After years of academic reading and heavy school work, the book worm I used to be always kept getting lost in piles of math homework and history textbooks. Over breaks and on vacations I always wind up rediscovering my love of reading. If you’re like me and enjoy a good book but sometimes lack the motivation to try and find one than this list is for you!!
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
In this non-linear novel, the most iconic love story unfolds. If you can manage to keep up with the intricately woven timeline you will fall in love with this story. I first fell in love with Claire and Henry when I was 11, and I’ve re-read this book a dozen times since. If you like authentic romance novels, science fiction, and believe in the power of soulmates give The Time Traveler’s Wife a read.
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
First of all the cover of this book is absolutely to die for!! It’s so vibrant and has a subtle pop-art vibe that will inspire you to pick it up ((at least as an accessory)) and read. The book centers around Georgie: mother, wife, and screenwriter. When her relationship with her husband Neal falters she discovers something pretty magical in her childhood home ((the cover and title of the book are a good hint!!)) Curious? Give it a read to find out more.
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
This book is hauntingly good. Twin sisters, Valentina and Julia move into their recently deceased aunt’s apartment in London which borders a cemetery. The girls become friends with a strange slew of neighbors and embark on a supernatural journey you have to read to believe!! ((Bonus Info: If you’ve already read The Time Traveler’s Wife and like Niffenegger’s writing this will not disappoint!!))
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
If you’re in the mood for a quick read, Milk and Honey is worth checking out. I feel like quick reads are also usually so because the subject matter is light, but that’s not entirely the case with this book of poetry. The book is divided into 4 parts: the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing. Each section has poems and charming illustrations that match that general theme. You can easily read a poem or two here and there or enjoy the entire set of poems in one sitting. If you like Sylvia Plath’s wisdom and wit Rupi Kaur achieves that and infuses her own writing with lots of self-love and positivity.
Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe by Yumi Sakugawa
This book makes a great gift, especially if that gift is for yourself. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed read this. If you’re feeling like you’ve lost your inspiration or passion read this. We all need reminding now and again on how to get in tune with the universe and what better way to do that than read a literal guide?! Yumi Sakugawa is a writer and illustrator, but in my eyes she is a philosopher. Her words are so wise and powerful they’ll have you feeling all sorts of spiritual by the last page. Enjoy!!
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
David Sedaris manages to make you laugh out loud as you read. If you are having a bad day head over to Barnes and Noble and pick up Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls...your mood will be lifted in no time!!
One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by BJ Novak
If you are a fan of The Office you should be familiar with BJ Novak, and if not you better hop on Netflix and start binging immediately. But in all seriousness, One More Thing is an absolutely hysterical series of vignettes ranging in subject matter from the stock market being in a sad mood to the power of wearing the same red t-shirt every day. Think it sounds ridiculous? You’re probably right, but it’s the funniest book I’ve ever read and you should read it too.
Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling
Another Office character and author, Mindy Kaling is just as hilarious as her pal BJ. Why Not Me? is about Kaling’s actual life and how she deals with everything from filming sex scenes to how she manages to function as an adult. She has a strong and delightful voice and manages to make any topic witty. If you enjoy this book give Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? ((her debut novel)) a go - because honestly, who isn’t wondering the answer to that very same question??
Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos
An old favorite, Love Walked In tells the story of Martin Grace, Cornelia Brown, and Clare Hobbs ((great names, I know)). I think at the young age that I read this novel, part of what appealed to me was the unique relationship between the adults in the story and the 11 year-old child, Clare. The book is meant to highlight how love works in mysterious ways between people of all different ages and who doesn’t want to be reminded of how beautiful, simple, and pure love can be? ((I fell in love with Santos’ writing and if you do to you’ll be happy to know that she has several other books that have a very similar feel to Love Walked In - yay!!))
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
This book takes place in Paris, and like I said I always find reading easier to do on vacation, but if you can’t get away from school or work at the moment you may as well be reading about an amazing city. Told from the perspective of the concierge at a fancy apartment building, The Elegance of the Hedgehog uncovers the otherwise hidden lives of the people living in the complex. From 12 year-old genius Paloma to the wealthy Japanese man, Ozu; this novel will have you feeling sonderlust.