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I have the reputation of being a big reader.

And that’s weird, because really, I’m not anymore. This is how I allocate my free time: 50% mindless social media scrolling, 40% re-watching shows I’ve loved, 7% writing and 3% reading.

It’s really not a lot.

And that sucks! I miss reading. I still love spending time in bookshops and I love the feeling you get when you get sucked into a really good story. It just takes a lot more effort now to make time for it.

So here are a few of the books I have been meaning to read; books that have been sitting on my shelf for way too long.

  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet – David Mitchell

I picked up this book at my old university’s secondhand bookshop for a couple of euros at most. Its cover is what immediately drew me to it; it’s colorful, it’s embossed and it suggests adventures in unknown lands. This novel tells the story of Jacob De Zoet, a Dutch man who explores Japan in the early 19th century. This book’s reviews are incredible and I am excited to get swept away in a mystery-filled, character-driven story.

  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail – Cheryl Strayed

I have heard a lot about this book. It’s one of those best-sellers everyone falls in love with; inspiring, relatable, different in some way. This is Cheryl Strayed’s story: how the tragedy of losing her mother led her to divorce and ultimately – going on a brave/crazy 100-day hike on her own. The book is filled with anecdotes and it follows a woman’s journey, “from lost to found”.

  • Harry Potter en de Steen der Wijzen – J.K. Rowling

Obviously, Harry Potter is a classic and I have read the whole series more times than I can count. However. I have not read it in Dutch. And I think it’s a good place to start: I already know the story by heart anyway, so surely, the language shouldn’t be too hard to understand, right? Right? I’m pretty apprehensive about it because it does take a lot of concentration for me to read Dutch, but hey, it should be a good and pleasant-ish exercise.

  • The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle

Now this is one of the books I have been told I should read time and time again. I just never seem to be able to muster up the courage to pick it up. It’s a huge bestseller on how to live life mindfully, which is not only a Buddhist approach to life, but also recommended by pretty much everyone, to pretty much anyone that deals with mental health issues or is, in fact, prone to stress (and aren’t we all?).

PS: Don’t mind my French copy of the book. 

If you have any, I would love to hear some of your tips on how to make time for reading, because really, these books have been waiting for me to pick them up for so long now – and I know I’ll love them! But I’m telling you, it’s hard to read nowadays… What are some of the books you’ve been meaning to read?