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Friday Five Favourites: Books To Be Inspired By

Hello again! I’m back with my second Friday Five Favourites. I skipped a week or two because, well life and stuff. But I’m back this week with five inspiring books I want to read in the next few months. My favourite types of books are the motivational type or the biographies of inspirational people. Some of my favorites to date include all the Gary Vaynerchuk books, GirlBoss, Lean In and Get Shit Done, to name a few.

It’s hard to find time to read but one of my New Years’ goals was to read more books. Reading at night really helps to slow my mind down so I’m going to make an effort to read before going to sleep, and when I’m on the subway there is no phone signal so that’s another great time.

I’ve done some research online and I’ve also had a wander in Barnes and Nobel and have decided on the following five books to be my next reads!

5 Books To Be Inspired By

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear 

By Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic

Award winning book and a New York Times bestseller, Big Magic is first on my list. I have seen lots of people rave about this book online. Elizabeth looks into how we can live a happier, more creative life and how to own who we are. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a few months now so I can’t wait to see if it lives up to the hype.

When Breath Becomes Air

By Paul Kalanithi

When Breath Becomes Air

Another New York Times bestseller, and named one of the best books of the year by the Washinton Post, When Breath Becomes Air sounds like quite an emotional, yet eye opening book.

The book is written by Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon, who was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. It follows Kalanithi’s transformation from a young medical student, who always questioned what made a virtuous and meaningful life, into a neurosurgeon at Stanford and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

I think I’ll buy myself a box of tissues while I’m at it…

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

by Mark Manson

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I give a f*uck about a lot of things, too many things in fact! So I’m hoping this one might help me chill out haha. Mark gives a no BS approach to dealing with life in a realistic way. He talks about how positive thinking isn’t always the key to a happy and rich life and how to stomach the lemons rather than make lemonade (lol). “Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it.”

This book might be a refreshing and honest read that is sometimes hard to find in this genre.

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

by Jen Sincero

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I think we can all relate to the title of this book once in awhile when we are in a slump. I certainly know there are days here in New York when I question what I’m doing or what I should be doing. This book might be just what I need to turn to on my off days.

 One of my all time favorite books was Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso which was all about her life and how she grew her hugely successful fashion empire. After reading the description of Romi’s book I couldn’t help but think they sounded similar so I’m excited to read this book and hopefully be left with the same inspired feeling.

I’m always looking out for new books to read so please let me know what your recommendations are, and if you have read any of the books I’ve listed above. I’ll make sure to let you know what I think of each one after I have read them.

Sophie x

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