As of now, this year has been a challenging one. There have been not so many ups and a lot of downs, but hopefully the rainbow will soon come out and all the storms will pass over us. One way to learn from 2020, rather than just endure it, is to read and become better versions of ourselves. So here are a few diamonds in the rough I would definitely recommend.
1. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
After such a long lockdown, which some countries are only just now exiting, it is important to appreciate how lucky we are that we even get back our freedom to do mundane things. After reading Everything, Everything, you’ll feel grateful that you have the ability to go out and meet people. Plus another great factor is afterwards you can watch the movie version and shed a few tears.
2. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
I recently read this, as I had only ever watched the film. It is quite a quick read, but it simply strips down the worse side of human nature. For me, the real takeaway is that it isn’t the greedy people who succeed, but the kind. Throughout life, that is always a message worth reiterating, but be careful, because it may have you chomping away on chocolate for a while.
3. You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero
This motivational book has been rather popular for a while and is worth a read. A lot of people are feeling the urge to become successful now more than ever, and this book definitely gives you a kick in the right direction. The down-to-earth Sincero uses a combination of past life experiences and advice to create a comedic self-help book, teaching everything from loving yourself to making money. So whatever your version of success is, I am sure it is in here.
4. Emma by Jane Austen
Why read a chick flick from the 1800s? We all need to get to know the confident, self-assured side of ourselves like Austen’s Emma. The book also emphasises that we need to see the importance of not only being independent, but also of listening to others too. If you want an uplifting romance to take your mind away from reality while learning a good lesson at the same time, this is a great read.
5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Do you need inspiration to chase your dreams? Then try this. After its release, it was used to motivate the soldiers in WW2, so it seems an appropriate fit to get people through difficult times. A century later, we can appreciate the 1920s for its glamour whilst learning from Gatsby’s achievements and mistakes. Follow your American dream, but do it the right way, without the criminal activity of Gatsby that makes this novel so intriguing.