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What’s next on my reading list (hint: a lot)
Hello hello. I’ve come out of my writing cave for a nano second to share some reading inspo with you (and to give myself a mini brain break), as I had thousands of you who loved my post on my fav books of 2015. So here is some more goodness. I have 25 books on my desk right now. A pile of them are for research, and the other pile are the ones in the photo, that are either currently being read, or next on my list. Not much gives me greater joy than the anticipation of a really good book – the knowledge, thoughts, ideas, stories and just the happiness of holding that book – yes I am a bit of a book freak, but you knew that about me right?
You will see some themes here, given that I am deep in writing my new book which comes out in May on women’s leadership, and about to come out of sabbatical for my PhD research on next generation feminism and feminine power. So my current reading list is heavy on beautiful female energy, writers, stories and research. I hope something in here may inspire you, ignite your curiosity and fill your mind with all kinds of wonderful.
Love. Style. Life. by Garance Dore – Ok so Garance is my new total and complete girl crush. This book is a journey on the essence of style to the beauty of love. From New York to Paris it’s filled with incredible photography, inspiring words and just all round feminine wisdom, with a side dose of edgy sass that I adore.
Million Dollar Women by Julia Pimsleur – The subtitle reads ‘The essential guide to taking your business further, faster’. As I take my own business to the next level, going into my third year, and work on creating a new start up that is going to be epic right out of the gate, I am looking for just the right kind of business inspiration. This book dishes it in spades. Killer guide for entrepreneurs or those thinking of taking the plunge.
Winners and How They Succeed by Alastair Campbell – If you want to know what different levels of success look like and how people created it, then you would probably like this book. I haven’t dived in yet, but its filled with stories and lessons from everyone from Anna Wintour, Branson, Clinton (both of them), Jobs, Buffett, Huffington and many more. Can’t wait to get stuck into this.
My Journey by Donna Karan – Donna has always been an inspiration to me. As a fashion designer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, mother, wife, wellness ambassador and health advocate, she is all kinds of amazing. This is her autobiography filled with tales of her journeys, struggles, triumphs, including the building of her empire and the tragic loss of her husband. Feminine power right there ladies.
Spiralling Upward by Wendy Wallbridge – I hadn’t seen this in my trawling of books on women’s leadership, until I walked into my favourite bookshop in Byron Bay (Mary Ryan’s) and saw it waiting for me. It outlines the 5 co-creative powers for women on the rise. I will report back once I read and evaluate the framework, but it looks interesting.
Wildflower by Drew Barrymore – Oh how I love me some Drew. I remember when I was about 20 trying to get my hands on her first book Little Girl Lost and how much I adored that. I admire Drew for her joyful, light, happy spirit. It is something that I aspire too, that lightness of being that I see in her. This will be bedtime reading for the next little while.
I Call Myself A Feminist edited by Victoria Pepe, Rachel Holmes, Amy Annette, Alice Stride, Martha Mosse. I started reading this on the plane to Byron a few weeks ago with my teenage son curiously looking on beside me. We have very interesting and lively discussions about feminism (he is 15). Brilliant stories of what feminism means to these women, 25 of them all under 30. It might just blow your perceptions, and your mind, right out of the water.
The Saffron Road by Christine Toomey. A journey with Buddha’s daughters – the subtitle got me right there, being an avid student of Buddhist teachings and in love with anything about women. The author went on a two year, 60,000 mile journey to learn more about the women and their spiritual journey of these Buddhist nuns. I am sure it will be a fascinating and enlightening read.
Presence by Amy Cuddy – Millions of people have watched Amy, a Professor of Social Science at Harvard, give her TED talk on power poses and how they increase confidence (yes, the Wonder Woman pose I refer to so much in my work). This is her first book, on how to bring your boldest self to your biggest challenges. I bought the book and the audio, which I have started listening too. Well researched and filled with anecdotes it will help with your confidence and courage in how you show up. Love her.
My Life On The Road by Gloria Steinem – This is the book so many who have followed Steinem’s work, writing, activism and teachings have been waiting for. A book filled with insight into her life as a catalyst for change, that has come from a life on the road. It covers her evolution into a revolutionary who drove and continues to lead the movement for equality around the world. Deep bow. Eternal gratitude. Unwavering respect.
Rising Strong by Brene Brown – Of course right. I have been patiently waiting to get to this after buying it the day it came out. Brene, best selling author of Daring Greatly and the Professor who gave one of the most watched TED talks on the planet, writes about how if we are brave enough we will fall, and how it’s all about how we get back up. I’m sure you will find great value here.
The Millionth Circle and Moving Toward The Millionth Circle by Jean Shinoda Bolen – Two incredible books about how to change the world through women’s circles. This is so core to my work, whether it’s in leadership development, coaching circles or in my research and books. Bringing women together, having new conversations, witnessing each other and hearing the real truth and what needs to change, is more powerful than we could ever know. Incredibly inspiring. More to come in this space from me.
The New Soft War on Women by Caryl Rivers and Rosalind Barnett – a new book that outlines the insidious war of subtle biases and barriers that continue to marginalize women. Filled with facts as well as tools it is a fascinating read and will open your eyes to the new subtle ways that women can be undermined at work.
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – this small bright orange book is a personal essay on what feminism means today based on the popular TEDx talk of the same name. From the back cover, “I would like to ask that we begin to dream about and plan for a different world. A fairer world, A world of happier men and women who are truer to themselves. And this is how we start: we must raise our daughters differently. We must also raise our sons differently….” Important work for us all.
So there you have it. My joyful challenge is to read as much as I write as I finish this book I am working on, pick up my PhD research again, and start the next book. What a beautiful and blessed challenge to have. I’d love to know in the comments, what are you planning on reading this year?
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