Many people are familiar with Little House on the Prairie as a TV show but haven’t read the Laura Ingalls Wilder books on which it was based. The books reflect the time period more accurately, and the simple, clean prose brings me into their characters’ lives so easily each time I dip into them. When they didn’t have something, they made do. When troubles came, they weathered them. The Long Winter is a testament to surviving blizzards, no school, and food shortages (spoiler: they all live). And for those who get hungry at some of the food descriptions, check out:
The Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Classic Stories, by Barbara M Walker.
For simpler choices in cooking, I love The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen, by Donna Klein. I’m more likely to have onions, carrots, and lentils in my kitchen than cream to make butter with.
Feeling introspective? In need of meditation advice? Journey of Awakening, by Ram Dass, is a good place to start.
And finally, for amusement, This Time Together, by Carol Burnett, is an especially good read if you can’t focus. Each chapter is a standalone piece and short, with sections that had me laughing.
What are you reading to stay relaxed and positive?