As I’ve been spending most of my time at home lately, I’ve been relying on entertainment more than ever before. While a Netflix binge is always fun, I find books are another great way to unplug while still exercising my mind. Books help us imagine the lives of others, experience new places, learn new things, and escape to different worlds. There’s never been a better time to invest in some books and find a cozy corner of your home to enjoy them in. Here are the 4 books that have been helping me stay sane while staying safe at home.
#1: The Four Agreements
I’ve never been huge on self-help books, but this simple guide to living has helped me feel calm and centered. Written by Don Miguel Ruiz & Janet Mills, this book explains 4 agreements to help us all live our lives by for increased contentment. By following these agreements, life becomes more simple and straightforward – something I can definitely appreciate right now. The writing is upfront and doesn’t feel gimmick-y.
#2: Then She Was Gone
There’s nothing like a thriller to keep us enraptured in turning the pages for hours. Written by Lisa Jewell, this New York Times Bestseller tells the story of mother Laurel Mack as she tries to make sense of her daughter’s decade-long disappearance. When Laurel unexpectedly meets a charming stranger in a cafe, clues start to come together. As details unfold, you won’t be able to put this book down. It’s suspenseful, with engaging and sharp writing.
#3: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
I know, we’ve probably all read this one before. But if it’s been a while since you’ve dived into the world of Hogwarts, there’s never been a more perfect time. There’s something extremely comforting about the nostalgia of this series – it brings me back to when my mom used to read me the HP books at bedtime. It’s also fun to revisit as an adult to see all the clever wordplay and references you missed the first time around.
When in doubt, you can always count on Michelle Obama for a healthy dose of inspiration. As a steady role model in many of our lives, there’s something incredibly inspiring about reading her life story. Her memoir offers soul and warmth, showing how she steadily defied the expectations set for her. She tells the story of how she became who she is today, and the values that guided that path. This book is the ideal pick if you want to feel encouraged and motivated.
Instead of heading straight to Netflix or Hulu next time you need to chill out, consider swapping out your movie for a book a few times a week! By adding reading to my at-home routine I’ve felt more level headed and relaxed.
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