We’re not sure how you feel, but nothing beats a good book (and an Instagram stalk) but mostly a good book. We’ve kind of made it our goal this year to spend more time with our nose between the pages. Because when you find a good book it can do amazing things. Books can transport you places, make you forget about the world and they even have the ability to force you to ask questions, or learn something new. There's nothing like them.
And since we’ve made it our mission this year to read more books, we thought we’d round up a bunch of our favourite reads. Also; did you know, that since the 70’s the number of ‘non-readers’ has tripled? Scary stuff.
So read, read, read!
We'd also love to know what you're currently reading? What are your fave. reads of all time? We’re sharing ours! We'd love for you to share yours with us below!
Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama
Dreams from My Father tells the story of Obamas struggle to understand the forces that shaped him as the son of a black African father and white American mother. It was published just before he became the President of the United States and automatically became a #1 New York Times best seller when it was re-issued in 2004. Super honest and informative this memoir is powerful and fitting to read right now.
Songs of a War Boy by Deng Adut
Songs Of A War Boy is the true story of a Sudanese child soldier who had to overcome life obstacles that many of us would never even dream to be real. As a young boy he was trained to use an AK47, suffered cholera, malaria and a whole range of other illnesses too. He became a lawyer and committed advocate for the disenfranchised, including refugees in Western Australia.
Grace by Grace Coddington
Every fashion gal needs to get their paws on this book/coffee table book. Grace Coddington ex- VOGUE Creative Director reflects on her 30 years working in the industry and gives a teeny insight into what it might be like to work for Anna Wintour. Which can’t really be that bad when she’s been at the helm for so long. This book will look super chic on your coffee table as well.
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
Shantaram is the biggest book you’ll ever read. It’ll take you ages, but it’ll be worth it. In 1980 Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict, escaped from an Australian prison to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. He established a free health clinic and also joined the mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street soldier. It’s a very close up look into Bombay life. Super interesting for anybody interested in travelling to India too.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Kite Runner tells the story of a fateful event that changes the course of two childhood friend's lives. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events related to the Afghanistan War and the rise of the Taliban regime. It'll tear at your heartstrings.
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Into The Wild is chronicled by Journalist Jon Krakauer that tells the real life story of Christopher McCandless, a free-spirited twenty-something who abandoned his middle class lifestyle, donated his college tuition to charity, and lived on the road and literally in the wild with barely anything for years. The movie is amaze too!
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
American Psycho is a must read creepy book even though Bret Easton Ellis’ writing is very dark and violent (sometimes even horrendously so.) Anyway this novel about a serial-killing Wall Street banker and it's also secretly a dark satire about Manhattan’s 'yuppie' culture. You won't be able to put it down.
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Eat Pray Love speaks to millions women for good reason. It’s a memoir of self-discovery and covers Elizabeth Gilbert’s life post marriage break up, as she eats herself into a food coma in Italy, meditates for her soul at an Indian ashram, and falls in love in Bali, all over the course of one year.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Bell Jar is Sylvia Plath’s semi-autobiographical novel that follows Esther Greenwood, a young writer who lands her dream job interning at a New York magazine, only to become suicidally depressed. It's a super sad book but beautifully written.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby tells the tale of hedonistic excess and the tragic reality of 1920s America. It was also made into a movie recently starring Leonardo Dicaprio -although the book is always worth a read. Lavish parties, the disillusionment of post-war America and the moral failure of a society obsessed with wealth and status coupled with a love story to boot!
Images: Google; Words: Yadira Galarza Cauchi