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My Reading List

Something my community has asked me for is an online home for all my book recommendations – so I am happy to oblige with this comprehensive list of my absolute favourite reads.

From business to spirituality, from organisation to relationships… there’s something here for you.

I add to the page when I come across another book I love, so feel free to check back in often.

Happy reading!

PS: Just so you know, this page includes affiliate links.

Autobiography and Memoir

Breakthrough – Marina Go 

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Operating Instructions – Anne Lamott

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Becoming – Michelle Obama

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Business Strategy and Sales

Good to Great – Jim Collins

Read it for: A comprehensive, but very readable, guide to what takes a company from decent to amazing. Some of the key factors might surprise you and it’s packed with great case studies and examples.

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Competing on Internet Time – Michael A. Cusumano and David B. Yoffie

Read it for: An insight into how to grow a business on ‘internet time’ (i.e. really quickly).

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How to Win at the Sport of Business – Mark Cuban

Read it for: An absolutely no-bullshit guide to successful business. Also funny and motivating as hell.

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The Ultimate Sales Machine – Chet Holmes

Read it for: A step-by-step guide to smashing your sales targets from one of Tony Robbins’ sales gurus.

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David and Goliath – Malcolm Gladwell 

Read it for: A heartening read that shows it is possible for small businesses to take on the big giants of industry.

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Joan of Arc – Mark Twain

Read it for: A lesson in belief and courage

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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Patrick Lencioni

Read it for: A compact overview of how people come together in teams, and the essential foundations that leaders must ensure are in place to have a happy and productive team dynamic.

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Feminism and Social Issues

How To Be A Woman – Caitlin Moran

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The Wife Drought – Annabel Crabb 

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Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg

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Fed Up: Emotional labor, women, and the way forward – Gemma Hartley

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A Woman’s Worth – Marianne Williamson

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It Takes a Village – Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Daily Rituals: Women at work – Mason Currey

Read it for: Fascinating insights into the working days of creative women spanning three centuries.

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Untamed: Stop pleasing, start living – Glennon Doyle

Read it for: A searing reframe on people-pleasing, and striking out in the direction of the life we want to live.

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Finance

The Richest Man in Babylon – George Samuel Clason

Read it for: A powerful series of lessons on being financially successful, told via a series of parables. 

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Money: Master the game – Tony Robbins

Read it for: An empowering, no-nonsense guide to what you need to know about money – how to make it, keep it, and not be scared by it.

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Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki

Read it for: A map on financial success, and a clear lesson on what not to do if you want to attract significant money into your life.

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Life Strategy

The Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod

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The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up – Marie Kondo

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Get Remarkably Organised – Lorraine Murphy

Read it for: My tried and tested approach to GSD (Getting Shit Done) – this is me in my organisational happy place! Get Remarkably Organised is also available as an audiobook.

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Becoming Supernatural: How common people are doing the uncommon – Joe Dispenza 

Read it for: How we can upgrade our energy to align with more possibility and potential in our lives.

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Wintering: The power of rest and retreat in difficult times – Katherine May

Read it for: A comforting, wide-ranging read on the idea of retreating, and why it’s a fundamental part of our natural cycle.

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Winging It – Emma Isaacs

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Mastering Your Mean Girl – Melissa Ambrosini

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Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell

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Mindset

Unlimited Power – Tony Robbins

Read it for: A mind-blowing summary of Tony’s key lessons in achieving personal power and fulfilment.

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Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill

Read it for: The blueprint to having a successful life. The original (and I would argue best) personal development guide.

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What I Know for Sure – Oprah Winfrey

Read it for: A goldmine in wisdom, guidance and common sense. I pick this up for yet another re-read when I’m feeling overwhelmed and/or stressed.

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You Can Heal Your Life – Louise Hay

Read it for: An introduction to Louise’s philosophy, and how affirmations hold the key to healing our past trauma, and finding wellness and happiness.

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Heal Your Body: The mental causes for physical illness and the metaphysical way to overcome them – Louise Hay

Read it for: A detailed breakdown of the physical symptoms we experience, and what the underlying mental/emotional causes are. (A mini version of this book is included at the end of You Can Heal Your Life.)

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Quiet –  Susan Cain

Read it for: A survivor’s guide to introverts.

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Loving What Is: Four questions that can change your life – Byron Katie

Read it for: A breakdown of Katie’s legendary approach to ‘doing The Work’. I find her exercises to be very helpful in dealing with a painful issue with a person or situation.

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Untrue: Why nearly everything we believe about women and lust and infidelity is untrue – Wednesday Martin

Read it for: An investigation into lust, and Wednesday’s own explorations into opening her sexual horizons.

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The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin

Read it for: An interesting and fun exploration of what makes us happy. Gretchen committed to being happy for a year and shares her insights in this book.

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Thrive – Arianna Huffington

Read it for: A recipe to a successful and happy life, across four pillars: wellbeing, wisdom, wonder and giving.

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Flow – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Read it for: An exploration of what it means to be in a ‘flow state’, and how to get there more often.

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Making Habits, Breaking Habits – Jeremy Dean

Read it for: An investigation of how habits come about.

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The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg

Read it for: A scientific breakdown of how we form – and maintain – habits.

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The Sleep Revolution – Arianna Huffington

Read it for: A powerful campaign for why we need more sleep in our lives, and tips on how to get more.

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The Willpower Instinct – Kelly McGonigal

Read it for: An understanding of how willpower works, and how we can master it more in our lives.

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Braving the Wilderness: The quest for true belonging and the courage to stand alone – Brené Brown

Read it for: An understanding of what belonging means in today’s world, and how we can bravely discover our own truth.

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Comparisonitis: How to stop comparing yourself to others and be genuinely happy – Melissa Ambrosini

Read it for: A solution-oriented approach to minimising the impact of ‘comparisonitis’ on your happiness.

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The Midnight Library – Matt Haig

Read it for: A paradigm-shifting philosophical perspective on regrets in our lives. This is the only fiction book on this list – that’s how powerful I found this novel to be!

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Motivation

Do the Work: Overcome resistance and get out of your own way – Steven Pressfield

Read it for: A massive kick up the ass if you tend to procrastinate on getting tasks started and completed.

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The 4-Hour Workweek – Timothy Ferriss

Read it for: A glimpse into the inner workings of Tim’s fascinating and highly efficient life, plus many laughs!

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#Girlboss – Sophia Amoruso

Read it for: The secrets behind Sophia’s success in building the Nasty Gal online fashion empire.

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Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop believing the lies about who you are so you can become who you were meant to be – Rachel Hollis

Read it for: A motivating account of Rachel’s own life, and her greatest life lessons.

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The 10X Rule – Grant Cardone

Read it for: Tips on how to supersize your goals.

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You Learn by Living – Eleanor Roosevelt

Read it for: An incredible resource for overcoming challenges and getting shit done that is just as valuable and relevant today as it was when she wrote it in 1960.

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Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur’s Soul – Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Dahlynn McKowen, John and Elizabeth Gardner, and Tom Hill

Read it for: A dose of hope when you’re having a shitty ‘why am I doing this anyway?’ day. The short stories are easy to dip in and out of.

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Die Empty – Todd Henry  

Read it for: A motivating read on how we can be our most brilliant every day, and avoid the stagnation that comes with knowing we’re not operating at our full potential.

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Pregnancy and Birth

Beautiful Babies – Kristen Michaelis

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Guide to Childbirth – Ina May

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The Down to Earth Birth Book – Jenny Blyth

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The Impatient Woman’s Guide To Getting Pregnant – Jean Twenge

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Productivity

The Checklist Manifesto – Atul Gawande

Read it for: A fascinating study on how the humble checklist can improve efficiency and reduce mistakes dramatically.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey

Read it for: A seven-step guide to smashing your to-do list. This is a productivity bible.

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The Now Habit – Neil Fiore 

Read it for: A deeper understanding of why we procrastinate, especially how fear feeds procrastination.

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The Power of Less –  Leo Babauta

Read it for: Genius tips on simplifying your life so you can get more done in less time – and feel happier. 

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Eat That Frog! – Brian Tracy

Read it for: A guide to getting the difficult/shitty tasks done first every day, probably the biggest productivity hack of all time.

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Get Your Sh*t Together – Sarah Knight

Read it for: A frank, absolutely hilarious guide to getting your life sorted. Sarah is like your wise but bad-ass BFF who only has your best interests in mind.

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Relationships

Beyond Mars and Venus: Relationship skills for today’s complex world – John Gray

Read it for: A guide to navigating modern relationships, and a deep dive into the world of masculine and feminine energy.

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Everything I Know About Love – Dolly Alderton

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The 5 Love Languages – Gary Chapman

Read it for: A guide to understanding your partner, understanding yourself and helping your romantic relationship flourish. I firmly believe that someone’s love language carries through to their working style as well.

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Dear Lover: A woman’s guide to men, sex, and love’s deepest bliss – David Deida

Read it for: An insight into what women really want from their men.

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Carry On Warrior – Glennon Doyle

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Getting the Love You Want: A guide for couples – Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt

Read it for: An understanding of how our romantic relationships have the ability to heal us.

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Open Wide: A radically real guide to deep love, rocking relationships and soulful sex – Melissa Ambrosini

Read it for: A far-reaching overview to relationships, energy and mindset.

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The Way of the Superior Man: A spiritual guide to mastering the challenges of women, work, and sexual desire – David Deida

Read it for: A manual to modern day masculinity and a guide to heterosexual relationships.

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Fair Play: A game-changing solution for when you have too much to do (and more life to live) – Eve Rodsky

Read it for: A briefing on the impact of the mental load, and a genius approach to democratising the ‘thinking’ with our partners.

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Spirituality

Angels in My Hair – Lorna Byrne

Read it for: An honest and very personal account of Lorna’s experience with angels.

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Conversations with God – Neale Donald Walsch

Read it for: A new paradigm on how we traditionally see God. The book offers an alternative perspective, and is also surprisingly funny (God has a kickass sense of humour!)

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A Return to Love – Marianne Williamson

Read it for: An easily navigated summary of the enormous A Course in Miracles – helping us to live a heart-centred and connected life. 

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The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle

Read it for: A manifesto on living in the moment. This is one of Oprah’s favourite books. 

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The Alchemist –  Paulo Coelho

Read it for: A powerful lesson in how to tap into divine/universal energy to create the life you want. 

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