Sometimes you just need to escape the world for a while, and the best and cheapest way to do that is with a good book. I don’t think that reading for self-care is limited to specifically ‘self-care/ self-development books’ but a bunch of books that you can grab when you just need a break, a new perspective or just because of that’s what you need.
I think there are several books that are perfect when you decide to take some time out to relax and recharge your life…
1) The Fluff:
It’s like the fairy floss of the literary world, not necessarily the best thing out there, but sometimes you just need a quick pick me up. These books are short, have a simple and uplifting plot, and a satisfying conclusion. I just finished Holly Wainwright’s books, ‘the Mummy Bloggers’ and ‘How to be Perfect’ and they were the equivalent of a snack break, quick, fun and easy.
2) The Old Reliable:
This is a book that you know and love, and something that you have good memories attached to. For me, this is Pride and Prejudice, because even though it’s 200 years old, Lizzy Bennet’s sass and Mr Darcy’s awkward charm forever.
3) The Romance:
I wouldn’t recommend this one if you’re in the middle of a breakup, but it’s pretty hard to beat a good romance. A well-written romance novel is a rare and special thing, and when I find one I like, it can make my whole month. I recently finished; ‘the Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo’ and it was amazing and had me in tears.
4) The Self Help:
I love self-development books, because they inspire me to try and be my best self, and they give me new ideas to try. I am a huge fan of Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘Big Magic- Creative Living beyond Fear’ because it is an authentic and powerful story about creativity and passion for life.
5) The Thriller:
It’s so weird how a good thriller, one that has you on the edge of your seat, and causes you so much stress can be so good for your mental health. I love when a thriller is so intense that you can’t put it down. My personal favourites are ‘The Silent Companions’ by Laura Purcell and ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn.
What books are on your self-care list?