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Learnings from 2017’s reading list

Last year I wrote a recap of books I managed to get thru in all of 2016. This year I’m following up on that post with my 2017 reads, although this year’s list is not business related, it’s still pretty insightful. So then, here are just a few thoughts on each of the books I read during 2017, in no particular order.

In A Lonely Place
by Dorothy Hughes

This is the only book from this past year that does not deal with houseplants or the home. I picked up this book at Books & Books while just browsing. In A Lonely Place is quite a popular book and even was adapted to film, the book is centered around Dix Steele, a violent sociopath. Hughes does a great job of consuming you in the story and keeping you intrigued throughout the murder drama.

Wabi-Sabi Welcome: Learning to Embrace the Imperfect and Entertain with Thoughtfulness and Ease
by Julie Pointer

I came across this book while in Oregon, and quickly ordered it on Amazon. Wabi-Sabi Welcome does a pretty good job at introducing you to the world of accepting imperfections and finding life in all that is as such. Wabi sabi is based on traditional Japanese aesthetics and Pointer provides you with ideas, recipes, and examples of accepting the unfinished and the imperfect and how to implement Wabi sabi in your home.

Indoor Green: Living with Plants
by Bree Claffey

Here is one book that you can utilize to familiarize yourself with houseplants. Claffey does so by introducing you to several houseplant owners around the world and providing you with their backstory and experiences in living with plants.

Living with Plants: A Guide to Indoor Gardening
by Sophie Lee

This is another book I found while in Oregon, it’s got a great assortment of houseplants and serves as an introductory guide to living with them. You can easily use this one for determining which houseplants to get started with and how to troubleshoot should you need to.

These are just a few notes I gathered from this year’s reading list. I recommend all four readings to anyone enthusiastic about houseplants and fiction. If you’re really looking into getting started with houseplants or just finding a little inspiration then the above readings are likely going to help you.

Hestia Living