When December gently turns into January, it seems like winter is eternal and gloomy. There’s only one thing we all want: to hibernate and sleep until summer finally arrives.
But there are ways to cheer up! For example, you can read a good, thoughtful book. We know at least 6 of these stories to help you wake up for real.
My Family and Other Animals (Gerald Durrell)
This is the first book in a widely celebrated trilogy by naturalist Gerald Durrell. The story is about the writer’s childhood on the Greek island of Corfu.
Durrell affectionately and spiritually shares his memories of incredible animals and their curious habits with the reader.
My Family and Other Animals encourage readers to appreciate the world around them in all its beauty.
You Changed My Life (Abdel Sellou)
This is a true story that is at the heart of the French film The Untouchables. The story of an inspiring friendship between two people whose paths must never cross: a paralyzed French aristocrat and an unemployed Algerian immigrant. But they met and it changed their lives.
Pollyanna (Eleanor Porter)
Is it easy to see only the bright side of life? We don’t think it is. Look at us, being adults and having to deal with all our problems. There is never much good in our lives.
But what if we could turn a ‘Game of Joy’ into a principle of life, a technique that would help us to always be positive?
Maybe it will make us see the world in a different way. This original principle turns Pollyanna’s story into a true antidepressant.
Sailor Song (Ken Kesey)
Ken Kesey took a long time to sing this song. Years and years of the writer’s silence paved the way for this story about Alaska: rough land, simple men, and the sea.
In this song, you will hear fierce sarcasm and bitter humor (which seems to bring you down) only to bring you back to the light and increase your sincere love for life.
Frost and Fire (Ray Bradbury)
Extreme weather conditions cause people to age abnormally fast. Now they only have 8 days to grow and age. These days must be used to learn, marry, and procreate.
With all this, people can fight, be jealous and envious, as if they have decades ahead. This short story teaches the reader that even for a short period of time, you can do a lot … or you can give up and take no chances.
Yes Man (Danny Wallace)
Danny Wallace always said no. He refused to help his friends and colleagues, refused to go out at night, and denied everything for himself.
His life was tedious. Danny’s girlfriend broke up with him and he got stuck on a road that leads nowhere.
His life began to change after meeting a mysterious man on the bus, who said three magic words …