No matter how stressed or busy you are, I believe it’s important to find ways to help you relax. Popular ways are burning some scented candles, eating chocolate (guilty), watching Netflix, napping, catching up on Youtube videos and, perhaps the most classic of all ways, curling up with a good book. When you’re really busy and stressed, you might not feel like catching up on the great classics (sorry, Tolstoy). Instead, get comfortable with some lighter, funnier and easier reading materials.
// Sofie Valkiers – Mood of the Day (2017)
The first on my list is one I’m personally very excited about: Mood of the Day by Belgian fashion blogger Sofie Valkiers. Back in 2014, she released her first book which was inspired by the phenomenon of the little black dress, suitably titled The Little Black Book. The book is full of beautiful photography and funny and inspiring anecdotes about Valkier’s personal life and career, which made it a very enjoyable and light read. I expect her second book, Mood of the Day to not be any different.
// Hanna Bervoets – Fuzzie (2017)
In the category “Dutch books”, I was very drawn to this cover, with its muted red colors and hand-drawn lines. Plus, how can a title like Fuzzie not be intriguing? Hanna Bervoets is an award-winning author, columnist and journalist, which also adds to the reasons why I’m very intrigued about this book. Fuzzie follows the quite mysterious plot premise of these little fuzzy balls that just appear out of nowhere and are included in the lives of ordinary people. It sounds like the perfect book to take my mind off finals…
// Arden Rose – Almost Adulting (2017)
Following the trend of Sofie Valkiers’ Mood of the Day, I love to relax with a book full of photos, drawings and personal stories. Almost Adulting by Arden Rose fits perfectly into that category of relaxation. The book is full of personal stories about growing up, puberty, awkward situations and funny anecdotes, which are accompanied with little illustrations and doodles.
// Georgina Verbaan – Loze Ruimte (2016)
During these busy times, you may not have a lot of time to really sit down and read. This collections of short and funny columns by Georgina Verbaan is the perfect solution. Loze Ruimte is a collection of Verbaan’s columns, which previously have been published in Dutch newspapers. In other words, perfect for a little 5 minute reading break.
// Sophia Amuruso – Girlboss (2015)
When I was watching the new Netflix hit series Girlboss, I became interested in the same-titled book that started it all. Sophia Amoruso, the founder and CEO of fashion imperium Nasty Gal, wrote a book back in 2014 about her life and her journey to becoming the woman she is now. I had some mixed thoughts on the TV series, which is loosely based on the book, so I’m very curious to see what I think of the book.