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Let’s be real. Most of us don’t have the time to commit to reading seven books. This article isn’t meant to give you another pressure to add to your to-do list. We just know that when you do get that sweet down-time, you might want to make yourself a nice cuppa, pop your feet up and grab a good book to dip in to.
Reading isn’t only a great way to unwind, but it can help us recharge for a new day and maybe even learn something new. So bookmark this list and see what jumps out to you next time you need a good read. We’ve got a great selection vouched for by others in the community, covering practical issues like cooking on a bootstrap to finding joy in your day.
We’ve included links to where you can purchase each book, but always encourage you to check out what your local library has on offer!
1. The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy
Yes, of course this is on the list. This seems like an obvious choice because EVERYONE recommends it, but it’s for good reason, we promise! You’ve probably seen Charlie’s touching illustrations doing the rounds on social media that can just stop you in your tracks. They’re gorgeous, uplifting and universally relatable, often reflecting on themes of courage, resilience and love. It’s like it already knows us, who doesn’t want a little pep talk every now and then?
2. Cooking On A Bootstrap by Jack Monroe
Jack shares over 100 simple and budget-friendly recipes that you can knock together even if you’re not a culinary whizz. Favourites of ours include the aptly named recipe ‘I Cannot Get Enough Of This Five-Minute Thing’ and the delicious ‘Moonshine Mash’. It’s cheap, filling and nourishing food for you and your family. Jack has thought about everything from what you might have lying around to how you might veganise the dish. Definitely a handy one to have in your kitchen.
Book Depository, £11.70
3. Happy - Fearne Cotton
Whether you’re listening to her podcasts or reading her many books there’s just something about Fearne’s tone that’s inviting, relaxing and makes you want to savour each moment. With so much choice, it was hard to choose just one! But we knew we had to showcase her first book, Happy. It’s perfect to devour in a day or something to keep going back to for a serotonin boost. Her simple, practical steps will help you find a little joy in every day.
The Works, £3.00
4. Tender: The Imperfect Art of Caring by Penny Wincer
A beautifully written and honest account of the realities of caring. Penny draws on her personal experience of caring, previously for her mother and now for her son, and weaves this with others’ stories to offer an insightful and moving read. If you want a taste of what’s to come, you can listen to her powerful interview on BBC Sounds where she reflects on what it is to be a carer.
5. The Sun and Her Flowers - Rupi Kaur
The Instagram sensation’s second collection of poetry touches on love, loss and growth. Beautiful reflections of the world around us, accompanied with delicate illustrations are a win for us. This isn’t one we’d read cover to cover – although you could! It’s just perfect to dip in and out of when we need a little inspiration in our day.
6. It’s Not OK to Feel Blue (and Other Lies) - Scarlett Curtis
This is a fantastic collection of writings about mental health from over sixty influential people. These personal stories cover a range issues that aim to dispel any myths surrounding mental health. It offers us a raw insight in to the personal struggles of authors, celebrities, politicians and much more, and promotes the message - we’re not alone. An inspiring read that allows us to easily flick through when we want a lift and some reassurance.
7. Becoming by Michelle Obama
A personal account from one of the most iconic women in the world – what’s not to love? In this witty and honest portrayal, the ex-First Lady shares not only her triumphs but the struggles she faced along the way. Her reflections are warm and relatable, as she touches on issues like juggling motherhood and work, and the impact of seeing someone you love struggle with illness. A beautifully written page-turner you’ll find hard to put down! If American politics sparks your interest, you can also check out Barack Obama’s latest memoir, A Promised Land.
The Works, £15.00
This is by no means an extensive list of all the wonderful books out there that can support you with your caring role. We just hope this has inspired you to take some time for yourself.