Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Fab Reads Discovered at Second-hand Bookstores

Literary finds from a second-hand bookstore browse last fall...

Love, love, love to browse bookstores!  More recently—maybe the last four years or so—I’ve had an obsession with second-hand bookstores.  I see one, and (almost compulsively) need to check it out!

Browsing a second-hand bookstore is always a unique experience as I generally encounter a hard-to-find book from my must-read list or something I’ve never heard of—yet, peaks my interest. Plus, buying second-hand is a greener option—which I totally adore.

Featured below are a few unique, well-worth-the-read books I have picked up at second-hand bookstores:

by Diana Roberts Wienbroer, Elaine Hughes and Jay Silverman
This is one of the best writer's reference books I have ever read.  It covers strategies for developing a writing style, building persuasion, paragraphing, word usage, grammar--from basic to advanced, words to avoid using, etc., etc., etc.  This book is so good, I keep it atop my desk--ready for use!

The Art of Aromatherapy: A Guide to Using Essential Oils for Health and Relaxation
by Pamela Allardice
I use essential oils a lot.  My favorite place for them is in a nice, hot bath at night.  This book provides an introduction on how to use essential oils as well as a guide to thirty of the most popular essential oils.  This is a wonderful reference book!

Pencil Dancing: New Ways to Free Your Creative Spirit
by Mari Messer
I am always on the prowl for books about creativity.  This one's chalked with ways to develop and explore your own personal creativity.  It includes scads of reflective, creative and research assignments--all dedicated to enhancing one's creative flair.

The Art of the Possible: The Path from Perfectionism to Balance and Freedom
by Alexandra Stoddard
I adore this woman!  I have ever since I watched her hosting her own program on HGTV many moons ago.  To be honest, I did not even know she was an author until I came across this book while browsing a local second-hand bookstore/coffee shop.  Turns out she's got about a dozen books (I'm about halfway to collecting them all).
This book presents profiles of eleven different goddesses (e.g. Aphrodite) and ways women can gather to reflect, eat yummy treats, play games, create, share insights, etc.  Every presented get-together is themed around one of the goddesses. It's a fun book with great suggestions for putting together a series of fabulous girls' nights in.

Are you a bookstore browser?  Do you heart second-hand bookstores? Ever find a treasure in one of them?  I would LOVE to hear about it!

Joy and peace, T.