Much to my surprise, when I got an iPad a few years ago, I took to reading on it right away. I’m typically the last to adopt new technology trends, but for whatever reason, I gave iBooks a shot and was immediately hooked. I’ve read more books on my iPad in the last 2 years than I have in ages. Probably since my summers working on the boat when I’d knock out 20 books a season floating around Nantucket Sound for 11 hours a day.
At first, digital reading felt like I was betraying physical books, but I’ve found that there’s a rhyme and reason to why I choose one over the other: Because I rarely reread a novel, I tend to purchase those on the iPad to keep my real-life bookshelf minimal, and I’ve found that for reference-style books, it's still most useful for me to have the physical copy.
In the spirit of winter inactivity, I thought I’d share the ever-growing stack of books that have taken over my nightstand in case anyone needs some winter reading inspiration. I read once that if you’re unsure of what your passion is, just look to your nightstand to see what you’re reading in your free time. What do we think this reading list says about me? Hmmm…
Digital Reads: Currently on the iPad
- A Russian Journal, by John Steinbeck & Robert Capra: A few months ago I read an article about wine country in Georgia (the country) and was lead to this book about Steinbeck’s travels throughout the region during the Cold War. Really interesting so far, and strangely relevant in our current political climate. Take these quotes for example, am I right?
"Things are very bad in the world, aren't they? Everything seems to be going to pot, everything as conceived before I mean. Maybe out of the fighting and the struggle there will come some kind of new conceptions. I don't know."
"For news is no longer news, at least that part of it which draws the most attention. News has become a matter of punditry. A man sitting at a desk in Washington or New York reads the cables and rearranges them to fit his own mental pattern and his by-line. What we often read as news now is not news at all but the opinion of half a dozen pundits as to what that news means."
"And it seems to us now the most dangerous tendency in the world is the desire to believe a rumor rather than pin down a fact."
- The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz: I’m part of an online book club called Novel Grapes run by ex-lululemon gal Jacki Carr, and this was December’s read. Still catching up…
Analog Reads: Currently on the Nightstand
- Starting Today: A Journal of Intention and Change: More writing than reading, this is a nice little daily journal where you write down an intention each day.
- A Little Bit of Crystals: An Introduction to Crystal Healing, by Cassandra Eason: I've always been curious about crystals, excited to dive into this one.
- The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well, by Meik Wiking: I am all about the hygge this winter and this is a great little guide.
- Zion & Bryce Canyon Travel Guide, by Lonely Planet: A little National Park trip research for later in the year.
- Bringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living, by Donna Farhi: A yoga read that comes highly recommended by many.
- Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, by Simon Sinek: File this one under "Professional Development".
- Cape Cod, by Henry David Thoreau: Snagged a copy of this from a used bookstore a while back, I pick it up every now and again when I'm homesick.
- Essential Ayurveda: What It Is and What It Can Do for You, by Shubhra Krishan: Do you know about yoga's sister science ayurveda? You should. And this book is a great intro.
- Getting A Grip: Clarity, Creativity, and Courage in a World Gone Mad, by Frances Moore Lappe: This author wrote the very first book I ever read about vegetarianism, so I was intrigued when I saw this in my local hippie bookstore. 100% impulse bought it because of the title haha.
- The Secret of the Golden Flower: A Chinese Book of Life, by Lü Dongbin: A meditation and philosophy book recommended by a friend that I haven't dug into just yet.
- Singing Bowls, by Eva Rudy Jansen: Dan bought me a singing bowl for Valentines Day last year along with this book about how to use it.
- Left-Handed Calligraphy, by Vance Studley: I was having a hard time with my Skillshare calligraphy classes when I realized that the problem stemmed from me being left-handed. It's a right-handers world, I tell you!
- On Cats, by Charles Bukowski: I love cats, I love Bukowski, this was an excellent birthday gift from my brother's girlfriend last year.
Holy wow, I've got a lot of books in the cue. Good thing we won't see the sun here in Michigan until at least April. Reading by the fireplace for the win!
p.s. I started a bookclub with a some Ann Arbor friends a few years ago called "Off the Books" and we just finished up this one, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by J.D. Vance. We're always looking for suggestions if anyone has any!
p.p.s. Let's be friends on Goodreads!