I have always had a great love for books. In matter of fact, I really should put a temporary ban on my book buying habits. I just don’t have any more room to put even more books at the moment! But sometimes, I just can’t help it. Even though a big part of the books that I read are fiction novels I do fall in love with a great lifestyle book once and a while.
Here are a few books that I have been enjoying lately . . .
1. 14,000 things to be happy about – Barbara Ann Kipfer
The first book on this list has been around for a while. The first edition came out in 1990! However, I only got round to actually purchasing it a few months ago. And I am so glad I did! It is, like the title states, a book that lists 14k things to be happy about. Although not every one of these happy things applies to me, I do love to pick it up when I’m feeling stressed or just haven’t had a good day. I read a few pages and it never fails to make me see how many good things there are in the world!
“Apple blossoms, sea breezes, Sunday brunch, French-pressed coffee, being brave, stained glass, finger paintings, someone laughing, flickering candlelight, kittens, removing makeup, love and kisses”
2. The things you can see only when you slow down – Haemin Sunim
Do you ever feel like the more people rave about something, the more you are expecting it to be amazing? And then it cannot do anything but disappoint because your expectations are just too high?
Well, this wasn’t the case with this book (I got you there, didn’t I?). It is the most powerful reminder to just slow down for a moment. The author, a Zen Buddhist monk teaches the reader, via his own experiences in life, some valuable life lessons. I could identify myself in a lot of what he said and wish I picked it up years ago. I really needed this book in my life and you probably do too!
“The world moves so fast but that doesn’t mean we have to.”
3. How to be a wildflower (a field guide) – Katie Daisy
This book is so well-illustrated and astonishingly beautiful! How to be a wildflower showed up in my recommendations just when I was about to purchase another book so it was definitely an impulse buy. But I couldn’t be happier with it!
This book is not meant to be read inside, on your sofa. Take it with you when you’re going for a walk or when you’re going camping. It has so many great ideas and tips on how to experience nature to the fullest. It not only teaches you about poisonous plants but also tells you which plants are edible. It teaches you how to recognize different trees and birds. Plus it has some great diys inspired by nature in it too!
The only thing I do want to mention is that it does have some recommendations which are specific to the U.S. and obviously not helpful for someone like me, who lives a million miles away. But that is literally the only negative thing I can think of! I absolutely love this little book.
“Stand in the middle of an open meadow or a field. Close your eyes and take a deep breath.”
4. Your Illustrated guide to becoming one with the universe – Yumi Sakugawa
I’d say the next book is not totally unlike How to be a wildflower. Yumi Sakugawa knows how to intertwine illustrations and words perfectly. Both flow as one throughout the book and that is what makes it all the more enjoyable. If this was purely text, I doubt I would have ever picked it up. But I am truly amazed at how much I loved it. It is definitely a fast-read, you can always pick it up whenever you need a little pick-me-up (see what I did there?).
I am definitely not into the whole ‘meditate your way through life’-thing but this book does contain some valuable lessons and it makes my mind wander. If I’m not happy or satisfied with how my life is now, what stops me from changing it?
5. The Crossroads of Should and Must – Elle Luna
I’ve picked this book up a while ago during one of my ‘I am in my mid-twenties and I have no idea on what to do with my life’ freakouts. And It was honestly the best time I could have read it. I won’t say it made my future clear but it made me rethink some of the things I thought I was supposed to do. It has become even clearer that not everything I want to do in my life will perfectly go with what we should do with our lives.
Elle’s way of explaining why following your passion is easier said than done makes me adore the book even more. And on top of that it is also beautifully illustrated! If you are feeling a little lost and not sure what to do with your life, I highly recommend you read this book.
But what if I fail? But what if I am not good enough? What if everyone laughs at me? What if people I love leave and I’m left alone? All alone?
6. Paris in Bloom – Georgianna Lane
Disclaimer: this book is filled with 100s of beautiful blossom pictures (the tree thing, not the family in Riverdale). You may experience a Blossom-related overdose after finishing this book.
3 of my favourite things are combined in Paris in Bloom: blossoms, Paris and photography. You are probably already long tired of all the blossoms pictures but I just can’t get enough of them! This book is filled with photographs of beautiful Paris in Spring. It is one of those coffee-table books that you just can’t help but navigate towards.
Paris in Bloom does not help my wanderlust. I haven’t been to Paris in years and this makes me want to go even more! I didn’t know this when I initially bought the book but it has a long list of ‘floral hotspots’ where you can fully experience Paris in Spring. Plus some tips if you want to buy your own beautiful flower bouquet too.
Like Georgianna says:
‘A baguette, cheese, wine are all basic purchases on a routine visit to a local market in Paris. And to that list, you must add flowers’.
7. The year of cozy – Adrianna Adarme
The next book on this list might sound a little familiar if you’ve been reading a lot of blogs or watching a lot of Youtube videos lately. I have read mixed reviews about The year of cozy before so initially was a little hesitant when picking it up. But I couldn’t be happier that I finally did. I really love this book! It is a book that kind of follows you through the seasons. Each season has its recipes, crafts and other tips and tricks. It has a nice mixture of topics too which is a big plus to me!
This book inspires me to just make my little apartment all kinds of cozy and cute! Adrianna Adarme is also a blogger but to be honest, I didn’t know this when I first bought the book. I can totally see why though, her way of writing is so lovely and it is kind of like a lifestyle blog in book form. If you are looking for something more than just an ordinary cookbook I would definitely recommend The year of cozy!
8. Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist
Sometimes I just want to leave everything behind and hop on a plane to a destination far away. Well, this book will make you want to run to the airport immediately. 500 beautiful places to visit and I barely even visited 20. I guess, I better get going! It contains a brilliant collection of places. The beautiful photography and the wonderful descriptions make it a must-have in my opinion!
Which Lifestyle books have you been loving lately?