Bookshelf

Both of us are avid book readers, in fact, we have bookshelves in every room of our house save for the bathrooms! This page is a work in progress of books we think are awesome, wonderful, inspiring, thought-provoking and helpful.

 

Gardening

Possibly more a favourite reading genre of S.’s, these gardening books have proved invaluable in making the most of the garden space we have.

The Small Edible Garden by Diana Anthony

The Good Life by Francesca Price

Organic Vegetable Gardening by Xanthe White

 

Spirituality

Something important to us both, these books are ones we often come back to every now and then – our touchstones in a way.

Celebrating the Southern Seasons by Juliet Batten

A Cup of Sunlight by Juliet Batten

Ten Thousand Miles Without a Cloud by Sun Shuyen

The Art of Meditation by Matthieu Ricard

 

Sustainability

We strive to be as sustainble as possible, and these books have helped us so much, not only with practical tips but also to understand and question our own philosophy about living sustainably.

Down to Earth by Rhonda Hetzel

Made from Scratch by Jenna Woginrich

A Home Companion by Wendyl Nissen

Mother’s Little Helper by Wendyl Nissen

 

Travel

While we could definitely by called home-bodies quite aptly, we do enjoy the adventure of travel and B. in particular loves to read other people’s experiences.

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

Bella Tuscany by Frances Mayes

A Year in the World by Frances Mayes

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

 

Writing

We both love to write, though in different ways, here are a few of the books we love.

Rip the Page: Adventures in Creative Writing by Karen Benke

Note to Self by Samara O’Shea

So You Want to Write by Joan Rosier-Jones

 

Creative Life

An area that is becoming increasingly important to us we start to plan for and grow our family. Both of us love to make things and these books have provided much inspiration in that.

The Creative Family by Amanda Blake Soule

Handmade Home by Amanda Blake Soule

 

Favourite Memoirs

A favourite genre of B.’s in particular, memoirs make a sizeable part of our book collection, here are a few of our favourites. They run the length and breadth of human experience, but tend to focus on ordinary people having extraordinary experiences rather than those who are well known and have achieved fame.

Zen Under Fire by Marianne Elliot

Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet

A Thousand Pieces of Gold by Adeline Yen Mah

Desert Flower by Waris Dirie

Wild Swans by Jung Chang

 

Lesbian

The fact that we are lesbians is not something we tend to discuss much on the blog, mostly because we don’t feel it’s particularly salient to how we live our daily lives. While we don’t wholly subscribe to political aspects to with sexuality and gender, sometimes it’s really nice to have books that validate and support our choices and these are a few we refer to often.

The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians by Rachel Pepper

When our Children Come Out by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

 

Special Mentions

These are books we love, some fiction, some non-fiction, that don’t quite fit into the above categories but deserve a mention all the same.

B.’s

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell

Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

 

S.’s

Chalice by Robin McKinley

Sunshine by Robin McKinley

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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