Maybe it’s the feeling of ‘new school year, new materials’ but I am so excited to have some new books to read and get inspired by; I mentioned on Wednesday how I’d made a pretty huge Amazon order and before launching in head first to some new reads, I wanted to share four that caught my eye in particular (perfect for a September holiday indulgence or weekend motivation aka kick your creative butt into gear!)

Playing Big by Tara Mohr

If I see Liz Gilbert raving about anything, I’m pretty much sold as she is my Queen of Get What You Want In Life. A legitimate title dontcha know? Mohr’s book is all about ‘playing big’ in your life and career, sidestepping obstacles that kept them playing small and stunting growth in their brilliance, by providing a practical guide to being brilliant in who you are. I would say this is focused more on business and career, but if you are a dreamer and want your own brand, business or general life success in various fields, this sounds like the female-empowered motivation you need.

Bluets by Maggie Nelson

This book is all about the colour blue. Do I need to give you another reason for why I bought this? The book itself is a collection of poetry and short essayists, exploring lyrically and emotional the representation of blue in her life whilst exploring love, loss and suffering. Sounds beautiful, my perfect blend of emotions and love of blue – what more could a blue girl want?

Girl Up by Laura Bates

As soon as I saw “They told you ‘beauty is on the inside’…But you knew they didn’t really mean it. Well screw that. I’m here to tell you something else”, I was hooked and knew I needed this badass book immediately. I won’t lie, this book is a substantial size and packed with colour, graphs, lists and motivation empowering prints. I bloody love it. After reading Emma’s book and starting The Beauty Myth, I’ve been trying to read more books on feminism, equality and just generally creating a better version of ourselves and society; I want to understand life and people more and I feel this book is going to nail the perfect balance of humour and taking charge of life and those around it.

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing

Loneliness is probably one thing I’ve struggled with over the years; not seeing enough of some and losing others, feeling lost and left out. It’s gotten better, but you do get those periods when you do nothing for a week and end up texting everyone multiple times just for some company – next time, binge watch The Office Lauren and don’t annoy your pals with screenshots. Regardless, this book struck a chord with me on the off. A journey between the lonely spaces of relationships in a new city, at whatever age moving to a new area without knowing anyone (been there, doing that) is daunting and I feel this will give a new appreciation for loneliness and making the most of the best version of you and your time in this situation. ‘I was lonely at the time, lonely and adrift, and this spectral blue space, filling at its corners with blown brown leaves, never failed to tug my heart.’

Now if you need me, I’ll be knee deep in blue and kick-ass list-making motivation…

Have you read any of these books? What reads have you picked up recently?

Lots of Love,
Lauren x

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