Summers are always surprisingly busy and go peculiarly fast. One of the best ways to slow it down is to steal some time for yourself and do something you can’t do fast: Read. Here are some of the books we’re reading this summer:
The Monocle Guide to Better Living – (multiple authors)
Skip the eReader version of this book and go straight for the bright yellow hardcopy. The Monocle Guide to Better Living analyzes some of the things that contribute to quality of life and includes places, things and ideas that “inspire better living”. The editors purport that it’s the “ultimate reference guide for inspirational ways to improve your life”; It may not be all that but is sure is an interesting read.
On the Shortness of Life (Life is Long if You Know How to Use It) – by Seneca
This short essay dates back to 40 A.D. but still has plenty of relevancy today. Seneca was a Roman philosopher who believed that Nature gives us all the time we need to accomplish what we need to in life, but we waste most of it. If you’ve been thinking about a life change, this may help. You can buy it as a book but you can also download it or read it online.
Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter –
This is a hilarious memoir of a woman who moves into a bad neighborhood in Oakland, California and puts her “hippie” upbringing to use by creating an urban farm in a vacant lot – complete with pigs and chickens.
Yes, a man named Storm Dunlop wrote this book, which is all the more reason to read it. It seems our grandparents knew more about the weather by reading signs in nature than we do with all of our fancy technology. This book will help you understand cloud types, why storms develop, what coronas around the moon mean and how to read weather fronts.