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8 Books for Social Distancing Summer Days

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8 Books for Social Distancing Summer Days

Is reading a form of meditation? At the MANTLE office, it sure is!  Reading, for us is a great way to be mindful, and even better if you top your reading sesh with some balancing CBD.

Here is our 8 fav books, happy reading!  

Must reads

A little life – Hanya Yanagihara

Every summer, we always see one book on everyone's IG stories. This one was summer 2019! If you still haven’t read it – now is the time! Even though a full year has passed, the four best friends continue living inside our heads. We have to admit though, we went through the first 100 pages two times before we got our heads fully in it.  Trust us! Push through the first 175 pages and then you’ll be amazed. 

A Little Life is about four young men – friends from the same college – who move to New York to chase big careers. All very successful: JB in the art world, Malcolm as a “starchitect”, Willem as an actor and Jude as a litigator. The story narrows its focus on Jude: broken, full of secrets, self-harming.. 

We remember lying on the beach, tears running down our faces unable to stop after the book ended (we kept that part out of IG though!).

Educated – Tara Westover

A fascinated book which put us in a rollercoaster of emotions.  A true story that captures the power of education as a perspective changer, and therefore life changer.

At the end of the book we immediately started googling for interviews with the author – you just want to find out how the RL story emerges.

A powerful book that you shouldn’t miss!

Simple books to get into reading

Burn all my letters – Alex Schulman

From the first paragraphs, we were hooked to the story. This is the greatness of Alex Schulman, his simple yet sharp and powerful writing. Through three separate timelines woven together, he traces a rage inherited through generations while exposing the violent potential of male power. 

Definitely Alex Schulman's best book so far! A little tip: we recommend you reading it before it comes out on the big screens!

It was so fun to drink wine with – Rebecka Åhlund

This book is so good!  The story is about a woman, Rebecka who lives in London and lives a creative life with family, friends and a freelance life that gives her unlimited opportunities to drink.

With painful sincerity and drastic humor, Rebecka tells us a story about her being a mother, partner, professional, daughter, sister - and alcoholic. Her anxiety, shame and guilt. But also how being sober is changing her perspective on her daily life.

An un-put-down book!  Perfect for social distancing days when you need some distraction.

Slow and thoughtful

Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami

A classic!  Norwegian Wood has touched our emotions. Told from the first-person perspective of Toru Watanabe, who looks back on his days as a college student living in Tokyo.

It is about a love affair where a young man is drawn between two women. It’s mellow and slow, but never boring.

A thought-provoking book filled with self-recognition and humor. 

Love and relationships

Story of a marriage – Geir Gulliksen

Geir Gulliksen is a well-known literary figure in Norway. Story of a marriage is the naked truth, sexy and sad, stunning for its clarity. Gulliksen ability to simultaneously render denial and knowing too much.

A book about all the things we know and don’t want to know about ourselves, our partners and our lives and the shocking reminder that the very same things that draw us together are the ones that pull us apart. 

Conversations with Friends – Sally Rooney 

Sharp, funny, thought-provoking! A great portrait of two young women as they figure out how to be adults. The pleasures and dangers of youth, and the messy edges of female friendship. 

We thought it was both compelling and cool!

Happy Reading!