Soothe your soul with these relaxing reads

Updated: May 3, 2018

Reading can serve as a teacher, instructing you on topics and presenting knowledge. Reading can guide you in times you are feeling lost on your path or even when you would like a change of direction or pace. Reading can transform you, introducing new perspectives and speaking purpose into your life. Reading can present an escape from reality, delving you into imaginary worlds and introducing you to characters that become friends.

Reading is a reprieve. 

Whether you are a lifelong reader or are finally taking time to unwind – allow yourself to select a book that interests you and let it speak to you. Below, are five books that will leave you feeling impacted and inspired

  • An Overall Good Book The Nest, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney Seeking a book about life, love and the unbreakable bonds of friendship and family that intertwine us all? The Plumb’s are a family of dysfunctions – while drama and failures are present nothing is overly dramatic, instead, realistic, surprising and often humorous. If you’re looking to escape into the lives of others, but ultimately feel more connected to the world as a whole, this is warm-hearted choice.

  • A Good Laugh Cancer Vixen: A True Story, by Marisa Acocella Marchetto This book is delightfully unique in the fact that it’s a graphic memoir illustrated by a cartoonist that was diagnosed with breast cancer. Marisa Acocella Marchetto depicts her 11-month bout with cancer with a sense of humor and ultimately, a triumphant ending.

  • Healthful Living The Beauty Chef: Delicious Food for Radiant Skin, Gut Health and Wellbeing, by Carla Oates Carla Oates, aka The Beauty Chef, guides readers towards glowing health and beauty from the inside out, beginning specifically, with the gut. This book combines the joy of cooking backed by the science of nutrition, words of wisdom, practical advice and stunning photos of absolutely appealing recipes.

  • A Positive Outlook The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin The book that became a movement – a conscious effort to pursue daily happiness. Rubin puts the action into “I want to be happy” by providing thoughtful suggestions backed by scientific research on the art of finding happiness. It spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list!

  • A Classic Favorite The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho With over 2 million copies sold worldwide and translations in over 70 languages, The Alchemist is clearly a highly regarded novel. Its popularity likely stems from the overarching themes of destiny, choices and following your dreams. While it is literary fiction with a fascinating plot and detailed characters, many claim it is a self-help book, as well.