The sun might be shining, vaccination rates are going up, and hope is definitely springing, but some good books to keep you company are always a good idea. You’ve got this! Here’s a list compiled earlier this year by the good people of the Country Bookshelf in Bozeman, MT.
Wintering by Katherine May released during the holiday rush, but it’s message of stillness and reflection resonated with several of our booksellers who enjoyed listening to the audiobook from libroFM.
Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies is a hilarious memoir/self-help book from Tara Schuster that brings the observations of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone with the biting wit of “The Daily Show.” Full of wholly relatable stories and useful tips, this is a great read to find some self-love.
The Nature Fix by Florence Williams illuminates the fascinating neuroscience behind the seemingly universal decisions to go for long walks, take up gardening, or go bird watching that characterized early quarantine socializing.
Burnout by the Nagoski sisters Emily and Amelia gives readers transformative tools for interrupting the stress cycle and resetting our nervous systems and behaviors and explains why rest, human connection, and befriending your inner critic are keys to recovering and preventing burnout.
The Listening Path from beloved author Julia Cameron takes readers on a journey to deeper, more profound attention and creativity. This is a great companion to one of our favorite early pandemic reads, How to Do Nothing by Jenny O’Dell, herself an artist looking at the attention economy through a more sociological and philosophical lens.
There were a few titles that many folks picked up at the onset of the pandemic that still offer strong support for quarantine angst, so don’t be afraid to check out some of those backlist titles, or ask a bookseller for a recommendation.