Ever since I was young, I was a big reader. You always found me with a book in my hands or one not too far away from me. Books were my way to get away from the real world. I never realized this until I was in college and I couldn’t really pick what I wanted to read because I had so many readings to do for my courses. I realized that when I felt anxious or overwhelmed, I wanted to reach for a novel to escape those feelings but in college, I really couldn’t do that, so those feelings just got too intense for me and I found that poetry was my new favourite thing to read in college. Now that I am out of college and able to pick what I want to read, I realized that reading was a huge part of my self-care toolkit.
So, I thought I would do a post about my favourite books. I love almost every type of book. Each book to me was another world that I could dive into and always come back to if I wanted to. I read everything from fantasy, wellness, poetry, fiction, and everything in between. I was the type of person that you told me to read this book, and I would read it. I love being this type of person because I was able to learn so much from the different books that got recommended to me and a new way to connect with people.
This list of books will be from these last couple of years/what books I have on my shelf. I have a TON of books back at my parent’s house which reminds me that I need to get those from my parents…Anyways, it is a list of new books I have fallen in love with since I got out of high-school and college. I do have 1 series from my childhood that I will be adding to the list because I re-read them ALL the time. This list is from the top of my head and has read in the last few years. I don’t think I would be able to rank books because all of them are perfect in their own way.
Let’s get into that list!
- Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
This series has been my life forever. I am a huge Harry Potter nerd. But an interesting fact is that I did not read the whole series until I was in high-school. The reason why I didn’t read them was because of my brother. He is about 5 years older than me and when I was old enough to read them on my own, he would always ruin them for me. So, I didn’t read them and just watched the films. But after a rough time when I was in high-school, I thought, why not read them. I was extremely mad at myself for not reading them sooner. J.K Rowling did an amazing job writing those books and it made me fall in love with the Harry Potter Series in a new way. Even to this day, I will turn back to this series to read when I am going through a rough time. I feel like I always connect and relate with the storyline and characters when I read them.
- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I know what some of you are thinking, “didn’t you read that in high-school” and my answer is no. I was in the college system of English class and only the university system read it. My class read a novel called, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey and Of Mine and Men by John Steinbeck (another favourites of mine that I need to re-read). So, I was at Indigo and saw To Kill A Mockingbird on sale for super cheap (like $8.00) so I picked it up. I am so glad that I did. It was a real eye-opening book and made me rethink and relooked at the world around me.
- The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
My boyfriend got me this book one year for my birthday and I wasn’t too sure about it. But after reading it, I enjoyed her book and the project that the author took on. After reading the book, it made me look more into my own life and how I can make my life happier for myself and not for others.
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Another one of my boyfriend’s picks. He is a super nerdy guy who loves gaming, coding and everything like that. Myself on the other hand, horrible at gaming, know NOTHING about coding and everything and I love this book. The storyline of the book makes you never want to put this book down. I literally had to tell myself, “okay, only two chapters tonight, you have work in the morning”. It is a real page-turner and does show what our future could be like which was crazy to think about, but it is true. So many of us are online gamers and living online now, I could see the world turning into an online world, maybe not to the degree that the book is like but close to.
- Milk and Honey & The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
In college, I found myself lost in many ways but in this sense, at a lost of what to read. My girlfriend told me about Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. I had seen some of her work on Tumblr and was a fan of it. So, I bought Milk and Honey, and it made me fall in love with poetry. I love both of her books and really connect with them on a personal level. I have read each of these books a couple of times and I always find that I make a new connection and they open my mind in so many ways. Also, they have helped me get back into reading because yes, they do have a storyline to them, but it is one of those books that you can put down and come back to whenever you need it. I have opened these books and started to read from anywhere and it makes sense.
- Pillow Thoughts & Pillow Thoughts 2 by Courtney Peppernell
After reading Rupi Kaur’s book, I adventured out to other poetry books and found Country Peppernell. Oh my gosh, her books are amazing and will mess you up in the best way possible. The whole idea of her poetry is that there is a jellyfish called “You” and it goes through big life stuff like “If you are in love”, “If you need a reason to stay”, etc. Like when I was reading those books for the first time, I never felt SO connected to words on a page until I read her books. It really changed my life and my views on life. Whenever people want a recommendation from me, I almost always tell them to investigate these books. It truly makes you think, process and learn about yourself and others when you read these books.
- the princess saves herself in this one & the witch doesn’t burn in this one by Amanda Lovelace.
These poetry books are totally empowering ones for all women (sorry guys…). Amanda’s poetry is all about being strong, badass women who do not need a man her life to make her happy and even the horrors that men do to women. They are very powerful books that do touch on a lot of serious topics which I love. As a young lady, I found it empowering to read those words and it has allowed me to talk to other people about serious topics. It would be a really good book for a book club. My girlfriend and I can talk for hours about any and all the topics that they bring up now. It is amazing.
- Soft Thorns by Bridgett Devoue
My girlfriend got me this one for Christmas. It is like Amanda Lovelace books, it is another empowering poetry for women. It talks about love, heartbreak, sexual assault, sexism and humanity, which I love. It is another one that makes you think, process and wants to discuss the topics in the book.
- Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment by Anderson, Murphy, & Troyer.
Okay, so this one is WAY different from the others, I got this book from Dementia for Montessori Course back in November. I am in the field of activation for seniors and I took the course to expand my learning outside of college. One of the teachers had this book to give us and I loved it. It opened my mind to the different process of what dementia could be. This is a great book for anyone who has a loved one that you are worried about their memory or anything like that. It educates you on what dementia is, what MCI is, and steps to get help and to help yourself and your loved one.
Those are the ones that I have read over these past couples of years (not including textbooks) and they have become some of my new favourites. I would recommend these books to everyone. They are all great reads and expand your mind in many ways.
Right now, I am reading, American War by Omar El Akkad and have been enjoying it. I do have a list of books to read this year.
Here is that list:
- America War by Omar El Akkad (Currently reading)
- Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
- Choice Theory by William Glasser
- Yoga for Beginners by Cory Martin (I am a huge fan of yoga and wanted more education on it)
- Discover Meditation & Mindfulness by Tara Ward
- Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
If you guys have any recommendations, please comment below! I am always looking for something new to read!