Reading list

11 books to relax with

With the tumultuous worries of everyday life, the feeling of calm can often elude us. To help we've put together a selection of books that will help you relax, from colouring books to tales of open skies

Get creative…

Pick a page from Lost Ocean, the new colouring book by illustrator Johanna Basford, and get scribbling. There’s definitely something soothing about bringing this inky adventure to life with colour.

If you’re more of a wordsmith, might we suggest Tom Chatfield’s Live This Book? Full of inspiring quotes and thought-provoking exercises to stretch your grey matter, Live This Book is a great (and mindful) way to spend a few hours.

Get outside…

Fresh air, ruddy faces and a pub lunch at the end – all the makings of a good walk. Pathlands, by Peter Owen Jones presents 21 tranquil walks you can take throughout the British Isles and you can read an extract here.blog-spacer

If you want to live vicariously, then Landmarks is the book for you. Robert Macfarlane takes us on a stunning linguistic tour, from sleeping under the stars in Scotland’s Cairngorm mountains to being startled by peregrines on wooded paths in Essex, with a quick detour via Yellowstone National Park and the Arctic. Pick this up if you’d like to know what ‘roarie bummlers’ are…

Get cooking…

As the days get shorter and the cardigans come out of the cupboard, the kitchen seems rather a good place to be. Whether you’re looking for a quick snack, a dinner party feast, or a cooking project to keep you occupied for a whole weekend, our friends at The Happy Foodie will have a recipe or five to keep you occupied.

We’re always excited to hear more from the Domestic Goddess. Simply Nigella is all about taking pleasure in food, no matter what the occasion. Whether you need a healthy strengthening breakfast, a midweek bowl of something wholesome or a Friday night feast, Nigella is at hand.

When you really want to commit to a kitchen project, there’s no one better to turn to than Tim Hayward. In The DIY Cook, Tim guides us through some ambitious classics like lobster thermidor and crêpes suzette. A retro dinner party seems the perfect way to spend an evening.

Get mindful…

Extolling the virtues of mindfulness, and offering practical ways to incorporate the practice into everyday life, Calm is a must have if you’re looking for more ways to feel utterly tranquil.

Mindfulness: 25 ways to live in the moment through art, by French Psychiatrist Christophe André presents 25 practical lessons on how to apply the principles of mindfulness. Read an extract here.

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Get organised…

Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying is a best-seller and there’s a good reason why. By changing the way you look at material possessions and organisation, Kondo’s Japanese cleaning methods will revolutionise your life – it turns out we’ve been folding our pants wrong all these years…

 

Once you’ve tidied away your socks, you’ll want to get into a mindframe in which you need no more objects with which to clutter your world. James Wallman explains our need to acquire things and how we can learn to be happy by doing instead of having in Stuffocation.

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