As you may have noticed, I am steering the blog into wider waters. I’ve always wanted to grow to encompass and support more interests – books, creative ventures, social enterprise etc. I did a little of everything before, but I am ready to take on a lot more now. Interiors aren’t gone (I do have home tours coming up in the next week and we will be featuring designers as well) but I would love to take a more holistic approach to blogging because I know we all have wide-ranging interests. With that in mind, every Saturday afternoon, I will be sharing some of my favorite book selections. In the old avatar of the OUATT blog, I started an online book club but since I was also attending grad school at that time and had a ton of other things going on, it wasn’t something I could host regularly. Then I started it within the ouatt digital magazine, and I called it Something Old, Something New and Something Borrowed book club. I loved the name because I was reading those kind of books- old, new and those recommended by my local librarian! Even with the growth of the internet and the changing formats in the way we access books, for many of us, they still remain ‘the’ source for new ideas, inspiration and escape. Today’s theme for the book club is life-changing books. Not just awesome books or fabulous reads, but books, that changed the way I/you approached life. Most books change the way we think but some books we carry with us forever. I am sharing my selections and I would love to hear what books changed your life.
This one seems like an unlikely member of a list of life-changing books and maybe it belongs on a ‘these are my favorite books’ list but Persuasion by Jane Austen will always be the romance novel that I measure all romances, fictional and real life by. I read this when I was 16 or 17, and I remember loving it more than Pride and Prejudice. I wondered why people didn’t see how much more beautiful the romance of Anne Eliot and Captain Wentworth was and how much more valued because it had been tested by time and circumstances. They came back together in spite of. A most beautiful coming of age novel!
I ‘d just gotten out of college when The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy came out – it was this intense but slow explosion of so many small, everyday moments that culminated in tragedy. I was moved by the story because you see so much of the events through a child’s eyes. Their vulnerability at the hands of the adults and their life events made me feel afraid and helpless, and at the same time, determined to protect any child in my care (I know that sounds like a superhero tag line, but I just wanted to reach into the book and get those kids out of there. ) If you haven’t read it, you can read a review here.
I’ve talked about Brene Brown’s books recently and I have to add them here- both Daring Greatly and Rising Strong are on my bedside and they have made me embrace my vulnerability and you know, to not be so afraid any more.
The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle. From darkness to light, and living in the present moment. I read excerpts from Eckhart Tolle’s writings every night, and they have changed the way I see the world. If you want to start enjoying the journey instead of waiting for your destination to arrive, read it today. I first read it when i was impatiently waiting to get to a point in my life where I then would be happy. Turns out I don’t have to wait!
When I see new graduates (high school and college) I am tempted to give them a set of these books. Now it’s your turn! What books changed or shaped your life? Do share because as you can see my list isn’t long enough!
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