September this year was such a weird month for me. I’m so used to going back to school in the beginning/middle but my Austrian University only starts in the second week of October, so while my sister was going to school and my parents went back to work after taking some time off during the summer, I was home alone a lot and even went on a little trip to Scotland. All of that was not really a negative experience, just something I am not used to at all. Despite having so much time at home, I did not read as much as I wanted to, however I read some of the most amazing and life-changing books EVER this September, and here they are haha.
- Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
If you haven’t read this book, do it RIGHT NOW. I’ve read a lot throughout my life and this is definitely my favorite read ever (so far). Eat, Pray, Love is autobiography by Elizabeth Gilbert. After going through a pretty tough divorce, she decides to spend a year abroad in Italy, India and Indonesia to reconnect with her body and mind. The book was also turned into a movie starring Julia Roberts, so you might’ve heard about that. Anyway, I absolutely loved every single page. Through Elizabeth’s journey to find and love herself again, there are so many thoughts and tips she has that could be useful for anyone, no matter what stage of life you are in right now. I have literally adopted some of the thought-patterns and rituals Elizabeth has/gets/does in the book to my daily life and I feel like my life has really been improving since I finished Eat. Pray, Love. So basically, if it wasn’t obvious, I freaking love this book and EVERYONE needs to read it.
- Unfuck your brain by Faith G. Harper
I’m a sucker for self-help books. Of course, they aren’t a substitute for therapy or meds, but in my opinion, they can be a good start if you want to work on yourself/your mental health. I’ve been struggling with anxiety throughout my life and the last few months have been very tough on me so this book really came into my life at a perfect time. While it mostly deals with trauma, there’s helpful information and coping techniques in there for everyone who is not 100% happy all the time. Also, Unfuck your brain gives you the information you need to really understand why someone might be going through anxiety, depression, addiction etc.
In conclusion, this is a super informative and helpful self-help book, written in a way that anyone can understand (as the explicit title suggests). The book is also very nicely organized, meaning that you can fast forward to whatever chapters are the most important to you without any problems. I highly recommend reading this if you or a loved one are struggling with mental health issues and want to have a basic understanding and some tips on how to deal with it (However, as i said, a self help book will NEVER replace talking to a professional).
- Gut gegen Nordwind (Available in English as „Love Virtually“) by Daniel Glattauer
This book is so meaningful to me, as it’s the first „grown-up“ book I ever read when I was around 11 or 12. It was recently turned into a (German) movie and I wanted to re-read the novel before seeing it at the cinema. Gut gegen Nordwind tells the story of Emmi and Leo. Due to a typo in an email address Leo receives a message from Emmi and they slowly start talking. Despite never having met in real life, they soon develop feelings for each other.
I definitely fell so in love with this book when reading it for the second time. It’s such a sweet story and the author manages to tell it with such ease and AMAZING rhetorical skills. This is a nice, light read, perfect if you’re looking for a book that can be finished quickly and is really entertaining.
- High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
High Fidelity is about Rob, who owns a record shop, and his reaction to his longterm girlfriend Laura breaking up with him (i know, it’s a very short description, but that’s pretty much all there is to say).
I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, it was quite entertaining but at the same time it felt really negative and definitely always put me in a bit of a weird mood. It’s definitely a good book, just not ideal if you’re looking for a really funny/happy story, since it does get quite deep from time to time. However, if you’re really into music, this is the book for you.
Those were all the books I read in September, if you know any of these, let me know what you thought of them!