I am the sort of person who can read an entire book in a day, simply because it is just that good. I am also the sort of person who can spend all her remaining money on Amazon three weeks before her Student Loan is due to arrive. Yeah, okay, in hindsight that’s probably not my greatest idea to date. But who needs food when you have books. Five lovely inedible books. Right, let me tell you a little bit about them.
I picked these particular books when I was on the search for inspiration. I wanted a little injection of positivity and creativity in my life. And thankfully each one of these books have provided just that.
One Million Lovely Letters
I found this book waiting patiently for me on my Amazon Wish List during my most recent spontaneous spending spree. So I rescued it and it arrived on my doorstep at the weekend. From start to finish I was absolutely gripped by this story. It is written by Jodi Ann Bickley – a sweet ordinary young woman whose life was abruptly turned upside down overnight by an unforgiving illness. In the first part of the book, we learn a lot about Jodi and her life: her highs, lows, loves and losses. I really warmed to her to the point that when her life changed dramatically I actually felt quite sad and frustrated for her. She had created the life she loved and had everything ahead of her.
On one particularly dark day during the illness, where Jodi describes herself as being close to the curb, she decided to use her love of writing and abundance of free time to create something beautiful. Her blog onemillionlovelyletters.com was launched as her way of bringing sunshine to strangers who needed a few lovely words to remind them they are not alone in this. Jodi uses her handwritten letters to connect with people around the globe with just one purpose: to make someone feel better. She didn’t ask for anything in return, she just wanted to spread kindness and positivity, one letter at a time.
Without a doubt I would read this again. It’s a wonderfully uplifting book that reminds us all we can find positivity and purpose in whatever our circumstances. Life may not always be perfect, but we do have the choice to be kind and support those around us who need a little extra love. If you want to read One Million Lovely Letters, you can find it here.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
When I found out Liz Gilbert, the author of one of my favourite books of all time (Eat, Pray, Love) had written another book (on creativity) I knew I had to buy it. Even though you should never judge a book by its cover, I just knew from the outset that I would instantly fall in love with it. Liz has a unique artistic way with words which makes you stop, re-read and re-read again just so that you can fully absorb and enjoy the magic. It is the sort of book you really need to experience for yourself, just for the wonderful words of wisdom scattered among the pages. If you are searching for a little creative inspiration in your life, click here.
“Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.”
“The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them. The hunt to uncover those jewels—that’s creative living”
I bloody love Liz Gilbert.
Next up on the inspirational list is Happy by Fearne Cotton. I have actually read this book twice, once on my Kindle and once in this glorious hardback edition. I don’t normally buy into all these celebrity books, but Happy caught my eye. Not only has Fearne struggled with depression, she is also an incredible artist. As you delve through the pages you can see her wonderful little drawings and doodles. This is another book which I read in all its entirety in just one day. I found it to be a brave, open and honest book where Fearne shares her dark times and vulnerabilities with the reader. She then offers practical tips and useful advice on how to find joy in the everyday.
It was refreshing to read an account of depression from someone like Fearne. Her book makes her extremely relatable and likable. Above all, she offers handy ideas to bring relief, joy and calm. Happiness isn’t a mountain to climb, it’s just one foot in front of the other on the path of life. To add Happy to your collection, click here.
The Million Dollar Blog
When I started reading this book – this particular quote jumped out at me: “Starting a blog can be the first step in an adventure, taking you to extraordinary and completely unexpected places in your life”. From then on I was eager to learn more. The Million Dollar Blog, written by Natasha Courtenay-Smith, covers every single aspect to blogging that you could possibly think of. Whether its creating your own online identity, finding inspiration to create unique content to making millions from your blog, this book has all the answers.
It’s easy to read and you can take ideas away from it immediately. I found the whole book to be an encouraging and motivational tool. It has allowed me to believe that the possibilities and opportunities are endless when it comes to blogging. And it’s extremely exciting. I would recommend this book to anyone with a blog – from beginners to experienced bloggers. This book could enhance your online profile and may even turn your hobby into a career! You can find the book here.
Tanya’s Christmas: Make Bake Celebrate
My final pick is a seasonal choice. With Blogmas just around the corner, we are all looking out for that little bit of festive inspiration, right? I’ve always quite liked Tanya Burr, she comes across on her YouTube videos as a genuine and sweet person. So when Tanya’s Christmas popped up on my Amazon suggestions, I thought, oh go on then!
It’s hard not to feel Christmassy when you start flicking though the pages in this book. It’s jam packed with delicious looking recipes, perfect for the holiday season. There are also DIY Christmas gifting ideas and things to do around Christmas and New Year. The book is stylish and the photographs are beautiful. If you are looking for something to get you into the Christmas spirit, then check out Tanya’s Christmas here.
What books have been inspiring you recently? I would love to hear your recommendations!