My friend went to New York City last year and brought back a bunch of postcards from Strand Book Store. When she told me to pick one for myself, I was immediately drawn to this one, for obvious reasons.

Stay Home and Read Books

Here’s the artist bio from the back of the postcard:

Olivia Mew @stayhomeclubofficial) was an illustrator until she started an apparel brand called Stay Home Club. She lives in Montreal and everything she owns is covered in cat hair.

Intrigued, I sought out the Stay Home Club website, where I learned this:

Stay Home Club is a range of lifestyle products for people with no life. We are a club that never meets, but a club nonetheless. Each order is shipped with a membership card. One of us. One of us.

Wow, a clothing line for introverts – whodathunkit?

Here in Ontario, we’ve been having record lows this winter (brrr) so staying home to read books is even more appealing than usual!

I decided I’d like to read more non-fiction this year, but it seems to be taking over my reading life. My plan was to read about one non-fiction book per month, or about one out of four, but I haven’t read a novel since I finished Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson on Christmas Eve. With nothing lined up, I opened the Overdrive app on my iPad to see what was available from my “To Read” list on Goodreads. I chose A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley because I’d really enjoyed the movie Lion which was based on it. Maybe my amazement at the unfolding of events was a big part of my enjoyment, because I didn’t enjoy the book quite as much, which is really unusual.

I’m currently reading You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero, because it was recommended by my husband as well as a few other people I know. It has some really good stuff in it, and I’ll probably read it again later, even though staying home and reading books isn’t one of her recommended success strategies.

Next up is Mom & Me & Mom, Maya Angelou’s autobiography #7, which we’ll be discussing at book club later this month. We read #1 in the series, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, last year and loved it, so it should be good.

I’m thinking it will be nearly a month between the time I finished my last novel and start the next one, so I’d better pick a good one!

What are you reading these days?