Every evening when my parents said goodnight, they would say to me, “don’t stay up too late reading.” Books have been some of my most amazing teachers - from an early age, I would lose myself in books for hours, discovering new worlds with just my flashlight in hand.
Books have been there for me when no one else was, books have lifted me up when I’ve felt sad, books have taught me something I wouldn’t have been able to learn or hear in any other way (sorry Mom and Dad!). Books taught me about myself and helped guide me towards a life that fit me.
By diving into a book or a new idea, you can dream in a far off world, take a break from your own suffocating life, explore new ideas, and in the end begin to find yourself and who you are again. If you’re feeling lost, confused, alone, and scared, a book is only one Amazon click away. It won’t let you down and it might even bring you closer to who you really are and what you’re capable of.
Here are a few of my favorite things…
In the mood to dream?
-Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
-Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
-The Chronicles of Narnia: Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
-The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
In the mood to feel inspired?
-Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
-Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life by Cleo Wade
-A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer
-Wonder by R.J. Palacio
-The Artist’s Way By Julia Cameron
In the mood to change your life?
-The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
-When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
-Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy by Anne Lamott
-Medical Medium by Anthony William
-My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
-The Food Therapist by Shira Lenchewski
In the mood to feel connected?
-Normal People by Sally Rooney
-Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
-The Shack by William P. Young
-The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
-Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe by Yumi Sakugawa