Who else is guilty of only tucking into a good book once or twice a year whilst relaxing on a beach, exotic beverage in one hand? While we may not be able to holiday as often as we would like, when it comes to reading, however, most of us can definitely up the ante.
Whether we are on a beach, curling up on the sofa with a cup of tea, or unwinding with a few chapters before we drift off to sleep, the benefits of reading remain the same. Indulging in the worlds of other characters increases our emotional intelligence and our self-esteem. This gives us the self-confidence we need to pursue our goals as we develop new perspectives. It doesn’t take reading for hours to reap the rewards, just thirty minutes a week is sufficient to improve well-being.
So, where can we start? Here are a few great reads that are definitely worth turning off Netflix for and getting stuck in.
The Spiritual One…
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari By Robin Sharma
This is the first one you should stack that shelf with as it is one of those books you wish you would have read sooner. It tells the story of Julian Mantle who after years of working his way to the top as a high-flying lawyer suffers a heart attack at the peak of his career. This forces him to review the direction his life is heading in and he decides to embark on a spiritual journey. Upon his return, he is full of wisdom and a new perspective on what is truly important in living a happy, balanced life.
The Historical One…
Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magian
Convincing you to revisit the horrific events of WWII is a big ask, still, it truly is worth doing with this book that will become an all-time favorite. The relationship that develops between M.r Tom and Willie who form a make shift family as a result of the pending war teaches us that even in the most dreadful of times beautiful things can happen. Love can transform anyone, a reassuring truth that offers comfort for us all. Have the tissues at the ready for this one.
The Self Help one…
Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now by Meg Jay
This book excellently explores some of the common problems millennials face and how to deal with them. One that particularly stands out is the option overload in today's dynamic workplace and the difficulty in choosing a direction. It helps deal with the struggle in connecting with our purpose. Like having a therapist on your bookshelf this is definitely worth a space.
The Career One…
Jobslut by Ashley Brown
The pressure of choosing a career and sticking to it is a toughie. Anna takes us on her journey through trying to find the right one sampling everything from law to marital detective along the way. Will Anna ever realise the things she keeps running from may be all she ever wanted? In this hilarious novel about all the places we look for fulfillment, This read is perfect for those still trying to find themselves in the biggest relationship of them all: the nine-to-five.
That should be enough to get you started. Hooked even, before you know it you'll have a shelf packed with fabulous reads. And don't worry, we won't judge you if you're not quite ready to give up your Netflix subscription. Happy reading.