20, 02, 2017

Eat, pray, love & read

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.

What are you currently reading?

This post was not sponsored — I was kindly sent these products. All opinions are my own.

20 responses to “Eat, pray, love & read”

  1. Samio says:

    I’m the same as you and I only really began finding enjoyment in books as I got older. The Honeymoon Handbook sounds like it would further fuel my wanderlust, I’m forever adding new places to my list of dream destinations. I also like the sound of Happy, it sounds quite different to the types of books I usually read but it seems it would be a good one to get hold of. And the Thinking Girl’s Guide To The Right Guide sounds like a really interesting read too!

    I’m currently reading Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter, which is crime fiction. I recently started a little book club with my friend and this is one that she passed on to me and I gave her a book that I had just read. It’s a good way to mix things up a read something you may not normally read. I’ve nearly finished this one that I’m ready so I’ve read your post at the right time as I’ll be looking for my next book soon! 😀


    • Stacey says:

      I’m glad I found others in the same boat! And for sure The Honeymoon Handbook isn’t only for couples to enjoy. I’ve already learned so much and my wanderlust has been going wild and wants to travel to all these new places! I’ve never tried out a murder/crime book before and I just googled your book so I think I’ll give it a go. Thanks so much!

  2. I’ve always been a total bookworm! I love immersing myself in a book every once in a while… but I need at least a whole day because I can’t read just a chapter at a time haha! Happy by the Lonely Planet sounds really good. It sounds like it’s packed full of awesome things- I’d love to go to Carnival in the Caribbean!

    I just finished up “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie which was actually pretty good. It might be based more toward selling, but it was a decent read.

    Thanks for sharing this list of books, I definitely need to check out more of the books from Lonely Planet!


    • Stacey says:

      How to Win Friends and Influence People was surpringly one of the books that got me into reading as an adult lol. After you finish reading it you don’t realize what you’ve really learned until you interact with new people.

  3. Kathryn says:

    That “Happy” book sounds like such a sweet little read to have on hand! I’ve just started reading “The Gifts of Imperfection” from my reading list, and I’m excited to get into it. I’ll have to check out the books you’ve listed here, too. Thanks for sharing!

    Kathryn • simplykk.com

  4. Sanja says:

    I am the same as you, never really enjoyed reading books but I am getting better now.

    At the moment reading You are a badass 😉 funny self-help book xx

    • Stacey says:

      Hahah I guess once we found what genre we like reading gets a lot more enjoyable! And I also have that book and will be starting it soon 😀

  5. alittlekiran says:

    I have always loved reading, lately I find I have less time to actually settle down with a book and lose myself in it. Instead, I tend to read on my phone which isn’t the same. Love these suggestions xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  6. yuka says:

    totally agree! reading is such a great way to relax and take your mind off things. When I read I’m usually reading a murder mystery or poetry, it’s my favorite genre!


    • Stacey says:

      Wow I haven’t tried out a murder mystery before but it sounds intriguing! If you have any recommendations I’ve love to know <3

  7. This is a fabulous selection of books, they all sound fabulous!

  8. These sound like great reads! Thanks for sharing… will check them out! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  9. These all sound like wonderful books to read. I love reading and it’s something I started doing a lot of in my preteen and hasn’t stopped although unfortunately I don’t read as much now but I’m trying to get back into it. Reading just clears and relaxes your mind, at least that’s what it does for me. Enjoy your reads. x

    • Stacey says:

      For sure! Well I know when people get too busy for reading they turn to Audible. I’ve tried it once but my mind wanders too much so it’s better I read myself lol, but maybe it’s something you could give a go!

  10. ‘Happy’ sounds like exactly the book I need! And I also love reading travel books, I love adding new places to my travel bucket list and just day dreaming about all the travelling I’ll do in the future. I’m currently reading ‘Holding up the Universe’ by Jennifer Niven and I’m really enjoying it so far, her writing is amazing and so are the characters in the book xx


    • Stacey says:

      “Happy” does put things into a different persceptive for sure. I love that it’s so small to carry around too! I will need to check your book out since I’ve been all about that type of genre too <3

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