It’s still dark outside but I couldn’t sleep. I blame it on the slight time difference that I am still readjusting to from our recent camping adventures in Yosemite, coupled with the fact that our Homesong Book Club has been on my mind all night! I have been eager to share my book selections with you, and getting up early before the kids wake to enjoy a cup as I look them over sounds like the right way to start things off, don’t you think? I have decided to do things a bit differently this year and really feel like it’s going to flow well with the rhythm of this space. Here’s what I propose:
Together, we will read 1 book per month starting September 1st, taking this community of readers though a seasonal theme that explores mindful living while reclaiming what it means to do things simply with care. Rather than share all the titles upfront with you, I am going to share them bundle by bundle at the dawn of each new season to keep things fresh. Each season will be comprised of the three following genres:
- Homemaking | Matters that relate to meaningful aspects of the home with regard to intriguing topics of care, cooking, self-care, and gardening, etc. that focus on patience, presence, and practice where we making a home and dwell.
- Parenting | Matters that relate to conscious parenting in today’s modern landscape with an emphasis on mindful approaches that involve slowing down and showing up in a myriad of meaningful ways for our children, family, and others we do life with.
- Existentialism | Matters, some of which are spiritual, while others take more of a naturalist perspective, concerned with the beauties, complexities, and mysteries surrounding our fragile existence and the broader brush strokes of life.
The books I’ve selected are ones that I feel are well aligned with the ethos of this space, titles I feel will add value to your life and depth to your library. The way in which we will connect as a book club moving forward will be as follows:
- You can sign up to receive Homesong Book Club Newsletters above, where I will send several letters per month sharing my thoughts and various questions pertaining to the reading material.
- At the end of the month we will reconvene here at Homesong (dates to follow) and share as a community where you will be able to offer your insights about the book we’ve read, along with any questions or other findings in the comments section of the follow-up post.
- For each book there will be 1-2 practices that you can either try or simply observe here on Homesong that I hope will provide some hands-on practice for your everyday life. More to come on this.
- You can follow the hashtag #homesongbookclub on Instagram to see how others are finding the book as well. I will be sharing my favorite quotes from my own reading from time to time on Instagram, and you can follow up with those on the Highlights reel if you choose to.
- Lastly, this book club is designed to flow with the rhythm of your life and whatever season you find yourself in! No one else’s. However you choose to implement all or part of this book club into your days is entirely up to you.
- I am happy you are here. 🙂
Now onto the Autumn theme and book selections! The thematic unit I have chosen for this upcoming snuggly season is:
CONSCIOUS TRANSFORMATIONS & THE CLASSICAL ELEMENTS.
The Parenting book I’ve selected for September is The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children by Dr. Shefali PhD., a mindful read that illustrates how parenting can become an opportunity for spiritual awakening in our lives are caregivers. The author shares a practical yet soulful guide helping parents (and those who are in children’s lives) become more aware and attuned to young ones by respecting the whole child. This book does not delve into the classical elements (fire, water, air, earth) like those we will read in October and November, but more so in an more abstract way highlighting the four parts of our being: mind body, heart and soul. What I love so much about this book is that it not only imparts impactful lessons for the parent-child relationship, but all relationships that focus on shared responsibilities, authentic trust, and deep communication. Parenthood is a sacred journey, and Dr. Shefali offers a refreshing lens through which we as readers can mold and shape our perspective as we make our way through with gratitude and grace.
The Existential book I’ve selected for October is The Four Elements: Reflections on Nature by John O’Donohue, a moving poetic read that explores the mystical reverence of the natural world and our sacred place it. O’Donohue is undoubtedly one of my favorite authors and thinkers, and including his book in this season’s roundup is a real treat. His words in The Four Elements are hauntingly beautiful as they take the reader through the classical elements, each one peeling back meaningful layers of what it means to be alive in this amazing and wonder-filled world we move about each day. This book is a short, meditative read that you could easily pick up on a lazy Sunday afternoon and finish by sundown, but it’s depth and weight is so transformative that I find you’ll be picking it up for years to come. I chose it for October because it’s the month of great visual change as Mother Nature goes from dusty green, to fiery gold, to burnt brown – a metamorphosis of elemental delight. It is my hope you will take this book along with you on afternoon walks as a reminder of the transient beauty that surrounds us throughout this short-lived season, breathing in both the known and unknown, and the alchemy that exists in the rhythmic world we share.
The Homemaking book I’ve selected for November is Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan, a spectacular and informative read that embarks on a literary adventure unearthing the mysteries of the four elements with respect to cooking at it’s most fundamental core. Cooked is divided into four distinct parts: fire, water, air, and earth, each posing mindful questions and food for thought for the reader to chew on as the author dives into the ancient wonders of bread making, barbecuing, fermenting, boiling, braising and the like. There are recipes, musings, scientific findings, travel-based anecdotes and other riveting tidbits that will help guide our community of readers down a more mindful path in the kitchen, one that seeks to improve our overall well-being and perspective on what it means to truly cook with care. I chose this particular book for November because it’s the month that gives way to cooking! With holiday feasts near the end, Cooked will be sure to offer many refreshing perspectives when it comes to time spent in the kitchen, and our mindful handling of, growing, purchasing, and making of food.
I would love to hear from those who are joining, perhaps a little hello, where you are from, and what you are most looking forward to! I will be sending off a Book Club Newsletter on the 1st of September, so if you have not yet signed up for that, feel free to do so above. And one more thing, to help support the time and energy that goes into creating and sustaining Homesong, the books above have been linked to an affiliate program where you can purchase your read through Amazon. By no means do you need to purchase these books through this site, but any efforts you can offer to further support the work I do is deeply appreciated! Thank you in advance if that is that path you choose, and happy reading!