Wednesday, 22 June 2016

6 Books you must read this summer.

Okay so I'm not going to start this post with a lie, i know it's really hard to read in the summer.
There's no rain falling to gaze out to, you can't cuddle up in a blanket, you can't drink coffee or cocoa whilst blissfully reading. 

But, that doesn't mean you should stop reading all together just because of the season, and these 6 books are worthy of any season.

Hector & The Search for Happiness
Francois Lelord 

I might have talked about this book before simply because I want to read it so bad.
It talks about being dissatisfied with your life and Hector quits his job as a psychiatrist to travel the world just to find out what makes people happy and ultimately, what is happiness?

“Sometimes happiness is not knowing the whole story.” 

You can buy the book here

- Emery Allen

So this isn't a novel but instead it's a collection of poems and I've only read a couple but believe me when I say that they are life changing. So much so that I have one of them copy pasted in my notes so that I read it every morning.

"There’s so much more to life than finding someone who will want you, or being sad over someone who doesn’t. There’s a lot of wonderful time to be spent discovering yourself without hoping someone will fall in love with you along the way, and it doesn’t need to be painful or empty. "

You can buy the book here

On The Road
- Jack Kerouac

If you haven't heard of him, how? Probably one of the most quoted people on Instagram and for good reason.On the Road chronicles Jack Kerouac's years travelling North America alongside one his friends and it's inspiring, exhilarating and passionate all at once.

"the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!” 

You can buy the book here

Wicked : The Life & Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
- Gregory Maguire

I've read a lot, and I've read a lot of good books but nothing in the world can compare to the utter excellence and brilliance of this book. It is genuinely my favourite book in the whole universe and I can't even imagine something ever beating it. Gregory Maguire is a genius as he questions the nature of good and evil and rewrites Oz in a way thats more real and relatable than ever before. I can't recommend this book enough and just go, pick it up, and don't put it down.

“Remember this: Nothing is written in the stars. Not these stars, nor any others. No one controls your destiny.”

You can buy the book here

My Invented Country - A Memoir 
- Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende recalls whatever memories she has of Chile and I can promise you, you will fall in love with a country like you've never before and it'll be more amazing than you could have ever imagined.

“Literary characters, like my grandmother's apparitions, are fragile beings, easily frightened; they must be treated with care so they will feel comfortable in my pages” 

You can buy the book here

The Alchemist 
-Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist is a must read at least once in your life time, i don't even care if it's this summer, I don't care if it's next year, just read it.

“We are travelers on a cosmic journey,stardust,swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.” 

You can buy the book here

Please do read all of these books, even if it's not this summer. Each and every one of these has made me feel something and has changed my viewpoint on at least one part of my life and it would be a shame to not share it with you. I hope you like them :)



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