Joyful, Feel-Good Books For the Christmas Break

When all the hustle and bustle of Christmas dinner is over, we love nothing better than to put our feet up and relax into a great book. For this Christmas season we wanted to share with you the books that have brought us joy. Here is our list of feel-good books to keep you warm and cosy this winter.

Laughter on the Stairs

Beverley Nichols 

This delightful book about life at Merry Hall is the perfect book to lose yourself in for a few hours. Having revived the gardens of the Georgian home he bought in book one, this book focuses on the renovation of the house, and the removal of the mistakes from the previous owners, Along the way the reader is introduced to unforgettable characters, Miss Emily, Our Rose and Marius. 

Delivering Happiness – A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose

Tony Hsieh

Delivering Happiness is the story of Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and how he created a corporate culture with a commitment to service and improving the lives of his employees, customers and vendors. Hsieh talks about how companies can achieve fantastic success by sticking to their core values, learning how to ‘deliver WOW through service’ and create a happiness culture that extends beyond the workplace.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Mark Manson

A tell it like it is book by superstar blogger, Mark Manson, this is a refreshingly blunt book against the current cultural belief that positive thinking will fix everything. He cuts through the noise to show us how to stop trying to be “positive” all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people. In his words ‘There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter’. This book will grab you with entertaining stories, ruthless humour and an alternative view on the pursuit of Happiness.

Julie and Julia – My Year of Cooking Dangerously

Julie Powell

A laugh-out-loud book following the author’s attempt to revive her life by cooking every recipe in Julia Child’s 1961 classic, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. A feast of a feel-good book that just may encourage you to spend a lot more time in your kitchen.

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

Dalai Lama XIV, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams

No list of joyful books would be complete without this one. Two of the world’s greatest spiritual masters, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, share their wisdom about living with joy even in the face of adversity. The Book of Joy is filled with their stories, their teachings on happiness and the daily practises they follow. The core message from these two spiritual leaders is that to have joy yourself, you must bring joy to others.

Becoming

Michelle Obama

As the first African American woman to serve as the First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama emerged as one of the most iconic and influential women of our times. In Becoming she invites readers into her world, by weaving a story of the experiences that have shaped her. Filled with blunt honesty and lively humour, Michelle describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms.

The Art of Looking Up

Catherine McCormack

The Art of Looking up is a stunning book that captures 40 of the world’s most treasured ceilings. Filled with impressive photography and a fantastic commentary on the conception, execution and the artists who created these astounding ceilings. Discover a new way of seeing these iconic ceilings:

  • Vatican Palace, Rome, Italy
  • Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, UK
  • Louvre Museum, Paris, France
  • Dali Theatre-Museum, Figueres, Catalonia
  • Museum of the Revolution, Havana, Cuba
  • Capitol Building, Washington, DC, USA

If Truth Be Told: A Monk’s Memoir

Om Swami

As a young boy, Om Swami moved to Australia to chase his dreams of success and wealth. Despite all his dreams coming true and becoming a multi-millionaire, he felt deeply frustrated by a life of seeking God in all the wrong places. His unquenchable desire to explore his spirituality prompted him to give up his high-flyer life and move to India to live in solitude in the Himalayas. Finally finding his sadhana he is now considered one of the foremost spiritual leaders in India, and perhaps the only monk with an MBA and a Business Computing Degree from the University of Sydney. A Monk’s Memoir is his honest story of this journey.

You know you have read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend