5 Inspirational Reads to Create Big Ideas

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!

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  1. sophieheartsnet
    November 13, 2017 / 6:52 pm

    “Starting a blog can be the first step in an adventure, taking you to extraordinary and completely unexpected places in your life”- what an amazing quote! I absolutely love this post and kinda want to purchase 5 new books!- https://sophiehearts.net x

    • November 13, 2017 / 6:55 pm

      Aw thank you for the lovely comment Sophie 💕. It’s an awesome quote isn’t it ☺️. So motivational and inspirational. He he, and yes new books are always a good idea! 😄 xx

  2. jazminheavenblog
    November 13, 2017 / 7:08 pm

    Fearne Cotton’s book sounds great! This has definitely made me want to read it xx

    • November 13, 2017 / 7:30 pm

      Thank you for reading and commenting 💕. Yay, I’m glad you want to read Fearne’s book. It’s great! Hope you enjoy it 😘 xx

  3. November 13, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    Thanks Bexa I was looking for some inspirational books! Think I’ll invest in The Million Dollar blog 😍 xx

    • November 13, 2017 / 7:32 pm

      Thank you for reading and commenting Rebecca 💕. Yay, I’m glad it’s inspired you! The Million Dollar blog is a really good book, hope you enjoy it 😘 xx

  4. Shaun
    November 13, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    A really good post 😘. One million lovely letters is a great read 😄. I found it very inspirational and uplifting too 😊. I am now keen to read Tanya’s Christmas book 🎄❤️😘 xxxx

    • November 13, 2017 / 10:13 pm

      Thank you for the nice comment Shaun 💕. One Million Lovely Letters was a very good read 💌. And yes, Tanya’s Christmas 🎄 is great for getting in the festive mood! 😘 xx

  5. Meera
    November 14, 2017 / 7:20 am

    These sound great I’ve been looking for inspiring reads! The big magic cover is beautiful, might have to check it out x

    LoneTeenTraveller | Travel Fashion Lifestyle

    • November 14, 2017 / 7:25 am

      Thank you for the comment Meera 💕. Big Magic has such a beautiful cover and the book is great too 😃. Hope you enjoy it if you have a read 😘 xx

  6. November 14, 2017 / 9:45 am

    All of these sound great for creative motivation! The blog one sounds particularly great, thanks for the recommendations 🙂 xx

    • November 14, 2017 / 6:57 pm

      Thank you for the lovely comment 💕 The blog one is great for inspiration, I love it 😃 xx

      • November 14, 2017 / 10:25 pm

        Yes, I definitely need to find time to read that one! xx

  7. November 14, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    Oh, that’s a really nice list of books that I would like,too. You got me really curious on One Million Lovely Letters now, thanks for inspiring and reminding me to read more. I love your blog, btw😊 Great job!

    • November 14, 2017 / 7:00 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment! 💕 I’m glad you feel inspired to read more, I need to make more time for it myself ☺️ And thank you, so happy you like my blog 😘 xx

    • November 15, 2017 / 4:34 pm

      It’s a great book isn’t it 😃 Thank you for the comment 💕 glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  8. November 15, 2017 / 11:01 am

    Great list one million lovely letters seems like a nice place to start. Thank you for sharing!!

    • November 15, 2017 / 4:32 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment 💕 That’s a great place to start 😃 I hope you enjoy reading it 😘 xx

  9. Jenni
    November 15, 2017 / 4:42 pm

    Lovely post! I wish I had more time to read novels but I only have time to read school books, especially now just before exams. Maybe at Christmas I have time for other books again 🙂

    • November 15, 2017 / 4:53 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment Jenni 💕. I know what you mean, studying can take up so much time and energy! Hope your exams go well and you have some time to relax at Christmas 😘 xx

  10. November 16, 2017 / 7:16 am

    HOW have i never heard of one million lovely letters before?! what a truly beautiful idea, im ordering it right this second ♥♥

    ive loved fearne cottom for a pretty long time so happy has been on my list already – this is the push i needed to actually get on with it and order it!

    have you read a book called wonder? id really, REALLY recommend that as an uplifting happy, lovely book. prepare to cry your eyes out though!

    katie. xx lacoconoire.com

    • November 16, 2017 / 8:55 am

      Hi Katie,
      That’s so awesome 💕 I’m glad you are ordering One Million Lovely Letters. I hope you enjoy it, let me know what you think 😘

      I haven’t heard of Wonder – I just looked it up on Amazon and it sounds like something I would enjoy! I have added it to my wish list and I’ll get it on my next Amazon spending spree he he. Thank you for the recommendation 😘 xx

  11. Creative Nails
    November 16, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    I love it when you are reading a book and you don’t realise hours have gone by because you are so involved in it. I wish I read more, I used to so much but been quite busy lately so haven’t really had the chance too which is a shame. Definitely going to try get into it again when I have the time!


    • November 16, 2017 / 8:37 pm

      Thank you for the comment Amy 💕 I know the feeling, so many books so little time he he! I love it when you can lose a couple of hours in a decent book though 😘 xx

  12. Rebecca Rose
    November 16, 2017 / 8:59 pm

    Ive been looking for some books for my Christmas list. I really love your style of writing, this is a lovely post 🙂 xx

    • November 17, 2017 / 6:36 am

      Aw thank you so much for your lovely comment Rebecca 💕. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Books for Christmas is the perfect gift 😘 xx

  13. SimplyUntamedNatonya
    November 16, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    I’m so into reading inspirational books! I wanna check out Million Dollar Blog 🙂 Thanks for sharing this with us, I know it’ll help me in my blogging and creative outlet journey.

    • November 17, 2017 / 6:37 am

      Thank you for reading and commenting 💕. Inspirational books are great! I’m glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  14. November 16, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    I am also the type of person who can read a book in a day. Buy food or buy books? BOOKS! The first book sounds so lovely and right up my street as I love writing letters. I really want to get my hands on The Miracle Morning too, have you read it?

    • November 17, 2017 / 6:42 am

      He he yes, books win every time! I’ve just checked out The Miracle Morning on Amazon and it looks really good. So many positive comments 😃. I’ve added it onto my WishList! Thank you for leaving your thoughts and recommendation 💕 xx

  15. November 16, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    I’ve heard of couple of these books, but I never read them! I’m so curious about buying Happy or Milion Dollar Blog, Big Magic. Enjoyed this post lovely, and your pics are amazing. littlewritingworld.wordpress.com

    • November 17, 2017 / 6:45 am

      Aw thank you so much for your lovely comment 💕. I’m glad you enjoyed my post and my photos! Hope you enjoy reading the books 😘 xx

  16. November 16, 2017 / 9:20 pm

    I’ve recently just got back into reading creating “ME time” So you have given me a couple of good books to look into buying! One I’m currently reading is by Sarah Knight “ get your sh*t together” I absolutely love it!!!!

    • November 17, 2017 / 6:49 am

      Thank you so much for your comment 💕. Me time is so important! I’ve just checked out Sarah Knights book and it looks like my kinda book! I’ve added it to my Wish List 😄. Thank you for the recommendation 😘 xx

  17. Lena Dee
    November 17, 2017 / 12:22 am

    Amazon always has some of the best books and best suggestions. I really want the Tanya’s book 😩 heck I feel like I want all…great job Bex 💕

    • November 17, 2017 / 6:52 am

      Thank you so much for your comment Lena 💕. That’s so true, my Amazon Wish List is huge right now he he. I’m glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  18. November 17, 2017 / 4:03 am

    Oooh, these all sound like fantastic reads! I’ll definitely have to read them – they’re going into my wish list now!

    • November 17, 2017 / 6:54 am

      Yay! 💕 I’m glad you liked the post! Thank you for the comment and enjoy the books 😘 xx

  19. Samantha
    November 17, 2017 / 10:18 am

    I’ve been starting to buy more books lately and I’m loving your picks, they all sound really great reads. I’ve seen the million dollar blog book and really wanted to purchase so it was great to hear your thoughts.

    Samantha | https://believeinamiracle.co.uk

    • November 17, 2017 / 11:20 am

      Thank you for your comment Samantha 💕. I’m glad you enjoyed my post ☺️. One Million Dollar Blog is great, I know I’ll come back to it again and again for tips and inspiration 😘 xx

  20. February 2, 2018 / 1:45 am

    I’ve had Big Magic sitting on my desk for months now but I just haven’t picked it up yet, no idea why. It sounds like a really good read though!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • February 2, 2018 / 9:13 am

      Ha ha yes, same here! 🙈 I brought it last year and have only recently started reading it! It’s definitely got some great tips in though so worth checking out when you get the chance ☺️. Thanks so much for the comment Julia 💕 xx

  21. June 1, 2018 / 7:11 pm

    This is a great post and I feel like I want to purchase the million dollar blog and one million lovely letters.

    • June 2, 2018 / 11:59 am

      Aw yay! I would definitely recommend both those books, they are so inspirational! Thanks for checking out the post Faisal ☺️ xx

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