Maia Toll
This week has been all about books!

I’ve wanted to be an author since I was a kid, not because I loved to write but because I loved to read.

Last year I shared a few of my favorites with you.

This year, I asked to hear YOUR life-changing books and favorite authors…

… And I was not disappointed!

Without further ado…

Collective & Perenial loves:

          ✦ The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho (This was by far the most popular vote!)

          ✦ The Harry Potter Series, J.K. Rowling

          ✦ The Lord of the Rings Series and The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien

          ✦ The Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff

          ✦ Big Magic and Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert

          ✦ Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver

          ✦ Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall-Kimmerer

          ✦ Herbal Rituals, Judith Berger (from our herb lovers out there)

Witchy faves:

          ✦ The Highland Witch, Susan Fletcher

          ✦ Witches Series, Terry Pratchett

          ✦ Alice Hoffman books

The individual choice awards:

          ✦ The Untethered Soul, Michael Singer

          ✦ Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life, Dr. Wayne Dyer

          ✦ Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl

          ✦ Women Who Run with Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estés

          ✦ The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley

          ✦ The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben

          ✦ The Color Purple, Alice Walker

          ✦ Cassandra Clare’s books

          ✦ Daughters of Copper Woman, Ann Cameron

          ✦ Sisters of the Earth, Lorraine Anderson

          ✦ Operating Instructions, Anne Lamott

You said: “It was an amazing chronicle of a crazy but miracle-filled year and reminded me that the small things all around us can increase in their value as we find ourselves in need.”

          ✦ American Eden, Victoria Johnson

You said: “I just finished reading AMERICAN EDEN by Victoria Johnson and I’ve felt compelled to tell every reader I talk to about the book since I attended a book talk and signing by the author two weeks ago at The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville. The book is a biography of Dr. David Hosack who lived 1769-1835. He was a noted American physician, botanist, and educator who is best remembered for saving Alexander Hamilton’s teenage son’s life and tending to Alexander Hamilton after his fatal dual with Aaron Burr. He spent the majority of his adult life establishing the first Botanical garden in the United States located in Manhattan where Rockefeller Center is now. His greatest passion was collecting and growing plants for medicinal remedies at a time when the standard medical practice was bloodletting. The book is filled with stories about the early days of New York and many of America’s founding fathers. The author makes history come alive in the context of one extraordinary man’s struggles and triumphs during his lifetime. The subtitle to the book is Botany and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic. It is a very well written and satisfying non fiction book of 337 pages with more than 100 additional pages of notes, sources, credits and index. I will read the book again because Dr. Hosack was such an interesting man who had an incredible passion for plants and their relationships with people.”

If you’re on Facebook, click here to tell me what you’re reading this season!

And hopefully, added to this list will be The Illustrated Herbiary.

It’s certainly changed my life, and I hope it brings magic, peace, and inspiration to yours!

Thanks for joining me on this crazy and amazing journey.