There are few things more relaxing than curling up with a good book. As we become more attached to our phones and devices, reading is a great way to switch off from the outside world. No matter how busy I get, I always try to find the time to read and love swapping recommendations with my friends. To celebrate World Book Day, I wanted to share some of the books that are inspiring me at the moment.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying – Marie Kondo
It’s no secret that I love staying organised and I’m always looking for new ways to streamline my day and save time for what matters most. A friend recommended this bestseller from Japanese organisation expert Marie Kondo to me with the promise that it would actually change my life. Marie teaches simple techniques that really do transform your home. One philosophy that I’ve really taken on board is to only keep clothing and items that bring me joy. Now I have fewer things in my wardrobe but I really enjoy wearing each one and no longer hang onto items that I never wear.
Yoga Girl – Rachel Brathen
I’ve been following my fellow Swede Rachel Brathen’s Instagram account for a while now so I just had to get her gorgeous Yoga Girl book. Featuring beautiful yoga sequences, healthy recipes and ideas for mindful living, this book is full of inspirational advice. Read it cover to cover and then dip in when you need a positivity boost. Plus the photos of Rachel doing yoga around the world are incredible.
Mandela’s way: Lessons on Life, Love & Courage – Richard Stengel
I can’t say enough how inspiring and beautiful this book is. Richard Stengel collaborated on Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, and has now used this experience to celebrate 15 life lessons from the South African leader. From ways to be more courageous to the importance of taking time for yourself, this book really helped me see things from a different perspective, as well as put my own problems in perspective!
Essentialism by Greg McKeown
If you’re anything like me, you’ll know how frustrating it is to not feel productive. This clever book has really helped shift my attitude in the workplace and I’m currently sharing it with my team because I think it’s so great. Rather than getting more done each day, Greg encourages you to get the right things done and not get distracted so easily by small details. I can’t recommend it enough for anyone with a busy schedule who’s feeling a little stretched.
The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin
This is one of my favourite books that I read all the time. Gretchen writes about her attempts to live a happier life, using a range of techniques drawn from everything including ancient wisdom and pop culture. It’s a real reminder to me to celebrate the little things and be happier every day! Plus with our gorgeous limited edition design, it looks beautiful on my coffee table at home.
Thanks for reading my suggestions and I hope you’ll find them as inspiring as I did.
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