Wednesday Wisdom: Top 5 Books This Week

Top 5 Books

Looking for something to new to read? This week, we’re bringing you 5 books that will hopefully instil a sense of calm and tranquillity into your routine. Tara Pilkington brings you our top five choices of the week!

Ottolenghi Simple

Cooking can be a great source of calm for many people as it allows them the time to focus on the task at hand rather than worrying about their thoughts. This book, Ottolenghi Simple, is a cooking book which combines maximum flavour with minimal hassle! Containing over 130 dishes which all take less than 30 minutes and only contain 10 ingredients or less, this is a great option for those that may be intimidated by more complex cookbooks.

The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking

Denmark is often considered one of the happiest countries in the world, and that’s down to one thing: hygge! The concept of ‘Hygge’ refers to the art of creating intimacy and cosiness. The author of this book, Meik Wiking, is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, so he knows a thing or two about creating hygge in your home!

Calm: Working through life’s daily stresses to find a peaceful centre by Fearne Cotton

Calm is Fearne’s follow up to her popular ‘Happy: Finding Joy in Every Day and Letting Go of Perfect’ book. In Calm, Fearne is on a mission to find the simple things that can help us move away from feelings of stress and instead focus on the good. Including expert advice, conversations with wise friends from all walks of life, easy ideas to try, activities to complete, this book is a friendly reminder that Calm is a place that exists in us all.

Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life by Héctor García, Francesc Miralles

Ikigai refers to the Japanese word for ‘a reason to live’ or ‘a reason to jump out of bed in the morning’, and finding your ikigai is easier than you might think! This book aims to help you work out what your own ikigai is and equip you with the tools that you need to change your life. This book is a must-read for anyone who needs to recenter themselves and find a sense of balance that they may have lost.

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

If you have found yourself struggling with your mental health recently, then this book by Matt Haig is a must-read. The true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again, in this book Matt creates a moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive.