20, 02, 2017
As most people grew their interest of reading books at an early age, I only started to really enjoy it going into adulthood. Whether you’re picking up a book to let your imagination soar, or are learning about something new and of value to you, reading is a wonderful essential to add into your daily life. Personally, it’s one of the most therapeutic and relaxing moments in my day. From travel, relationships, and various self-help books — these are some of my more recent reads.
The Honeymoon Handbook
by Lonely Planet
Since I’m nowhere near going on a honeymoon — let alone close to getting married (it’s really not that depressing!) — you may be wondering why the hell I would be interested in such a book. Although The Honeymoon Handbook is specifically targeted towards newly weds, I viewed this book as a great opportunity for singles to explore and celebrate their travel enthusiasm as well. Whether you’re single, coupled, or an LGBT — we’re all allowed to have our own romantic getaways! Why not dive into the dream of island hopping French Polynesia; or perhaps getting your hands on authentic empanadas from the original home of tango in Argentina. And if you’re completely lost in creating an itinerary for your adventure, Lonely Planet has got you covered. If you’re already a fan of their guides you’d know that they always include all the unique must-see-it-to-believe-it experiences and attractions in each city. From top 10 budget/luxury getaways, to picturesque scenery for the wild at heart — there is something for everyone to fall in love with.
by Lonely Planet
I’m already a huge fan of anything Lonely Planet has to offer, so I was literally “happy” to experience something different from their usual travel guide books. As someone who struggles with depression and anxiety, this book has helped me see and appreciate the finer things in life. ‘Happy’ is easily one of those books that you travel or carry around with on an everyday basis as a reminder to look on the brighter side. It has you covered from: body, mind, and soul. From planting trees for the renewal of future life in the Tu BiShvat Festival (New Year for Trees) in Israel, to taking time to indulge and savour three cups of coffee in the Ethiopian Buna Ceremony, to getting a break from a full work week to celebrate being alive in Brazil’s Carnival — there’s plenty of traditions that we can all pick up and carry into our own cultures. This book honestly never leaves my sight, I love it so much!
The Thinking Girl’s Guide to the Right Guy: How Knowing Yourself Can Help You Navigate Dating, Hookups, and Love
by Joanne Davila PhD & Kaycee Lashman
We all know relationships aren’t easy. Since being single for quite awhile now, I’ve been able to learn about and build a relationship with myself again. I use to be that girl who would either jump from one relationship to the other, or just couldn’t seem to find the right relationship where feelings were mutual. In all honesty, the first year of single life was a bit scary. I didn’t realize how much out of touch I was with myself or feelings — I was used to always, “thinking as a couple”. Also being a little naive, I didn’t know if having to sacrifice certain goals or happiness was a normal thing. Whether you were or are this girl then I highly recommend you read The Thinking Girl’s Guide to the Right Guy. Instead of telling you what you should be doing, this guide gives you examples and scenarios of many different types of relationships, and it’s up to you to decide whether or not it’s personally right or wrong for you. Although the title of the book insist on finding the right guy, it also is a great guide to figuring who you are and want in life as a person — whether that’s in or out of love. It includes sections throughout the book where you can reflect on your own current or past relationships and evaluate them. The take charge and don’t give up or give in approach makes it by far the best relationship book I’ve read.