Mr. Groundhog's prediction of a speedy spring has us feeling all the fresh, clean, reviving vibes. Could be the weather, or maybe it's because tidying has been trending for weeks, but we're seeing organizing ideas everywhere these days.
Fortunately, when it comes to books, the wonders of technology allow us to fit so many (thousands!) things (stories) into small spaces (mobile devices) and keep them organized (browsing structure). If you've been feeling the itch to tidy too, keep your motivation up with some stories. So go ahead and build that mountain of items, start a story, and spend some quality time with your things.
Tales of Tidying
From a story about cleaning gone too far to neighbor neatness, these tales will help you get in the mood for tidying.
The Incredible Adventures or Professor Brainstawm by Norman Hunter
Eccentric, absent-minded inventor Professor Branestawm embarks on a series of adventures with his friend Colonel Dedshott. Various machines are invented: a time travel-machine, a device to capture and tie up burglars, and a spring-cleaning machine. Inevitably, something goes wrong and Professor Branestawm is again in a pickle, exasperating his housekeeper Mrs Flittersnoop and delighting us.
The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson
In this riveting debut, a boy struggling with OCD is uniquely qualified to solve a kidnapping. Matthew Corbin suffers from severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. He hasn't been to school in weeks. His hands are cracked and bleeding from cleaning. He refuses to leave his bedroom. To pass the time, he observes his neighbors from his bedroom window, making mundane notes about their habits as they bustle about the cul-de-sac. When a toddler staying next door goes missing, it becomes apparent that Matthew was the last person to see him alive. Suddenly, Matthew finds himself at the center of a high-stakes mystery, and every one of his neighbors is a suspect. Matthew is the key to figuring out what happened and potentially saving a child's life... but is he able to do so if it means exposing his own secrets, and stepping out from the safety of his home?
Playing a story as you sort is like having an encouraging friend by your side, helping you stay focused.
Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare's School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare's is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong-until disaster strikes. On April 18, an historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy's home and school. With martial law in effect, she is forced to wait with her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Mercy can't sit by while they wait for the Army to bring help. Fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, yet Mercy still has the "bossy" cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenage girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?
The Daybreak Bond (Sequel to the Firefly Code) by Megan Frazer Blakemore
Five friends leave their community and embark on an adventure that will change their lives forever in this fascinating utopian saga. Mori and her friends Julia, Benji, and Theo have never seen the world beyond the walls of their utopian community, Old Harmonie. That changes when their new friend Ilana is threatened by the rules that are supposed to keep them all safe. Together they escape, hoping to find help in Boston with Dr. Agatha Varden, one of Old Harmonie's pioneering founders. But as they encounter kids from the outside and face challenges they never expected, Mori and her friends begin to understand the complicated reality of their supposedly perfect world. With the help of these new friends, they just might be able to save Ilana, but at what cost?
Self Care Stories
Maintaining your environment is a very visible form of self care. Other methods may be less visible, but can be just as helpful for your peace of mind. Meditation sounds are a great way to help decompress - try listening on your commute and feel the stress melt away.
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga by Deepak Chopra, MD and David Simon, MD
The remarkable benefits of yoga, which include improved flexibility, balance, muscle tone, endurance, and vitality, only hint at the extraordinary power of this deeply spiritual practice. When adhered to and practiced mindfully, yoga can unlock your full creative potential, capacity for love and compassion, and ability to find success in all areas of your life. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga brings spirituality back to yoga. It shows how the Seven Spiritual Laws play a crucial role in yoga's path to enlightenment while providing listeners with a wealth of meditation techniques, mantras, breathing exercises, and yoga poses. Whether a newcomer to yoga or an experienced practitioner, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga is a portal to yoga's deeper spiritual dimension and a beautiful step to a happier, more harmonious, and more abundant life.
Relaxing Sound of Rain by Greg Cetus
Rain creates natural white noise useful in relaxation or restoration of inner peace of mind. Multiple rain drops small and large produce multitudes of audio frequencies merging together and providing both energy and protection for the listener. This recording offers continues sound of rain to aid in holistic, mindful living.