I’ve always loved reading and it’s rare that I’m without a book. As soon as I finish one, I’m onto the next and I’m always after recommendations.
I used to read a plethora of fiction and your typical chick lit novels but over time the subject matter’s changed to more inspirational reads that I can really sink my teeth into and just get a different perspective on life. Now it’s an autobiography, personal development book or non-fiction piece on a topic that interests me. I put that down to needing less ‘switch off’ time when I used easy reading books to lose myself in.
I’ve also spent the first week of 2017 getting stuck into a big area of my new year’s intentions – self-care. I’ve unplugged from social media and have substituted hours of mindless scrolling through Facebook for reading. I’m getting through books a hell of a lot quicker so I’ve updated my reading list to make sure I’ve got plenty of reading material to keep me going.
Here’s just a few books that I’m cosying up with this winter;
Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
I love music and if I’m interested in a band or artist, I want to know more about them. Since my dad introduced me to Bruce Springsteen when I was about 10, I’ve followed his career and music ever since.
I’m half way through the book and I’m blown away by it. Not only is Bruce an incredible songwriter and musician, he’s a bloody amazing author. Vehemently honest and beautifully poetic, he lays his soul bare about his difficult childhood, lifelong battles with depression, struggle for success and fame, and passion for music. He shares the inspiration behind his songs and inspires anyone with his strong work ethic to never ever give up.
Mindfulness and Surfing: Reflections for Saltwater Souls – Sam Bleakley
Longboard champion Sam Bleakley presents a different perspective on mindfulness in this beautifully illustrated book. Instead of clearing the mind and reflecting, surfers are alert and fully immersed in their environment. He suggests that riding waves can be the ultimate meditation and surfers can achieve ‘bodymindfulness.’
Peppered with travel, religion, music, short stories, poems and mindfulness exercises, this soulful book is for anyone who’s passionate about surfing and the ocean.
Moonology: Working with the Magic of the Lunar Cycles – Yasmin Boland
Since moving to Cornwall I’ve become fascinated by the moon. Not just from the perspective of the tides, but the impact it has on our daily lives. Ever feel weird around a full moon? Like me, you’re probably not just imagining it!
Moonology is a guide to understanding the lunar cycles, and how getting in tune with the moon can help improve your life. If you’re interested in astrology and wondered what a Taurus New Moon means for you, this will reveal all!
Thanks to my friend Abii at The Borderline Holistic for the recommendation and book loan!
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying – Marie Kondo
I hate mess and clutter and I’m all for stripping back and living more simply. Yet a year after moving to Cornwall and having a massive chuck out, I’ve still got crap loitering around the house. There’s things I can’t quite let go of, in case one-day I might ‘need’ them.
A friend recommended this book to me and I’m curious as to how keeping only the things you love can change your life. Author Marie Kondo’s ‘KonMari method’ promises to transform your living space, help you become more confident, move on from negative aspects of your life and more. The ‘once-cleaned, never messy again’ approach has got me intrigued, and thanks to a gifted copy from another friend, I can’t wait to find out more.
You’re a Badass – Jen Sincero
I’m really bad for putting myself down and I struggle with confidence and self-esteem issues. When my friend Abii recommended this one to me, the title immediately screamed ‘read me!’
Through inspiring stories, exercises and advice, the book aims to help identify and change self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviours, understand why you’re the way you are and how to love what you can’t change.
Sign me up now! I need this book!
Making Mavericks – Frosty Hesson
I rarely read the same book over again unless it’s something I really love. After seeing the film ‘Chasing Mavericks’, I bought this book as I wanted to read the truth behind the glamorized Hollywood version of events from surfer Jay Moriarity’s mentor. I love this book so much I read it at least twice a year.
Frosty’s honest account of his life tells of a turbulent childhood, his passion for water and of course his mentoring of Jay to surf Mavericks. The inspiring life principles that he lives by are littered throughout the book and are an inspiration to anyone determined to live with joy and purpose, and achieve your goals.
Hugely inspiring for anyone, regardless of whether or not you surf.
If you’ve got any book recommendations you think I’ll love, drop me a message! I’m always adding to my list and the rate I’m getting through books at the moment, I’ll have read this lot in no time!