As we head into the hot days of summer, there's something I've been meaning to do for weeks! It's my resolution to—wait, can you have seasonal resolutions in addition to yearly ones?—read more books! I spend a lot of my day reading online, but I'm seriously craving the simple technology of a book. So, before we all head off for the long weekend, I wanted to ask, what are you reading this summer?At this moment, before you all throw out your suggestions (bring them on!), these are the books are on my list:
- The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck: I read this book years ago and I've always thought of it fondly. I often think back to how farmer Wang Lung interprets his environment and perceives the earth's natural resources. Because it's crossed my mind at least a dozen times this year, I wanted to revisit the story.
- Why We Buy, The Science of Shopping by Paco Underhill: As you all know, I'm slightly obsessed with my endeavor to Live with Less, and what's better than a peek into the psychology behing why we buy.
- The Eight-Step Home Cure by our own Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan: So, I've already read the book, mostly in parts, but this summer I plan on following Maxwell's advice to cure our home!
- Guide to Easier Living by Wright: This resource was originally published in 1950 by Mary and Russel Wright as a reaction to the formality of Emily Post-type of entertaining and household management with the basic premise, as Russel writes: "Eliminate unnecessary steps and motions in your work, combine, rearrange, make them easier. The desired result is housekeeping minus all that is unnecessary, unduly arduous, and time-consuming." Wright was really the first lifestyle brand, before the Martha Stewart and Ralph Lauren-types of the world. I love his work, and his sense of usefulness and efficiency often inspires my own work!
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