I took a spin in the nonfiction genre recently with This is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live by Melody Warnick.
You might be wondering why I would pick up a book about loving where I live when we have a potential move for residency in the very near future, and to that I would say – that is precisely why I picked up this book! It came highly recommended and now that I’ve read it, I can see why.
This is Where You Belong is all about different ways to form “place attachment.” It made me appreciate Indianapolis SO much but also gave me a lot of wonderful ideas for how to become more comfortable in a new town if/when we do move. Melody gives practical and varied advice about how to make somewhere new feel like home based on her own experiences, anecdotal evidence, and scientific studies.
From volunteering to making the most of your neighborhood/neighbors, supporting local businesses, and more, this book is full of tips and advice for settling into your place no matter where it might be. Not only will these ideas help you become place attached, but they’ll also help you see your town in a whole new way. Like I said, this made me adore Indy all the more but also gave me hope for what’s possible if/when we move.
So, whether you’re staying or going, I recommend this book. It’s a great way to get a fresh perspective on the concept of what/where “home” is for you and also make you happier overall!
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Stats: 315 pages
Recommended for: Anyone who needs ideas for branching out and/or connecting in their town, people who have recently moved or are moving soon, or people who want to look at their town in a new light. Also, fans of Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project will definitely enjoy this book.
Up Next: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles