R&F Elsewhere, The Simple Home
Leave a comment

Recently Read: 5 Books For Rainy Days

A Different Kind of Luxury - Cover

We’re off to New York and Vermont for a few days, but you can still catch up with R&F via BodhiLuxe Magazine this week, where I’m sharing favorite books for a life well-lived. Check them out:


Via BodhiLuxe: The second in our ‘Recently read‘ series sees Jess Hunt share some life-changing books for your shelf. With talk of sustainable and minimalist lifestyles, true wealth, and the art of dying well, expect to be seriously inspired…

The book:

A Different Kind of Luxury: Japanese Lessons in Simple Living and Inner Abundance by Andy Couturier

Much like drawing a hot bath on a rainy day, curling up with this book is a warm, calming, simple luxury in itself.

A Different Kind of Luxury tells the story of eleven men and women who have transitioned to sustainable and intentional living in rural Japan. Farmers and artists, philosophers and musicians, their stories highlight a diversity of paths that have led to more deliberate and fulfilling livelihoods, pastimes, and daily habits.

Nurturing mind and soul alike, this book is like a healthy comfort food for the brain – deliciously detailed and a pleasurable read – yet also filled to the brim with rich ideas for leading a slower, more sustainable life.

A Different Kind of Luxury - Page

You might also like:

  1. Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Leonard Koren: a classic volume on the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete, this book rather quietly and quickly instills an appreciation for the quintessential Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-sabi. You may finish it in an hour, but will keep it on the bookshelf for years to come.
  2. The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Living Guide by Francine Jay: The Joy of Less is a phenomenal user manual all about how to take hold of and cull your wordly belongings. Inside you’ll find guides to creating more time in your day, tackling clutter in each room of your home, and how living more lightly can help you be a happier person, while also helping the planet.
  3. True Wealth by Juliet Schor: this book was the first I ever read on lighter living. Those years ago, something in Schor’s intellectual writing style – which cuts quickly to the facts of modern ecological and sociological decline – really clicked with my beliefs. I still come back to this book today whenever I’m looking for guidance on spending habits and time management.
  4. The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche: where A Different Kind of Luxury teaches the importance of living well, this book illuminates a clear path to dying well. Considered one of the most complete and authoritative presentations of Tibetan Buddhist teachings ever written, this book will reform your thoughts on death and leave your heart and mind overflowing with wisdom, clarity, and compassion.

Wabi Sabi - State of Mind

Related Reading