I’m definitely a bookworm, but these last few years in university have consisted much more of textbooks than books for pleasure. Embarrassingly, I probably only got through a few books each year on my long list of reading. Here are some of my favourite books that I’ve gotten into lately!
When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi
Cup of Jo blogger Joanna Goddard first wrote about this memoir due to her personal ties to the author and unique nature of the material. Kalanithi was Goddard’s brother-in-law, a neurosurgeon who was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. It addresses mortality and Kalanithi does a wonderful job at explaining what it’s like going from surgeon, to patient in mere months.
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar – Cheryl Strayed
I read this book on the subway commute to work a couple of summers ago. Admittedly, many of the stories included left me in tears. She has a very raw way of writing that makes you feel as if you’re talking to a girlfriend…amazing! Strayed also wrote Wild, which was a big read a couple of years ago, often among book clubs.
The Five Love Languages – Gary Chapman
It seems like a funny pick, I know, but the book outlines five love languages and helps you to understand discontent in all kinds of relationships. I think it’s a good read because it really addresses how subjectivity and perception function in a relationship. Truly, I think it makes a difference knowing how someone gives and perceives love, mainly because it differs so much from person to person!
The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
I’m not generally a huuge fan of fiction, however this book stands out from many that I’ve read in the past. Although it’s a rather light read, it addresses the importance of following your dreams, first love and every love that follows, in a way that leads you to become emotionally invested in the lives of all of the characters.
The Opposite of Loneliness – Marina Keegan
Tragically, Marina Keegan passed away in a car crash five days after her graduation from Yale University. The Opposite of Loneliness is a collection of her essays that was published posthumously. The first page reads, “I will live for love, and the rest will take care of itself”. It’s one of my favourite little sentiments…one that has taught me to never hold back. The book is bittersweet, leading you to celebrate in her triumph as a writer, but leaves you feeling melancholy because she was just so young.
Whiskey Words & A Shovel Set – R.H. Sin
R.H. Sin is one of my favourite contemporary poets, for he has a way of putting feelings, emotions and understanding into words. His poetry is extremely relatable and often heart-wrenching. If you’re a lover of the arts, I highly recommend his work!
Happy reading! Xo Lil