Books always fill up most of your precious luggage space. You know the struggle. My solution is either to take one or two big books with me or many small and light ones. Here are some of my recommendations for good and entertaining light books to bring with you on your travels.
1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
One of my favorites. I felt like I had a connection with the main character Charlie throughout the whole story – I could see myself in him, and I honestly really love reading books where one of the characters reminds me of myself, so.. Naturally, this is a favorite.
Here’s what the back of the book has to say:
“‘I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they’re here. Not in a mean way. In a curious way. It’s like looking at all the students and wondering who’s had their heart broken that day… or wondering who did the heart breaking and wondering why.’
Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and the Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.”
232 pages. If that sparked your interest, I’d advise you to get your own copy as you might want to read it multiple times (personal experience…) – buy it here.
2. The Ocean at the End of the Lane
This book was a gift I got for Christmas. I didn’t wish for it. Had never heard of it. But after one glance at it, I knew I wanted to read it – luring title and a stunning cover design. And oh boy, it was interesting. It had a mysterious feel to it, and I was honestly a mix between baffled and fascinated while reading it – but I loved it. Here’s what it’s about:
“A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home and is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl and her mother and grandmother. As he sits by the pond behind the ramshackle old house, the unremembered past comes flooding back – a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy. A groundbreaking work as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out.”
181 pages. You can buy it here if you’d like to read this beauty.
3. How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are
This book was what inspired me to cut my hair and get that fringe. I also picked up other good tips from it, like: “Always look as if you are gazing at the sunset. Even during rush hour in the Métro. Even when picking up frozen pizza from the supermarket.” Amazing.
The book itself is minimalistic and a must have for the person who loves beautiful books with cool artwork. Info about it:
“At last, a fun and spirited take on what it really means to be a Parisienne in the 21st century. Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas – talented iconoclasts and friends for years – give their very original views on style, culture, attitude and men alongside making fun of their complicated, often contradictory, feelings and behaviour. They admit to being snobs, unpredictable but not unreliable, bossy and opinionated yet tender and romantic.
These modern Parisiennes will take you on a first date, to a party and through a hangover. They will tell you how to be mysterious and sensual, make your boyfriend jealous, the right way to approach weddings and the gym, and they will share their address book in Paris for where to go at the end of the night, for a birthday, for a smart date, for vintage finds and much more.
Chic and desirable, How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are will make you laugh as you tap into your inner cool.”
253 pages. I enjoyed it. A lot. And it’s so aesthetic. You can buy it here.
4. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
It was funny. It was sad. It was eye-opening. It was beautiful in its own way. Please read this and tell me what you think – I had never read anything like this and couldn’t put it down. It was such a simple yet brilliant story, and I can’t recommend it enough. Here’s what’s on the back:
“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger’s Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour’s dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.”
271 Pages. Please give it a go, you can get it here.
5. Introvert Power
Basically a must-read if you’re an introvert. I loved it – very empowering. Here’s some information about it:
“It’s no wonder that introversion is making headlines – half of all Americans are introverts. But if that describes you – are you making the most of your inner strenght?
Psychologist and introvert Lauren Helgoe unveils the genius of introversion. Introverts gain energy and power through reflection and solitude. Our culture, however, is geared toward the extrovert. The pressure to get out there and get happier can lead people to think that an inward orientation is a problem instead of an opportunity.
Helgoe shows that the exact opposite is true: introverts can capitalize on this inner source of power. Introvert Power is a blueprint for how introverts can take full advantage of this hidden strength in daily life.
Revolutionary ad invaluable, Introvert Power includes ideas for how introverts can learn to:
- Claim private space
- Bring a slower tempo into daily life
- Deal effectively with parties, interruptions, and crowds.
Quiet is might. Solitude is strength. Introversion is power.”
290 pages. Preach. If you want to read it you can buy it here.
6. How to be a Lady
Mostly for the girls. A very fun and sophisticated book about becoming a proper lady. It’s pretty cute and has cool lady-like illustrations that go along with the useful tips written. It’s a light-hearted book that presents the basics of manners in a playful tone. I enjoyed it a lot. This is what it says:
“This invaluable guide will help you make your way in polite society. And with recent surveys suggesting that 9 out of 10 people felt incivility and lack of manners to be a serious issue, we need all the help we can get!
There comes a time in every girl’s life when she must leave behind the follies of youth and embrace adulthood. No longer can you get away with spending your Friday nights neeking bottles of cheap alcopops on a park bench until dawn, you must instead present a sophisticated, cultivated persona to the world. With so many questionable role models out there (we’re looking at you Z-list celebrities), girls need a caring hand to guide them on the path to civility, and that’s where How To Be A Lady comes in.
As morals become looser and manners become rarer, the following pages attempt to redress the balance and encourage people to behave in far more appropriate ways.”
128 pages. Barely takes any space and can be read many times, you can get it here.
7. Audrey Style
Such an inspiring woman. The only role model I have ever had. If you in any way like fashion, you will enjoy this. Trust me. The book says:
“Everyone, it seems, is a fan of Audrey’s. She was Gigi, a princess, Holly Golightly, a nun, Maid Marian, even an angel. And we believed her in every role. But Audrey Hepburn was also one of the most admired and emulated women of the twentieth century, who encouraged women to discover and highlight their own strength. By example, she not only changed the way women dress – she forever altered the way they viewed themselves.
But Audrey Hepburn’s beauty was more than skin-deep. “You know the Audrey you saw onscreen? Audrey was that in real life, only a million times better,” says designer Jeffrey Banks. For the first time, this style biography reveals the details – fashion and otherwise – that contributed so greatly to Audrey’s appeal. Drawing on original interviews with Hubert de Givenchy, Gregory Peck, Nancy Reagan, Doris Brynner, and Audrey Wilder, as well as reminiscences of professional friends like Steven Spielberg, Ralph Lauren, noted Hollywood photographer Bob Willoughby, Steven Meisel, and Kevyn Aucoin, Audrey Style brings the Audrey her family and friends loved to life.
With more than ninety color and black-and-white photographs, many of which have never before been published, and original designer sketches from Edith Head, Hubert de Givenchy, Vera Wang, Manolo Blahnik, Alexander McQueen, and others, Audrey Style gives measure to the grace, humor, intelligence, generosity, and inimitable fashion sense that was Audrey Hepburn.”
237 pages. If you want to read this and become inspired, you can get it here.
That wraps it up. Kinda. Here’s a cool song: