In my neck of the woods, April is the true start of spring as the weather is finally hitting over 50 degrees as the high on a regular basis, the trees are greening, and the scent of freshness fills the air. The world around me is waking like Sleeping Beauty after the dark dormancy of winter. This month’s challenge is to read about beauty. Maybe you read a book of poetry you find evokes beauty. What about reimaginations of the tale of Sleeping Beauty? Music and art are routinely noted as beautiful expressions of the soul. Do you find a certain public person beautiful either in face and form or soul? Maybe the beauty industry and what constitutes “beauty” fascinates you. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and so is the meaning in the books you read.

  • Poetry
    • The Beauty of the Beast by Jack Prelutsky and Meilo So (YA)
    • When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple by Sandra Martz
    • The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats by W.B. Yeats
    • The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
    • Ontarian Beauty by Christopher W. Herbert
  • Biography
    • Savage Beauty: the Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
    • Cybill Disobedience by Cybill Shepherd
    • Greta Garbo: a Life Apart by Karen Swenson
    • Dark Lover: the Life and Death of Rudolph Valentino by Emily Wortis Leider
    • Dalai Lama: Man, Monk, Mystic by Mayank Chhaya
  • Sleeping Beauty
    • Sleeping Beauty trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice) **Mature situations/themes
    • The Sleeping Beauty Proposal by Sarah Strohmeyer
    • Sleeping With Beauty by Donna Kauffman
    • Sleeping Beauty by Phillip Margolin
    • Briar Rose by Jane Yolen and Terri Windling (YA)
  • Art
    • Art in the Modern Era by Amy Dempsey
    • Art 21: Art in the21st Century by Thelma Golden
    • Museum of the Missing: a History of Art Theft by Simon Houpt
    • Exploring the Invisible by Lynn Gamwell
    • Art: a New History by Paul Johnson
  • Beauty industry
    • The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
    • Beauty Junkies by Alex Kuczynski
    • Bellisima: Feminine Beauty and the Idea of Italy by Stephen Gundle
    • Imagining American Women by Martha Banta
    • The Power of Beauty by Nancy Friday
  • Beautiful titles
    • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (YA)
    • On Beauty by Zadie Smith
    • In the Beauty of the Lilies by John Updike
    • Miss Julia’s School of Beauty by Ann B. Ross
    • Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez
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