These are books I read and loved a little while ago. Nothing makes me happier than a good book and a beverage or platter of food. So I have paired each lovely and heart warming book with a delicious beverage or meal to devour while reading. It’s not good for your mindfulness practice to read and eat/drink at the same time – but it’s good for your soul and happiness.
1. ‘The Help’ by Kathryn Stockett
Although it’s long, the story is engaging, very well written and warm. It’s set in in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1950s and written in the voice of 3 different characters; 2 African-American maids working for white women and one white girl with a big heart and thirst for change. It will make you laugh, cry and most of all, be grateful for all that we have today. It has a happy ending too.
Best read with a glass of iced tea and a plate of fried chicken.
2. ‘Almost French’ by Sarah Turnbull
This is a memoir of a girl from our pretty Sydney who moved all the way to beautiful Paris for love. It’s not a fairy-tale, even though it sounds like one! Sarah writes honestly about her struggles to fit into French society, as well as how hard it can be to move abroad. The novel is personable and entertaining with great stories and interesting characters.
Best read with a glass of wine and some crackers with Brie cheese.
3. ‘The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic’ (or sometimes known as ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’) by Sophie Kinsella
This chick-list novel was published over 10 years ago and turned into a movie. I just read it for the third time and it was still unbelievably ‘LOL’-funny. I had to cover my mouth to supress my giggles at the bus stop. If you haven’t read it and/or watched the movie – read it now. If you read it a couple of years ago, read it again – you won’t be disappointed. My only warning is not to read in public (unless your ok with people seeing you laugh yourself silly).
Best read with a cup of hot chocolate.
4. ‘The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency’ by Alexander McCall Smith
This is the first novel in the series of the same name (and also a HBO TV series). It’s about the only (and consequentially, ‘No. 1’) lady detective in Gabrone, the capital of Botswana. It’s even more precious to me now that I have been to this beautiful country! This novel begins with the story of how protagonist and lady detective Precious Ramotswe started her agency. It is then broken down into the various cases that she deals with. The cases and characters are interesting and funny, all set against the beautiful backdrop of Africa. It’s beautifully written and very easy to read after a long day at work.
Best read with a cup of bush tea (if you can find it!).
5. ‘Are you a Jackie or a Marilyn?’ by Pamela Keogh
I think I’m a bit of both! This is a super fun read – almost a fun self-help book with lessons on how to live and dress like both Jackie and Marilyn. A very warm read that will leave you surprised with which iconic lady you are most like!
Best read with a cup of tea (if you think you’re a Jackie) or a cup of tea with gin (Marilyn).