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5 Books That Made Us Better

If you are reading this, you probably know me in some capacity. And if you know me then you will see that I am a book FIEND. So much so, that in that weird period of Covid when people were baking, learning languages, and TikTok dances, I decided to take on the challenge of reading 100 books in a year. Now, I wouldn’t be the best at maths but that is approximately 2 books per week. EVERY WEEK. For a year. You can check out my personal Instagram page for a review of every single book. It was lush but also challenging.

Since then, I have less chances to read as setting up a business will keep a gal busy but I still manage to read 1-2 books per month. I find so much inspiration in books and while I am a massive fan of fiction, I do love books that help me understand myself and the world around me a little better. If that sounds appealing to you, then these five books are for you. In no particular order….

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

By James Clear

You will find this book at the top of many lists for good reason. “Atomic Habits” by James Clear is a powerful guide to understanding and optimizing the science of habits. Clear emphasizes the significance of small, incremental changes (atomic habits) in achieving lasting personal transformation. With practical strategies and insightful examples, the book offers a clear roadmap for building positive habits, breaking bad ones, and ultimately leading a more fulfilling life. The guidance in this book can be applied to your fitness habits, healthy eating habits, and life in general.

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
By Don Miguel Ruiz

This book changed my life and that is not an exaggeration. I received this book in 2017 from an old friend and at the time, I read the first few pages and put it to one side. About two years ago, I picked it up again and it is the only book I have EVER read four times. I have even underlined sections of it and used sentences as journal prompts. The book presents four powerful principles for living a life of freedom and fulfillment: 

  1. Be impeccable with your word 
  2. Don’t take anything personally 
  3. Don’t make assumptions 
  4. Always do your best 

Sounds simple but the way these points are broken down in this small book, had a massive impact on me and I cannot recommend it enough. Ruiz’s straightforward and profound teachings provide a blueprint for personal liberation and achieving a deeper level of self-awareness and happiness. More of that, please.

Period Power: Harness Your Hormones and Get Your Cycle Working For You 

By Maisie Hill

“Period Power” by Maisie Hill is an empowering and informative book that sheds light on the female menstrual cycle. This book reminded me of an incredible ted talk by Dr. Stacy Sims called ‘Women are not small men’ Watch here where she speaks about how inappropriate it is for the fitness and nutrition world to approach women’s fitness from the aspect of women being smaller men. Time and time again, personal trainers and nutrition coaches will provide advice or programs for women with no consideration for the different hormonal fluctuations we experience. 

Hill skillfully combines science, history, and personal anecdotes to debunk myths and misconceptions surrounding periods while advocating for menstrual well-being. With practical advice and valuable insights, the book helps women harness the power of their menstrual cycles to optimize their health, emotions, and overall life satisfaction. If you are female or have females in life (basically everyone) then this book is a great read.

Stolen Focus: Why you can’t pay attention

By Johan Hari

I am a massive fan of Johan Hari, having read both ‘Lost Connections’ and ‘Chasing the Scream’ during my challenge of reading 100 books in one year. I also am someone who would consider myself slightly addicted to my phone, like many people I know. “Stolen Focus” by Johann Hari is a compelling exploration of the impact of smartphones and social media on our attention and mental well-being. Hari investigates how digital distractions have influenced our behavior, productivity, and overall happiness. Through eye-opening research and personal stories, the book offers valuable insights and practical advice to navigate the digital world while reclaiming our focus and mental clarity. Not all bad news as I did find, using the tools in the book, my phone time minimised after reading this book.

Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive

By Kristen J. Sollee

If the title “Witches, Sluts, Feminists” doesn’t catch your attention, we can’t be friends. This small but mighty book lives up to its amazing title as a captivating examination of the historical and cultural representations of women deemed threatening to patriarchal norms. Sollee delves into the archetypes of witches and sluts, recontextualizing them as symbols of female empowerment and resistance. Through an intersectional feminist lens, the book challenges societal stigmas, encouraging readers to embrace their power and reject oppressive narratives.