on the (reading) list it comes to the great loves of my life, reading was the first. when I was little, my parents used to despair about the fact that in social gatherings, I would more often than not be found in a corner, my nose buried in a book than mingling in the crowd. if we’re being completely honest, I’m often tempted to do like my 5-year-old self when I find myself in big social gatherings. I’m very much of the small, intimate get-togethers camp.

going back to yesterday’s post, I think part of simplifying involves going back to the basics, which include taking up the things you used to love to do before life/work/being an adult got in the way, the things you did just for the simple joy of it.

I do plenty of reading nowadays, but the required, academic kind. and while the nerd that I am enjoys that, too, I need to work on reading more books just because. I want to read about things that intrigue me on different levels, from the beautifully serious to the wonderfully frivolous & everything in between.

the three books above are on my reading list. simple matters & when breath becomes air come out on tuesday, so I’m starting off with styled by emily henderson, whose blog is a daily read. I’m an avid reader of simple matters author erin boyle’s blog, as well. I’m in the process of editing & simplifying that list, as well, but those two will definitely make the cut, as will a cup of jo, whose author, joanna goddard, is paul kalanithi’s sister-in-law. that’s one of the coolest things about being part of the blogging community – being able to become aware of some of the really amazing things out there in this great big world.

I’ll let you guys know how I get on with the books as I finish them. in the meantime, I’m off to a little corner to read…

p.s. this essay by paul kalanithi before he died is one of the most beautiful pieces I’ve ever read.

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