Five books to read during lockdown

five books to read during lockdown The Frilly Diaries blog
five books to read during lockdown The Frilly Diaries blog

Without books I wouldn’t have made it.
Never as in this period, reading has been of comfort and company for me, and I’m sure many people feel the same.
Having more time to dedicate to one of my favourite passions has been, without a doubt, one of the positive aspects of these endless days, and I’m deeply grateful for that.
Here below you will find the titles of the five books that, among the others I’ve read so far, I feel just perfect to read during lockdown.

These books helped me to feel better and to concentrate my mind on positive thoughts, and I extremely needed it.

Please note: The pics on some books are in Italian (I enjoy reading in both languages) but, by clicking on the link at the end of the review, you will find the English version!

1. The little book of HYGGE by Meik Wiking

The little book of Hygge

Apart from the crazy urge to book a flight to Copenaghen, this book left me a pleasant feeling of tranquillity and well-being, considering the time we are living in, I guess it was a perfect reading!

Smooth and structured as a sort of guide, this book is written by Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute of Copenaghen.

Yes, because happiness is a serious matter for Danes.
Wiking explains the reasons and the origins of it with statistics and useful tips to help us bring a bit of hygge inside our lives.

From lighting up candles to making the perfect harmonious atmosphere inside our house, passing through recipes and tips on how to organise unforgettable meetings with friends and family (hoping to be able to do so very soon…)

This book is a journey inside the little things that convey happiness and, despite at times it doesn’t say anything new, I really enjoyed its company.

Click here to buy The Little Book of Hygge

2. Books to read during lockdown: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic book to read during lockdown

You are not required to save the world with your creativity”.

Dedicated to those who are always blocked by a never-ending fear of not making it, to those who don’t dare and to those who are lost in seeking perfection.

Elizabeth Gilbert – the same author of the bestseller Eat, Pray, Love – invites anyone who has a creative nature to free themselves from their own preconceptions and to stop being paralyzed by the anxiety of the judgement of others.

Big Magic also talks about the power of inspiration and ideas that have, according to the author, their independent life: if you don’t rush to make them happen, they will go elsewhere and to someone else.

It’s a book I recommend to everyone, not only to those who have a creative job like me.
It tells a lot of truths and anecdotes in a direct and down-to earth way.
It encourages reflection.
And it helped me wake me up a bit, which never hurts 😉

Click here to buy Big Magic

3. Sophie’s world by Jostein Gaarder

Sophie's world book

A few months ago, on the shelves of a bookstore, I came across this book almost by chance.

I already read it during high school, but I picked it up instinctively and I started to read it again at the hospital, the day after having had a surgery (gone exceptionally well!) at the end of January.

It was a slow and savoured second reading that kept me company during my rehabilitation days and made me relive some moments of my teens age.

Sophie’s world is half a novel and half a treatise of philosophy, which revolves around the story of a special bond, the one of a fourteen-year-old girl, Sofia Amundsen, and her teacher Alberto Knox.

The two of them, through a course that in the beginning takes place only by correspondence, accompany us in a journey to discovery the history of man’s thought.

In the between, a little crime and other characters including another girl, Hilde Møller Knag and her father, Albert.

It’s a novel for everyone, adults and young people, that helps to reflect on life and to answer many questions about why things are as they are.

Click here to buy Sophie’s world

4. Books to read during lockdown: Ikigai, by Bettina Lemke

Ikigai book

In Japanese there is a word to express the good feeling of a fulfilling and worth living life: Ikigai.

Each of us has its own Ikigai, but we don’t always manage to be aware of it.

Through the pages of this book, one can find a lot of insights and practical exercises to acknowledge your values and personal goals, which facilitates the pursuit of happiness in life.

In other words, the author helps us find our Ikigai and not to let it go anymore..

Considering the current situation, I find this a very useful reading.

Click here to buy Ikigai

5. The life -changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo

the Like-changing magic of tidying up book

Remaining – metaphorically – in Japan, during these weeks of isolation I’ve finally decided to read this book/manual.
A real challenge for me, as I live together with my creative confusion ever since.

Marie Kondo is a star of order and organisation I’ve heard so much about, and when I got to the last page of her book, I felt kind of close to her.

Do you know that friend you admire because of her spot-on house and her ability to remain true to herself no matter what?

Well, I imagine Marie a little bit like that. Between rigour, organisation and real chats with her bags (she advises you to empty every day) and all the objects that surround her .

To me she’s like that friend a little out of the ordinary, who gives great and sometimes weird advices.

I’ve finished reading her book recently, I underlined a lot and I’m trying to figure out when to start revolutionising my house according to her suggestions.

As soon as I make up my mind, I promise, I’ll let you know 😅

Click here to buy The life -changing magic of tidying up

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