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The Nonfiction Reading List

I seem to have gotten out of the habit of reading nonfiction lately, and I’m trying to change that. Here are the nonfiction reads I currently have waiting for me:


Better Than Before, by Gretchen Rubin (via Netgalley). I don’t actually remember requesting this from Netgalley, but I must have, because on a whim I logged in after what I thought had been a long time away, and there it was. I’m all for changing my habits, so this is a good book for me. I’m about a quarter of the way through it so far.


10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works, by Dan Harris (via Scribd). I decided I wanted to read this when I came across an article by Dan Harris somewhere—and it was funny and interesting and helpful. I put myself on the long hold list for it at the library, but I’m pleased to say that Scribd has it available in both print and audiobook formats.

feeding a yen

Feeding a Yen by Calvin Trillin (via my library). I came across this book on a number of blogs I follow (unfortunately, I forgot to make a note of which ones when I put the hold on this book) and it looked really interesting. The subtitle is “Savoring Local Specialties, from Kansas City to Cuzco”.


Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story by Michael Rosen (via my library). I came across this title on some of the blogs I follow, too, but again I forgot to make a note of which ones. (I think this must have been back before I was using Trello to keep track of stuff like this. Or it was on a night when I was feeling lazy …). This looks like an interesting read, but its a big book (over 400 pages, which is big for nonfiction, I think) so I might end up buying my own copy, because I’m not sure I’ll have the time to read it all before it has to go back to the library.

art before breakfast

Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are by Danny Gregory (via my library). I bet no-one’s surprised this is on my reading list. Plus I’ve enjoyed each of Danny Gregory’s other books. So I’m really looking forward to diving into that one.

I actually have more nonfiction books hanging around waiting for me, but this is already a pretty long post! And these are also the five that are at the top of my nonfiction to-read list right now—I’m definitely more likely to finish these ones than the other titles on my list.

Have you read any nonfiction lately? Have a nonfiction title to recommend?

Wednesday Inspiration: Healthy living

This post* isn’t so much about creative inspiration as it is about life inspiration. One thing that’s become really clear to me over the past few days is how important being active, eating well and generally having a healthy lifestyle is, especially as you get older.

I’ve been just so inspired by my mom’s recovery from her hip surgery. I’ve heard a lot of horror stories about how difficult hip surgeries can be when one is older, but so far my mom’s been doing really well. She did have to have a blood transfusion because she lost a lot of blood during the surgery, and her blood pressure also dropped a little too low for a while there, but other than that there haven’t been any problems. She looked great when I saw her today, animated and lively like usual.

She’s a very active individual, has a busy life doing things she loves (which includes a lot of human rights activism, including protests!), is very interested in healthy eating and meditates daily. And I think all this is playing an important role in her recovery.

I should be eating this more often

I should be eating this more often

I want to be doing all these things when I get to her age. Which really means I should be doing all these things now, because they’re the kind of life habits you don’t build in a day (or even a few months—it’s more like years, right?). And honestly, right now I am way less active than my mom was before she broke her hip, and I definitely don’t eat as healthily as she does.

So I figure, now’s probably a good time to start. I haven’t been meditating regularly for at least a month, the last time I worked out was … well, let’s just say it wasn’t actually any time in this current year! And I was eating well when I was low-carb, but definitely don’t eat as well now. As for the busy life doing what I love, well, I’ve got the busy life down pat, but the doing what I love part? Working on that!

It’s probably a good thing I’m reading Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before. I can definitely use help in setting up some good lifestyle habits!

*I know today isn’t Wednesday, but I wrote this post yesterday and it was supposed to post–and it didn’t!