10 MUST READ books to enjoy before going to sleep

There’s nothing like curling up in bed with a good book. It feels a little bit indulgent – and it may be just the thing to settle you down before you sleep.

Reading a book can be relaxing because it takes your mind off ‘everyday worries’. A great book of fiction lets you escape into another world, while an interesting piece of non-fiction can teach you how to de-stress.

Of course, the ‘perfect read’ varies from person to person. Just like some people prefer a soft mattress, and others a firm; some people find that reading a book that’s soothing helps them snooze, others prefer something that ‘fires up’ the brain just in time for sweet dreams...

SleepX finds these ten bestsellers worth tucking into before bedtime:


  1. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty – written by one of Australia’s best-selling authors, the story is about a ten-day retreat at a boutique health-and-wellness resort that promises healing and transformation.
  1. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris is based on a true story. It’s full of hope and love about an Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist and the woman he loved.
  1. A Month of Sundays by Liz Byrski tells the tale of a group of women who, after being part of an online book club for 10 years – finally meet.
  1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows is described as “a moving tale of post-war friendship, love and books.”
  1. Still Me by bestselling author Jojo Moyes, is about a woman who moves to New York for love and is thrown into a world of ‘high society’.


  1. 12 Rules for Life written by clinical psychologist Jordan B. Peterson, “combines ancient wisdom with decades of experience to provide twelve profound and challenging principles for how to live a meaningful life.”
  1. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur is a book of poems. It takes you on a journey of “the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.”
  1. Mythos: A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece is by comedian and wordsmith Stephen Fry. Described as “spellbinding, informative and moving”, the book retells great tales from the ancient past.
  1. Mindfulness: a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world by Mark Williams and Danny Penman, is described as a ‘life-changing’ book. It includes a set of simple yet powerful practices to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion.
  1. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson “reveals ways to calm down in the midst of your hurried, stress-filled life.”

Avoid using an e-reader or smartphone before bed

Before you tuck into your favourite book on your electronic device, we must warn you. Viewing any light-emitting technology at bedtime can disrupt your sleeping patterns. 

Experts suggest you should keep bedtime ‘technology-free’. You can read more about this in one of our earlier blogs.