As I may have mentioned here before I have a bittersweet relationship with books. First, I love books. I love going to book stores. I love looking at all the beautiful covers and reading their descriptions. I get excited at the thought of adsorbing the information they can give. I love their stories. If I could I’d have a whole library of books in my house. 

But, there’s one problem. I really don’t enjoy reading. Every year I try. I hit up Amazon, order books with the absolute best intentions, read a few pages, and then I’m done. It’s horrible. I guess I have a hard time sitting still. I want to be doing and creating. 


But, here I am again, ordered books from Amazon, best intention in my heart, we’ll see how this goes. 

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I actually ran came across these three books from various sources … blog land, instagram, magazines. So I ordered The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra (I think I found a quote I liked by this author) , Heaven is Here by Stepanie Nielson (she has a blog and is in Holiday with Matthew Mead), and The Accidental Creative (found from an Instagram picture posted by Centsational Girl [at least I think it was her]). 

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All of these books seems to have great reviews. So, again armed with the best intentions, I’m hoping to read at least read two of these at some point this summer. It will be a good excuse to step away from my darn computer, soak up the sun, and escape a bit.

Oh, and I also purchased The Fault in Our Stars a couple months back. That is also on my reading list. I just remember this and it was of course after I took these photos. Oops! 

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Have you read any of these books? Thoughts?

What’s on your reading list this summer? Or are you like me and would rather be out doing rather than sitting and reading?

And now for Day Six of this fantastic Giveaway! 


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Today’s giveaway comes from the creative mind of Gallery Ali

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Ali of Gallery Ali is giving away this original paint,

 appropriately titled ‘Spring Charm’! 

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About the painting: Spring Charm” is a 8″ x 24″ x 1.5″ painting on gallery wrapped canvas; the painting extends around the thick edges giving it a striking look from a side angle and making framing unnecessary. “Spring Charm” is wired and ready to hang on your wall or prop on a shelf.

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Day One: 365 Days of Slow Cooking

Day Two: Chloe + Isabel

Day Three: Harmony Farm Candles

Day Four: On a Branch Soaps

Day Five: South of Main Street

Day Six: Gallery Ali

Day Seven: Trollbeads

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  • Funky Junk Interiors at

    I’m much like you. I’d rather be running around doing it rather than reading about it. But there’s huge worth in being inspired by words.

    I tend to be a ‘fluff’ reader which is sort of like a holiday. I think I struggle with learning type reading because, well, it takes effort. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Working on the Hunger Game series right now… and won’t learn a darn tootin’ thing! But it’s fun all the same!


  • Michele @ {Primp} at

    I agree with Donna, the Hunger Games is the best! I also just finished Matched by Ally Condie–really good, just took a little longer to really get into it. I also love Goodreads, where you can keep track of what books you’ve read and find out what books your friends have read (kind of like facebook for books)–so fun!

  • Sharon Johnson at

    Just wanted to stop in to say you were *assigned* to me to follow when I joined Pinterest several months ago. I have thoroughly enjoyed all you have shared over there. Your pins always touch my heart and put a smile on my face. Thank you for so generously sharing and God’s richest blessings to you!

  • Just For Today at

    I too love books, but often have a hard time to sit still long enough to get into one. I have and still collect many books from lawn sales, book stores, etc. I have started to make myself stay put with one for 15 minutes a day. It seems to work, and I sometimes just forget the timer all together. Dishes, floors, laundry can wait for a good book I say!

    Enjoying your blog!

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  • Susan and Mark at

    If reading is tedious to you, you will probably never turn into a reading carnivore-so don’t fight it! I have two kids, and one is just like me-we read all the time, voraciously, and have lists of what we need/want to read that are constantly updated.

    The other one is not a big reader, but he still managed to learn Italian, graduate from college with a BS in International Relations, and he plays any instrument with strings. Reading does nothing but first make him antsy and then puts him to sleep!

    Solution? Books streamed on the computer via CD or Kindle read aloud ( KIndle app is a freebie for the computer/lappy). I use that, too, when I have things I want to create, but books I’d like to read, too.

    Reading material is like art-very personal. The point is to absorb the information-and one can do that in many different ways! Enjoy your “reading” no matter how you do it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • slip4 at

    I would read all the time if I could! I read about 65+ books a year. (I do lots of other things too, although I am not nearly as productive as you are around my house!) The next book in my library pile is Heaven is Here. Stephanie is amazing and I look forward to reading it. Do you have a local library? At least you would save some money if you didn’t end up reading the books you pick ๐Ÿ™‚
    I am saving the Hunger Games series for our beach trip. I am pinning The Accidental Creative to my list of books to read. Looks interesting. Good luck with your summer reading ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Patti at

    I will be reading Bethenny Frankel’s Skinnydipping! – yup, I am a reality TV addict!

  • Formerly known as Frau at

    I read Heaven is Here and loved it! Such a sad but inspiring story…plus I love Nie Nie! It’s a good read!

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  • six at

    You made some Excellent choices! They’re perfect for your type of reading right now, and that’s the key.

    Books that you can read in bits and pieces as you go, and give you a wealth of inspiring thoughts and feelings on one page or ten, are exactly right for your busy schedule.

    I love to read. I go on novel reading binges for months at a time. Then I have to take a break, and switch to my favorites – instructional, educational or inspirational… so many subjects to learn about!! But, I wasn’t born that way; none of us were.

    I was taught to read like everyone else, one little book at a time. I know many who just abhor reading. Give them a few really funny one liners, tech tips or list of witty wisdom though and they not only read it, they memorize it.

    The subject is what makes or breaks any read. If it doesn’t capture your attention, it doesn’t capture you – and the ‘vehicle’ has to be right as well.

    My Dad read the books of Zane Grey as a kid. For others it was something like the Mac Bolan series. Shorter novels packed with things the ‘doers’ like best. Then grown-up life hits and there you go. I never saw my Dad read a book until he was much older – and it was a little shocking, lol.

    He not only read, but was enthusiastic about it. Time and subject matter were all it took. He was still more of a ‘doer’, but it was good to see him read when it meant he was satisfied enough with life to sit and take a break for an adventure on the pages of a book.

    The point is there are times when you change your reading to suit your life. If you do it knowingly, you get so much more out of it. I purposely read books that I can ‘put down and pick up’ when life gets busy. I also dive into the novels when I need the break from life. I’ve finally learned to get more out of my reading that way.

    I also invest in a really good assortment of functional & beautiful book markers ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy reading!

  • Emerald Hills at

    I haven’t read any of those books. Been reading about my parent’s parents generation. “the greatest generation” and “boomers”. Full of history and great stories. I love to read.

  • Suki at

    If you only get to read one of your chosen books, read The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra. Excellent book! I read it several years ago, kept it, and still go back to it every now and then.

    I love to read…and that’s putting it mildly. I have so many books that I’m running out of room for them all. I also love books. I like to look at them, touch them, flip through them; hence the reason I’m running out of room. I KEEP my books.

    I so hope you learn to enjoy the act of reading. You can go anywhere, be anyone, see everything…all in a book.

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