Summer Reads

Disclaimer: I rarely preorder books. But somehow, this summer I have preordered 3! All by authors I love to follow and whose books I know I will love without even reading the description. 

Cultivate by Lara Casey

I really enjoyed Lara Casey's first book Make It Happen. She goes through her own personal story, and breaks down how she sets good goals to make what matters happen. Her second book, Cultivate (which releases tomorrow!), is 'a grace filled guide to growing an intentional life'. As someone who struggles with intention, I could not be more excited to read Lara's story and how she cultivates this life. (Bonus: she is offering tons of preorder goodies!)

Gracelaced by Ruth Chou Simons

This is Ruth Chou Simons first book, but I have long loved following her on Instagram and reading her posts. I love her way with words and her beautiful art. I can't wait to read her words in a full book format and delight in the artwork inside.

Glass Houses by Louise Penny

I truly couldn't tell you how long I have been reading Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache series - probably 10 years? (I remember it was around the time Dead Cold/A Fatal Grace came out.) Somehow every book is still magical and mysterious. The characters, the settings, the story - she truly is an exceptional mystery writer and I'm not making any plans for the week this book comes out so I can read it immediately.

Any books you've preordered or are excited to read this summer? Let me know! My summer reading list isn't quite finalized yet :)

Best Reads of 2015

Hello 2016! This little old blog started 5 years ago today, which seems so crazy to me. I started Gallery No. Eight on a whim - a notion of wanting a place online to talk design and build a potential portfolio for future work. And while I'm sure I had ideas of where I hoped it would go, this little space has exceeded so many of my expectations of what blogging can do or become. No matter how long you've been following along, THANKYOU! This little space is all mine, but it wouldn't be the same without you.

On to the post! I added so many gems to my bookshelf last year, it would not be fair to keep them to myself. Whether you're looking to tidy up, love others, solve a mystery, or make it happen, there's something here you'll like.

  1. The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up
  2. Daring Greatly
  3. Love Does
  4. For the Love
  5. The Finishing School
  6. Make it Happen
  7. The Nature of the Beast
  8. The Nightingale
  9. All the Light We Cannot See
  10. Suite Française
  11. As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust

I'm starting to build my reading list for this year, so if there's any books you loved last year, please share! Or if you have any thoughts/questions on the books above, I would love to chat more with you.

Cheers to an amazing - and well-read - 2016 ;) 


Spring Reading

A change in the weather has me yearning for lazy summer days spent reading in the sunshine. I might not have as much free time as I did when I was a kid, but spring/summer reading is always a good thing. I've finished a few books recently & am looking to pick up a few more, so I thought I'd share what's on my list :)

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
I read this last month after a good friend recommended it, and I finished it in one sitting. The length and the story kept me hooked so check it out if it looks interesting to you :)

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
The same good friend #PenguinExpress-ed me this book on Twitter, and I'm a few chapters in. Having graduated from 'art' school (new media has way too many definitions), this intrigued me right from the start. I'm curious to see where it will go & will report back once I've finished!

Pursue the Intentional Life by Jean Fleming
This is Bloom's current book study, and it looks really good. I haven't picked up the book yet, but am hoping too soon.

The Bees by Laline Paull
Ok, I have to admit, this one seems a little out there. But it's got tons of great reviews, so I'm willing to give it a go.

What are you reading/hoping/planning to read?


Fall Reading List

Good morning!

Back in June, I shared some of the books I was reading and I thought it would be fun to do another post!

(click on the image of the book to go to the Goodreads page)

The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny - I read this book back in September over the span of a few days. I've read all her previous Inspector Gamache novels and this one was just as excellent. Highly recommend! (Also, if you've never read any of her books, um, you should get on that. Start with Dead Cold.)

Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay - Currently reading this one right now; I'm about halfway through. I like it, it's well written and I like that it's set in the Canadian North, but it's taken me a few weeks and will probably take another few weeks. It's not one of those books that you tear through in a few days and can't put down. But still, it's interesting and I will finish it.

Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan - Haven't read this, but the description fascinates me! Mystery, bookstores, web design - just sounds right up my alley. Have any of you read it? What did you think?? (ps, mom, if you're reading this, it would make an excellent birthday or Christmas present :D)

Seven by Jen Hatmaker - Another book whose premise fascinates me. A 'mutiny against excess'. Have  heard nothing but good things about this book and will hopefully be adding it to my bookshelves soon! Have any of you read it?

And that's what I'm reading or plan-to-be-reading this fall! What's on your nightstand lately?


June Reading List

Good morning!

I don't know where yesterday went.  Woke up, had my cup of tea, worked, fed my brother, cleaned the house, ran errands with mom, did my yoga, had dinner, read my book, went to bed. A few other things in between, but there really aren't enough hours in the day.

Anyways, I wanted to share some of the books that I've been reading lately! I've always been a 'reader', but I found during school that I just couldn't be bothered picking up a book to read for pleasure after reading so much bleh stuff for my classes. Now that school is done though, I've been making an effort to read more. Here's what is on my nightstand this month:

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, This one is currently on it's way to my nightstand and I'm quite excited to start it! Have heard only good things from several real life and blog friends (Steph, Sarah and Michaela especially!)

Grace for the Good Girl by Emily P. Freeman, I was given this book by a friend and have just started it in the past few days so I can follow along with the summer book club Emily is running. I'm a few chapters in and I can tell this is going to be a good one. I love the message behind this book and I'm really looking forward to working my way through it with the author.

Cure for the Common Life by Max Lucado, I received this one 4 or 5 years ago, before I started university. I read a few chapters back then and enjoyed it, but at the time I knew where the next 4 years of my life were going so I put it down. Now having finished school, I find myself at that crossroads looking for the right path to take. I'm almost done this one and have enjoyed the insights it has provided. It seems strange, but I feel like doing what you want to be doing because you love doing it is almost frowned upon in favour of jobs that provide other things. Do you know what I mean? I want to do something meaningful with the skill set I've been given because I want to fulfill my purpose and enjoy what I do. I'm still in the process of figuring out what that is, but I'll let you know when I find it :)

The fourth spot is empty because I want some recommendations from you! Fiction, non-fiction - doesn't matter to me! - what book(s) are you loving right now??