"Some of our favourite places to visit are bookstores. There is power in knowledge and so much to discover through books! What is most amazing about reading is the ability to travel across time and geographical locations, be in the shoes of another character, and gain their unique insights.
Reading is a fun way to spend time, but it also has so many other benefits. A few of these include expanding your vocabulary, improving your knowledge, refining your analytical skills, and sharpening your memory. Like healthy food nourished your body, great books can nourish your mind and soul!
Spending a lot of time at home made it easy to read a lot more, and experience adventures of leading characters in literacy classics. Because we know that experiences are amplified when share with others, we came up with the idea to start a virtual book club. We both enjoy reading books and having virtual book club is a fun outlet to express our thoughts and opinions!
In our virtual book club, we are currently reading 'Big Little Lies' by Liane Moriaty, a New York Times best seller, partly because it's based on life in Sydney's Northern Beaches and partly because we really enjoyed the TV series starring Nicole Kidman, Reece Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley.
If you're at home and looking for something worthwhile to do with your friends, why not consider starting a virtual book club too!"
Below are our favourite books we recommend:
To Kill a Mockingbird is a modern American literary novel by Harper Lee, with the plot and characters loosely based on Lee's observations of her family, her neighbours and an event that occurred near her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, in 1936, when she was ten.
The Catcher in the Rye is a story by J. D. Sallinger, which covers angst and alienation, and is a critique on superficiality in society. The novel also deals with complex issues of innocence, identity, belonging, loss, connection and depression.
Lord of the Flies by Nobel Prize winning British author William Golding, focuses on a group of British boys stranded on an uninhabited island and their disastrous attempt to govern themselves.
Breakfast at Tiffany's is a short novel written by Truman Capote in 1958 that can be read in one sitting. The story focuses on the main character Holly Golightly, an 18 year old carefree socialite living in the Upper East Side of New York in the 1940s. She lives a whimsical and glamorous life, which is captivating to read. The book has a different tone to the Hollywood movie adaptation starring Audrey Hepburn. There is a much deeper nature to the book that is far more relatable, and you can't help but fall in love with Holly!
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was written and based in the roaring twenties. The story is based in an opulent town in Long Island, New York, and is told from the perspective of Nick Caraway, who moves next door to Jay Gatsby. Gatsby throws extravagant parties but how he obtained wealth is a mystery. The store is essentially about the failure of the American dream, in a time of material excess, where values are compromised in the pursuit of pleasure. F. Scott Fitzgerald has a unique writing style that really draws the reader in!
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is a book to come back to time and time again. The tools in this book will help simplify your life! The book explains the 4 rules that we should all live our lives by: (1) Be impeccable with your word (2) Not take anything personally (3) never make assumptions, and (4) always try your best. Who else is guilty of forgetting these simple rules? By applying these 4 rules, you can navigate through daily situations with so much more ease!
The Alchemist written by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho in 1988 is an international bestseller and a book that should be on everyone's shelf! The book follows the story of a young shepherd Santiago and his journey through the desert to find his dream. Recurring motifs in this book are best described with the quotes "To realize one's destiny is a person's only obligation", and "When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it". This book is beautifully written and reminds us that we all have dreams and we must pursue them!
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