Birthday List Love #4: 25 Books I've Enjoyed This Year (So Far)

Books, books and more books!

Books I’ve bought, books from the library, books on order as I type. Books I’ve read, books waiting to be read, books I’m reading for a second time. Books I sought out, books picked up on a whim. Books that have graced my coffee, bedside and kitchen tables.

All of them have been flipped through, referenced or enjoyed during the past few months.

I chose to go for a round number of 25 books. I also chose to keep it simple: no reviews, just titles, authors and links for your perusal.

Happy reading!


  1. The Prosperous Heart: Creating a Life of “Enough”, by Julia Cameron with Emma Lively
  2. Soul Shifts: Transformative Wisdom for Creating a Life of Authentic Awakening, Emotional Freedom, and Practical Spirituality, by Dr. Barbara De Angelis
  3. The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life, by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander
  4. Illuminate: Ignite Changes Through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies, and Symbols, by Nancy Duarte and Patti Sanchez
  5. slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations, by Nancy Duarte
  6. The Information Design Handbook, by Jennifer Visocky O’Grady and Ken Visocky O'Grady
  7. Pocket Your Dollars: 5 attitude changes that will help you pay down debt, avoid financial stress & keep more of what you make, by Carrie Rocha
  8. Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together, by Pamela Slim
  9. Get the Right Job Right Now: Proven tools, tips and techniques from Canada’s career coach, by Alan Kearns
  10. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert
  11. Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, by Michael Pollan and Maira Kalman
  12. A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book: 95 Inspiring Ideas for Photographing Your Friends, Your World, and Yourself, by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman
  13. Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Photographs With Any Camera, by Bryan Peterson
  14. Understanding Close-up Photography: Creative Close Encounters with or Without a Macro Lens, by Bryan Peterson
  15. Finding Your Visual Voice: A Painter's Guide to Developing an Artistic Style, by Dakota Mitchell with Lee Haroun
  16. The Women of Beaver Hall: Canadian Modernist Painters, by Evelyn Walters
  17. The Beaver Hall Group: 1920s Modernism in Montreal, by Jacques DesRochers and Kristina Hunneault
  18. Vincent by Himself: A Selection of Van Gogh's Paintings and Drawings Together With Extracts from His Letters, edited by Bruce Bernard
  19. Gustav Klimt: From Drawing to Painting, by Christian M. Nebehay and Renée Nebehay-King
  20. Expressionism, by Norbert Wolf
  21. Witness: Canadian Art of the First World War, by Amber Lloydlangston and Laura Brandon
  22. The Backwoods of Canada, by Catherine Parr Traill (Note: My copy is a 1971 edition picked up at a used book store and has the funkiest cover art. Since I couldn't find it on Amazon, I linked to a version that has a $0,99 Kindle edition.)
  23. Anne Savage: The Story of a Canadian Painter, by Anne McDougall
  24. Les héritiers du fleuve, Tome 1: 1887-1893, by Louise Tremblay-D'Essiambre
  25. The World of Downton Abbey, by Jessica Fellowes and Julian Fellowes


Previously, on Birthday List Love:

Birthday List Love #1: Favourite Recipes

Birthday List Love #2: Personal Finance Books by Gail Vaz-Oxlade

Birthday List Love #3: Four Female Canadian Artists

List #5 coming up next...