BY STEF BLANCH
We are in constant search of those books which will sit on our shelves for the rest of our life and inspire us in a new way each time we read them. Those titles which, in 20 years, will be tattered and worn, but no less relevant.
So put your reading list on hold- these five life-changing books will inspire, motivate and prompt a new way of looking at the world. We are sure you will want to read these again and again.
“Learn to create your own opportunities. Know that there is no finish line; fortune favours action. Race balls-out toward the extraordinary life that you’ve always dreamed of, or still haven’t had time to dream up. Ans prepare to have a hell of a lot of fun along the way.”
While the hashtag in the title might seem like a pitiful marketing strategy, perhaps to appeal to millennials, once you move past this into the content of the book itself you will move into a world where you become empowered to do whatever it is that you want.
Essentially a memoir of her life, #Girlboss chronicles Amoruso’s experiences to encourage young women to work hard, stand up for yourself, create your own boundaries and ultimately; hustle. In the world of social media so many people are looking for a quick fix, but Amoruso brings us back down to earth and will inspire you to work hard and project yourself into the life you want.
“My own definition is a feminist is a man or woman who says, yes, there’s a problem with gender as it is today and we must fix it, we must do better. All of us, women and men, must do better.”
Talking about gender is never easy, and it is never simple because for both men and women there’s often an immediate resistance or tension surrounding it. This book, however, is an extended version of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk that speaks candidly about the realities today.
It is a very short read but gives incredible insight into modern definitions of feminism as a fight for equality among both men and women and explores her exploration of what it means to be a woman.
“We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.”
Ultimately, Lean In, is about the challenges woman face getting ahead in their careers; and about how woman can take charge of their own lives. Sandberg not only recognises the current stall or tension around feminism, she also argues that woman are equally impacted by internal obstacles.
While points of this book are heavily contested, as with all books that approach the subject of feminism, it is a compelling read that approaches the conversation with honesty and most importantly, a willingness to admit to her own faults and shortcomings.
“Go out in the woods, go out. If you don’t go out in the woods nothing will ever happen and your life will never begin.”
This is a book to encourage the deepest personal exploration. Dr Estes’ interpretations of old tales suggests that the innately ‘wild woman’ within us has been pushed beneath the surface due to the modern expectations of niceties.
“Greed is usually the greatest obstacle to success, right after selfishness.”
Not for the faint-hearted, this autobiography written by Motley Crue and their managers, speaks with such honesty that the content seems almost unbelievable. But whilst this book is trashy, it is also smart.
It documents the most outrageous and unsettling actions of the band, but the enormity of this book is that it brings us back down to reality and reminds us to take accountability for our own lives. It teaches that even success may not end with a triumph if you’re not careful.
Published July 2017: Breakfast With Audrey