I loved this little book of essays about being a woman amidst societal and personal expectations. As with all things, some insights spoke to me more than others. But I think this is a little gem. My favorite essay was Moon Shell.
Day 3 of #bfc results:
Walking: 2.02 miles
Swimming: .568 miles
Finished 2 audiobooks: Gift From the Sea (while walking) and The Stand (while driving — my husband and I have been listening to this for awhile; we just happened to finish it today. 😊) #audiowalk
My daughter gave me this book for Mother‘s Day a few years ago; I loved it. I listened to it today on my #bfc walk here on the Florida Gulf Coast — the same coast she was visiting when she wrote it. The section about needing to be alone resonated with me, as I often feel that need.
Results on day 2: 3.31 miles
I am very fond of the oyster shell. It is humble and awkward and ugly. It is slate-colored and unsymmetrical. Its form is not primarily beautiful but functional. I make fun of it‘s knobbiness. Sometimes I resent its burdens and excrescences. But it‘s tireless adaptability and tenacity draw my astonished admiration and sometimes even my tears. And it is comfortable in its familiarity, like old garden gloves which have molded themselves perfectly.
Sometimes you find the right book at the right time. Lindbergh writes about solitude, youth and aging, finding balance and simplicity in a busy world, the time saving gadgets that complicate our lives more than save us time. A tiny book about contemplation, creativity and compassion in our daily lives, presented with wisdom and insight.
The naked book is prettier than the dust jacket. This gentle book of essays was just what I needed after the intensity of the Lessing book.
20. Small books
Two of my favorites fit the category. Gift from the Sea is a short memoir about a time in the author's life (Anne M. Lindbergh) when she took a vacation alone near the Gulf of Mexico. A Hinge of Joy is Jean L. Connor's second poetry collection, written when she was about 90.
"One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few." Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea ?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
There's beauty in margin. ?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I've read this book twice over the years and loved both times. The author, wife of Charles Lindbergh, gives her thoughts about life, love and relationships. It's on my list to read again. This book is one of my favorites - it's a keeper and will probably stay on my shelves indefinitely.
Keeping with my theme of strong, independent, empowered women, I decided to finally read this book. It seems to go with my last 3 books. On chapter 3 and I am enjoying it, but I hope it speeds up a bit!
I am so glad my #booksandbeer club chose this book to read. It really was a great read, a little hard to get through at times but I‘ve been doing a lot more light reading recently so I don‘t think my reading mind was in the right frame for this. But it was still an excellent book #2018 #yearofbooks #32
I love this book. This specific book. The work itself is wonderful, but this is a book I loaned to several friends and my mom. We all wrote our thoughts in it as we read. It is full of the writing of people I love. It is the kind of book which provokes you to write notes.
More, more, more! I went back to the library book sale (and the used bookstore today). And Mr. Z told me I still had another shelf to fill. 😍
I've been wanting to read some of Anne Lindbergh's books after reading The Aviator's Wife, so I decided to start with her most famous one. Gift From The Sea definitely has some great little nuggets of wisdom and food for thought, but I felt she also rambled a lot. It is also very dated, written in 1955. Still, there are definitely some good things to take away from this. 3.5⭐️ #catsoflitsy #Scarlett
A timeless treasure- First published 63 years ago, the tenets of this book still hold true regarding relationships, simplicity, aloneness and ultimately what it means to flourish in this life we have. This is one to read over and over again.
I‘ve not read the tagged book but I‘ve been thinking a lot about how relationships are like a #dance. And guess what, there‘s a passage from this book about just that! Honestly, I might be reading too many romances but if Miki St. John doesn‘t get his permanent HEA with no more people trying to hurt him I‘m gonna be angry. Why am I so invested in this fictional character? #Quotsy #QuotsyDec17 #LitsyQuoteChallenge
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I have to admit that this book is barely a pick for me. I was set to give it a so-so, but the author‘s addition to the book 20 years after the original pushed it to the pick level. My big problem with the book is that the author clearly leads a life of privilege, so her musings on life do not seem that relatable to me. I know many people love the book, so they must be relatable to others.
//⭐️⭐️⭐️// I was hesitant to read this book, I wasn't sure that I wanted to read a "self-discovery, new-agey" type book. It seemed likely that Gift from the Sea would fit that description. In several ways it did, and for those moments, the book was off-putting. But, there were far more thoughts that made me pause and reflect, and for those moments, I found this book insightful. There is a line of thought that is interesting.