2/52: 5 Books I Recommend for the New Year

I love reading books but mostly thriller fictions but I have been reading other books rather than fiction over the year so here is my list of books that I gift or recommend to my friends, they are of varying topics so you can choose one or the other. Let me know if you have read any of them or recommend me some others to look into.

Skincare

The Little Book of Skin Care by Charlotte Cho

I got introduced to Korean skin care through the youtuber joankim and she is the one who recommended this book on her  skin care video. This book is insightful without being overbearing for beginners who wants to delve into the 10 steps skincare. Charlotte Cho, the author and founder of Soko Glam goes through each chapter with tips, products and loads of information on how you can take care of your skin. I mostly recommend it to my friends who are into beauty and are looking to change up their skin care routine but please be mindful that most of the products recommended are from Korea and can be quite expensive but there are alternatives you can use and I will be writing up a post regarding where I get most of my Korean skincare products from, really soon.

LittleBlackBook

Little Black Book by Otegha Uwagba

If you are working and stuck in a rut or are going into work soon, just take a moment to read through this book, its a little book but is packed with information regarding productivity, networking, money and wisdom from inspirational women. I gifted this book to my friends and costing only £5 (£2 for kindle), it doesn’t even break your bank.

 

Ikigai

Ikigai by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles

The word for last year was Hygge, the Danish word for acknowledging the moment while Ikigai, similar to it, is a reason you get up in the morning, a reason to simply live. The authors went to Ogimi, a rural town which boasts the highest life expectancy to find the secret to a long and happy life. To be honest, there is no secret formula, but the book does show how you can use what residents do and have there,  in your everyday life to find your own purpose or flow. It helped me see the bigger picture, rather than duelling in negative emotions, so if you are one like me who overthinks and is down, read this book, it wouldn’t be a a-ha moment but it would lead you to understand what it means to be happy and healthy.

MilkHoney

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Everybody knows about Rupi Kaur, her instagram posts are liked and shared by millions. The countless social media posts regarding her debut book did stir me to buy the book but also because I could relate to some of the poems there. It talks about love, heartbreak, abuse, trauma and loads more. I read it when I am feeling down and need something to cheer me up and is my favourite bedside reading . This has led to me buying more poetry books but its a good thing when you can condense your thoughts into 4 simple lines and let it all out.

Gut

Gut by Giulia Enders

This one was recommended to me by some strategic re-marketing as I suffer from IBS issues and I wanted to fully understand my internal structure. If you have sat through human biology, you can pretty much understand how digestion works but this book goes a bit further and explains about the microbes, the enzymes and all that goes on in your gut. It has given me more knowledge on what happens with IBS and how you have to feed your gut accordingly. I just finished this book but am gonna recommend it to all my friends who are going through similar issues.

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