Soup For The Soul (And Body): Books for National Soup Month

Nothing drives away those chilly winter blues like a hot, nutritious bowl of soup. Many soups are packed with protein, veggies, and grains, making them a great one-pot meal option; besides recipes are easily adaptable to make a healthier soup.

National Soup Month is a great time to check out a book or two from the list below and cook up some wholesome, hearty soups and broths for you and your family.

Please note: Some of the titles were on order at the time this post was being written.

Better Broths & Healing Tonics : 75 Bone Broth And Vegetarian Broth-Based Recipes For Everyone by Kara N. Fitzgerald

Bowls & Broths : Build A Bowl Of Flavor From Scratch, With Dumplings, Noodles And More by Pippa Middlehurst

The Complete Soup Cookbook : Over 200 Satisfying Recipes For Every Appetite

Japanese Soups : 66 Nourishing Broths, Stews And Hotpots by Keiko Iwasaki

101 Greatest Soups On The Planet : Every Savory Soup, Stew, Chili And Chowder You Could Ever Crave by Erin Renouf Mylroie

Soup, Broth, Bread by Rachel Allen

Soup Club : 80 Cozy Recipes For Creative Plant -Based Soups And Stews To Share by Caroline Wright

Soups : Over 100 Internationally Inspired Soups And Stews by Derek Bissonnette

Ultimate Soup Maker : More Than 100 Simple, Nutritious Recipes by Joy Skipper

You can also find plenty of soup recipes from magazines and ebooks on Libby

Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services and Acquisitions Librarian

Declutter and Organize in the New Year

Looking to set your home in order in the New Year? 

Decluttering and organizing stuff gives you greater control of your life, energy and finances while eliminating stress. It allows you to rediscover what you already own, sell what you no longer need and have your home looking its best. 

Here are some recently published books available to borrow with your Livingston Library card, which can provide you with the inspiration and  impetus to get started. (A few of the books were still on order while the post was being compiled.)

Note: All descriptions are taken from the publishers

Declutter Like A Mother : A Guilt-Free, No-Stress Way To Transform Your Home And Your Life by Allie Casazza (also available as an audiobook on CD)

Successful business entrepreneur Casazza shares her powerful and proven method for clearing the clutter in our minds by first clearing the clutter in our homes, the place where transformation begins.

Declutter Your Photo Life : Curating, Preserving, Organizing, And Sharing Your Photos by Adam Pratt

In this book, professional photo organizer, photographer, and author Pratt teaches you his straightforward step-by-step workflow that, along with powerful image-organizing software such as Adobe Lightroom Classic, will have you taking complete control and creating a calming order out of your photo chaos.

Downsizing by Ralph R. Roberts

Roberts provides you with strategies to downsize your life by moving to a smaller home, decluttering, simplifying your budget, and saving more money. You’ll find tips to help decrease your cost of living, lower your home maintenance costs, protect and leverage your assets, and decide whether downsizing is right for you and your family.

The Folding Lady : Tools And Tricks For Making The Most Of Your Space Room By Room by Sophie Liard

In this illustrated guide, Liard brings her expertise together and teaches you how to fold all of your household items, from boxers, leggings, and socks to sheets, towels and even napkins and wrapping paper. 

Heal Your Living : The Joy Of Mindfulness, Sustainability, Minimalism, And Wellness by Youheum Son

Embark on a transformational journey with this easy-to-use minimalist, mindful guide to physical and emotional decluttering from the founder of Heal Your Living, the Youtube lifestyle channel with over 250,000 subscribers.

Home Sweet Organized Home : Declutter & Organize Your Busy Family by Jessica Litman

Litman, the mama, organizing expert, and creator behind The Organized Mama will help you optimize and maintain order in your home, so you can find more calm in your everyday life. Her practical organizing and decorating advice will make it simpler for you to keep your space exactly how you like it. 

How To Keep House While Drowning : A Gentle Approach To Cleaning And Organizing by KC Davis

For anyone tired of staring at the same mess every day but struggling to find the time and willpower to fix it, popular therapist and Tiktok star Davis presents a revolutionary method of cleaning to end the stress-mess cycle.

Keep The Memories, Lose The Stuff : Declutter, Downsize, And Move Forward With Your Life by Matt Paxton

With empathy, expertise, and humor, this book helps you sift through years of clutter, let go of what no longer serves you, and identify the items worth keeping so that you can focus on living in the present.  As a featured cleaner on Hoarders and host of the Emmy-nominated Legacy List with Matt Paxton on PBS, he has identified the psychological roadblocks that most organizational experts routinely miss but that prevent so many of us from lightening our material load.

Love Your Home Again : Organize Your Space And Uncover The Home Of Your Dreams by Ann Lightfoot

Through their signature systems of decluttering, organizing, and maintaining, mother-daughter organizing duo Ann Lightfoot and Kate Pawlowski guide readers through the steps needed to resolve the issues behind the excess stuff and how to clear it out of their home to create the space to consider what they really want from their home. 

Make Space For Happiness : How To Stop Attracting Clutter And Start Magnetizing The Life You Want by Tracy McCubbin

What McCubbin found is that people who suffer from chronic clutter want, above all, to attract the feeling their “stuff” represents. In this exciting decluttering book with Gretchen Rubin appeal, McCubbin presents the 7 emotional magnets, and how you can recognize your magnet to attract more of what you really want: love, self-confidence, time, and ease.

Organizing For The Rest Of Us : 100 Realistic Strategies To Keep Any House Under Control by Dana K. White

So you want to keep your kitchen counter clean but you aren’t ready to toss the toaster? You want to be able to find your kids’ socks but aren’t looking to spend your 401(k) on clear bins? You long for a little more peace but minimalism isn’t sparking joy? Decluttering expert and self-proclaimed recovering slob White offers sustainable ideas to simplify and manage your home.

365 Quick & Easy Tips : Home Organization : Simple Techniques To Keep Your Home Neat And Tidy Year Round

Whether you live in a tiny urban apartment or a sprawling suburban home, create perfectly organized and functional spaces using super simple and easy-to-apply tips, tricks, and techniques for every room–from overstuffed closets and attics to cluttered kitchens and kids’ rooms.

Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian