It is complicated to travel today, but we can still travel and find an escape through books. We often dream of some form of escape. It could be a far-off world full of fantasy and magical creatures or just a relaxing cabin in the woods where we can collect our thoughts.
Reading can be an excellent way to inspire ourselves to try new things, retrain our thoughts, or take a mental vacation from the world around us. With the events of 2020 still looming over us, now is a great time to investigate a few feel-good books that will make the future look a bit brighter!
Whether you want to feel hopeful, have a more positive outlook, or want to experience a sense of adventure — these stories will keep you enthralled from page one.
1. The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley
This selection is both unique and fascinating. It is the story of six strangers who are all tied together by finding a mysterious journal. It contains a unique set of characters that are all on their journey.
2. Five Steps to Happy by Ella Dove
This is a feel-good story that addresses how to overcome a profound, unexpected life change. When an actress wakes up at the age of thirty-two to find that she is now an amputee, she must find her way back to her happiness. It addresses overcoming both emotional and physical obstacles to live your best life.
3. The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
The title for this one perfectly describes the story. This novel is about a man who collects lost items and attempts to return them to their rightful owners.
It is both heartwarming and a delightful read.
4. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
For those looking to feel more spiritually self-aware during these difficult times, this will be an excellent read for you. This book will help you learn meditation, which will help you better understand your mind and thoughts.
This is a fantastic read if you would like to find some inner peace and relaxation.
5. The Giver of the Stars by Jojo Moyes
This is based on a true story that took place during the Great Depression. It is a tale of women who all become part of a traveling book club through Kentucky’s mountains. With compelling characters and an exciting storyline, The Giver of Stars will transport you to another place in time.
6. A Walk in The Woods by Bill Bryson
This is a hilarious tale of Bill’s attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail. The Appalachian Trail travels from Georgia all the way up to Maine.
Considering many of us are still avoiding the outdoors, this is a great way to obtain some feelings of adventure right from your own home’s comfort.
7. For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches from the World of the Blind by Rosemary Mahoney
This one is a unique story where the author explores her fear of losing sight. She did so by studying and teaching those that are blind in Nepal. The perspective of the students is enlightening and will give the reader a reason for positive reflection.
8. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
If you have not experienced a book that transforms your thoughts, then it is time to give The Little Paris Bookshop a read. This is the story of a man who prescribes books to help them mend their broken hearts. The story’s concept is both warm and inviting, with some twists and turns along the way.
9. Global Chorus: 365 Voices on the Future of the Planet edited by Todd MacLean
Global Chorus is a unique book full of uplifting quotes and messages about our future. Sometimes all we need is the right quote to change a negative outlook to a positive one. Contributing names include the Dalai Lama, Jane Goodall, Maya Angelou, Stephen Hawking, and Mikhail Gorbachev.
10. The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in the Age of Distraction by Matthew Crawford
Do you ever feel that your mind is continuously interrupted daily? It causes you to be forgetful and frustrated?
This book explores the constant barrage of information, advertising, and the importance of digital technology. Learn to master your mind and how you respond to the onslaught of interruptions in life through this informative read.
Bringing it all together…
We all have different preferences as far as what we will find to be a great read. I prefer the stories where I can altogether escape into someone else’s world. However, some of you may choose the informative read that makes us consider new concepts and ideas.
This list should satisfy both the curious and the whimsical with different story options to help you grasp a more positive mindset about our current situation and our future.
All the books listed above are available on Amazon.com for purchase; however, check out your local bookstores to help small businesses. They also offer story previews as well as more in-depth descriptions to help you make your selection.