living :: reading list 03.19



Happy March! I am so excited that spring is just around the corner, aren’t you? I also am looking forward to sitting outside a bit more now and reading the day away. As I thought about what I wanted to read this month, I realized that I want to start reading some classics. I have read some great ones – The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Tale of Two Cities, The Scarlett Letter, the Illiad and The Odyssey (which I had to read both for a class and was so glad that I did).  Yet, there are so many classic books that I haven’t read. A couple on my must-read list are Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Tess of the d’Urbervilles, War and Peace, Little Women, and Pride and Prejudice. So that is just I am going to do. Going forward (for a while at least), I will be adding one classic a month to my reading list. Here are my selections for March…

 .01 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I can’t believe that I am admitting this, but I have never read Pride and Prejudice. Actually, I have never read any of Jane Austen’s books. I am thinking of investing in the pretty set above and reading one each month. This was my first choice because…well Mr. Darcy…need I say anything more?

.02 America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie. This book has been out for a while now, but it is one I am looking forward to reading. Did you know that Thomas Jefferson wrote over 18,000 letters in his lifetime? The story is told through his eldest daughter, Patsy Jefferson, who becomes Mr. Jefferson’s constant companion, helpmate, and protector since her mother’s death.

.03 The Signature of Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. Elizabeth Gilbert mentions this book in Big Magic, which I just read last month, so now I have to read it as the storyline intrigued me. The story is about gardening and botany, which I love (part of why my blog is named Arch and Arbor). This is a big book, over 700 pages, and I can’t wait to dive in and hopefully get lost among its pages.

.04 The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. After reading the Illiad and the Odyssey, I am fascinated by this whole time period. This book is the retelling of the legend of Achilles and the Trojan War.

.05 Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis. I just read Rachel’s other book last month and really enjoyed it so when I saw this one I just had to scoop it up. I am one of those people that apologize a lot…and mean it. This is something that I constantly have to work on. So I can’t wait to read Rachel’s shame-free plan for embracing and achieving my goals.

.06 Pacific Natural by Jenni Kayne. Jenni Kayne can do no wrong in my book. Her clothing and home items are beyond gorgeous. Also, California is home for me so it was only natural (pun intended) that I must have this book. It is a book about simple seasonal entertaining which I love.

Tell me, friends, what are you reading this month? Have you read any of the above?



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