Artificial light right before you go to sleep, like TVs or cell phones, triggers hormones in your brain that are meant to keep you awake and active. Instead of going on a Netflix binge before bedtime, try a good book: it’s like a TV episode on a page! Here are a few of our latest favorites:
The Life Story: Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington
Fashion icon Grace Coddington, one of the most important women in the industry, shares her story of modeling, career altering accidents, opportunity, and all the colorful characters she met along the way. The book includes beautiful pen and ink drawings by Grace – a little taste of creativity to keep you dreaming.
The Thriller: The Wicked Boy by Kate Summerscale
The Wicked Boy recounts the true story of a Victorian Era 13-year-old boy who stabbed his mother to death one summer day. Summerscale’s extraordinarily detailed work is completely factual, yet also keeps up an air of mystery. Watch out – this one may keep you awake turning pages.
The Quickie: What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
Oyeyemi’s compelling short stories take you through a life’s worth of keys: a key to the heart; a key to the house; a key to a secret. Whether you choose “’Sorry’ Doesn’t Sweeten Her Tea” or “Is Your Blood as Red as This?” one of these quick stories is the perfect way to end the evening.
The Classic: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
This is a story you think you know, but is actually an unpredictable world of nonsense you’ve never heard of. Read this before your head hits the pillow and you can expect some wild dreams.
The Laughs: Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
Aziz Ansari takes a look at the way technology has changed modern dating life. He teams up with an NYU sociologist to design a massive research project in the world of modern romance with results that are both hilarious and thought provoking. A couple of laughs are the best way to wind down the evening.
Looking for some extra reads? Check out the Pop Sugar 2016 Reading Challenge.