12 Books You Must Read At Least Once

With the colder months coming up, it’s cozy-time-grab-a-hot-drink-sit-by-the-fireplace season. Regardless of whether you enjoy the physical copy gripped in your palms or listen to audiobooks on your commute - give these a go. They're all pretty general and could apply to anyone in all phases of life. (broken down by genre/phase of life/mood)

p.s. all titles below are clickable links to the cheapest (aka Amazon) online find, if you're interested in purchasing any.

The Overachiever

Work Party by Jaclyn Johnson

This is my latest read. Loved every part of this book. For anyone in funky rut, or a career stump(do people say this or did I just make it up??) give this book a go. It’s an incredibly easy read. Jaclyn prefaces this by saying that she’s a ‘to the point’ writer. A conversational, easy read with powerful nuggets to take away.

The Poet

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

A poetic, philosophical life journey in a spiritual (not religious) way. This book covers love, careers, marriage, children, death and more. It's been translated into over 40 languages, so no excuses!

The Organizer

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

A lot of people refer to this as their ‘bible’. It’s a great read if you find your life disheveled - messy room (guilty), scattered thoughts (guiltier), a hoarder (guiltiest), impulse purchases (still guilty), etc. I would recommend taking Marie’s recommendations with a grain of salt, or else you’ll end up getting rid of almost everything you own.

The Clean Eater

Eat Smart by Niomi Smart

I was a bit hesitant buying this at first. I love Niomi and have been a fan of hers for years. For some reason I associated plant-based meals = long cooking time, difficult to find ingredients, etc. A happy surprise, to-date this is actually my most used cookbook. Whether you’re plant based or a meat eater, you can customize her (very quick and easy) recipes and apply to your lifestyle.

Tip: try her blueberry burst dates. TO DIE FOR! Page 176

The Journal-er

5 Year Q&A

Although not a readable book, had to fit this in here. I love my Q&A journal, it’s a time capsule that you can cherish forever. It’s always an interesting read going down memory lane. If you’re into nostalgia, do yourself a favour and get this.

The Fiction-Lover

Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

I read this book while on vacation, and i couldn't have picked a more perfect choice. A super easy, lighthearted, comical yet dramatic read. I enjoy many of Kinsella’s books. They’re all pretty much within the same genre, which is what makes them so great - there’s always another book to grab that’ll equally captivate you yet doesn’t require much brain power/any critical thinking. (aka won't make your head hurt by the end of it. Your heart, though, maybe a little)

Bonus: The Writer

The Canadian Press Caps and Spelling

I figured, Lyan Writes… must include some sort of writing book, right? So although titled as Canadian, you can honestly use this wherever you are in the world. This is a go-to for anyone who incorporates writing into their careers (aka almost everyone). If you’re not a writer but want to elevate your grammar and act posh n’ all, then honestly consider this. It makes the world of a difference.

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Guys, I could go on and make this a "100 books you must read" but i'll stop at 12 because your attention span has reached its peak at this point. Seriously though, all the books above are really great. Maybe make it your holiday goal to read X amount of books by new years. Anyways, brb as I tend to the 7 stacks of unread books that I need to finish by the end of the year.

LK xx