We all have our rough days, more often than not and when it gets to the point where the rug really gets pulled out from under my feet, the only thing that makes me feel like me again are books. Books and candles. There’s something pretty comforting about cozying up in a blanket, candles lit with a dog-eared copy of my favourite book of the moment in my lap. It takes me out of my own head and makes me forget my problems, dropping me in a completely different world and gives me a chance to have a different perspective. And the candles? How could anyone not love candles?! My favourite one at the moment is ‘River Valley’ by Yankee Candle and it makes my room smell like fresh laundry, summer and bonfires all at once. My favourite book? Well, that’s a little tricky to pin down; they change depending on my mood and what genre catches my fancy. So I thought I’d list a few books that I’ve been nose deep in, incase any of them strike your fancy too:
“A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking: Oh this book! For someone who’s constantly questioning the origins of the universe (you know, in the shower or on nights when I really need an early night!), this book and Hawking’s theory offered some amazing points that are worth giving some thought to. I, for one, really liked this book and it’s got me wondering even more about this little universe of ours. Definitely worth a read!
“Dracula” by Bram Stoker: After reading quite a bit of vampire fiction (most of which was pretty darn ridiculous) reading Bram’s original concoction was quite a breath of fresh air. I would recommend this book if you’re interested in the origins or the vampire genre in literature and all about the great-great-great-great grand-daddy of Edward Cullen [minus the sparkle].
“A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini: Social conceptions about love, marriage, family and femininity are seriously challenged in this book that shook me up more than I’d like to admit. An amazing book, it was a real game changer for me in terms of how I viewed social perceptions, the real price of honesty and what a mother’s love really means. I couldn’t recommend this book enough!
I hope you liked these suggestions from my book bag and if you do happen to read any of them, let me know what you think! 🙂