The hustle and bustle of work life brings about a lot of extra things to add to your checklist. It’s important to remember to unwind and to spend some time for yourself as well. And what better way to do that than to snuggle up with a good book? We caught up with style and travel blogger Melissa Gatchalian–or rather, Sartorial Panda to some–and she shared with us five books that made a significant impact on her life.
1. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter
As this book is all about financial literacy, it may be daunting to some. However, Melissa recommends every millennial to read this: “There are so many valuable insights on how to look at your finances!”
2. The Purpose-Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren
Melissa recommends this book if you want to figure out your own personal meaning of life. A #1 New York Times Bestseller, this book will guide you through a forty-day spiritual journey to help you discover the meaning of your existence.
3. How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas
For something more light and playful, pick up this book for a fresh take on what it means to be Parisian. “I am a huge fan of Caroline de Maigret! Also, this is a great book on decoding the French effortlessness.”
4. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This literary classic shouldn’t just be assigned to be read in class. According to Melissa, “This book changed my whole perspective on strangers and how to put myself in other people’s shoes first before judging.”
5. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
A childhood classic, this illustrated book is about the relationship between a young boy and a tree. “A sad childhood book that stuck with me throughout the ages. It shows us a great way to look at our environment and our give and take relationship with it.”