Books are where I go to hide, heal and learn. Reading, whether it be fiction or fact, helps me become a more rounded person. I’m happier when I get to read regularly, agitated when I don’t.
I’ve bought a few books in the past month that have given me a happier, healthier and brighter start to my year. As cringe as it sounds one of these books has really changed my outlook on life, two have made the dreary start to January not so hideous and one is just pure fun. I’ve chosen a mix of genres which all add something in their own uniquely brilliant way.
Firstly, let’s start with Jordan Bone’s My Beautiful Struggle.
Jordan Bone is a successful Blogger/Youtuber. She became a paraplegic at the age of 15 after a fatal car crash. Jordan writes about how she coped with such a life changing injury and how it led to the successful career she leads now.
Whilst reading this book I was absolutely flawed at Jordan’s perpetual positivity and bravery. When I see myself getting annoyed at something insignificant I stop, breathe and think. I have nothing worth complaining about in my life, if she can be positive about something so heartbreaking then I can chill when my delivery doesn’t arrive on time.
Thrive by Arianna Huffington
I’ve seen Thrive dotted around on blogs and social media alot over the past year. I’d heard of Arianna due to The Huffington Post but aside from that I know nothing except the fact that she is hugely successful. In Thrive Arianna stresses for us to not follow what society views as success. Instead see success as enjoying life, the little amazing things it brings us. Don’t burn yourself out for others recognition.
Arianna is big on meditation, mindfulness and just letting go. She wants us to revolutionise our thinking, to put our health and happiness first and only then can we truly thrive.
An Untamed State by Roxanne Gay
I bought this book because Roxanne Gay is always raved about on my favourite podcast The High Low. I follow Roxanne on Twitter and she’s very funny and outspoken. An Untamed State is Roxanne’s first novel and it tells the story of Mireille, the daughter of one of Haiti’s richest men. After getting kidnapped by a gang in broad daylight, Mireille waits for her father to pay her ransom but as time goes on it becomes clear her father isn’t going to cough up.
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Murier
Rebecca by Daphne Du Murier is one of my all time favourite books. So naturally I wanted to read more of her work. Luckily my mum bought me this for Christmas, I haven’t started it yet but apparently it’s pretty creepy. I’m ready to be spooked.
What are you reading?