February Reading List | 5 Must-Reads for Your Seasonal Life
February and August are the two hardest months of the year for me. August’s heat and humidity pound at my garden and body. I find myself hiding with books in the air conditioning much more than I probably should. February is tough because the quality of light says spring to my body, but the weather has a different message. Here again, I find myself hiding with books, by the fire and under blankets.
If your seasonal affected disorder is in full swing this February, here are 5 must-reads to help get you to March. We’ll all be glad for longer days and the arrival of spring!
The February Reading List is built around themes of love, food, community, and healing. Please leave your thoughts and recommendation in the comments below, or in our Facebook Group. Reading and books is one of our most active topics.?
A Children’s Book for February Reading
The Turnip by Jan Brett – I’m starting with a children’s book this month. If you are fortunate enough to have young ones in your life this February, they will love this story of a snow-covered Russian farm where animal friends join together to harvest a very large turnip. While getting caught in the barnyard antics of the harvest, they miss the fact that under that large turnip is a hibernating mama bear. It’s a wonderfully illustrated tale of family, community, friendship, and seasonal food.
Here, let Miss Yumi read it to you!
A Memoir that will Make You Look at your Pinterest Board with New Eyes
Rise: How a House Built A family – This story mirrors my own young adulthood…fleeing an abusive relationship with two kids and having to start life over from scratch. Rise, however, features a much more resourceful mom. She takes to Youtube for instructions on how to build her house from the ground up. Her laborers? Her four children, of course.
Here’s her story, on YouTube!
Some Sex for your Valentine’s Reading
Audible has a great series available for FREE called Where Should we Begin with Esther Perel. It is a podcast-like exploration of infidelity in the modern marriage. I binge listen to these 45-minute counseling sessions with couples seeking a way forward from life-altering events. Esther Perel is a Belgian psychotherapist notable for exploring the tension between the need for security and the need for freedom in human relationships. If you are engrossed by these sessions as I am, you will love her book, Mating in Captivity, which is a deeper exploration of the themes of commitment, infidelity, trust, and healing.
Esther Perel was a speaker at the Pennsylvania Women’s Conference in 2017, which I attended. I was curious how the topic of infidelity would fly with this particular group of women. Esther was remarkably skilled at creating a safe space for audience participation. Many women shared deeply personal stories that brought audience members to tears. In the course of the hour she presented, I saw how very much these conversations are needed for healing and growth for all women.
Here’s her Ted Talk, viewed by 4.5 million people.
Love and Food and Community
Bread and Wine, a Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes is Shauna Niequist’s newest book. It is a lovely collection of essays about relationships and the way they are formed and nurtured at the family table. It’s a perfect addition to the February Reading List and its themes of food, love, friendship, and community.
Here’s the link to Cooking Club, A Visual Essay: Bread and Wine on Youtube:
The Power of Myth and Fairytale to Aid Recovery
We had a lovely couple stay at the farm as Airbnb guests this month. It was an unexpected trip to Harpers Ferry for them, and an unexpected friendship formed for us. While sitting by the wood stove and getting acquainted, I learned that this lovely person next to me is an addiction counselor and a trained storyteller. She brought these two passions of her life together in a recently published book called Distilling Hope: 12 Stories to Distill the 12 Steps.
Here’s an informative interview with the author, Beth Ohlsson on Youtube. There are such good people in the world doing good works. The Airbnb has brought many into our life.
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