On my nightstand {December}

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As one of my goals for next year is to just take the time to read some books, I want to share on the blog, what I'm currently reading. So this is what is currently on my nightstand:

What falls from the sky by Esther Emery

Esther Emery was a successful playwright until she went through a personal and professional crisis and found herself in a new location, in a mending marriage, with little kids at home and decided something had to be done. She logged off. Completely. No internet for one year. In doing so, she learns valuable lessons and reconnects with God.

I was really intrigued by this book, as I think her experiment is sort of radical and kinda wonderful. So far I'm really enjoying this book, for the off-the-internet part. However, I do find, that the book turns out to be more about her reconnecting with her faith, than anything else. While I can follow her journey with interest, I can't fully grasp it. I think, if you find yourself on your own spiritual journey with the Christian faith this book is beautiful. For someone like me,  with a more secular lifestyle, it may be too much religious talk at times. I wish I would have found out more about her very interesting upbringing, her marriage and her day to day without the internet. 

All in all, I will still recommend this book for a cold winter day. Great shoutout to the person designing the cover! You had me brewing coffee and nestling in a soft blanket as soon as I set eyes on it. Maybe that's it: I was lured in by this amazing cover and was slightly let down by its content. 

How to Hygge by Signe Johansen

Another hygge book for my ever-growing collection. Johansen's book offers a little bit of everything. From an introduction to hygge, to the joy of pika, to recipes and resources. While it may not become my favorite book on hygge it certainly cheers me up and entertains me and the best part is - it is light. You can enjoy it in small pieces between naps and diaper changes. 

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

"Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? How do our brains really work, in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen, and in the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others?"

My husband has read all the Gladwell's a while back and told me bits and pieces here and there. He quotes his works at dinners and christmas parties and I figured it is finally time to see for myself what the fuss is all about. 

I've only completed the first chapter but I'm already hooked. I guess, my instinct tells me this is going to be good.

There's no such thing as bad weather by Linda Akeson McGurk

I just finished listened to this as an audio book and I very much enjoyed it. Linda is a swede, married to an American, living in the Midwest and wondering "where are all the kids?". She compares the outdoor mentalities of Scandinavian and American parents and explores the benefit of taking the little ones outside. 

As a German, married to an American, living in Texas and wondering "where are all the kids?" - this was a listen right after my own heart. Highly recommend for any parent!

What is on your nightstand right now? Always looking for recommendations! Leave your suggestions for me in the comments. Thank you!