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3 books to read over summer

July 5, 2018

As the summer holiday season is approaching and everyone is having a short or long break from university or work, people will find time again for the simple pleasures in life such as reading. Personally, I enjoy reading on holidays by or just in the evening somewhere outside on a bench to either dive into a mesmerising fictional story or to learn new approaches to life and happiness. However, on holiday I prefer to read ‘lighter’ books which are short and sweet. Therefore, these books may not be the most depanding ones you could possibly find but they are entertaining enough to be worth your time.

The first book I will recommend to you talks about an elderly man who passes away during his shift at work. The man doesn’t have a lot to live for and will then slowly discover the effect he had on people during his life or the effect other people may have had on his life. The story is mesmerising as it lets you dive into a whole different world that helps you reflect on your own life as well as your daily actions. After having read this story, I have become aware that I needed to be more grateful for the life that I lead and the people that are around me every day. The book was a pleasure to read and can be finished within a day as it is relatively short.

Ikigai can be classified as a self-help or self-discovery book that analyses the secret to a very long life of Japanese people. The book also has some spiritual notions to it but never fully dives into religious beliefs. I recommend this to anyone who feels like he/she needs to change his/her approach to life and look after personal health. The book is easy to read and I especially enjoyed the interviews with the elderly people who, again, put our Western life and choices into perspective. However, I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone who is stuck in his/her own ways and is not willing to open themselves to new ideas and concepts.

How to stop time is a book about Tom Hazard who lives with a special condition of ageing a lot slower than the average human being. The story is therefore set in various different centuries and it constantly jumps back and forth to explain the protaginist’s current state of mind and the situation he finds himself in. I thoroughly enjoyed the middle section of the book as you could just slowly feel the plot unfold and see the protagonist break out of his condition. I recommend this book to people who enjoy time travelling- or fictional stories that still manage to put enough depth into a character.



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