July is National Anti-Boredom Month

National Anti-boredom Month

You’re sitting on the couch, or maybe even in bed. You’ve been doom scrolling through social media for…well, you’re not sure how long. The last twelve videos on your FYP have all used the same increasingly annoying sound. You tried Twitter, but saw a post about a BTS guy being the reincarnation of Princess Diana and decided that it just wasn’t worth it. You’re really not in the mood to see what people you knew briefly from a class several years ago are up to now, so Instagram is out, and Tumblr is, well, Tumblr. You even clicked your phone off a couple times in preparation to get up and do something else, but you’ve gone back to it each time when your mind turns up blank. You’re tired of your phone, but you were also tired of it four hours ago, and yet there’s nothing else you can think of to do.  Nothing sounds appealing.  In short, you’re bored.

Lucky for you, July is National Anti-Boredom Month, and we’ve compiled a list of (nearly) every exciting thing you could possibly do to fill your time and maybe even bring about a little bit of joy.

Get out of the house
Book titled "The Nature Explorer's Drawing Guide For Kids"

The Nature Explorer's Drawing Guide for Kids by Brad Woodard

Spark imagination and creativity with this interactive guidebook with step-by-step drawing lessons and fascinating facts about nature! Perfect for curious explorers and aspiring artists, this beginning drawing book will show kids how to observe and draw their favorite animals and the natural world in a fun, interactive style! 

Popular YouTube drawing instructor Brad Woodard, founder of the Brave Kids Art Club show, shares his easy-to-follow lessons and tips and tricks for getting outside and drawing cool stuff. Intro to Encourages kids to get outside and make their own discoveries, including facts about flora/fauna, things to observe about them, what to look for, and where to find them. Adding Teaches kids to be confident in what they create and find the freedom to discover their own drawing style. 30+ Awesome All your favorite animals are included as well as trees, flowers, plants, and more. This is the ultimate guide for any kid who wants to explore the world and learn to draw!

Book titled "100 Trails, 5000 Ideas"

100 Trails, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do by National Geographic Society

From the waterfalls of Kauai’s Napali coast to the tests of the Appalachian Trail, 100 Trails, 5,000 Ideas highlights the preeminent hiking treks across the United States and Canada, including the best scenic overlooks, camping sites, and off-trail activities.
This authoritative travel guide―the next in National Geographic’s best-selling 5,000 Ideas series―takes you from the coast of Florida to the peaks of Wyoming on a series of epic hiking and walking adventures. So grab your hiking boots and get ready to explore 100 trails around all 50 states and Canada.

In these informative pages, you’ll find National Geographic’s recommendations for superlative hikes, as well as tips for wildlife spotting, scenic picnic locales, routes with a view, camp sites, and off-trail activities nearby. Plus, you’ll discover alternative routes to extend your trek or tackle shorter lengths of some of the country’s most iconic journeys, like the Appalachian Trail. With each itinerary you’ll find practical planning advice for when to go and what to expect when you arrive.

Inspiring and comprehensive, this book offers something for everyone, from beginners looking for an easy day-hike (the tow path along the C&O Canal in Maryland) to advanced trekkers seeking multi-week excursions (the famed multi-state Continental Divide Trail). You’ll also
Both inspiring and practical, here is the ultimate keepsake for any hiker.

Book titled "Backcountry Trails of Florida"

Backcountry Trails of Florida: A Guide to Hiking Florida's Water Management Districts by Terri Mashour

Experience wild Florida with this guide to 100 off-the-grid hikes from every corner of the state. Florida’s five water management districts encompass millions of acres of public property that include thousands of miles of public trails. In Backcountry Trails of Florida , Terri Mashour explains where to find these little-known routes, which ecosystems they feature, and how to plan your perfect outdoor adventure. Mashour describes the hidden wonders hikers will discover in each district. 

Northwest Florida offers views of sandhills, clear and cold springs, and river bluffs. The Suwannee River area is crisscrossed with meandering creeks. In the St. Johns River watershed, conservation lands include large cattle ranches, lakeshores, and levee restoration projects. In Southwest Florida, manatee swim up rivers from the Gulf of Mexico. And the South Florida district is home to water treatment areas, pine flatwoods, and the mangrove islands of the Everglades. As a former land manager who has taken care of many of the areas these trails cross, Mashour shares her experiences working with cowboys and ranchers and her love of the Florida backcountry. Whether you are a hiker, trail runner, off-road bicyclist, or equestrian, this guidebook will help you locate and enjoy wide expanses of pristine nature not far from your own backyard.

Be creative
Book titled "Bead Making Lab"

Bead-Making Lab: 52 Explorations for Crafting Beads From Polymer Clay, Plastic, Paper, Stone, Wood, Fiber, and Wire by Heather Powers

Imagine a year in beads. We're talking 52 handmade varieties all handcrafted by you! Bead-Making Lab makes this bounty of bead making possible with instructions for bead designs that run the gamut from sophisticated to playful.

Bead-Making Lab is organized by material, and single-spread lab tutorials for each bead design make the book simple to use. The tutorials are brief, accomplishable, and rewarding. Choose from traditional materials like paper mache and polymer clay, or opt for new materials such as resins and shrink plastic. Once you've selected your medium, follow the lab instructions for the bead-making technique of your choice. Try a new technique each week! With how-to's including molding, carving, painting, gluing, drilling beach glass and pebbles, and creating fiber-art beads with felting and embroidery, you'll have a year of unique projects ahead of you. Bead-Making Lab also offers ideas on how to turn your beads into jewelry and gives you a sneak peek at some contemporary bead artisans' best work. Get busy beading, crafters!


Book titled "Beginner's Guide to Kirigami"

Beginner’s Guide to Kirigami: 24 Skill-Building Projects Using Origami & Papercrafting Skills by Ghylenn Descamps

An introduction to kirigami, a Japanese art that combines origami and papercutting, work through the 24 intricate designs that are accessible and easy to master for any crafter at any level. With beautiful photography, helpful diagrams, and step-by-step instructions for folding and cutting charming 3D kirigami pop-up cards, vases, boxes, lanterns, holiday decorations, and more, this is sure to become your newest favorite hobby!




Book titled "The Making It Guide to Crafting"

The Making It Guide to Crafting by Liz Welker

With the all-star duo of Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman leading the way with puns, advice, and good vibes, Making It became the competition series we didn’t know we needed, stealing our hearts and encouraging our most creative ideas. Tapping into that success, this well-rounded crafting guide will offer in-depth looks at some of the best DIY crafts that were featured on the show and inspired by the Makers themselves.

Introductions to woodworking, fiber arts, paper crafts, and more will enable readers to experiment and customize their own creations at home. And the projects are accessible to all skill levels, so you can get just as crafty as the Makers did. Drawing on the show’s hilarity, creativity, and overall positivity, this crafting guide will inspire and energize you to DIY whatever you put your mind to.


Book titled "Creative Writing for Dummies"

Creative Writing for Dummies by Maggie Hamand

Do you have an idea that you're burning to get down on paper? Do you want to document your travels to far-flung places, or write a few stanzas of poetry? Whether you dream of being a novelist, a travel writer, a poet, a playwright or a columnist, Creative Writing For Dummies shows you how to unlock your creativity and choose the genre of writing that suits you best. Walking you through characterization, setting, dialogue and plot, as well as giving expert insights into both fiction and non-fiction, it's the ideal launching pad to the world of creative writing.




Book titled "How to Start Writing (and When to Stop): Advice for Writers"

How to Start Writing (and When to Stop): Advice for Authors by Wislawa Szymborska

In this witty “how-to” guide, Wislawa Szymborska has nothing but sympathy for the labors of would-be writers generally: “I myself started out with rotten poetry and stories,” she confesses in this collection of pieces culled from the advice she gave—anonymously—for many years in the well-known Polish journal Literary Life.

She returns time and again to the mundane business of writing poetry properly, that is to say, painstakingly and sparingly. “I sigh to be a poet,” Miss A. P. from Bialogard exclaims. “I groan to be an editor,” Szymborska responds.

Szymborska stubbornly insists on poetry’s “prosaic side”: “Let’s take the wings off and try writing on foot, shall we?” This delightful compilation, translated by the peerless Clare Cavanagh, will delight readers and writers alike.


Book titled "Manga Art Secrets: The Definitive Guide to Drawing Awesome Artwork in the Manga Style"

Manga Art Secrets: The Definitive Guide to Drawing Awesome Artwork in the Manga Style by Dalia Sharawna

Everything you need to become a manga artist, with step-by-step instructions, exercises, and tips and tricks and feature spreads from other artists.

With the interest in manga-style art now stronger than ever - its influence can be seen in the Pixar films Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph and other movies - this is the perfect book to slipstream into manga drawing. Packed full of step-by-step sequences for face, body, and poses, you too can draw in the manga-art style.

Learn how to draw figures in the characteristic style of your favorite characters by building a portfolio of drawings. At the end of each chapter is a series of practice exercises where you're encouraged to trace or freehand draw subjects from earlier on. You'll end up with a portfolio of sketches charting your artistic development. There is also an inspirational artists-in-residence section, where cool artists share their manga-art secrets and showcase their own art.

Book titled "Drawing for the Absolute Beginner"

Drawing for the Absolute Beginner by Carole Massey

This thorough but easy-to-follow guide will take you from basic shapes to complex compositions. The emphasis throughout is on practical work and you'll be learning by doing. The initial exercises are quickly disposed of and, once you've mastered basic shapes you'll be working on still life, landscapes, buildings, flowers, trees and even people.

Along the way, Carole explains and, above all demonstrates, composition, perspective, positioning and negative shapes as well as the many techniques of mark-making. She'll show you how to create shading, handle shadows and ways of working with traditional as well as water-soluble pencils, brush pens and charcoal.


Book titled "How to Create Manga: Drawing the Human Body: The Ultimate Bible for Beginning Artists"

How to Create Manga: Drawing the Human Body by Matsu

Anatomy and art combine in this incredibly detailed manga drawing guide that offers an in-depth look at the human body. Manga artists of every level will benefit from this essential anatomical overview. Step-by-step instructions bring manga characters to life and provide a clearly defined and easy-to-follow art course on drawing the human body. With more than 1,500 highly-detailed drawings and useful tips from a manga artist actually working in the business, this book is a self-contained art class in a single volume.

In this book, the body is covered head-to-toe--from various angles and positions with versions for men, women and children all provided. How to Create Drawing the Human Body is a must-have for budding manga artists and an essential reference for experienced artists looking to hone their ability to draw certain parts of their characters with greater accuracy. Tuttle's How to Create Manga series guides users through the process of reaching a professional-looking final drawing through actual sketch progressions, practical tips and common missteps to avoid.

Book titled "Make Your Memory: The Modern Crafter’s Guide To Beautiful Scrapbook Layouts, Cards, and Mini Albums"

Make Your Memory: The Modern Crafter’s Guide To Beautiful Scrapbook Layouts, Cards, and Mini Albums by Paige Evans

Preserve, celebrate, and cherish life’s most memorable moments with this creative guide to modern scrapbooking by prolific paper craft designer Paige Evans! This stunning project book is organized into three scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and mini photo albums.

The scrapbooking chapter will teach you how to create contemporary layouts using nine different techniques, including border punches, mixed media, stamped designs, tile grids, quilt-inspired designs, handmade flowers, stitched designs, and stars. Each technique includes a step-by-step project as well as a gallery of additional samples for endless inspiration!

The card chapter will teach you how to make beautiful cards that are just as thoughtful as they are gorgeous. Themes include congratulations, sympathy, birthday, thank-you, and anniversary. Each card is presented with step-by-step instructions, and there are additional card designs at the end of the chapter to give you even more ideas.

The mini-album chapter will teach you how to make three memory books that are small in size, but big on detail! Three popular techniques are used in the featured an elastic-bound album, a shaped album, and an accordion album. Each album is overflowing with beautiful paper designs and layers of coordinating embellishments.

For those new to the craft, the book includes a comprehensive “getting started” chapter that will guide you through the massive amount of tools and materials available (and let you know exactly what’s needed). Plus, you’ll find an overview to basic paper-crafting techniques and design principles. At the back of the book, there are eight pages of perforated scrapbook paper that you can pull out and use to create the projects in the book or those of your own design.

Book titled "Fashion Jewelry: A Beginner's Guide to Jewelry Making"

Fashion Jewelry: A Beginner's Guide to Jewelry Making by Courtney Legenhausen

Learn how to make beautiful jewelry from an up-and-coming designer with her own line!
Bead stringing. Wire wrapping, Pearl knotting. This beginner-friendly guide, created by Courtney Legenhausen (owner of Lotus Jewelry), teaches all the basics of fashioning fun and attractive bracelets, rings, necklaces, and earrings. 

Detailed instructions and easy-to-follow, step-by-step photographs lay out the techniques—including jewelry stamping and applying hammered texture—and 17 projects. Even novices can make chandelier earrings, a pearl bracelet, a stone pendant, and more.


Try out a new recipe
Book titled "Korean American: Food that Tastes Like Home"

Korean American: Food that Tastes Like Home by Eric Kim

An homage to what it means to be Korean American with delectable recipes that explore how new culinary traditions can be forged to honor both your past and your present.

New York Times staff writer Eric Kim grew up in Atlanta, the son of two Korean immigrants. Food has always been central to his story, from Friday-night Korean barbecue with his family to hybridized Korean-ish meals for one--like Gochujang-Buttered Radish Toast and Caramelized-Kimchi Baked Potatoes--that he makes in his tiny New York City apartment. In his debut cookbook, Eric shares these recipes alongside insightful, touching stories and stunning images shot by photographer Jenny Huang.

Playful, poignant, and vulnerable, Korean American also includes essays on subjects ranging from the life-changing act of leaving home and returning as an adult, to what Thanksgiving means to a first-generation family, complete with a full holiday menu--all the while teaching readers about the Korean pantry, the history of Korean cooking in America, and the importance of white rice in Korean cuisine. Recipes like Gochugaru Shrimp and Grits, Salt-and-Pepper Pork Chops with Vinegared Scallions, and Smashed Potatoes with Roasted-Seaweed Sour Cream Dip demonstrate Eric's prowess at introducing Korean pantry essentials to comforting American classics, while dishes such as Cheeseburger Kimbap and Crispy Lemon-Pepper Bulgogi with Quick-Pickled Shallots do the opposite by tinging traditional Korean favorites with beloved American flavor profiles. Baked goods like Milk Bread with Maple Syrup and Gochujang Chocolate Lava Cakes close out the narrative on a sweet note.

In this book of recipes and thoughtful insights, especially about his mother, Jean, Eric divulges not only what it means to be Korean American but how, through food and cooking, he found acceptance, strength, and the confidence to own his story.


Book titled "The Complete Cookbook for Young Scientists: Good Science Makes Great Food: 70+ Recipes, Experiments, & Activities"

The Complete Cookbook for Young Scientists: Good Science Makes Great Food: 70+ Recipes, Experiments, & Activities by America's Test Kitchen

America's Test Kitchen Kids brings delicious science to your kitchen! Over 75 kid-tested, kid-approved recipes and experiments teach young chefs about the fun and fascinating science of food. This is the fourth book in the New York Times bestselling cookbook series for Young Chefs.

Why do some cheeses melt better than others? Why does popcorn "pop"? How does gelatin work? Answer these questions (and wow your friends and family!) by cooking the best-ever skillet pizza, easy chocolate popcorn, and galactic mirror cake... and more! Plus, fun science experiments to do in your home kitchen. With The Complete Cookbook for Young Scientists , emerging scientists and young chefs will feel confident in the kitchen, proud of their accomplishments, and learn the basics of food science along the way.


Book titled "Disney Princess Tea Parties"

Disney Princess Tea Parties by Sarah W. Caron

Throw a tea party fit for a Disney Princess with the first official tea party cookbook inspired by Disney Princesses, including Snow White, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, and more!

Teatime has never been so magical with this charming cookbook featuring over 50 kid-friendly and easy-to-follow recipes inspired by the Disney Princesses. From tasty cookies and biscuits to delicious herbal teas, Disney Princess Tea Parties Cookbook includes many Disney-themed treats for the ultimate tea party.

Featuring elegant and fun full-color photography, suggestions for alternate ingredients, and tips and tricks from some of your favorite characters, this all-ages cookbook is the perfect way to bring friends and family together with Disney Princess tea party magic.


Book titled "Plant-You: 140 Ridiculously Easy, Amazingly Delicious Plant-Based Oil-Free Recipes"

Plant-You: 140 Ridiculously Easy, Amazingly Delicious Plant-Based Oil-Free Recipes by Carleigh Bodrug

Plant-based eating doesn't have to be complicated! The delicious recipes in this easy-to-follow cookbook are guaranteed to keep you inspired and motivated.

Enter Plant-You , the ridiculously easy plant-based, oil-free cookbook with over 140+ healthy vegan recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, cheese sauces, salad dressings, dessert and more!

In her eagerly anticipated debut cookbook, Carleigh Bodrug, the Founder of the wildly popular social media community Plant-You, provides readers with the ultimate full color guidebook that makes plant-based meal planning, grocery shopping and cooking a breeze. With every single recipe, you will find a visual infographic marking the ingredients you need, making it easy to shop, determine portion sizes, and dive into the delicious and nutritious dishes.

Get ready for mouthwatering dishes like Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Breakfast Cookies, Best Ever Cauli Wings, and the Big BOSS Burrito that you simply won’t believe are made from plants. 


Book titled "East: 120 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes From Bangalore To Beijing"

East: 120 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes From Bangalore To Beijing by Meera Sodha

Modern, vibrant, easy-to-make food. East is a must-have whether you're vegan, vegetarian, or simply want to eat more delicious meat-free food.

Drawing from her 'New Vegan' Guardian column, Meera Sodha's stunning new collection also features plenty of brand-new recipes inspired by a wide range of Asian cuisines. There are warming noodles, curries, rice dishes, tofu, salads, sides and sweets, all surprisingly easy to make and bursting with exciting flavours. Taking you from India to Indonesia, Singapore to Japan, by way of China, Thailand, and Vietnam, East will show you how to whip up a sprout nasi goreng and a swede laksa; how to make Kimchi pancakes, delicious dairy free black dal, and chilli tofu. There are sweet potato momos for snacks and unexpected desserts like stem ginger chocolate truffles and matcha roll cake.


Book titled "Genius Kitchen"

Genius Kitchen by Max Lugavere

Max Lugavere's debut book Genius Foods was groundbreaking, providing much-needed information on brain health that was embraced by thousands, and became an instant New York Times bestseller. His second book, The Genius Life, introduced an easy-to-implement protocol for strengthening your body and mind. This is the follow-up fans have been waiting for: the companion cookbook, filled with over 100 delicious recipes to help you lose weight, feel great, and reach optimum health.

Inspired by traditions from around the globe, the 100-plus recipes and stunning photographs in Genius Kitchen feature an international twist, with bold flavors that favor simplicity and quality of ingredients over complexity and quantity. In addition, Max lists the basic, healthy ingredients and tools that are essential for a well-stocked kitchen and pantry, and offers techniques and best practices for healthy cooking and eating well on a budget.

Max wants everyone to be well and enjoy great food--a legacy imparted on him by the tragic health of his mother. Part cookbook, part wellness guide, Genius Kitchen provides key insights that make healthy eating a breeze. Max explains the importance of whole, fresh foods, how various nutrients work together keep you healthy, and how to get fit without counting calories. Breaking down each meal component, Max explains the art and science of nutrition without the dogma, so that you can feel your best every day without sacrificing your love of eating.

Whether you are a novice cook or seasoned in the kitchen; just beginning the journey to wellness, or health conscious but wanting to up your game, everyone will benefit from the information presented in Genius Kitchen--and enjoy some epic food in the process.


Book titled "Mi Cocina: Recipes and Rapture from My Kitchen in México"

Mi Cocina: Recipes and Rapture from My Kitchen in México by Rick Martínez

Join Rick Martínez on a once-in-a-lifetime culinary journey throughout México that begins in Mexico City and continues through 32 states, in 156 cities, and across 20,000 incredibly delicious miles. In Mi Cocina, Rick shares deeply personal recipes as he re-creates the dishes and specialties he tasted throughout his journey. Inspired by his travels, the recipes are based on his taste memories and experiences. True to his spirit and reflective of his deep connections with people and places, these dishes will revitalize your pantry and transform your cooking repertoire.

Highlighting the diversity, richness, and complexity of Mexican cuisine, he includes recipes like herb and cheese meatballs bathed in a smoky, spicy chipotle sauce from Oaxaca called Albóndigas en Chipotle; northern México's grilled Carne Asada that he stuffs into a grilled quesadilla for full-on cheesy-meaty food euphoria; and tender sweet corn tamales packed with succulent shrimp, chiles, and roasted tomatoes from Sinaloa on the west coast. Rick's poignant essays throughout lend context--both personal and cultural--to quilt together a story that is rich and beautiful, touching and insightful.

Learn to...
Do some spring (or late summer) cleaning
Book titled "Martha Stewart's Organizing: The Manual for Bringing Order to Your Life, Home & Routines"

Martha Stewart's Organizing: The Manual for Bringing Order to Your Life, Home & Routines by Martha Stewart

The ultimate guide to getting your life in order—with hundreds of practical and empowering ideas, projects, and tips—from America’s most trusted lifestyle authority

Trust Martha to help you master all things organizing—sorting, purging, tidying, and simplifying your life—with smart solutions and inspiration. Here, she offers her best guidance, methods, and DIY projects for organizing in and around your home. Topics include room-by-room strategies (how to sort office paperwork, when to purge the garage or attic), seasonal advice (when to swap out bedding and clothing, how to put away holiday decorations), and day-by-day or week-by-week plans for projects such as de-cluttering, house cleaning, creating a filing system, overhauling the closet, and more. Martha’s indispensable expertise walks you through goal-setting, principles of organizing, useful supplies, and creating systems for ongoing success. A look into Martha’s own personal calendars offers a template for scheduling essential tasks. Last, plenty of strategies, how-to's, timelines, and checklists will help you stay organized all year long.


Book titled "365 Quick & Easy Tips: Home Organization: Simple Techniques to Keep Your Home Neat and Tidy Year Round"

365 Quick & Easy Tips: Home Organization: Simple Techniques to Keep Your Home Neat and Tidy Year Round by Weldon Owen

Declutter your home into Instagram-worthy perfection with expert storage solutions, space-saving methods, and organization strategies.

Say goodbye to the clutter with 365 Quick & Easy Home Organization . It’s time to tackle your mess and take back every square foot of your home by applying just one, easy organization step a day in each of the 21 most common home spaces, including kitchens, offices, living rooms, guest areas, baby and kids’ rooms, entryways, hallways, utility spaces, garages, closets, and pet areas.

Whether you live in a tiny urban apartment or a sprawling suburban home, this book will help you fall back in love with your space. 365 Quick & Easy Home Organization walks you through all you need to store your belongings, save space, and get rid of things you no longer need. Learn to organize your pantry, keep seasonal items in designated places, and properly display keepsakes.

365 Discover a practical, easy-to-do organizing tip for every day of the year!


Book titled "Love Your Home Again: Organize Your Space and Uncover the Home of Your Dreams"

Love Your Home Again: Organize Your Space and Uncover the Home of Your Dreams by Ann Lightfoot

In Love Your Home Again , Ann Lightfoot and Kate Pawlowski—organizing experts and the mother-daughter duo behind Done & Done Home—ask questions that take into account who you are and how you actually live to help resolve the issues behind the excess and create lasting solutions to keep your home running smoothly. 

Sharing their tried-and-true systems of decluttering, organizing, and maintaining, along with real client stories, Lightfoot and Pawlowski teach you how to manage your home with their signature "good humor and refreshing lack of dogma" (the New York Times ). Inside you'll You'll be amazed at the time, money, and energy you'll save—all better spent enjoying your space. Get ready to love your home again.


Book titled "How to Keep House While Drowning"

How to Keep House While Drowning by K. C. Davis

How to Keep House While Drowning will introduce you to six life-changing principles that will revolutionize the way you approach home care—without endless to-do lists. Presented in 31 daily thoughts, this compassionate guide will help you begin to get free of the shame and anxiety you feel over home care.

Inside you will learn:
· How to shift your perspective of care tasks from moral to functional;
· How to stop negative self-talk and shame around care tasks;
· How to give yourself permission to rest, even when things aren’t finished;
· How to motivate yourself to care for your space.


Book titled "House Love: A Joyful Guide to Cleaning, Organizing, and Loving the Home You're In"

House Love: A Joyful Guide to Cleaning, Organizing, and Loving the Home You're In by Patric Richardson

Patric Richardson is known as “The Laundry Evangelist,” but his genuine love for household chores extends far beyond the laundry room. His philosophy is simple: Tidying up is a privilege and a task you do for those you love (including yourself), and there are a million ways to infuse joy into the everyday tasks behind maintaining a home.

House Love is his sunny guide to freshening up every inch of the house—from the entryway to the attic, the backyard to the bedroom. Richardson shares his best design inspiration, DIY projects, and, of course, cleaning tips, so you can fall in love with your home all over again—or for the very first time!



Book titled "Safe and Sound: A Renter-Friendly Guide to Home Repair"

Safe and Sound: A Renter-Friendly Guide to Home Repair by Mercury Stardust

Don’t panic—Mercury Stardust, AKA The Trans Handy Ma’am is here to help!

For too many people, the simple act of contacting a plumber or repair person can feel like a game of chance. As a transwoman and a professional maintenance technician, Mercury Stardust has discovered (the hard way) that we live in a world with much to fear. If you've ever felt panicked about opening your home to strangers in order to fix a maintenance issue, this book is for you.

Renting a home can be a complex process—from finding a safe and affordable space, to hiring help for moving in and out, and of course, managing any repairs that come up during your stay.

You deserve to feel empowered to take matters into your own hands—and it’s not as hard as you might think. In this book, Mercury will show you how to tackle the projects that need improvement in your home—from how to properly fix a clog in your bathroom sink and safely hang things on your walls to patching small and medium drywall holes.

Safe and Sound.

Remember—a little bit of knowledge can go a long way toward making you feel more safe and in control of your own life.

Descriptions adapted from the publisher.
By James on July 8, 2024