Today on the blog I'm going to give you some of my all time favourite reads. I'm a pretty avid reader and certain books have stuck with me and I come back to them time and time again. I'm also always on the hunt for great new recommendations so if you've got any must reads let me know in the comments.
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
This is a bit of a tough one because it's not exactly an enjoyable read but I do think it's a very important read. Tackling the subject of dying is very easy but Dr. Gawande forces the conversation and makes you really think about what will be important at the end of life. Everyone should read this book and hopefully it can help initiate a conversation between you and your loved ones because, as is shown through the stories in this book, communicating what you want is key.
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed This is a new one to me, I actually just finished reading it but I thought it was really great. It's actually a compilation of articles from an advice column that Cheryl Strayed wrote as 'Sugar'. It's not exactly your typical advice column as she kind of takes a tough love approach but I found so many of the articles relevant. She's a great writer and her messages are pretty inspiring.
Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. DunbarThis one's a bit old now but I read it again fairly recently and it doesn't feel dated. The two authors tackle a bunch of different social issues and use their insights into economics to give some reasons to figure out why things happen. Even if you think you would hate a book about economics you should give this a shot, the authors are really funny and you'll even learn a little something. Plus, if you really love it there's a second book and a podcast.
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa DiffenbaughI got this book as a gift a couple of years ago and had my doubts, let's be honest, the title is horrible but trust me, it's great! It follows Victoria Jones who ages out of the foster care system and finds herself alone and on the streets. It's really a story of her struggle and how she connects with people through (you guessed it) flowers. For this one, don't judge the book by its cover you just read it. You can thank me later ;)
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls Funny, touching and a little dark, this book is a memoir of Walls' somewhat dysfunctional childhood and how she was able to become tough and self sufficient both in spite of and because of her family. I didn't have a tough upbringing (pretty much the opposite in fact) but this didn't make the book any less enjoyable to me and I still found so many things I could relate to. It really speaks to Walls' talent that she was able to bring so much humour into what must have been some pretty awful moments in her childhood. I've read some great books, but I would have to say that this is my favourite book I've ever read...at least so far.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen I feel a little lame adding this classic to the list because everyone knows about it but I've read it more times than any other book and always enjoy it. I sometimes have a hard time getting through the classics but Jane Austen's writing is so good, and not at all challenging to read (like say Dickins). If you've never read Pride and Prejudice you really should, and sure it's old but it's also amazing how the trials of love never really change.