Reading and discovering new books can truly spark joy within us. Recently, we found seven of the best new books that did indeed bring us copious amounts of joy. And reading them guides you towards a path of learning and proficiency too. Furthermore, through beautiful imagery, they lead you to a world of increased skills and flood our imaginations with inspiration and know-how.
Some Of The Best New Books for 2021 – So Far!
Every month, we always look forward to discovering some of the best new books to read. Of course, we look for a wide range of topics to learn new skills and gain useful information. Then, of course, we get to share them with you! This month, we found some of the most inspiring new books that truly sparked joy.
Above all, with topics ranging from cooking to perfume making, you’ll understand why they hold a special place in our hearts. And on our bookshelf too. While we love electronic versions, we prefer the hardcover version. And will provide links to both.
1 – The New Mindful Home (and how to make it yours) Best New Books We Adore!
After opening up The New Mindful Home: and how to make it yours, I instantly fell in love. As a home lifestylist and lover of all things home decor, I knew this book sparked instant joy. Yes, it’s one of the books you instantly connect with and love.
Acclaimed interior stylist, Joanna Thornhill, helps us to connect with our homes more mindfully and purposefully. We often think of mindfulness’s connection to meditation, but our homes and interior design can play a big part in our emotional well-being.
Did you know a major study by the Happiness Research Institute revealed feeling happy in our homes counts for 15 percent of our overall happiness in life? And our home happiness ranks three times more important than our income? The author pulls together everything you need to connect with your home brilliantly!
Furthermore, The New Mindful Home demystifies the links between body, mind, and soul. Also, it explains how you can harness the power of mindfulness to help our homes support a more considered lifestyle. Those words seem magical as we all seek to connect to our homes in a more organic way.
Enhanced by beautiful contemporary photography, this is an interior design book for a generation who want to consider more carefully how they live.
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Some of the questions she poses are how do we create spaces that can calm and revives us? And how you can use interiors to aid living with intention, slow living, creating supportive room layouts. And all this while considering mindful effects of color and embracing plants and natural elements in our homes.
Moreover, The New Mindful Home explores Enhanced by beautiful contemporary photography. This book will provide interior design inspiration for a generation who want to consider how they can live more mindfully. And home decor lovers with new and exciting ways to connect to their homes mindfully.
Additionally, you can learn more and grab a copy of The New Mindful Home on the publisher’s website as well. I’m discovering more about the connection to my home every day. And how to fall in love with my decor all over again!
Below, you can see some of the stunning imagery Joanna Thornhill features in her book. It’s enough to inspire and spark joy upon first glance! When it comes to the best new books, you’ll cherish this for years to come!
2 – All-Natural Perfume Making: Fragrances to Lift Your Mind, Body, and Spirit
As a lover of all things fragrance-related, as soon as I opened All-Natural Perfume Making: Fragrances to Lift Your Mind, Body, and Spirit, I knew this would spark joy. If you appreciate fragrance and feel adventurous, this book is for you!
Now, you can master your very own custom perfume blends with step-by-step instructions. Furthermore, you can benefit your mind, body, and emotions with your scents. Magically, you can turn botanical herbs, flowers, and essential oils into wonderful-smelling, healthy, and sustainable perfumes.
Plus, you’ll discover how the author and herbalist Kristen Schuhmann guides beginning perfumers in the art and techniques of crafting oil-based, alcohol-based, and solid perfumes. And you will learn the history and traditional benefits of certain scents as you create your unique blends from a variety of plant-based ingredients.
For example, you can create a wonderful blend of vanilla, lavender, cedarwood, and neroli that can help relax frazzled nerves. Have a big test coming up? Boost your brainpower with rosemary, sweet orange, and peppermint. Once you’ve grasped the techniques in All-Natural Perfume Making, the possibilities are endless as you mix, layer, and experiment with natural scents.
Likewise, I can’t wait to start creating my very own blends of fragrances! This book will bring me many hours of joy and scents I can call my own without the use of harsh chemicals! And with detailed step-by-step instructions, you can create any blend easily!
In addition, you can head on over to the publisher’s website to learn more and purchase a copy!
3 – The Ultimate Meal Prep Cookbook: One Grocery List. A Week of Meals. No Waste
Words can’t express my excitement to open this book. The Ultimate Meal Prep Cookbook will give you meal planning strategies you can make into dinnertime realities. And how creating one short shopping list gets you five delicious weeknight meals.
Now, meal prepping no longer means filling your freezer with boring casseroles. You won’t need to dip into the same pot of beans every day for a week or spending all day Sunday cooking. Instead, use these smart meal plans to customize fast, fresh dinners that fit your ever-changing schedule.
More so, you’ll discover how 25 weekly plans minimize shopping and the time you spend in the kitchen. Plus, it will guide you through prep-ahead options, make-ahead options, and ingredient substitutions. So now you can reap the benefits to make your life easier, your grocery bill lower, and your dinners better.
Plus, you’ll learn how to build a strong, diverse pantry and make the most of it! And how to store prepped ingredients to keep them fresher longer. Now, you can discover how to reheat foods and safely using smart strategies.
Specifically, the recipes featured in this book look easy to make and delicious. For example, you can enjoy a week of Crispy Chicken with Carrot, Orange, and Chickpea Salad; Meatballs and Lemon Orzo with Mint and Dill; Teriyaki Stir-Fried Beef with Green Beans; Herb-Poached Salmon with Cucumber-Dill Salad; and Sun-Dried Tomato and White Bean Soup with Parmesan Crisps.
Therefore, it’s time to say goodbye to leftover letdowns, multiple supermarket trips, and exhausting weeknight recipes! Head on over to the publisher’s website to learn more and pick up a copy. Or you can purchase The Ultimate Meal Prep Cookbook on Amazon as well!
4 – Pancakes Make People Happy
Yes indeed, Pancakes Make People Happy, and the recipes in this book as well! Let’s face it. We all love pancakes, especially with an array of unique and delectable recipes on hand. You see everything from gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, and dairy-free recipes to please everyone’s palette.
Furthermore, as we know, the pancake is the classic comfort food! Just imagining a short stack of flapjacks drizzled with maple syrup will bring a smile to anybody’s face. But did you know that pancakes can be so much more? From savory, satisfying brunchtime fare to light, sweet desserts, pancakes are the perfect food to nourish body and soul.
Similarily, Pancakes Make People Happy features over 75 unique pancake recipes that are as easy to prepare as they are to love, including:
- Old Fashioned Buttermilk Pancakes
- Jalapeño Corn Fritter Pancakes
- Crispy Risotto Pancake
- Monte Cristo Pancakes
- Citrus Mimosa Pancakes
- Pancake Muffins
- Eggnog Pancakes
- Indian Chai Spice Pancakes
- Christmas Tree Stack
- Black Forest Pancakes
Plus, with authors hailing from the Catskills area of upstate New York, the recipes are farm-fresh and wholesome. Pancakes Make People Happy has everything you need to start enjoying this delicious food in no time. Put a little happiness on your plate!
5 – The First Time Gardener Growing Plants and Flowers
If you love growing plants and flowers but don’t have a green thumb, you’ll appreciate and love this book. The First-Time Gardener: Growing Plants and Flowers, by Sean and Allison McManus, walks you through answering all of your questions and more.
As you know, everyone has to start somewhere, and this book guides you through everything you need to know. Caring for outdoor plantings can be intimidating, especially if the process is completely new to you. This book brings me much joy, and I’m discovering a whole new world about gardening!
However, before running to the hardware store to stock up on plastic bags of mulch and tools you don’t need, arm yourself with the know-how to plant and tend outdoor areas correctly and safely. Doing so saves you time, money, and energy—and helps make the process a whole lot more fun!
Furthermore, with help from this easy-to-follow beginner gardening guide, you’ll learn:
- Tips for selecting the best plants and flowers for your growing conditions
- The best planting techniques for different types of plants
- How to mulch trees, shrubs, and garden beds correctly
- Pruning dos and don’ts for common garden plants
- Ways to keep weeds out of outdoor areas—without using synthetic herbicides
- How to recognize and manage different pests and diseases naturally
- Insider tips on everything from the difference between annuals and perennials to choosing the best organic fertilizer
Plus, you’ll find time-management advice and tips for effective, resource-conscious gardening. You can purchase The First-Time Gardener: Growing Plants and Flowers on Amazon in print or Kindle Version. And head over to the publisher’s website for more info too!
More so, you will close the book not only knowing how to care for your home’s outdoor plantings using earth-friendly methods but also knowing the satisfaction of a beautiful, all-natural landscape.
6 – The Complete Salad Cookbook
If you love salads as much as I do, you’ll flip over The Complete Salad Cookbook. Interestingly, I often prefer a good salad over a steak, and with this book, that’s easy to do. The recipes are amazing. More so, your salad doesn’t need boring toppings to taste delicious. Why not add an exciting mix of color, crunch, and flavor instead?
Now, you can explore the creative possibilities of salads, learn how to build and layer unique flavor combinations and embrace ingredients from barley, octopus, and miso to radicchio, pattypan squash, and pears. These ATK dishes will be the star of the table.
Besides, This book features salads like Pea Green Salad with Warm Apricot-Pistachio Vinaigrette and Tomato Salad with Steak Tips as well as Crispy Eggplant Salad, and riffs on classics: Caesar salad with grilled romaine or pasta salad with One-Pot Pasta Salad with Chicken (and tomatoes, olives, pepperoncini, green beans, arugula, feta). Sidebars highlight surprising salad ingredients such as couscous, purslane, curry powder, and radicchio.
Remember, your salad doesn’t need to taste like the same old thing every time you make one. With these recipes, you can open up a whole new world of salad making and easily!
7 – Natural Remedies for Your Home & Health
Whenever possible, we should always look to natural remedies for our homes and our health. And with this book. Natural Remedies for Your Home & Health, you’ll take your first steps towards living a naturally healthy life!
For example, you’ll find recipes for everything from bathroom floor scrub to cooling eye masks. Think about how good it feels knowing you are doing your best to protect yourself and your family from all those chemicals too!
Natural Remedies for Your Home & Health is a guidebook for using essential oils to keep your household naturally healthy and clean. It includes simple homemade recipes for everyday purposes: skincare, haircare, cleaning, and medicine, with a few extra natural remedies along the way!
Moreover, you can revamp your entire home with natural, safer products. Natural Remedies for Your Home & Health contains a wealth of information about natural essential oils, what they are, how they work, and how to use them safely.
In this book, find several simple recipes for clean beauty products and even everyday cleaning products. And you can use these recipes all the time! Plus, discover natural health tips and learn how to make some swaps in the laundry room that will save you time and money!
Best New Books In Closing
In closing, I hope you could find some of the best new books to love and learn from as I do. Think about what wonderful gifts they make for your friends and family as well. I love all seven, and I know you will do too!
We all love reading Home and Garden books. They fill us with joy, inspiration, and magical moments. Over the past few months, I started collecting my favorites to share with you. I promise you’ll find inspiration on every page!
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