On My Bookshelf – 2019



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I love to read, it’s one of my favourite ways to dive into growth and creativity.  So I thought I would share what I’m reading.  I’m a notorious book starter, I always have so many on the go, I read different things depending on my mood, mainly nonfiction but occasionally I venture into the unchartered fictional territories.  I’ll share both books I’ve finished and those I’m in the process of reading.  Be sure to share your book recommendations in the comments too.

on my bookshelf



I Heart My Life: Discover Your Purpose, Transform Your Mindset, and Create Success Beyond Your Dreams by Emily Williams

I absolutely loved it.  Such a practical book with so many actionable steps to set a new entrepreneur up for success from the get-go.  It was so helpful to get clarity on goals and vision.  I felt a lot more certainty in my business after reading it.

Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs

Another classic Burroughs book. So many cringe-worthy, hilarious moments.

Room for a Stranger by Melanie Cheng

A sweet and awkward dance between the main characters this book was a joy to read. Despite their age and cultural differences, I felt the familiarity of their yearning to be accepted.  Read it here.

The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness by Alan W. Watts

Well written and a really interesting perspective on psychedelics.  I just couldn’t get into it.  Decide for yourself here.
Filled with beautiful, mindfulness concepts that allow you to see a whole new world.  Read it here.
This book clarified so much for me, I always knew I was an introvert but I also thought I was just a social outsider who was often misunderstood. I felt solace reading this as I identified and related to many of the characteristics of an introvert. It felt like it was written for me.  See if it was written for you too, now.



Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time

Without taking into consideration the media circus surrounding three cups of tea the underlying message was powerful and an interesting glimpse that bridged the gap into a way of life far removed from western culture. I felt it could have been more concise through and laboured through to finish it.  If you want to give it a go there are some beautiful moments which you can read here.

Holly Banks, Full of Angst by Julie Valerie

A great book to take away on holidays. Easy to read, lighthearted and funny with lots of relatable mum moments.  If you are looking for an easygoing fiction book then check it out here.

You Better Not Cry by Augusten Burroughs

Hilarious, filled with moments where I laughed until my face was wet with tears. Moments where I was incredibly glad I am sober. Moments where I was flabbergasted and moments where I was in awe of Augusten Burroughs resilience. Such a great read.  Laugh out loud with it here.

Girl on Fire: How to Choose Yourself, Burn the Rule Book, and Blaze Your Own Trail in Life and Business by Cara Alwill Leyba

I read this in one night, and it didn’t disappoint.  I’ve found value in Leyba’s other books and this was no exception.  It had some unique insight and tips on self-publishing a book vs going with a publisher, that anyone could easily apply.  It also had some helpful journal prompts to set you up for success.

How to be a Bawse by Lilly Singh

Another midnight winner by Superwoman herself, I loved this book.  I stumbled upon it by accident and based on first impressions thought it would be lame, but it’s awesome.  It’s fun, full of sass, and packed with practical tips to rock your business and life,  Lilly Singh is a go-getter and it shows in this book, she is driven, committed and so inspiring.  This book makes me want to work harder, hustle more and show up for myself and nobody else.  Lilly’s advice was practical and definitely not for the fainthearted but it also inspired me to believe anything is possible.  This is one of those books every female entrepreneur must-read.  Buy it now, you will love it.

The Magician’s Way: What It Really Takes to Find your Treasure by William Whitecloud

I was excited to read this because one of my favourite spiritual biz coaches recommended it.  I loved the concept but I found it to be full of cliches and whilst the underlying message of magic resonated I didn’t relate to how it was conveyed. I felt like I needed to be in a boy’s club for it to land.  There was just something about the delivery of its key concepts that didn’t resonate.  If you want to see for yourself, you can (skim) read it here.

Learning to Love Yourself by Gay Hendricks

This book is a pearl.  It is hands down the best book I have read so far on self-love.  The tools in it were insightful, and whilst similar to others, they were tools I had never used before.  I read this book in the middle of the night while feeding my new babe (like most books lately) over the course of three nights, and instead of dreading the lack of sleep I looked forward to diving into this books wisdom.  It is truly a must-read.  So, go read it here now.



How to Eat (Mindfulness Essentials, #2) by Thich Nhat Hanh

Another quick read by mindfulness master Thich Nhat Hanh.  I devoured it in less than an hour.  It is a book about mindful eating and how it can impact your life.  It is practical and simple, focusing on slowing down and staying present for every bite.  Blessing each meal with gratitude.  Reading it felt like a prayer of its own.  My favourite part of it was the contemplations at the end which you can discover in less than an hour by getting your copy here.

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie was a founding father of personal development in the 20th century.  This book had so many practical, timeless tips for a less worrisome life.  I found myself laughing at the examples with the subjects full addresses listed, something you could never do today, and there were some outdated attitudes to women’s roles in society but I found it easy to look beyond these things and focus on the classic content that was so useful for anyone to apply in their life.

A Course in Miracles Made Easy: Mastering the Journey from Fear to Love by Alan Cohen

If you are a student (or want to be) of A Course in Miracles (ACIM) I highly recommend this book. I found it really useful to help simplify ACIM and some of its key concepts. An easy and beautiful read. I feel it’s a great preface to ACIM, and would be helpful to read before diving into the full text and workbooks. It inspired me to revisit the workbook and dive into its lessons, and I feel more committed to them than ever.


A Course in Miracles

I’ve been reading this book for years, I go backwards and forwards and have only recently decided to reattempt the lessons as I never completed them.  This is channelled as Jesus Christ but it is not a religious text.  It is a spiritual text that has profoundly impacted my life.  After first starting to read it in 2012 I committed to sobriety for nearly a year (I later rediscovered sobriety in August 2017 and am still committed to it), it is a book that will have a profound impact on you.  Whilst the language can be difficult at times, it is a slow burn, and every sentence is a reminder to return to love, because miracles do exist.



The Empath Experience: What to Do When You Feel Everything

This book really helped me understand what it meant to be an empath.  I experienced so many aha moments and it was comforting to validate some of my experiences as an empath.  It included so many practical exercises to ground what I was reading about and I found it really valuable.  You can read more about it here.

True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart

I read this book in an hour, it was a pocket-sized gift with simple, yet deeply transformative practices to open the heart.  Profound yet deceptively simple it’s no one Thich Nhat Hanh is a true master.  Read it here.

The Vortex: Where the Law of Attraction Assembles All Cooperative Relationships

Abraham Hicks is great, it took me a long time to finish this book, I’d read snippets at a time.  I prefer listening to their audios, but if you prefer to read their work then it’s informative and is presented in a Q and A style.  Check it out here.

Do Less: A Revolutionary Approach to Time and Energy Management for Busy Moms

I listened to this on audiobook, and what I’ve realised is I prefer hard copies (or kindle) so I can take notes and visualise the exercises.  This was another book with loads of exercises to bring into your day.  I enjoyed it, but I didn’t integrate the exercises as much as I would have liked because I was usually driving when I listened, I love how Kate discusses bringing your work into flow with your cycles, and it’s something I intend to incorporate into my work once I’ve had my baby.  I will eventually buy the paperback version of this, but there are so many other books on my radar that it won’t be for a while.  You can read more about it here.

Think Like a Rich Chick and Own Your Greatness: Quit Screwing Around, and Do What You Came Here to Do!

If you’re looking for a literary work of art then Katrina Ruth’s books aren’t for you.  Kat’s books are easy to read, conversational and straight to the point.  They get me fired up and motivated to do the work.  If you want to be a 7 figure earner then she knows what she’s talking about.  She lives her passion and her purpose and it comes through in everything she does.  She is one of my faves, and if you want a pep talk then head here.

Mary Magdalene Revealed

I don’t know what to say about this book other than it moved me in ways I couldn’t imagine and you have to read it.  It’s one of the few books I devoured, I couldn’t put it down.  I didn’t know anything about Mary Magdalene until I read it, and now I see her as one of my inspirations and guides.  All I can say is just read it, it’s essential.  Get it here.


The Gene Keys: Unlocking the Higher Purpose Hidden in your DNA

I am so excited about this book!  I just started it and it is fantastic.  It unlocks your purpose by looking at your 64 gene keys and their place in the universe, drawing on concepts from the I Ching and Human Design.  I love it because its concepts aren’t set in stone, your shadow and gifts are there for contemplation, it’s a book to live by, to contemplate in mindful everyday moments, and I’m just getting started.  It’s not a book to read cover to cover, its an oracle, open to a page and contemplate the key that is revealed to you until it is embodied.  I currently have the kindle version but have ordered the hard copy so I can flick through its pages and let its wisdom speak to me.  Get your copy here.

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