Like writer Katrina Mayer said, a book is a magical thing that lets you travel to far-away places without ever leaving your chair. Never has there been a more fitting time than now to dive deep into reading. These 10 books will take your mind places this spring and help you get through this isolation one page at a time.
1. The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama
This book came to me at the right time and although it’s taken me awhile to read through the whole book it’s such an enlightening read. Amazon currently has over 2,000 five star reviews on this book so I’m not the only one raving about it. Two very different spiritual leaders, the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships—or, as they would say, because of them—they are two of the most joyful people on the planet and this book helps you practice joy.
2. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This is our May bookclub pick, join us at the end of the month for a live discussion. Start now, it’s over 500 pages but a page turning read with historical elements intertwined into a beautiful fictional story.
3. Untamed by Glennon Doyle Melton
This is the 2nd novel by Melton and is a feminist and empowering memoir for all women. Uplifting, inspiring and “packed with with incredible insight about what it means to be a woman today.”
4. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
A contender for our next bookclub, this one has been on our reading list for awhile and we look forward to diving into the remarkable tale.
5. Brother & Sister by Diane Keaton
I was lucky enough to attend a book signing event with my idol and the legend herself, Dianne Keaton, as she discussed her latest novel. It is a sentimental story of her sometimes strained relationship with her brother, their coming up age story and how family can share an unbreakable bond.
6. All About Love: New Visions by Bell Hooks
The author has been called one of the “100 Visionaries Who Can Change Your Life” and this book is an insight into just how she can do that. Her raw and insightful writing discusses all the aspects of modern love, how we learn about it from the beginnings of our childhood and radical new ways to think of and process it deeply. Grab a pen, you’ll be underlining every sentence.
7. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Immersed in the 1970s and based on a fictional rock and roll band that was highly inspired by Fleetwood Mac, the author makes you feel like you were there — on the tour bus, listening to the music and part of the band. It is being adapted for TV so read it before it comes out.
8. She Must be Mad by Charly Cox
Modern day poetry for modern women who are struggling with emotions, love and self image. I find myself resonate with Carly’s intimate yet powerful words that beautifully articulate what I’ve been going through as a 25-year-old.
9. Everything I know about Love by Dolly Alderton
I’m excited to read this one after reading the author of #1 New York Times bestseller Three Women Lisa’s Taddeo’s review:
“Her sexy and tender debut, Everything I Know About Love is a one-sitting book, it is a break-up recovery book, it is a honey, what can I help you with tonight book, it is a this is what your lover should make you feel book. Whatever ails you, Alderton can fix it with her intimate wisdom…”
10. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
This book touches on so many relatable topics: motherhood, class, the life we chose, and the “weight of carrying secrets”. It made me understand a mother’s love in a way I never did before. I watched the adapted screenplay on hulu immediately after and it was as captivating as the book that I find hard to put down.