I'm a sucker for a good cover, particularly if it has birds on it or if the artwork looks like it's from a Wes Anderson movie. I'm rarely disappointed when I pick books this way, though that probably speaks more to the talent of the publishers' art and marketing departments than my skills at picking books by cover........
Otherwise, I generally gravitate towards the light-fantastical, particularly YA and teen fantasy and books with quirky characters. Though I occasionaly foray into the realms of mystery and science fiction.
No matter where you are at in your journey of self-care, you need to read this book! It is an anti-self help book that focuses on the root of why many of us struggle with anxiety and how too many of us are "giving f*cks to things in life that don't deserve them." Based on well-established practices developed by leadig psychologists and therapists, this book empowers you to prioritize what you give your energy to and how to break negative thinking patterns that are at the root of anxiety. While the language is not for the faint of heart (many an f-bomb are dropped), it entertains as much as it heals.
My favorite book of all time! A blue bear goes on a whirlwind adventure in a magical land while trying to understand who he is and how he fits into his world. Always light-hearted and incredibly quirky, this fast paced adventure feels as if JK Rowling and Douglas Adams wrote it together.
A short and oh-so-sweet memoir that is one of the most beautifully written pieces of literature I have ever read. Though the book is about tragedy, Bauby's locked-in syndrome, it is never overly sad but also never overly sappy. Sometimes humourous and often thoughtful, your life will be better for having read this book. I almost never re-read books but this one I re-read every year because it is just so wonderful.