“The books gave Matilda a comforting message: You are not alone.” – Matilda, Roald Dahl
I have meaning to put this post together for quite some time now. I recently had a day of shopping just before catching “Sing” at the cinema (and yes, in true Henna style I finished my Ice Blast before the film had even started. Plus, I only got brain freeze once, score.)
The day itself was my idea of the perfect way to treat myself and I ended up purchasing quite a few, some of them being absolute bargain, books. I thought that I would share a few of my favourites in a little haul for you.
The Naturalista, Xochi Balfour
£7.99, TK Maxx
“If you have ever felt the stress of 21st-century living wrap itself around your heart and turned to a double espresso and a faint hope that tomorrow will be better, then this book will show you how to slow down, listen to your body and find a more natural, holistic way of life.”
There are so many books on living simply and I have been desperately trying to find the one that works for me, you know? I don’t want to fling all of my cards on the table and declare that this is the one for me but so far, so good. I’m somehow managing to put all of the little lifestyle changes into pretty good practice.
The book itself contains recipes for healthy meals and treats as well and recipes for creating your own natural beauty products. Mindfulness, aromatherapy, digital detoxing and barefoot earthing are all topics that are also discussed in the book so it’s a great all-rounder.
This Modern Love, Will Darbyshire
“Based on over 15,000 submissions, from nearly 100 countries, This Modern Love is a unique crowdsourced book that gets to the heart of modern relationships. Tender, funny and cathartic, these letters, tweets and photos remind us that whether we’re in or out of love, we’re not alone.”
When I went shopping, this was the one book that I knew I definitely wanted to buy. For anyone as captivated by the topic of love and all that surrounds it as much as I am, this is a must read.
It’s just a gorgeous concept that really does make you realise that whether you are in the beginning, middle or end stages of a relationship, you really aren’t on your own.
Reasons to Stay Alive, Matt Haig
95p, Blue Cross
“Moving, funny and joyous, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth.”
I first came across this book in Waterstones and remember contemplating buying it but for some reason, I never made the purchase. Then I was browsing through the books in Blue Cross when I found it for 95p! It was meant to be.
This is a big statement but Reasons to Stay Alive is the best book that I have ever read in relation to mental health. I read this over the space of two days and can honestly say it made me feel so supported. Simply from the fact that I suddenly felt as though I wasn’t on my own.
The chapters are short as well so it feels like such a natural book to follow. Highly recommended.
The Body Shop Book
“The Body Shop has quickly become one of the success stories of the century. Their unique way of selling skin and hair products, which are produced from high quality natural ingredients, tested without cruelty to animals and sold without false claims or fancy packaging at a modest price, has made them popular all over the world.”
Ok, so this book looks like I just dug it out of a time capsule but despite its dated look, it is full to the brim with sound and practical advice on skin and hair care.
I discovered so many tips and tricks for taking care of my body after having just a quick flick through. Not only was this an absolute steal at £1.99, I am also looking forward to chilling out and having a further look.
What the Hell Are You Doing, David Shrigley
“This is a really good and interesting book. Please buy it. Thank you.”
I first heard of David Shrigley’s work after stumbling across the range he designed for Tiger. I picked up some pencils that were embossed with the words “Make art not friends.” and I absolutely love them.
After purchasing this book I came to realise that Shrigley is not only an incredibly talented cartoonist, he has previously directed animated music videos for Blur and Bonny Prince Billy.
This particular book showcases a whole load of Shrigley’s art that is not only funny, but thought provoking as well. This is the perfect coffee table book for anyone that really loves humour, illustration and art in general.
With the cold weather showing no signs of stopping, I can’t think of anything better than to curl up with a cup of tea and a good book. Let me know if you give any of these a read and also what you thought of them!
I hope you’re all having a chilled out Sunday.