Your Ultimate Relaxing Reads

Posted by Danny on July 15, 2016
The simple act of sitting down to read is usually enough to relax even the most uptight amongst us, but occasionally it can be nice to delve deeper. Whether it’s a book about mindfulness, meditation, spirituality or self-esteem, learning specific tips and tricks can help keep you calm, even in times of great stress. We recently took to Facebook and Twitter to see what books you’ve read that have provided you comfort. Your top choices are below.


Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
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10% Happier
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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
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A New Earth
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Wherever You Go, There You Are
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My Spiritual Journey
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Way of the Peaceful Warrior
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The Examined Life
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The Power of Positive Thinking
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Peace is Every Step
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Status Anxiety
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Cajun Night Before Christmas
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
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365 Thank Yous
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Simple Abundance
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The Magic of Thinking Big
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message 3: by Vaibhav (new)

Vaibhav thumbs up for this blog post. :)


message 4: by Sumeet (new)

Sumeet Mahendra Meticulously picked, totally an awesome collection...!


message 5: by Caroline (new)

Caroline A lot of people are saying how good mindfulness books are. I have not read any on the subject and I wonder how good they are.
Just reading is a real help for stress, the very act of reading means you have to give it your full attention.When you are engrossed in a fantastic book, what could be better!!


Bookishnymph *needs hea* Mine are Jane Eyre, anything Nancy Drew, books on yoga/meditation, books on herbs, and books on knitting or other needlecraft.


message 9: by Chris (new)

Chris To me a "relaxing read" is one that you don't have to think too deeply on. I don't know about the others, but Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values does NOT fall into that category. It required so much "thinking" that I'd almost call it the opposite...a bit stressful.


message 10: by Paul (new)

Paul I second regarding Zen and the Art. The book is thoughtful and at times quite harrowing. Relaxing is not a term I would use to describe the book at all.


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Karen Floyd wrote: "A Year by the Sea
Living with Contradiction
The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot
The Wild Places
Walden
childhood favorites, poetr..."


Karen, I wasn't familiar with these titles, except for Walden of course! I looked them up and added them to my TBR, and have already ordered one of them from the library. Thanks for the thoughtful suggestions.


message 12: by Sara (new)

Sara When Things Fall Apart (Pema Chödrön) was a soothing read for a stressful period in my life.


message 13: by Larisa (new)

Larisa I. The 7 spiritual laws of success by D. Chopra

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7...


message 14: by Amber (new)

Amber Martingale Whatever book I have in my hands at that particular moment is my favorite relaxing read.


message 15: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa Castleberry Henri Nouwen's The Path of Waiting was very reassuring at a time when my life felt tumultuous. I also found Wisdom of the Desert by Thomas Merton to be insightful and revealing, with surprising bits of humor. These men were both monks in the Christian tradition and I needed the basic life approaches they offered.


message 16: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Martin None of these books are my idea of relaxing reading. I want a good mystery, thats relaxing to me. These are all selfhelp. That's not relaxng. That's added stress!


message 17: by Keiry (new)

Keiry Ko The only that catches my atention is the Dalai Lama's book.


message 18: by Jessy (new)

Jessy Books which I like reading are relaxing to me.It can be in any genre.


message 19: by Lilanthi (new)

Lilanthi Caroline wrote: "A lot of people are saying how good mindfulness books are. I have not read any on the subject and I wonder how good they are.
Just reading is a real help for stress, the very act of reading means y..."


Totally agree with your comment...there's nothing more relaxing than to be able to put your feet up with any book.


message 20: by Nell (new)

Nell Kelly wrote: "None of these books are my idea of relaxing reading. I want a good mystery, thats relaxing to me. These are all selfhelp. That's not relaxng. That's added stress!"

I agree. All of these books fall into the philosophical or self-improvement category. While I've read some and have others on my TBR, I don't consider a book that instructs me on the work I need to do - either cleaning my home or developing my spiritual life - as relaxing. I'm looking to escape into a good mystery or a well-told tale that has no connection to my real life.


message 21: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Idiotic feature which I would like GONE from my page.


message 22: by Svb (new)

Svb Caroline wrote: "A lot of people are saying how good mindfulness books are. I have not read any on the subject and I wonder how good they are.
Just reading is a real help for stress, the very act of reading means y..."

Caroline, I would recommend the Power of Now. Best read in small chunks, read a little bit, put it down, let it percolate, and when you feel like it, read a little more. It can be very soothing. I did not find it preachy, and it did resonate with me. Have fun.


message 23: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Svb wrote: "Caroline wrote: "A lot of people are saying how good mindfulness books are. I have not read any on the subject and I wonder how good they are.
Just reading is a real help for stress, the very act o..."


Thank you Syb for the recommendation. I will try and get a copy.


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