i love books*

Chris Cobb’s installation of books arranged by color, Adobe Books, San Francisco, Canon Rebel Xti

Books that are making me very happy while I am hunkered down with day 21 of sore throat:

A Year of Mornings: 3191 Miles Apart: I remember seeing this web site years ago and was struck by the photography and simplicity of their idea: a daily photo conversation between two friends that live 3,191 miles apart. It is now a book, and has a mysterious, elemental beauty that is striking and resonant.

Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken: Transform Your Life with the Power of Authenticity My pal, Mike Robbins (author of Focus on the Good Stuff) just came out with his newest book. I like how authenticity is making a comeback, how we are connecting again to what it means to be our true selves and the power we can find in that one promise to ourself.

The Bright Side of Disaster: A Novel Just started Katherine Center’s debut book on the airplane and she had me hooked immediately. Very fun and easy to enjoy.

Love Walked In I know nothing about this book and haven’t opened it yet, but the cover appeals to me so much I will happily just put it by my nightstand to look pretty.

Because I Love Her This collection of essays is such a powerful, funny and moving look at having a daughter and being a daughter. It’s a great gift for mother’s day.

The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections Another book that had me at the cover! I’m looking forward to soaking in Amanda Soule’s philosophy on parenting and creative living.

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  1. iHanna

    Happy world book day!
    Beautiful photo of a cool book shelf!

  2. Rachel

    I love that photo of that bookstore!

  3. vivienne

    what a great list!
    by the way…i’ve read Love Walked In (also mainly because of the purdy cover) and its really lovely!

  4. kristen

    i love books too and am totally intrigued when books are arranged by color…
    lately, cookbooks have been on my radar, my attempt to bring in non-fiction because it’s the stories i’m always drawn to.

  5. Sarah

    Fantastic titles! I’m going to look up “Because I Love Her” for my mom for Mother’s Day. 🙂

  6. Katherine Center

    Hooray, hooray! It’s so awesome to see my book on your list! Thank you for including it! And Because I Love Her, too! I’ve actually just made some videos to kind of bring to life some text from the essay I have in that anthology. It’s excerpts set to these great old found photographs. (http://katherinecenter.wordpress.com, if you’d like to take a look!) I’ve been so excited to learn about finding ways–online–to give excerpts new life.
    I hope you are doing well. Still so starstruck about LB!
    xo! k

  7. robyn

    i LOVE “love walked in” – friends say it’ because i remind them of the main character, but i don’t see it. it’s just such a freakin’ amazing book!!!

  8. beth

    I’ll have to read the second one since it’s named after my blog….be yourself,everyone else is taken…
    and that katherine center….OMG…I loved everyone is beautiful and I’m now reading the bright side of disaster….like you… and loving it so much !!!!

  9. Chana

    Feel better soon!
    I also love books. Libraries are one of my favorite places. I grew up on books. They opened up my world. I would not be where I am today without them.
    In fact, I found your blog through a book… but that was a long time ago 🙂 (7 years ago!)

  10. Chris

    I adored “Love Walked In”. Such a sweet story!

  11. Dianne

    Love Walked In, one of my very favorite books. I hope you love it as much as I did (and do!) It has a sequel called ‘Belong to Me’. I love books too. Blogs as well!

  12. Mariella

    Who doesn’t adore Amanda Soule?! 😉 The Creative Family is a wonderful book (even though I still don’t sew!) — it inspired my 4yr old daughter, Reilly, and I to make Joy Jars as gifts last Christmas. She was really touched by this & now will make one radomly whenever the mood strikes(most recently when daddy was sick to cheer him up)! BTW, hope you are feeling better – no more sore throat. 🙂 ~ M.
    P.S. Still beaming from the news about Shutter Sisters winning the Name Your Dream Assignment! So proud of what’s been accomplished!! Happy, happy, happy for Jen and Stephanie…

  13. Kristen Fischer

    Love Walked In was a fabulous fabulous read!

  14. Jennifer

    I remember this photo from a few years ago….cool then and cool now!

  15. Michele

    Funny you should mention Because I Love Her. I was just looking at Book Passage’s events and Andrea Richesin will be there on May 4 at 7:00 pm. In the ferry building

  16. shel

    love walked in is one of my favorite books of all time. there is a sequel to it as well, which is just as good! i’m coveting more by the author!

  17. pixie

    Apparently I need to read Love Walked In! Creative Family and 3191 are so very lovely and both mamas, Stephanie Congdon Barnes and Amanda Blake Soule are featured in the May issues of Mothering magazine-so awesome for them! Isn’t it wonderful to have time to read?
    Your babe is killing me with cuteness!! xo p

  18. pixie

    Apparently I need to read Love Walked In! Creative Family and 3191 are so very lovely and both mamas, Stephanie Congdon Barnes and Amanda Blake Soule are featured in the May issues of Mothering magazine-so awesome for them! Isn’t it wonderful to have time to read?
    Your babe is killing me with cuteness!! xo p
    Feel better, dear!

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