4 Books You Won't Be Able To Put Down

Monday, March 1, 2021

If there is something that makes social-distancing easier, then that are books. The best thing about books is that there is something for everyone. I truly believe that you can learn from every book even if you dislike it. As you might already know, I set my goal of reading 52 books this year. So far in 2021, I read 7 books. Today I will be sharing with you 4 books I've read in February that made me not want to put them down. 

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Miss You by Kate Eberlen

"Tess and Gus are meant to be. They just haven't met properly yet. And perhaps they never will . . .

Today is the first day of the rest of your life is the motto on a plate in the kitchen at home, and Tess can't get it out of her head, even though she's in Florence for a final, idyllic holiday before university. Her life is about to change forever - but not in the way she expects.

Gus and his parents are also on holiday in Florence. Their lives have already changed suddenly and dramatically. Gus tries to be a dutiful son but longs to escape and discover what sort of person he is going to be.

For one day, the paths of an eighteen-year-old girl and boy criss-cross before they each return to England.

Over the course of the next sixteen years, life and love will offer them very different challenges. Separated by distance and fate, there's no way the two of them are ever going to meet each other properly . . . or is there?"

This book has been on my reading list for a few years now. I finally got it last year and read it this month. I personally enjoyed the way this book was written. One chapter is dedicated to Tess's point of view and the other to Gus's. 

The only thing that I didn't really like is the fact that in some parts it got too long. This book is around 430 pages long and I think that is a little bit too long for this kind of book. However, it was a lovely read. 



The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho

"How do we find the courage to always be true to ourselves—even if we are unsure of whom we are?

That is the central question of international bestselling author Paulo Coelho's profound new work, The Witch of Portobello. It is the story of a mysterious woman named Athena, told by the many who knew her well—or hardly at all."

After reading "The Warrior of the Light" by Paulo Coelho, I couldn't wait longer to start another of his books. The way he writes is so easy to follow yet so artistic. The Witch of Portobello is probably my favorite book of February. Although it follows the life of the main character, Athena, it still makes you think about your own life and the choices you made throughout it. 


Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Hector Garcia Puigcerver

"The people of Japan believe that everyone has an ikigai – a reason to jump out of bed each morning. And according to the residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa – the world’s longest-living people – finding it is the key to a longer and more fulfilled life.
Inspiring and comforting, this book will give you the life-changing tools to uncover your personal ikigai. It will show you how to leave urgency behind, find your purpose, nurture friendships and throw yourself into your passions."

This is the first audiobook is listened to. I must admit that I was always skeptical about audiobooks as I like to have a physical book in my hands. I never even read a book on kindle. I saw that there is an audiobook version on YouTube and decided to give it a go. I must say that I really enjoyed listening to this book. It is only 3 hours long and really easy to follow. I definitely want to get this book and read it once again. 



The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm

"The fiftieth Anniversary Edition of the groundbreaking international bestseller that has shown millions of readers how to achieve rich, productive lives by developing their hidden capacities for love

Most people are unable to love on the only level that truly matters: love that is compounded of maturity, self-knowledge, and courage. As with every art, love demands practice and concentration, as well as genuine insight and understanding.

In his classic work, The Art of Loving, renowned psychoanalyst and social philosopher Erich Fromm explores love in all its aspects—not only romantic love, steeped in false conceptions and lofty expectations, but also brotherly love, erotic love, self-love, the love of God, and the love of parents for their children." 

I've heard about The Art Of Loving in one of my uni classes and knew that one day I want to read it. I got even more intrigued after one of my friends read and loved this book. I really recommend it to anyone who is feeling confused by today's standards of love. It is a very short book but filled with valuable information. There is so much you can take from it and actually apply to your own life. 


Have you read any of these books? 
What books have you read in February? 

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