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.
- 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?