On my Kindle right now:
The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down
Haemin Sunim is one of the most influential Zen Buddhist teachers and writers in South Korea, where his books have sold more than three million copies and are popular as guides not only to meditation but also to overcoming the challenges of everyday life. Born in South Korea, he came to the United States to study film, only to find himself pulled into the spiritual life. Educated at UC Berkeley, Harvard, and Princeton, he received formal monastic training in Korea and taught Buddhism at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. His book 'The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down' is broken up into chapters called Rest, Mindfulness, Passion, Relationships, Love, Life, The Future, Spirituality. Each chapter opens with an essay by Haemin, followed by a series of short messages, words of advice and wisdom based on the topic. They are meant to be read and reflected upon, not necessarily raced through and read in one go. The illustrations are just beautiful, calming in themselves.
A group of extremely privileged people, bar one - a painter, set off one foggy summer evening, on a private plane from Martha's Vineyard to New York. The flight goes down over the sea and only the painter and a young boy survive. Their story of survival, coupled with the backstories of all the passengers weave together to form a compelling narrative.
Louise Parker is passionate about health and well-being but ISN'T into deprivation and miserable diets. She has a four pronged approach to her living well and you work through two phases: the Transform phase and the Lifesyle phase. In Transform you 'Think Successfully', 'Live Well', 'Eat Beautifully' and 'Work Out Intelligently'. The advice is so practical and do-able and the food isn't faddy, hard to find or unworkable with a busy life. I've now gone ahead and bought her cook book too, which is full of inspiring recipes.