10 Inspiring Reads

17/06/2018 Lists, Reading 16

10 Inspiring Reads

Looking back over my Goodreads ‘Read’ shelf recently I realised I’ve read a lot of non-fiction over the last year or so, and so many of them have been super inspiring and interesting.

I don’t seem to talk much on this blog about non-fiction though, so I thought it was about time I devoted a post to the genre, and shared some of the most inspiring books I’ve read!

So here are 10 inspiring reads:

  • #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

From shoplifting teenager to the CEO of a fashion empire, Sophia Amoruso’s story is incredibly inspiring. Sophia is the ultimate proof that hard work and ingenuity pay off!

  • Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert’s book on the magic of creativity and how to work through your creative fears is incredibly inspiring, and beautifully written. I didn’t necessarily agree with all her theories, but it was an enjoyable and very inspiring read nonetheless.

  • Wild: From Lost to Found On The Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Before reading this book, I’d thought it was simply a book about a woman walking a very long way. Not that walking a long way for no reason isn’t a pretty cool and admirable thing to do, but this book turned out to be so much more than that. On her journey through the wilds Cheryl Strayed rethinks her life, and starts to process the grief she feels over her mother’s death, making this a wonderfully inspiring and uplifting read.

  • You Are A Badass: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living An Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

This one sounded kind of cheesy from the title, but I gave it a go after getting it for 99p on my Kindle, and really enjoyed it, mostly because of Jen Sincero’s fun and irreverent writing style. It offers actionable advice on how to improve your life, from working through self-sabotaging beliefs, to getting your money in order and setting and achieving goals.

  • Little Black Book: A Toolkit For Working Women by Otegha Uwagba

This book by Otegha Uwagba is only short, but is packed full of great tips for women in the workplace. From landing the job to excelling in it it, and even asking for a pay raise, Otegha Uwagba walks you through it.

10 Inspiring Reads
  • The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving A F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have with People You Don’t Like Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do by Sarah Knight

If, like me, you are a total people pleaser, then this is the book for you! Sarah Knight helps you figure out what’s truly important in life, and how to (politely) not give a fuck about the rest.

  • Get The Hell Into It: Stop Bouncing From Idea To Idea And Learn To See Things Through by Sarah Beth Moore

If you’re a procrastinator and struggle to finish projects, then this is the book for you! I often struggle for motivation, and have a tendency to grasp at ‘shiny new ideas’ rather than seeing through existing projects, so this book was super helpful for me.

  • Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon

Bryony Gordon is brutally honest about her struggles with OCD, bulimia and addiction in this book, yet it still manages to be funny and entertaining. I found her honesty truly inspiring, and love the feeling this book leaves you with, of not being alone in your problems. Because everyone is going through something!

  • How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran

I read Caitlin Moran’s How To Be A Woman years ago, and can remember laughing out loud and nodding along to a lot of it. This book perfectly encapsulates the feeling of being a woman in the modern age, and Moran’s discussion of women’s issues is intelligent and insightful, whilst often being hilariously funny.

  • Real Artists Don’t Starve: Timeless Strategies For Thriving In The New Creative Age by Jeff Goins

Jeff Goins tackles the myth of the starving artist in this book, and shows how earning money through your creativity isn’t selling out: it’s smart.

So have you read any of these books? What inspiring books have you read?

16 Responses to “10 Inspiring Reads”

  1. Tomi

    I don’t read much non-fiction but most of these books have been recommended to me. I guess I’ll have to add these to my tbr ? Great post as always!!!!

  2. Inge

    I’ve read Big Magic, Wild, and The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving A F*ck, and I completely agree on their inspirational value! Especially Big Magic, I’ve read that one twice. So much love for that book. I’ve downloaded the free Amazon samples for all the others 😀 I also really liked Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe, Girl Up by Laura Bates, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, and The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking.

    • Laura

      I really need to reread Big Magic soon, because it’s been a while, and that’s definitely one of my favourites off this entire list. So inspiring!
      I really hope you enjoy the other books on this list, and thanks for the recommendations! They’re all going on my TBR list! I actually think I might have The Happiness Project on my Kindle but I just haven’t read it yet, so I’ll have to get to that one soon 🙂

  3. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    I read a lot of nonfiction, but not the inspiring kind. Usually, I read the true crime kind. It would be bad if I found that inspirational. I have read Wild because I love hiking. I thought it was a really good book.

    • Laura

      Haha, yeah, it would be a little worrying if you found true crime inspirational. True crime is definitely interesting though!
      I’m glad you enjoyed Wild! 🙂

  4. Jen

    I’ve read Wild and enjoyed it although I didn’t agree with some of her choices it was an honest book.was tempted to read How to be a woman. I don’t really want to read books that make promises that they will change your life only because I used to read a lot of the ones to help with anxiety and I got fed up. I think they can offer false promises and that we need to find our own ways since we are all different. However the ones you mention seem like the good ones and if they help people it’s good.i think I’m more likely to read something like Wild or an autobiography and inspiring fiction than a self-help type book . I enjoy them

    • Laura

      I know what you mean about Wild and some of her life choices, because I felt the same. It was nice to see though how she managed to change her life and reevaluated a lot of stuff throughout her journey 🙂
      And I get what you mean about a lot of self-help style books (and I’m sorry you didn’t find any of them helpful with your anxiety). As you say, everyone is different, so what works for some people won’t work for others, so they shouldn’t really make promises claiming to be able to ‘change your life’. Not to mention the fact that it isn’t the book itself that changes your life, it’s you, so the book can only ever really serve as inspiration.

  5. Greg

    There is so much good non fiction out there and I hardly read any of it anymore! I’m always reading fiction now. 🙂 I’ve heard really good things about Wild, and You Are A Badass sounds great too. these all do though, really.

    • Laura

      I didn’t used to read much non fiction either, but I’ve really got into it recently, and there is some great books out there. I’d recommend any of these books, but Wild and You Are A Badass were both amazing 🙂
      I hope you enjoy them if you read them! 🙂

  6. Becky@ A Fool's Ingenuity

    I’ve only read one of these inspiring reads! But I’m also not really one for non-fiction reading so that doesn’t surprise me. I did adore Caitlin Moran’s book, though. I have mad love for her because she’s local! Got to love a girl from Wolverhampton making it down to London and then becoming a woman who writes these great feminist things that women everywhere can relate to.

    • Laura

      Caitlin Moran’s book really was amazing! I live a couple of hours away from Wolverhampton, so I’m not exactly local, but I still love that someone from up this way moved down to London and is such an accomplished writer, and as you say, writes such relatable things. And she still comes across as so down to earth! 🙂

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