American novelist Ernest Hemingway once said, "There is no friend as loyal as a book." And we can't agree more. Apart from turning to various wellness activities, or jumping onto a relaxing road trip, reading a book—regardless of the genre—is undoubtedly a powerful form of escapism, which lots of us can use to find respite and hope nowadays.

However, choosing the perfect read to help you get through those unfathomable days and feed your empty soul whenever uncertainty knocks on your door can be quite an ordeal. Well, don't fret, loves, because we've got you covered!

In this blog, we're going to share with you five uplifting books featured in the happiness special of Breathe Magazine that will surely boost your morale, rejuvenate your optimism, and make you laugh. 

Pro-tip: If you wish to get the most out of your reading sesh, you might want to incorporate your favorite evocative Yankee Candle scents into it! 

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez paints a complex yet a heartfelt picture of pure, eternal love amid unfortunate events. Through the tireless, zealous attempts of the pining Fernando to persuade his beloved Fermina, you'll be encouraged to get through those moments of emotional craziness everyone is vulnerable to at one time or another. Set in Latin America, García Márquez uses cholera to metaphor the lovelorn syndrome that besets Fernando. Best paired with:
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Marke Haddon
This heart-rending tale revolves around how Christopher, a teen with Asperger's, deals with the whole coming-of-age scenario. Skillfully told from his point of view, the book gives off a moving perspective of the exhausting task of throwing some order into somewhat chaotic family situations. Overall, Haddon's masterpiece is an exceptionally moving story, sprinkled with wit, humor, and much pathos. 

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We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Based on her infamous Ted Talk, Adichie shares a riveting narrative on how modern society brings up boys and girls and the expectations placed upon them. We Should All Be Feminists delves into her fascinating anecdotes: her upbringing in Nigeria, her diaspora to the Western world, and her exploration of gender stereotyping and providing doable ways of making changes.

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Essential Poems From The Staying Alive Trilogy  Edited by Neil Astley
This collection of a hundred poems whose themes encompass the concepts of time, personal desires, self-love, solitude, friendship, and parenthood, is best considered a companion for every phase of your life. Selected by Neil Astley from his Staying Alive trilogy, a series of predominantly contemporary poetry curated to accompany the human heart through the inevitable, sometimes arduous stages of living, these verses will surely provide you the comfort your soul needs.

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
This classic tale about a shepherd boy named Santiago who decides to sell his flock and travel through Spain into the Arabian desert in search of treasure has always been a bibliophile's favorite. Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho takes you on an enlightening journey through life buoyed by some gentle truths and philosophies. The Alchemist endows you with an enthralling metaphor: the ultimate treasure of your voyage is understanding your actions in the context of fate while in pursuit of what Coelho calls your "personal legend."

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As we pace ourselves toward normalcy, let's not forget to take mindful pauses from the bustle of new normal. Breathe in and relax—as we always say. Hunker down in your favorite nook and let these reads uplift you, all the while reveling in the comforting fragrances of our best-smelling candles.

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