November Reading List

THE SCHOOL OF LIFE

November Reading List

As we enter the final stretch of the year, reflection and introspection may start to become the natural order of things. So, we’ve picked out four books to help you get the process started! Here’s a book for each week of November!

Week One

First up, Dominique Loreau’s The Art of Simplicity offers a beautifully written account of the benefits of living a simple life. The advice Loreau gives, ranging from the importance of body brushing to the advantages of decluttering, are well-known practices in the East, and Loreau adapts them to Western audiences in a refreshing manner. Though you may not chuck out all of your belongings once you’ve read the book, it definitely will force you to re-evaluate the things you hold dear in your life and let go of the things that you can do without.

WEEK TWO

A similarly thought-provoking book is Why Fashion Matters by the head of London College of Fashion herself, Frances Corner. The short yet insightful publication delves into matters such as sustainability, and asks hard-hitting questions about gender roles and the perceptions that we have about ourselves because of the clothes that we wear. The book is a direct (and expertly written) response to critics of fashion who view the industry as frivolous, as it explores important issues in an easily-readable manner.

Week Three

This book needs no introduction, and it may very well have been read by the majority of you. Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers is a tour-de-force in literature, and can be seen in the hands of artists and businessmen alike. The genius of this book (which I devoured in less than 48 hours) is not the content, though you will seldom find another publication with the same thesis and facts as this. Rather, it is the brilliant way in which Gladwell weaves a narrative about success that grips the reader from start to finish. The book is a great case study not only on successful people, but also on the general public and the perceptions we have of people who have “made it”. Through thorough research and connecting dots many of us didn’t even know were there, Gladwell manages to disprove every notion of success we once had. Whether this revelation is for the better or the worse is up to you to decide.

Week Four

To round up your month of thought-heavy books, read Calm by The School of Life. If you haven’t heard of The School of Life, we suggest a very hasty google (or trip to their shop in London). The organisation publishes a number of titles on various aspects of life, such as relationships and work. We suggest getting them all, to be frank. But a good introductory book is Calm. It’s a beautifully mellow yet extremely introspective book that delves into the many reasons why we may experience stress or anxiety, and in providing an explanation helps to reduce these emotions. It truly is a book that keeps on giving, as it can be returned to at any point in life to deal with challenges surrounding romantic relationships or colleagues. It’s also a great gift to give (Christmas is coming up, ahem)!


Have you read any of the books on the list? Let us know what you think of them below!