Books That Make You Feel Good
A good book will take you on a journey to a faraway land, introspectively or to a completely different world. From snuggling up by a roaring fire with a latte, to catching some rays by the water, in a hammock at the spa or in bed before dozing off—a book is the perfect companion, for everything.
Reading is proven to be a relaxing activity, slowing your heart rate and easing tensions in your muscles. While a thriller can bring your heart beat faster, plenty of books aim to lull you into a state of serenity.
Find gathered here a list of books that will help transport you to a world of tranquility. If you can, opt for local bookstores to support your community when purchasing books—for yourself or others, after all, calm is the perfect gift.
For the traveller
Wanderlust: A Traveler’s Guide to the Globe allows readers to dream and uncover their next adventure—whenever it may be. Taking you on a worldly journey, this guide will delight any traveller with beautiful photos and descriptions of glorious destinations.
This story perfectly marries introspection and exploration. Wild by Nature: From Siberia to Australia describes Sarah Marquis’s incredible journey. In 2010, the author travelled, on foot and alone, from Siberia to Australia. The three-year journey led to incredible obstacles and revelations.
For the visual
Sometimes, books aren’t all words. Sometimes, they’re full of pretty pictures. Pleasing to the eye can be just as pleasing for the mind.
Having conquered New York, photographer Brandon Stanton went on to conquer the world. Humans is compelling and moving. Stanton travelled the world for five years, meeting and photographing incredible humans—this book compiles their incredible stories.
Escapology: Modern Cabins, Cottages and Retreats by Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan showcases an eclectic mix of beautiful cabins, cottages and modern retreats. With pleasing designs and gorgeous photography, this collection of hideaways will take you on a calming journey.
For the budding poet
With their rhythmic quality and beautiful words, it’s no surprise that poems bring peace to our ever-racing minds.
Canadian author Margaret Atwood was a poet far before she was a famed novelist. Dearly is her first collection of poems in over a decade. A mix of mundane and fantastic, endings and renewals, aging and retrospection find their home in Atwood’s latest literary offering.
The bestselling author of Milk and Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers is back with her third, greatly anticipated, collection of Poetry. Rupi Kaur’s Home Body is reflective, intimate, and honest with subject matters including growth, love, community, family, nature and rest.
For quieting the mind
Described as bedtime stories for adults, Kathryn Nicolai’s Nothing Much Happens: Cozy & Calming Stories to Soother Your Mind & Help You Sleep is the perfect book to read before bed. This collection of stories was created for busy minds who need to slow down. Nicolai’s stories explore sweet moments of happiness and relaxation.
Denmark has garnered a reputation as being one of the happiest countries in the world—all thanks to hygge. The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well demystifies the Danish way to happiness with concepts such as coziness for the soul and the pursuit of everyday pleasures. We could all use a little more hygge.
Once you have chosen the perfect book for you or your loved ones, comes the time to pick the perfect bookmark. Why not hide amongst the pages of a great story the making of new memories? A gift certificate to the spa would surely make for an amazing bookmark.
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