I have always loved reading books while on holidays, taking some time off emails, instagram and Yes, even blogging, and getting lost in a good story. I find it soothes both the mind and the soul. Here are some old favorite ones, along with some books I’ve read during 2016 and some new arrivals.
Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
This is one of my favorite romantic – not in a cheesy way, I swear! – books. It includes a lot of passages by Rumi, the thirteenth century Sufi poet that has the most honest, objective and, at the same time, utterly capturing way of describing matters of love and all its natures.
Ella Rubinstein has a husband, three teenage children and a pleasant home. Everything that should make her confident and fulfilled. Yet there is an emptiness at the heart of Ella’s life – an emptiness once filled by love.
So, when Ella reads a manuscript about the thirteenth-century Sufi poet Rumi and Shams of Tabriz, and his forty rules of life and love, she is shocked out of herself. Turning her back on her family, she embarks on a journey to meet the mysterious author of this work. It is a quest infused with Sufi mysticism and verse, taking Ella and us into an exotic world, where faith and love are heartbreakingly explored…
Goop Clean Beauty
It is no secret that I have been a huge fan of Gwyneth Paltrow for years and an avid reader of Goop, since its very beginning. Goop has been my main inspiration on all things related to health and beauty, as I find that everything it suggests has been thoroughly sought after, is of high quality and standards. Goop nails it every single time, when it comes to advice, so it was only natural that I was one of the very first to pre-order its first book published.
This is an ultimate guide to all-things-beauty from THE experts on clean living. Written by the editors of Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle collective, goop, this must-have beauty bible will shed a definitive light on topics such as what to eat, the importance of sleep, the power of antioxidants, and the impact of exercise, while offering tactical advice for skin issues and acne, as well as clean makeup product suggestions. Readers will also find beauty tutorials from some of goop’s expert makeup artists and hair stylists. GOOP CLEAN BEAUTY will feature delicious skin-boosting recipes and 100 gorgeous photographs of real women, and of course Gwyneth and other goop friends and family, all of whom will share their own secrets, routines, and beauty rituals.
The Body doesn’t lie by Vicky Vlachonis
Vicky Vlachonis is a very dear friend and I admire her immensely. To me, she is the defintion of a “Greek Goddess”, the personification of positive energy and radiance and a True Healer. The Body doesn’t lie is a holistic guide to wellness, health and radiance and should be in everyone’s bookshelf.
Get Rid of Chronic Pain and Discover How to Look and Feel Your Best Every Day. Back problems, nightly headaches, tight shoulders, achy feet—all of us have been nagging about daily pains that seem to get worse when our lives get busier. In “The Body Doesn’t Lie”, Vicky Vlachonis shows us how to locate the source of our pain, understand its origin and manifestation in the body, and then let it go, using a holistic approach that includes easy-to-implement guidelines for diet, exercise, and emotional well-being.
The language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie
This is a diary of daily meditatons and reflections, which I discovered by chance while on a holiday trip. Ever since, this book has been lying on my bed-side table, worn out and filled with underlying and scribbling, as a often refer to it pages to seek inspiration and consultation.
Melody Beattie integrates her own life experiences and fundamental recovery reflections in this unique daily meditation book written especially for those of us who struggle with the issue of codependency. Problems are made to be solved, Melody reminds us, and the best thing we can do is take responsibility for our own pain and self-care. In this daily inspirational book, Melody provides us with a thought to guide us through the day and she encourages us to remember that each day is an opportunity for growth and renewal.
The Examined Life – How we Lose and Find ourselves by Stephen Grosz
Psychology has been one of my favorite subjects that I myself have studied for years. I always go to the Psychology section of bookstores and look for the latest titles and covers that will capture my interest. I found “The Examined Life” by Stephen Grosz to be of particular interest, as it summarises a real life documentation of a psychoanalyst and the cases he has dealt with.
This book is about learning to live. In simple stories of encounter between a psychoanalyst and his patients, The Examined Life reveals how the art of insight can illuminate the most complicated, confounding and human of experiences. These are stories about our everyday lives: they are about the people we love and the lies that we tell; the changes we bear and the grief. Ultimately, they show us not only how we lose ourselves but how we might find ourselves, too.
Babble Charles Saatchi
I have a soft spot for British humour and cynicism and Babble combines them in a most perfect way. Charles Saatchi, a renowned art figure and the owner of the world famous Saatchi Gallery, has written a collection of short essays, at times hysterically blunt and frequently bonkers, which deal with all sorts of subjects: from ‘The hideousness of the art world’, ‘Being thick is no obstacle to being a successful artist’ and ‘Painting is a blind man’s obsession’, to ‘Socialising for party duds’, ‘Love may be blind, but marriage is an eye-opener’ and ‘If it can’t be explained by science, try a seance’.
HAPPY NEW YEAR Everyone!