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Winter reading

by Bonnie Gill

You don’t need us to tell you why reading is a good idea. But we’re going to tell you anyway. Reading stimulates the mind, expands your vocabulary, reduces stress and improves your memory, among other things. With winter filled with dreary grey skies and rainy days, we thought we’d compile a few of our favourites to get you started – each book is best absorbed with a cup of tea in hand!

1. Chaos to Calm by Shannah Kennedy and Lyndall Mitchell

Jam-packed with the knowledge of two expert life coaches with decades of experience – Chaos to Calm provides practical and meaningful advice for those looking to take control of their stress, anxiety and master what it means to be confident, happy and in control.

Chaos to Calm is a guide with everyday tips and tricks for all ages, with anecdotal evidence and studies that are bound to make you take stock of those bad – perhaps self-destructive habits.

2. The Younger Man, by Zoe Foster Blake

If you’re into a cheeky romance novel, this one’s for you. When a successful business owner finds herself in the arms of a much younger man, she brushes off the playful adventure, suspecting that’s the end of that because der, the age gap and because she’s so #busy. But, said younger man has plans of his own and simply won’t let her go. Add a glorious trip to Italy in the mix and multiple relationship rollercoasters and you’ve got yourself a book you can’t put down. This one is best served with a glass of wine – thank us later!

3. The Party by Robyn Harding

Set in San Fransisco, The Party tells tales of an allegedly perfect family, teenage angst and a birthday party gone wrong. After a life-altering accident occurs, a once ‘normal’ family experience the ugly aftermath, including exposed secrets, tumultuous relationships and plenty of high school drama. This book follows the lives of four characters, each with their own stories to tell.

4. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Perks of Being a Wallflower brings to life the true meaning of ‘wallflower’. The book follows the life of an adolescent boy navigating his way through young adulthood – sex, drugs, and everything in between. The book provides readers with a captivating and at times, uncomfortable portrayal of a socially awkward teen trying to work out what his next step in life is – a must read.

5. Happy Yoga by Steve Ross: 7 Reasons why there’s nothing to worry about

Written by 213’s very good friend Steve Ross – Happy Yoga consists of 7 chapters of informative, intriguing and enlightening research, anecdotes and case studies centred around the notion of finding true happiness and enlightenment within ourselves. Each chapter offers the reader unique tips and suggestions to create change in one’s life, with ideas for self-reflection also in the mix. The book covers everything from traditional and modern yoga to a yogic diet and ancient history.