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Books that make you happy

I’ve been wanting to speak about books for a while now. Do you like reading? We love it. In our shelves you can find any book that Haruki Murakami has published, all kinds of travel diaries … but also a fair amount of bestsellers. We read almost everything that falls into our hands and we are not ashamed to admit that we love us some bestsellers!

During a quite obscure period of my life reading kept me sane. I remember devouring Ken Follet’s  The Pilars of the Earth all bundled up in bed in order not to think about my problems. And it really helped! But if there’s an author that has made me happy, that’s Marian Keyes. I know that she is one of the epitomes of the so called chick lit and lots of women deny reading that kind of books, but I find her novels quite inspiring, funny and uplifting. Sushi for begginers is my favourite. If you are having a rough time, I can’t recommend her books enough.

The last book that has helped me overcome a hard time is Love, Style, Life by Garance Dore. I read it in one sitting, specifically during a quite scary three hour flight. I didn’t know what to expect but I found lots of stories that (surprisingly) I could identify with. Those 90s nd early 00s were difficult, you know…  I also found myself in some chapters of Not that kind of girl, by Lena Dunham. While I never thought I had anything in common with those two famous and opinionated women, it turns out I do. I guess we all strugle, but just some of us are brave enough to admit it.

One last recommendation: All the light we cannot see, by Anthony Doerr. If you want to escape your life for a while with a nice cup of coffee and an absorbing story, then you’re in for a treat (the plot is rather hard, though). What about you, any recommendation for us? Do you look for comfort in the pages of a book?



  1. I guess we all need something to help us escape when times are tough. For me it has been dancing. Classical ballet, actually. I can really lose myself in it and it makes me feel so happy and free. Even if it’s just for an hour. Thanks for sharing. X

  2. Over Easter, I read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I believe it was made into a movie but I haven’t seen that. The book is a real page-turner and if you have a long-ish flight, you will be totally absorbed in it. I don’t want to give away anything, so you’ll have to find out for yourself. I will check out your book suggestions. I like Garance Dore.

      • The Girl on the Train is one I couldn’t put down. Really got stuck into that one.

      • Yes, creepy and horrifying! The Girl on the Train is on my list for my end-April holiday to the Amalfi Coast. Now you mentioned it, I will move it up to the top of the list !

  3. Books are definetly a place we ( think I can talk for the both of us) seek comfort in, a chance to slip into another world for some time. From the books you named I only read “All the light we cannot see” and I found it really good, gonna check the others out too. “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini is a book I would recommend, but definetly something for an emotional read!

  4. Lee Ann says

    Ah, books! Do not get me started; I may never stop! I read, and re-read, all the time. If you liked “All the Light We Cannot See,” try “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah. Right now, I’m enjoying “The Summer Before the War” by Helene Simonson. The books of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon have kept me focused and entertained on many transatlantic flights. Thank you for the recommendation of Garance Dore’s book. I follow her blog, and I’ve wondered if I should get the book. Now I’m convinced, as I love The Slow Pace style, and if you love Garance, I’ll read it! Smiles!

  5. Miss Getaway says

    Thank you so much for this post. I never know whether to buy this book or not because it is pretty but at the same time I never knew if it’s the thing for me. But I think I’ll give it a shot ;)

    Love, Kerstin

    • Hi Kerstin!
      Obviously this book is not one of those that change your life but it’s very entertaining and it’s a great read :)

  6. Ho comperato questo libro nella versione francese in italiano non esiste ancora!! Bello! Ciao ciao ti seguo sempre e mi piace anche il tuo nuovo template del blog!!

    • Hi Inés! Thanks for your tip! Actually I really don’t like Vargas Llosa that much. I know, I know, he won a Nobel Prize and all that, but I just don’t connect with his writing… Anyway I might give it a second chance!

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