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Saturday, June 12, 2010

summer reading: what's on your list?

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as you may be aware by now, i have a book buying problem. actually an addiction.

i believe that all answers lie within books and my heart races when i enter a bookstore or library.

my passion for books has led to a lovely personal library full of gems including the complete anais nin journal collection.

since i'm finally on a role of finishing a few books (often reading up to 25+ at a time), i wanted to share my success and to-reads in hope of you doing the same.

recently read books:
the happiness project by gretchen rubin
the business of happiness by ted leonsis
a life worth breathing by max strom (podcast forthcoming!)
rework by jason fried
do more great work by michael stanier
blogging for bliss by tara frey
the not so big life by sarah susanka (podcast here)
the handmade marketplace by kari chapin (podcast forthcoming!)

currently reading books:
rereading the not so big life by sarah susanka
delivering happiness by tony hsieh
see jane lead by lois frankel
i love you more than my dog by jeanne bliss
the gospel according to coco chanel by karen karbo

on my radar to read books: (a few pages into most of these)
full catastrophe living by jon kabit-zinn
the feminine mystique by betty friedan
charismatic organization by shirley shagaw and deborah jospin
pour your heart into it by howard shultz
good to great by jim collins
the wisdom of yoga by stephen cope
the little big things by tom peters

so tell me, what's on *your* summer reading list?


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Rachel said...

Oh "The Wisdom of Yoga" is such an amazing book. I hope you enjoy it :)

Melita said...

thanks for posting your reading list. i used to work at a bookstore (basically turned around my paycheck haha) so i love seeing what people are reading. and a bonus is that i think i'd enjoy all of the books on your lists :)

today i just finished reading "the art of racing in the rain" for a book club.

am currently reading:
"anatomy and asana" by susi hately aldous
"yogabody" by judith hanson lasater
"yoga for wellness" by gary kraftsow
"how to meditate using chakras, mantras, and breath" by dennis chernin
"yoga body, buddha mind" by cyndi lee
"yoga the spirit and practice of moving into stillness" by erich schiffmann
"bringing yoga to life" by donna farhi
"how to know god: the yoga aphorisms of patanjali"
*all of these for my yoga teacher training but also for fun & inspiration*
will definitely be adding "the wisdom of yoga" to my list once i get through these :)


Leslie said...

I love, love, love books, too. We are in the process of moving, and I cannot believe how many boxes of books I have!!! I am currently reading Women, Food, & God & The Carrie Diaries (I couldn't resist).

Thanks for sharing! I always love to hear what other people are reading.


godo said...

thanks for sharing! i am adding a couple of these to my "to read" list.

Anonymous said...

I am starting my vacation, and wrote down the things that make me happy while in bed las night. Reading is one of the things that made it on my list. I too have a problem with purchasing books, and will add another book I heard about while listening to Sis. Diane of the Craftypod podcast. The book is "Making Ideas Happens" by Scott Belsky Here are my books for the summer both fiction and nonfiction

Knit Two - Kate Jacobs
A Mercy - Toni Morrison
Handmade Marketplace - Kari Chapin
Original Sins - Peg Kingman
Knitting Without Tears - Elizabeth Zimmermann
Running a Side Business - NOLO
The Girl with the Dragon - Stieg Larsson
The Case for God - Karen Armstrong
Julie & Julia - Julie Powers
How to Cook Everything - Mark Bittman
Jewelry Making 101 - Karen and Ann Mitchell
Knitwear Design Workshop - Shirley Paden
Tranquilista - By yours truly

This list does not include for the book club at the local library that I am joining this coming Thursday, and I have to do some catching up on some magazine reading as well. I am reading Body and Soul, Yoga Journal, and Burda Style that is a fashion/pattern magazine from Germany. You can trace the pattern and make an outfit, the magazine has around 50 patterns including children, maternity, and plus size for $9.00 chic on a budget.

kimberly wilson said...

wow, loving your book suggestions! thanks, all.

(melita, can *totally* tell you are in teacher training with that list - wowza!)

i NEED that fashion/pattern magazine!


Sarah said...

So Kimberly, what is your trick to reading so quickly? Are you simply a fast reader, or do you skim some...what's the secret?

While I haven't had much time outside of "required readings," during the second half of the summer, I have my eye on:

-Off the Couch: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Applications
-Zen and Psychoanalysis
-Stroke of Insight (Loved Jill Bolte Taylor's Ted Talk---I highly recommend if you haven't heard)
-The Buddhist Path to Simplicity

Kimberly said...

Thank you for sharing your reading list. Hope you are enjoy reading Jim Collin's Good to Great. Here is my reading list:
Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk
Am I the only sane one working here by Albert Berstein
Meaningful Workplaces by Neal Chalofshy
Travel books regarding China
Attitudes of Gratitude by M.J. Ryan
Studying Leadership by Brad Jackson & Ken Parry
Awake at Work by Michael Carroll

Magazines - Harvard Business Review, HR, Shape and Travel & Leisure

Anonymous said...

Hi Kimberly:

You can subscribe to the English version of Burda Style through Amazon dot com. There is also a website where are lots of patterns and how tos for the DIY fashionista. You can download patterns from the site.


kimberly wilson said...

the analyst,

my secret is that i skim my school books (shhh!) and devour my desired reading. i usually carry a book in my bag to pull out if i find open space (waiting at physical therapy, on metro, etc) and i try to read a few minutes most nights before i fall asleep. it is hard to balance reading for pleasure with all the reading we have to do while in school so i empathize with you! xx

Nicky said...

Definitely some great suggestions! Have you considered creating an amazon store? I think you can get a small commission if people buy the books through it. I know I've bought many books based on your suggestions and podcast interviews. Maybe the commission could go to tranquil space foundation. I'd love to know that I could also do some good while fueling my book addiction!

Carolyn said...

I am reading and re-reading..."Shoo Jimmy Choo" by Catey Hill such a great book on finance and budgeting! Re-reading for the 3rd or 4th time ( I lost track) "Tranquilista" by the fabulous Kimberly Wilson.
I love love love books and am going through the process of making huge changes in my life and these are so great! I also am looking forward to reading "The Happiness Project" I receive Gretchen Rubin's email and they always make me happy and for fun I'd enjoy "The Gospel According to Coco Chanel"

Big Hugs!!

Gina said...

I just finished Eating Animals and Dead in the Family (#10 in Sookie Stackhouse aka True Blood books).

Style Statement has been perishing for years, so I'd like to use the rest of June to work through it and discover my personal style statement.

I'm also reading a few career books that are personality-oriented.

Britt Bravo said...

I recently finished Farm City by Novella Carpenter, which has inspired me to get back out in my garden and plant some veggies.

I'm currently reading:
-The Not So Big Life by Sarah Susanka, (thanks to your recommendation!).
-Farmer Jane by Temra Costa
-A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenburg
-Wishcraft by Barbara Sher
-Tribes by Seth Godin

I'll soon be starting Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali for my book club

On my Wish List to read soon are:

-Women, Food and God by Geneen Roth
-Radical Homemakers by Shannon Hayes
-The two newest Donna Leon mysteries, About Face and a Question of Belief.

Tiffani said...

Currently reading...

"The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron
"The Paris Apartment" (which I heard on your podcast and scored for a $1 at Strands NYC!)

Summer reading...

Anything & Everything I can get my hands on, my list is waaaay to long to type ;)