Books are amazing. They take you on adventures, spark new ideas and let you escape the everyday grind and live through the eyes of another.
I’ve always been an avid reader, but with Year 12 taking up a large portion of my life, books have had to take a bit of a back seat. Nevertheless, these particular books have still managed to make the cut and have really brightened my day or tickled my interests.
How I Rescued My Brain – David Roland
An autobiography, I found this novel really gripping and inspiring as a man who suffered brain damage painstakingly worked his way back to health. It was so interesting to read about his struggles but then to see him push through and achieve an incredible outcome. Though worried at first (thought autobiographies would be boring), this turned out to be an amazing choice!
The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
Ok so maybe this one didn’t brighten my day (more like make my face rain tears…) but this classic just stole my heart. The frightening reality of the Jewish camps and what was done to them, contrasted with the rich, privileged boy made for a capturing read.
Love Style Life – Garance Dore
Every girl needs a little fashion, style and life advice, and where better to get it from than someone who’s made all the mistakes but has ended up on top and who will share her secrets? This one is just gorgeous to look at and read, especially if I’m feeling particularly uninspired or bland. Even just a flick through makes me so happy!
Humans of New York: Stories – Brandon Stanton
The perfect coffee table book, I love having a flick through this one every now and again. The photography is so real and raw and I really love hearing what the people have to say – some can be deeply inspirational, others can be a sarcastic comment. It just captures a bustling city so well I love it!
The Healthy Life – Jessica Sepel
This cookbook really changed the way I viewed and ate food. The intro section discussing Jessica’s personal experiences with health and body issues and how she overcame them is really inspiring, and that’s before we get to the delicious recipes. Did someone say roasted brussel sprouts? Yep, that’s in there and it’s a personal fav. Definitely check this one out if you’re in need of some health!
I hope you enjoyed seeing a bit into what I love and enjoy and I hope I have inspired you to perhaps give up just a little bit of your busy day to chill out, have a snack and grab a book. Be sure to let me know in the comments what your favourite books are I’d love to know!
Until next week, I love you all!
xx Julia K