Earlier this week, I posted a picture of some books I was starting to read as part of a larger move to educate myself on social issues in America about which I’d like to know more. My little reading stack included a poetry and essay book, books on African-American and Native-American history, and books about women in activism and social justice movements (as well as a fun look at the musical Hamilton). I was overwhelmed by the positive response and recommendations for great reading and was overjoyed to see that one reader, Jessica Nichols, funneled most of the comment suggestions into an online shopping list of books (You can also plug any of those names into IndieBound to find local shops to support with your purchase).
So I thought I’d turn this into an informal book club where those of us interested can examine the connection between historical, social and political movements and how they affect home and feelings of comfort and belonging. If you want to join in, check out our Facebook and Instagram feeds where I’ll be opening up votes for which book we should read this month and discuss online together before the end of the year. Here’s to learning more about each other and finding ways to connect and grow together. xo, grace
*Image above is Jane Mount’s “Ideal Bookshelf” print at 20×200
BEST OF THE WEB 11/18
- If you’d like to speak up and give support to marginalized people in America whose human rights may be at risk soon, this Google doc with calling guidelines for talking to your local reps is a great resource.
- November is Diabetes Awareness Month, so I shared my daily routine with Type 1 over at Instagram. Hint: it involves a lot of needles.
- If you’re not big on cooking and want to help out at Thanksgiving this year (or just bring together new friends for conversation and understanding), Julia has some great ideas of not-much-cooking-required dishes you can make for the holidays (all meat-free).
- These pumpkin chocolate pancakes at Cup of Jo look like a nice way to start the weekend.
- I am so excited to see Hidden Figures next year. Hopefully it will kick off 2017 on a positive note.
- I’m ready to embrace color again in a big way. This green kitchen feels like a nice way to start fresh with something vibrant.
BEST OF D*S 11/18
- Must-Reads: 10 Women I Look Up To and Why, DIY Crepe Paper Tiger Lilies, Vintage Fashion & Jewelry on EBTH + Last Chance $500 Giveaway
- Beauty + Self-Care: The Beauty of Self-Care: Lesson 8 – Vulnerability + Gratitude
- Food + Drink: Irvin Lin’s Chocolate-Cinnamon Babka, Two Thanksgiving Inspired DIYs with Waverly Inspirations, 10 National Organizations to Follow on Instagram, 10 DIYs For A Simply Stunning Thanksgiving Table
- Decorating + Products: 12 Ways to Display and Enjoy Artwork at Home, 10 Perfect Pink Bedrooms, 10 Dining Spaces Made for Making Memories, Evergreen: 11 Greens to Carry You Through Winter
- Interiors: A Vintage Collector’s Treasure-Filled Home in Salt Lake City, Design Updates Help a Victorian Cottage Swing Into This Century, 10 Charming London-Based Interiors, A Montana Home That Honors the Journey