DATENOV 9, 2021
Few things in life bring as much joy as getting completely immersed in the pages of a book. Whether snuggled reading up in bed, turning pages on a picnic blanket by the beach or sneaking in a few chapters on the commute to work it’s always a great time to lose yourself in literature.
The team at Mihi Home have put together a list of books that you have to read before you’re 30. With brand new releases, chart-toppers and the classics, there’s absolutely something for everyone!
For the curious professional
Dare to Lead - Brené Brown
From New York Times bestselling author, Brené Brown, comes Dare to Lead, a practical guide to putting theory into practice and taking leadership in all kinds of situations. The research-based guide helps show you how to be a courageous leader in a society that is often dominated by scarcity and fear. Anyone can lead but to be a truly good leader you need to put the time in to learning the how.
The Prophet - Kahlil Gibran
Kahlil Gibran’s pioneering prose-poetry book is filled with easily-digestible nuggets of wisdom on what it is to be human. Each of the 26 fables addresses a different aspect of life, with narrator, Al Mustafa, imparting many poignant lessons on how to live life. The Prophet can be enjoyed in one sitting, or can be savoured in parts, making it the perfect commute companion.
Effortless: Make It Easier to Do What Matters Most - Greg McKeown
Ever found yourself out of energy to do something that you want to do? Ever abandoned a difficult task to complete an easier one? The latest offering from New York Times Bestselling Author, Greg McKeown, is a definitive guide to cutting through the noise and focusing on what matters most. If you’ve been struggling with burnout in any endeavour, this is a must read!
For the playful spirit
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
With the roaring 20’s once again upon us, what better way to celebrate than by diving headfirst into a celebration of high society. Fitzgerald’s enrapturing story-telling helps set the scene for a dramatic world of romance and soireés. Dive headfirst into the Prohibition era drama and lose yourself in riotous parties and enigmatic characters.
Apples Never Fall - Liane Moriarty
The latest offering from Liane Moriarty lives up to its predecessors, capturing your imagination with a spellbinding deep-dive into the dysfunctional Delaney family. Far from leaving you wistful and yearning for a happy ending, Moriarty’s astute observations perfectly capture the intricacies of the many relationships and will have you riveted to the page until the very end.
Great Circle - Maggie Shipstead
Maggie Shipstead’s Booker Prize-shortlisted novel recounts the gripping story of a female aviator determined to chart her own course in life. Merging two narratives, that of the aviatrix and the actor who plays her later in life, Shipstead weaves a stunning tale of self-determination sure to give you thrills.
For the soul seeker
Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom
Mitch Albom’s classic memoir of his interactions with his old professor remains as poignant and touching today as it was when it was first published over 20 years ago. Mitch and Morrie’s candid conversations on our shared human experiences impart endless wisdom about life and human nature. It’s the perfect balm to calm the soul in troubled times.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
First published in the late 1800s, Mark Twain’s seminal work has stood the test of time and continued to wow audiences. Asking the hard questions about what it means to be a part of unjust systems, yet with an engaging narrative of adventures to capture imaginations, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn invites you to take a step back and consider how to live your life in a holistic way.
People we Meet on Vacation - Emily Henry
Emily Henry’s latest offering is a second-chance romance: a single week for the main character to try and repair a broken down relationship. This whirlwind story is a world away from Henry’s last romance novel, but you can’t help but become incredibly attached to the characters and their journeys. With dancing dialogue and fiery character chemistry, this is a perfect addition to your reading list.
For the nighttime nurturer
Phosphorescence - Julia Baird
This stunning read from Julia Baird invites you to embrace peace and calm. Encouraging readers to pause and appreciate the little things, this ode to living in the moment helps you put things into perspective and is a timely reminder to allow yourself to relax, to be awed by things and to be present.
The Travelling Cat Chronicles - Hiro Arikawa
If you’ve never read a story told by a cat, there is no better way to jump in than with The Travelling Cat Chronicles. Take it from us, this gentle read by Hiro Arikawa on friendship and love will have you reflecting on your own life and appreciating the love that surrounds you.
If I Never Met You - Mhairi McFarlane
Sometimes you just need a light-hearted romantic comedy to unwind and settle and If I Never Met You delivers in spades. The story reels you right in, giving an insight into the life of a woman on a quest to get over her ex-boyfriend, finding love along the way. McFarlane is exceptionally gifted at treating the whole spectrum of emotion with a delicate reverence, making this book a delightful read.