May Already? Get Caught Reading Month, 3 Feel Good Books

I can’t believe it’s May already. It still feels like it should be closer to the beginning of the year. Oh well. Anyway, around the beginning of the month, I often find myself on the website Days of The year to see what is happening on that day or during the month. When I first came across this website, I was shocked that there is at least one thing ‘to celebrate’every day of the year. There are about nine other things to celebrate on May first and 5 other events that continue for the month. The only one I am interested in though is Get Caught Reading Month. Not only because I read but it kind of gives me an excuse to read more and let’s face it, it is a blog post idea too.

Get caught reading month began in 1999 and was launched by the Association of American Publishers and it quickly became a nationwide celebration. There is more information about it on the website >>

Today I will be sharing 3 books that never fail to make me feel good even on my worst days.

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

The Little Paris Bookshop is a sweet and gentle book about a Man called Jean Perdu and his Parisienne bookshop. People go to his bookshop in order to be cured. He diagnoses people and gives them books that should help them feel better. The only person he can’t do that for is himself. We follow Jean and his friend he meets along the way on his journey to fix and understand his broken heart.

This is such a lovely book. It is kind and light-hearted. The best thing about this book is that it is full of wise quotes you can simply take with you in your daily life or just help you figure things out. Here are some of my favourites,

I highly recommend this wonderful book and all of its colourful imagery and syntax.

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The Little Paris Book Shop

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

I discovered this book a few years ago when I came across the movie on TV. It was one of those films that made you think, ‘This has to be a book too!’ and it was.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story is about a teenage boy in New York who simply wants to be successful in life. Like all of us or how we all were when we were teenagers. But with all of his passions of being successful he realises there are so many hurdles he has to jump through in order to ‘successful.’ For example, going to the right school, college, getting an amazing job. All of this pressure leads him to almost killing himself but then ends up being admitted to a mental hospital.

His journey is funny, sensitive and educational. This book presents to you that there are many different notions of success and that the most important thing is your health. The narrator in this book is amazing. He is hilarious and wise beyond his years. Despite the main themes in this book being suicide and depression, it is still very playful.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

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It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Sweetness and Lightning by Gido Amagakure

Unlike the other two books, I just mentioned Sweetness and Lightning is a Manga and Anime. I watched the Anime first because it was all readily available and then decided I want to experience it again but by reading it.

Sweetness and Lightning is about the daily lives of a father, Kouhei, and his daughter, Tsumugi, after the mother passed away. He is an awful cook and has a very small appetite. He soon realises the importance of food and diet and how cooking can bring his daughter and him closer together. So, after eating at the restaurant of one of his students they all decide to start cooking with one another.

This is one of the sweetest mangas I have ever encountered. What makes this manga better than watching the anime is that at the end of every chapter there is a list of recipes and ingredients so you can try it at home too. I am still yet to do this but it is a nice little-added touch to the Manga.

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Sweetness and Lightning by Gido Amagakure

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