KULALA P.C Club: 10 Books That’ll Take Your Mind Off Everything
Disconnect with the chaos of this world and dive right into these, from romance to thrillers, and everything in between.| September 13, 2017
You run through your agenda for the day: morning work-out, followed by meetings and dinner with the colleagues by the desk. Checked, check and checked. Your day is almost done. You finally reach home, back to your comfort zone where you’re ready for plenty of me time. You go by your shower and skincare routine, but wait! There’s still an hour left to kill before calling it a night. There isn’t much on Netflix, either. Oh, whatever should you do?
Instead of scrolling through Instagram or reading yet another admittedly depressing article about the world, put the phone away and switch it to silent mode. Instead, focus on healing and recharging your mind, whether it’s mediation or doing light yoga or just a tiny bit of old-school reading from a book.
It’s not that we want to be a Belle about this, but a good book has the ability to take you far away, be it past, present or future, whether of far-off places, magic spells or a prince in disguise. (Sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves.) Remember that last time you read a book so good that time just flew by? That’s what we should all aim for every once in a while.
From fiction to non-fiction, romance to thrillers, tragedies to mythologies, our fall book recommendations (including some from our lovely contributors) have you covered. The aim is to take your mind off everything for just a bit. Add a drop of lemongrass oil or frankincense oil to that Muji diffuser on your bedside table and let’s all pull a Belle with one or ten of our top reads for the season.
The Beguiled by Thomas Cullinan
A young Union Army corporal is found in the woods of Virginia at the peak of the Civil War. After a near death experience, he is wounded and brought to the nearby Miss Martha Farnsworth Seminary for Young Ladies. Things take a turn as the young ladies pit themselves against one another for the soldier’s attention.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
After three years behind bars, Shadow Moon plans for his return to his home in Indiana and his wife, Laura. Just days before his release, Shadow discovers that his wife is killed in an accident. Lost and aimless, Shadow crosses paths with the mysterious Mr. Wednesday who has more than just a few parlour tricks up his sleeves. American Gods is among Gaiman’s most famous works, most recently made into a television series (read: potential bragging rights if you read the book first).
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Four Massachusetts college graduates make their way to New York with big ambitions. Through the decades, they overcame obstacles together and become very successful in their careers. However, their greatest setback awaits them when one of the four is haunted by his childhood that will soon redefine his life.
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Set in 17th Century Amsterdam, 18-year-old Nella begins her new life as a merchant trader’s wife. While her husband treats her with respect and civility, he is distant. One day, he presents her with an extraordinary gift – a doll house filled with miniatures figurines that seem to reflect the life and the people around her in eerie and unexpected ways.
Sad Girls by Lang Leav
“Your first love isn’t the first person you give your heart to – it’s the first one who breaks it.” An emotionally charged story about a couple in love, their dark secrets and a death of a friend.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
An incredible heart-wrenching read about a woman’s heroic acts and self-sacrifice for her family and friends. Set in the harshest conditions one can ever imagine, they go through thirty brutal years in Afghanistan, a period of time that is set to change the generations to come.
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Because Gaiman is just that good. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.
Cook Beautiful by Athena Calderone
In Cook Beautiful, Athena reveals the secrets to preparing and presenting unforgettable meals. Along with top chefs, and stunning tablescapes, she shows us how to achieve her impeccable yet approachable cooking style.
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
A touching story about a family separated by culture and distance, Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane explores the life of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple during a business trip.
The Mist by Stephen King
Count on Stephen King to come up with a solid good thriller read. The Mist revolves around a suburban town where a mysterious mist slowly and creepily comes alive, leaving hundreds trapped in a mall, hospital and church. All’s good initially, but what happens when your food supplies runs out and you are forced to make an escape through the fog?
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