Earlier this year, I had a custom book shelf made for my room. (Anyone who knows me is rolling their eyes) Though I will be moving this month, my room is currently a small room in an attic apartment with very low ceilings. My bed takes up 50% of the floor space so I had to get creative with storage. I wanted a very slim, bright bookshelf to occupy the small space I had between the bed and the wall so I found a woodworker on Etsy who was able to make one for me. It's my favorite piece of furniture not only because it's the first thing I've bought that I had made, but because it holds my favorite things: my books.
Below is a snapshot of my current favorites in no particular order:
- The Defining Decade - Meg Jay
A must read for anyone in their 20s. My best friend Brit gave me a copy and I passed it along to everyone I knew. All about why your 20s matter in life and how not wake up when your 30 and say wtf? Although I probably still will.
- The Happiness of Pursuit - Chris Guillebeau
If you are practical and like a little structure this book encourages you to set out on a quest to pursue whatever you want to do. It's all about the joy in the journey not in the destination.
- Children of the Stone - Sandy Tolan
This beautiful book is an amazing living breathing example of the power of the arts to transform lives. Tolan's fantastic ability to tell this story with such passion, grace, and heart still gives me chills. The story features Ramzi Aburedwan a Palestinian refugee and violinist who founded the music school Al Kamanjadti. Highly recommend.
- Unshakeable - Tony Robbins
Two words: Index Funds. If you are in your 20s and don't know what they are or you haven't already invested in them- buy this book. Now.
- Rising Strong - Brené Brown
Vulnerability is where it's at. All day eryday. Read all her books- they changed my life.
- The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane - Kate DiCamillo
This book is so beautiful and sweet and I re read it every once and a while and am transported. It's about a rabbit that gets lost. We all get a little lost sometimes.
- The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
This book has so many passages highlighted in it that it's almost easier to read the the stuff that isn't highlighted. I come back to the book monthly for inspiration and comfort.
- SuperBetter - Jane McGonigal
Currently reading this and loving it. Her first book: Reality is Broken was mind-blowingly interesting and this is too. Gaming is so cool.
- The Art of Relevance - Nina Simon
As someone who went to an arts school- and was always involved in different arts organizations and community outreach programs. I'm always interested in how communities and organizations work together. This book is a fascinating study on how and why things/people/places/exhibits are relevant and what goes wrong when they aren't.
- Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Read this is french class with Madame Arseneau and it always makes me smile!
- The Artist as Citizen - Joseph Polisi
A must read for any artist or storyteller that wants to change the world.