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Reading to Take a Break From….Reading?

At this point in the academic year, most people will be drowning in course readings, and sick of highlighting meaningless information. I, too, feel that my pile of work is never-ending, no matter how much time I dedicate to it, however, I find it essential to take time to just sit back and get lost in a good book. So, for the busy student, I’ve made a compilation of books I have been reading or have read over the past few months and would want to recommend to anyone in search of an enjoyable read. Don’t worry, none of my textbooks have made the list.

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Book cover of The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.

The Happiness Project is a great book to help you make positive changes in your life.

This book, although lacking a captivating storyline, is a light and enjoyable read. It follows the author’s journey over a period of 12 months, as she tries to implement words of wisdom and self-help techniques into her life to attempt to become happier and overall more satisfied with her life. It teaches the reader the importance of clearing one’s mind and space to ease tensions and simplify life. It reminded me of the happiness that can be found in the small things in life and would recommend to anyone looking to reflect on their experience and attempt to improve it with small steps.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*CK by Mark Manson

Book cover of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*CK

This book is brutally honest, and a much-needed reality check.

This book is not your typical self-help book; it is unfiltered, brutally honest, and a much-needed reality check. I began reading the book thinking it would be a lesson on living life carefree and careless. In fact, it is quite the opposite—the author encourages the reader to care, but only about the things that matter. It has helped me understand what matters to me, what my values are, and how to stop investing time in things, and people, that do not matter. The book is enjoyable to read, and I guarantee you will finish it with a new outlook on life!

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Ravelli

Book cover of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

Now, I know I promised I would not include any textbooks on this list; however, this is no textbook. This book aims to present significant physics theories in a manner that is easy to comprehend for the average reader. I found this book fascinating and thoroughly enjoyed reading about the secrets of the stars, Quantum Theory, and the concept of time. This book takes the daunting image away from physics and makes it an excellent read for those without a science background wanting to expand their knowledge of physics.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

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I wanted to include this book because it is simple yet beautiful. Poetry can often be confusing for many. However, Rupi Kaur’s writing has drawn many to this genre of literature. She writes about her experience as a woman, a person of colour, and her identity in a way many can relate to.

 

Although my love for reading non-academic books is often put on hold during the school year, I have made a point of spending some time to take a break and do something I enjoy. Reading is an excellent way for me to get my mind off the tensions of daily life and just read without the need to memorize every bit of information. Sounds like fun, right? So take pick a book from this list and get reading!

If you have read any of these books or have any recommendations do comment below!

Until next time!