Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon – This is a book I first read 2 or 3 years ago, and it really got me thinking differently about my life as a creative and blogger. The author talks a lot of creating something new by studying others, and I feel like that is such a relevant topic for bloggers (plus it was something I was heavily struggling with at the time). I also love how creatively the book is laid out and illustrated.
It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden – I picked this up after seeing it make several appearances on Rebecca’s blog (I pretty much fangirl over her blog, lol). It’s an easy read, and I think that’s what’s so refreshing about it. Normally when reading about business or life advice, it’s always super drawn out and wordy. Instead, Arden’s book is filled with advice that is plainly written with no fluff involved. It’s one of those books that you can read again and again, and learn something different from it each time.
Practically Posh by Robyn Moreno – Back when I was a moody teenager trying to “find myself”, I stumbled upon this book in an old Books-A-Million store and it changed my life forever (the book, not the store). I found a style that I loved, and the type of lifestyle described in this book was exactly the type of girl I wanted to be. A few things have changed over time, but I still flip through this book several times a year for inspiration and advice.
How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, and Sophie Mas – Ever since visiting Paris during the summer I was 19, I have been in love everything French. The Parisian lifestyle is one that I admire and idolize, and so of course this book had to be a part of my collection. I absolutely love how it’s written – the “voice” of the book is like you’re having a chat with a good friend, and every time I open it, I feel like I’m enjoying a little piece of Paris.
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso – Ah yes, the female blogger/entrepreneur bible. You had to have known this would make an appearance, right? 😉 You’ve probably seen this book pop up on everybody’s blogs, and I believe for good reason. It’s a great read, and it’s inspiring as hell. Sophia’s story is that of the underdog’s, and it’s awesome knowing that anyone – no matter where you start out – is capable of building a successful empire.
Live More, Want Less by Mary Carlomagno – As a person with slight hoarder-ish tendencies, this book has been a God-send. I’ve yet to finish it because it’s 52 chapters that are technically supposed to be followed through one week at a time, for an entire year, but I’m loving what I’ve read so far. The chapters are laid out very simply, and it almost feels like a workbook or e-course because there is a section of “daily practices” at the end of each chapter. If you struggle with having too much clutter in your life, I highly suggest checking out this book.
Radical Self Love by Gala Darling – I’ve been a fan of Gala’s for a couple years now, and the main thing that drew me to her work is the amount of love and positivity saturating everything she does. Her happy spirit is absolutely contagious, and you can feel those positive vibes emanating out of every page in this book. I think we’ve all struggled with loving ourselves at one time or another, so having a book written by a girl who’s been through it all before is so helpful and uplifting.
What are some of your favorite inspirational reads that you recommend?