wishing you a happy tuesday and here is a post to share just a couple of favourite fiction and non fiction inspirational kinds of books (in a chapter book size or just a little bigger) i hope could be helpful in case you could love books a lot too or could be on a summer holiday and could maybe could be hoping to find a new book 🕊🌸 i just asked a question on instagram (@carenaturalblog) about if there could be any more or different kinds of posts you could be hoping a lot to see (and which could be helpful) in 2020 and natasha (from @outbackeve) noted she could love to see a post about inspiration books (a link to an earlier Q and a post with natasha about outback eve, a natural beauty care brand with organic and mineral make up she created and founded is here). a couple of the books include the white home, the secret garden, the highly sensitive person, delicious days in paris and the encyclopaedia of the exquisite and i hope you could enjoy post and books in case you could borrow or buy one to read too ! 🕊☺️
a couple of favourite inspiration books
the white home
as noted on the back cover of the book, ‘whether you want to create a look that is timeless, elegant and serene or sharp, contemporary and clean, the white home gives you essential know-how for creating fresh interiors for all home lifestyles’
the white home: ‘the white home, creating rooms you love to live in’ is a quite small and square shape book by caroline clifton – mogg about light and natural white home interiors. it has a lot of beautiful home inspiration photos throughout the book (from quite a lot of different white homes) and helpful writing about creating a home with white (including pure white, soft creams and warm creams) as the central colour(s) and decorating an interior of a home (including by painting the walls and adding furniture, art work and soft furnishings). light and natural wood is often included and a lot of the fabric for the soft furnishings is also often made with light and natural cottons and linens, which also sometimes have a pretty texture (including broderie and broderie anglaise). a lot of the white home interiors included in the photos are quite simple and are so comfortable and pretty looking and are also airy and peaceful. i enjoy the writing and it is really helpful (and sensible) and i also often enjoy just looking at all of the beautiful photos in the book too.
the secret garden
‘if you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden’ (a nature quote noted in the secret garden book)
the secret garden: ‘the secret garden’ book by frances hodgson burnett is a favourite children’s chapter book we have quite an old copy of at home (from 1956), which has illustrations included by ernest h. shepard and quite a worn paper cover. it is one of my favourite fiction books i also reread as a young adult and sometimes carry with me, and is about a young orphan who goes to live with family in the countryside in a different country, and who makes friends with her cousin and a young boy who lives near by. with the help of a tiny robbin, the children discover a secret garden within the gardens of the home (a big countryside estate) and they also find the key to the garden in a bedroom inside, and quietly and slowly bring life back to the garden by planting new seeds every where, and looking after all of the animals and birds close by and gardening the plants and trees. i enjoy reading it a lot and there are a lot of nice quotes in the book too and hope it could be helpful in case you could love nature and sometimes reading children’s books a lot too.
the highly sensitive person
‘one in every five people is born with a heightened sensitivity; they are often gifted with great intelligence, intuition and imagination, but there are also drawbacks’ (a quote from the back cover of the highly sensitive person book)
the highly sensitive person: the phrase highly sensitive person (hsp) was first noted by elaine n. aron in her book the highly sensitive person, and describes a person who is born with heightened sensitivity and who is often gifted with great intelligence, intuition and imagination, although could also suffer from drawbacks, including coming across as shy or aloof (without meaning to) and suffering from low self esteem as hsps could find it a bit harder to communicate, express themselves and feel comfortable in our modern society, which can sometimes be quite fast paced. in her book, elaine (who is highly sensitive also and was the first researcher into hsps) tries to focus on the positive gifts of being highly sensitive, to help hsps understand more about their sensitivity and feel more comfortable with being highly sensitive and being out in the world. i bought the book in early 2014 (age 21) and it is a very helpful and kind and sensible book with a lot of examples and practical notes (and a link to an earlier post i wrote about care tips for hsps is here) 🕊🌸
earlier posts about care tips: a couple of earlier posts published sharing a couple of care tips include a post about care tips by dr libby, care tips for HSPs, care tips to love yourself more, care tips with rosehip oil, natural beauty care with lavender flowers, care tips for INFPs, a couple of sleep care tips and a couple of open heart tips by kora organics (please check and follow the links)
delicious days in paris: ‘delicious days in paris, walking tours to explore the city’s food and culture’ is a favourite book and one of the loveliest and happiest and most beautiful books i have read before ! it is written by jane paech (@janepaech) and is a chapter book size and is a beautiful guide and inspiration kind of book about walks and places to eat and visit in paris. as noted on the back cover, ‘let food lover and paris expert jane paech show you around the city’s mille-feuille of history and culture, with is tempting pastry and chocolate shops on every corner. you’ll visit both legendary and little known cafes, restaurants and patisseries of paris, and see museums, art galleries, gardens, markets and other interesting places – all at a civilised pace, with time to daydream. taste camembert, champagne, strawberry tarts, meringues and macarons on jane’s fourteen themed walks.’ all of the photos in the book are just gorgeous and jane is one of the kindest, gentlest and wonderful writers i have ever read before. in case you could love and be inspired a lot by paris and french culture and pastries and foods i could really recommend this book 🕊☺️
encyclopaedia of the exquisite
‘a delightful ode to everyday elegance that brims with tales showing how beauty can be found in the most unlikely places. encyclopaedia of the exquisite has the potential to make our lives that much more interesting. it left me truly inspired’ by sarah jessica parker
encyclopaedia of the exquisite: ‘encyclopaedia of the exquisite, an anecdotal history of elegant delights’ by jessica kerwin jenkins is also a chapter book kind of size and has a cream cover and a lot of detailed illustrations in a twinkling ruby colour. the book is organised a bit like an encyclopaedia, with an inspirational word (about an idea) followed by a couple of pages of notes, information, anecdotes and illustrations about the idea. a couple of ideas noted and explored in the book include: confetti, boudoir, carousel, alfresco, love notes, wanderers and unicorn and all of the words are also carefully organised throughout the book in alphabetical order. as noted just on the inside cover, ‘taking a cue from the exotic encyclopaedias of the sixteenth century, jessica kerwin jenkins’s encyclopaedia of the exquisite focuses on the elegant, the rare, the commonplace and the delightful’ and ‘each entry features several engaging anecdotes, illuminating the curious past of each enduring source of beauty’ and hope noting the book could be helpful in case you could enjoy it a lot too (it also helped me expand my vocabulary a lot too).
are there any more or different kinds of fiction and non fiction inspiration books you could love a lot ? (a second post about a couple of bigger, coffee table kind of size inspiration books is also coming soon !)
a couple of earlier posts in case it could be helpful to note
earlier posts about books: a couple of earlier posts about books include a post about a couple of nature books, the beauty guide book by dr libby, treasure yourself book and affirmations cards by miranda kerr, the curated closet book, earth to earth book, 100 best health foods book and beauty from the inside out by dr libby (in case you could also be hoping to check a couple of earlier posts about books, please check and follow the links or the ‘books’ category just on the right hand side of the page 🕊🌸)
earlier posts about inspiration: a couple of earlier posts published about inspiration include all of the Q and a posts published (please check the about page for a note of Q and a posts) and a post about care tips to love yourself more, kind tips by kora organics, a couple of nature poems, a couple of humanitarians, a couple more humanitarians, open heart tips by kora organics, 26 favourite things, a couple of sleep care tips, a couple of favourite art works, a couple of favourite movies, a song playlist for march, a second song playlist, a mini wardrobe tour, a gold necklace from GLDN jewelry, jane birkin inspiration and a lovely blog: kitty cotten (please checks the links or the ‘inspiration’ category just on the right hand side of page)
photo credits: white bedroom inspiration photo created by jessica (@theeve__) and also shared in a post by sunday lane australia (@sundaylane), white broderie rouje paris dress created and published by rouje (@rouje), eiffel tower (paris) photo found on pinterest
clifton – mogg, c. (2006). the white home, creating rooms you love to live in. london: jaqui small.
hodgson burnett, f. (1956). the secret garden. the reprint society ltd.
aron, e. n. (1999). the highly sensitive person. london, UK: element, harper collins publishers.
paech, j. (2014). delicious days in paris, walking tours to explore the city’s food and culture. australia: penguin group.
jenkins, j. k. (2010). encyclopaedia of the exquisite, an anecdotal history of elegant delights. usa: random house inc.
disclaimer: please note, the post was published independently of all of the books (publishers) and authors noted in the post (and is not a gift or an ad)