JULY TO BE READ (BOOKS + ARTICLES)

Friday, July 8, 2016


Happy Friday!

I'm sorry my posting schedule got a little bit thrown off this week, but next week we will be back to our regularly scheduled programming of stationery, planner, and travel goodness!

I was inspired by July 6 #RockYourHandwriting challenge prompt: Reading list. I made a list of books and articles that were on my list, and I thought I'd share them with you!

Flirting With French by William Alexander
I picked this up at Anthropologie one day, and it is totally something I can relate to! Basically, Alexander is trying to learn French, and suffice it to say, it's an adventure. I have only just started it, but I love this passage:
France does that to you. Some Americans want to visit France. Some want to live in France. I want to be French. I have such an inexplicable affinity for all things French that I wonder if I was French in a former life (I'd like to think Molière, but with my luck, more likely Robespierre, which explains the persistent crick in my neck). I love French music and movies. I yearn to play boules in a Provençal village square while discussing French politics... To get to know and understand the people who still worship Napoleon, who consider 'philosopher' a job title, who can be both maddeningly rigid and movingly gracious...
If that doesn't explain what it's like to be a Francophile, I don't know what does.


The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
This one has been on my list for a while, but I want to get rid of a lot of stuff before I move to France, and I've been hearing great things about this book. It's not perfect by any stretch, but so far there has been some valuable advice!


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
In preparation for the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the end of this month, I hope to read all of the Harry Potter books before the release! I may have to settle for re-reading Deathly Hallows for the fourth time (and yes, I did have to get a new copy of Sorcerer's Stone. Mine was falling apart).
This is such a cool concept, and if I find myself in Grenoble, I will definitely have to get a short story from the vending machine!

I consider myself to be a curious person, and someone who desires knowledge and learning above all else, so the concept of the 5-hour rule (à la Benjamin Franklin) was really appealing to me.

I LOVE seeing other people's notebooks and planners, so taking a peek into some famous artists and authors' notebooks was so cool to see how everyone's creativity works in different ways.

I have recently been really interested in Baum-Kuchen as an online store, and I'm hoping to visit the store in LA when I go in August, but the blog is so amazing! I love the aesthetic and the very easy-going nature and good vibes I get from visiting their blog. It's been a daily stop for me, and I've been going further and further into the archives, but this post is a recent favorite.


What are you reading this month? Let me know in the comments, or shoot me a tweet! Have a great weekend.
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