On my bookshelf – 1

books - malala, start with why, rupi kaur, milk and honey, big magic

When I first started this blog I wrote about books I was enjoying and as a relatively slow reader who is also easily distracted by Netflix…I haven’t posted about books since! I may not be the fastest reader, but I love spending hours in Waterstones looking at books – I pretty much go at least once a week! From looking at the titles, the covers*, recipe books, travel books – I just really like going to a book shop and having a nose around.

*Please note I have been known to judge a book by the cover

I also want to recommend the Waterstones click and collect feature! If you know what you want to buy, find it on their website and choose click and collect – you pay the online price (often cheaper) and they’ll send you a text when it’s ready for you at the front desk. This is brilliant!

Let’s talk about what I’m reading and what’s on my bookshelf waiting to be read. Just FYI – this is a metaphorical bookshelf because we have yet to buy one – we’ll get there eventually!

Start With Why – Simon Sinek

This book was recommended by a number of speakers at the One Girl Band International Women’s Day expertise session. To have a number of successful and inspiring women all recommending a specific book – you know it’s one to read! I’m halfway through this at the moment and I’m really enjoying it so far – Simon Sinek’s style is so captivating, and he uses real life examples of businesses throughout who have used their ‘why’ to become the successes they are. The back cover describes this book as being “for anyone who wants to inspire others, or to be inspired”, and I couldn’t agree more. Simon Sinek also gave a TED Talk based on this – definitely worth a watch if you’re interested!

I am Malala – Malala Yousafzai

I presume we’re all familiar with Malala? If not, I highly recommend you pick up her book and get reading! Or watch her film, “He Named Me Malala”, then watch her special with David Letterman (both on Netflix – no excuses!). I’m half way through this book (notice a pattern emerging??) and, so far, this has been so eye opening, so heartbreaking, and so inspiring at the same time. Malala’s message and dedication to the education of girls is one that the rest of the world needs to really hear and take action. The tone of this book is so personal and I cannot recommend more that you pick a copy up.

Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur

I’ve been eyeing this book for many a moon, along with Rupi’s second book. It never crossed my mind to read a book of poetry – but this is the poetry of now, Rupi’s message speaks to people like I’d never imagined. I read Milk and Honey within a few days (unheard of for me!) and I can see myself reaching for it often. Each chapter truly serves it’s purpose (The Hurting, The Loving, The Breaking, The Healing) and will take you on a journey and make you feel.

Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert

Another recommendation from the One Girl Band International Women’s Day event was Big Magic. I’ve contemplated buying this book many times because of the beautiful cover and the message ‘CREATIVE LIVING BEYOND FEAR’. Once again – if creative and successful women who you admire recommend a book – you read it! I haven’t started this yet…but the promise of finding creativity and saying goodbye to fear sounds like just the ticket. I’ll be sure to update this once I’ve finished reading this book!

Have you read any of these books? Let me know what you thought of them, or if you have any recommendations!


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