to be imperfect and that striving for perfection isn't the goal. She describes wholehearted living, which is a way to engage with the world from a position of worthiness rather than inadequacy. The advice she provides is extremely powerful and highly adaptable. 100% fits our theme of introspection doesn't it?
The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking ; By: Susan Cairn
This one is for my fellow introverts. Yes, this book was made just for us. And for our loved ones to understand us a bit better. Warms you right up doesn't it? Quiet holds a special place in my heart because introversion is something that is very much a part of my personality. And it's something I have internally fought with my entire life. Until this book came around. Whether we like it or not, there is a negative connotation to the word "introversion" and a huge ideal surrounding the word "extroversion". As much as I have always wished I could be more extroverted, this book has helped me realize that introverts are just as important as extroverts and that introversion in itself can be quite an understated, yet magnificent gift. A true gem for all you introverts out there.
4) Eat pretty
By: Jolene Hart
This book is everything my inner wellness warrior has wanted. One of my early introductions to naturopathic medicine was experimenting with different "beauty foods". This book is not only beautiful to look at, but is also filled with vital information on the nutrients we can get from our food and how this directly translates into being a more healthful and beautiful person (inside and out!). It goes through specific foods and what they contain that makes them so powerful. It also includes grocery shopping tips and recipes to help you fully harness these glow-getters. When I came across this book, I did a little happy dance. For those of you starting out on your wellness journey, this is a great book to check out. It explains and defines nutrition jargon and while also acknowledging the relationship between nutrition and the seasons of the year. Even if you are already a full-blown nutritionista - this book is a delightful illustration of the medicinal value of food and may help solidify and integrate your knowledge.
5) The Book of Awesome
By: Neil Pasricha
I stumbled upon this book in Chapters many years ago. And boy am I glad I did. This book is one of those feel-good books to keep on your coffee table or bedside table and read a page of whenever you need a pick-me-up. Each entry is a different awesome thing that can happen in life (most of which you have all likely experienced!). It was created by Neil Pasricha, who based his books off of his website called 1000 awesome things. The Book of Awesome has wonderful reminders of what awesomeness life has to offer and that this awesomeness often lies in the little things we forget to acknowledge. Here are a couple examples: Sleeping with one leg under the covers and one leg out; When the thing you were already going to buy is one sale; Nailing a parallel parking attempt on the first try; Getting the eyelash out of your eye; Getting gas just before the price goes up. And so on and so on. There's so much more where that came from! What I love to do is randomly open a page and read what is written. It can put a smile on my face any day.
So there you have it. My winter reading list. I can't wait to dive in. Who is with me!?