Shelf Wellness

Every time, I walk into the Bookshelf, I head to the back. I usually set up up shop at the table in between the backpacks and the cookbooks. The view is very nice, to my left are the truffles, to my right, the classics and poetry. I don’t often get to interact with the books at the front of the shop. For the most part, fiction and regional favorites are lost on me. Unless I take the time to wander there on my own. While looking for inspiration for our Happy Houseplants event that is happening on October 19, I stumbled upon something I wish I’d found sooner. The Mind, Body, & Spirit section is a hidden gem. A quick glance shows me that there are more than 60 different books written by authors with 60 different perspectives on how to handle what life throws their way. With that in mind, here are the top five books I’m excited to read the that section of the store.

I am constantly on the go. From sunup to sundown, I am shifting between classes, and meetings, and states (special thanks to this internship for that last one). I am also a firm believer in taking the time to just breathe, spending a few quiet moments with your thoughts is integral to staying sane. I’ve always wanted to incorporate yoga into my alone time, and this book seems the perfect introduction to the world of the downward dog.

I am constantly on the go. From sunup to sundown, I am shifting between classes, and meetings, and states (special thanks to this internship for that last one). I am also a firm believer in taking the time to just breathe, spending a few quiet moments with your thoughts is integral to staying sane. I’ve always wanted to incorporate yoga into my alone time, and this book seems the perfect introduction to the world of the downward dog.

The only reason I know anything about myself is because of personality quizzes. I am an ENFJ, a Slytherin, and if I was a Disney princess, I would be Belle, the bookworm Francophile. Any book that can tell me more about myself and the depths of my personality is a book I want to read.

The only reason I know anything about myself is because of personality quizzes. I am an ENFJ, a Slytherin, and if I was a Disney princess, I would be Belle, the bookworm Francophile. Any book that can tell me more about myself and the depths of my personality is a book I want to read.

Pope Francis is without a doubt my favorite person to take on the role of the Bishop of Rome ever. He is just what the Church needed. He is tolerant, and aware, and modern. I can’t wait to read this interview between him and Andrea Tornielli when some time frees up in my schedule.

Pope Francis is without a doubt my favorite person to take on the role of the Bishop of Rome ever. He is just what the Church needed. He is tolerant, and aware, and modern. I can’t wait to read this interview between him and Andrea Tornielli when some time frees up in my schedule.

I am 20 years old. This journey around the sun has been a challenging one, but it has also been incredibly rewarding. When I was 10, I thought I would have all of the knowledge in the world. Well, sorry to let past Azia down, but I was wrong. On the teeter-totter of life, I am sitting right between woman and girl, a grown up, but not yet an adult. Perhaps this book can help me navigate the last 10 months of my 20th year on Earth just a little bit better.

I am 20 years old. This journey around the sun has been a challenging one, but it has also been incredibly rewarding. When I was 10, I thought I would have all of the knowledge in the world. Well, sorry to let past Azia down, but I was wrong. On the teeter-totter of life, I am sitting right between woman and girl, a grown up, but not yet an adult. Perhaps this book can help me navigate the last 10 months of my 20th year on Earth just a little bit better.

Someone told me that my generation was called the “iGeneration” and I couldn’t agree more. My phone and laptop are my fifth and sixth appendages. Even though most of the time they are either dead or dying, I couldn’t imagine life without them, and I don’t really want to. All the said, my attention span and utility bill would likely thank me kindly if I took a break from the screen time. The fact that this book promises to address not only the bad of the smartphone but also the good makes me eager to get my hands on it.

Someone told me that my generation was called the “iGeneration” and I couldn’t agree more. My phone and laptop are my fifth and sixth appendages. Even though most of the time they are either dead or dying, I couldn’t imagine life without them, and I don’t really want to. All the said, my attention span and utility bill would likely thank me kindly if I took a break from the screen time. The fact that this book promises to address not only the bad of the smartphone but also the good makes me eager to get my hands on it.


Even though these books are filled with different content, they all seem to highlight the importance of making sure your mind, body, and spirit stay aligned in today’s day and age. People often get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, they often forget that it’s okay to stop and take a break. The next time you think about it remember The Bookshelf is with comfy chairs and chocolate all ready to go. 

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