BOOKS YOU SHOULD READ

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BOOKS ARE SO AWESOME.

I love books.

Ever since I was little, they’ve been an escape that connected me to the wider world and revealed a bigger picture. I see them as timeless portals…

TRAVELLING

Shantaram – 

Gregory David Roberts

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Based on the author’s own experiences, you are taken alongside Lin, who has recently escaped from an Australian prison. He flees to India and ends up becoming a part of Indian life, more than he had ever anticipated. Bizarre happenings (although perhaps not for India) constantly occur. This book is so powerfully written with heart and soul that it moved me to tears.

Prepare yourself!

On the Road – 

Jack Kerouac

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Characters full of charisma and the long open road ahead of them. Kerouac wrote this all in one sitting on one scroll  from his typewriter, based on his time with the rest of the Beatniks. His free thought flows on the paper with life, making you want to get up and have some adventures of your own.

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars…”

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning –

Laurie Lee

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Leaving home with just a knapsack and violin in hand, Laurie sets off with the intention of walking to wherever it is he’s going. Set in a time between the world wars and general unrest, he has no idea what lies ahead of him. He finds himself heading to Spain and bumping into all sorts, despite barely knowing the language and a civil war brewing.

Down Under –

Bill Bryson

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Bryson’s remarkably witty account of his first time down under.

Into the Wild –

Jon Krakauer

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Alexander Supertramp, as Christopher McCandless preferred to be known, graduated from university and donated his entire trust fund to a charity for the homeless. Then he went on the road and off the map, into the wild. He told no-one where he was going and there was no way of reaching him. A journey of discovery led him, eventually, to the heart of Alaska where he found an old abandoned bus that became his home. There, he came to realise the harsh realities of nature and unfortunately, did not make it out alive. This report of what can be found from Supertramp’s travels takes you to the heart of the vagabond.

“Happiness is only real when shared.”

Eat, Pray, Love –

Elizabeth Gilbert

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After Gilbert’s divorce, she went on a voyage to Italy, India and Indonesia in search of meaning to life. She explores the best kind of medicine for her recovery – the simple things in life.

Memoirs of a Geisha – 

Arthur Golden

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An extraordinary story of how a young village girl grows up to be one of Kyoto’s finest Geisha. Golden’s writing is truly golden – he’s somehow been able to capture a lost time perfectly, in minute detail.

The Amazing Story of the Man who cycled from India to Europe for love – 

Per J Anderson

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A TRUE story about PK, born an untouchable in the depths of India’s jungle, who goes against all odds in a remarkable quest to follow his heart, capturing yours along with it.

Cloud Atlas –

David Mitchell

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Reaching from all corners of the world, delving into the forgotten past and looking into the distant future… The lives of 6 very different people, all somehow intertwined. Mesmerising and thought-provoking, it takes you through several tales of equal breadth, each having it’s own uniquely profound effect.

The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul –

Deborah Rodriguez

This is a gem of a book if ever there was one. Following 5 women who all come together by means of a cafe in Kabul, Afghanistan, you are given a rare insight into the lives of women in a male-dominated and dangerous area of the world. A special story that will stick with you long after you finish. Inspired by the author’s own time spent in the country.

SPIRITUALITY

The Autobiography of a Yogi – 

Parmahansa Yogananda

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The book that Steve Jobs arranged to be handed out  at his funeral as a final farewell – a spritual guidance. This is the backstory of the first guru to bring Yoga, as a way of life, over to America in the early 1900’s. Read this book with an open mind, let your perspective shift and you as a person will grow.

The Celestine Prophecy –

James Redfield

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An insightful journey that allows you to realise that the coincidences occurring in your life happen for a reason. This book has an important message for the whole of humankind – take notice of the things going on around you to where you’re being led.

The Secret – 

Rhonda Byrne

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If you haven’t yet been introduced to the law of attraction, now is the time to find out! Based on the documentary of the same name, Byrne runs you through how your thoughts affect your life. Thoughts become things – if you train your mind to see the positive in every situation, to see opportunities in failure,  good things will always come your way.

INSIGHT

Mythos –

Stephen Fry

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Stephen Fry – what a guy. The way he retells the notorious Greek mythology is so unique. Witty, funny and encapsulating.

Plant Spirit Healing – 

Pam Montgomery

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A doorway to a realm waiting to be rediscovered.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest –

Ken Kesey

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Another Beatnik extraordinaire. Set in a psychiatric ward, free spirit McMurphy shows up and turns ward life upside-down. An eye-opening look at the way things used to be, mental health and the importance of making the most out of the small things.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks –

Rebecca Skoot

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Henrietta Lacks is a name everyone should know, yet many don’t.

HeLa cells are cultured in laboratories all over the world to test for a variety of diseases, treatments and cures. These cells stemmed from one woman, whose story was untold and unknown before Skoot was the one to delve deep enough. This book is Henrietta’s due respect for changing the world of science, without ever knowing about it herself.

How the World Works –

 Noam Chomsky

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You’ll be taken aback by the amount of revelations made through these pages. An insightful look at the way politics, the economy, freedom and equality act in today’s world, as well as how it came to be.

Food of the Gods –

Terrence McKenna

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McKenna is, quite simply put, a genius. Here he disects the process of human evolution, covering culture, philosophy, religion, biology and everything in between. Your mind will be blown by the ideas he portrays – things you may never have thought of before and yet seem so clear once realised.

the sun and her flowers –

Rupi Kaur

Incredibly moving poems and short writings that will fill a void if ever you’re feeling one. These words touch on many subjects, all emotions and remind you that as humans, we are not alone. Community and sunflowers are personal favourites.

~ Feel free to recommend any timeless portals below… ~

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