I read a lot this year! Several yoga books for the coursework I completed, and then the pleasure reading of the TBR-Lite Challenge and the A-to-Z Author Challenge.
But the best book I read all year wasn't drawn from either of those piles. Rather, it was a book that I picked up on impulse at the bookshop in Friday Harbor. We'd gone to the San Juans for Labor Day weekend, and the kids and I were taking the ferry back. While waiting for the ferry, we'd done a little shopping, and I'd gone into Harbor Books expecting to buy a particular novel ... which they did not, it turned out, have in stock. I sat down to wait while the rest of my family browsed, and there on the table in front of me was this book:
I picked it up and read a few pages, and thought, Well, the mood of this sort of fits in with my yoga studies. So I bought it. And once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down.
The author, Sarah Susanka, is an architect. Her view about architecture is that our homes should be places that inspire us. She is also a spiritual person who recommends meditating every day, to keep one's self in touch with that inspiration. The Not So Big Life is about setting meaningful priorities so that your to-do list doesn't end up running your life.
I highly recommend this book! And if you want more info, here is a link to Sarah Susanka's website.
Scott and I celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary this past weekend, in the midst of Seattle's recent cold snap. We celebrated by staying in a suite at the historic Sorrento Hotel downtown, and doing a bit of Christmas shopping, but mostly just eating well, drinking well, and snuggling to stay warm. How cold was it? So cold that the fountain froze: