Even though I don’t have as much time to read lately as I’d like, reading has always been a huge part of my life. It’s what inspired me to start writing, crafted my imagination and perceptions and provided me with a distraction and escape. Some books I’ve read have left quite the impact on my life and the way I view the world and I’ve decided to compile a list of the most notable ones to share with you!
1. Brain on Fire
Brain on Fire was an incredibly powerful read for me. Based on a true story, Brain on Fire follows the journey of twenty-something Susannah Cahalan and her medical mystery that essentially drove her mad and left her at war with herself while doctors tried to uncover what was happening to her. As someone who suffers from migraines, has been to various specialists and neurologists and has been hospitalized for exhibiting stroke-like symptoms, this one strikes particularly close to home.
2. Eat, Pray, Love
I’m a firm believer that if you haven’t read the book, you don’t have a right to comment on the movie. I read Eat, Pray, Love long before the movie was in production and can confidently say this is definitely another situation where the book is incredibly better than the movie. Many people I know have been inspired by the movie the same way I’ve been inspired by the book. Eat, Pray, Love opened my eyes to the possibility of picking up my life and starting over and proved that where there’s passion and determination to succeed, there’s a way. It’s also one of the core reasons I find myself heading to Bali, Indonesia (and yes, we will be making a stop to see Ketut) this May.
3. Unbearable Lightness
Unbearable Lightness was one of those books that found me at a time that I most needed it. I was nearing the end of my modelling journey, and Unbearable Lightness gave me the extra boost I needed to make the decision that was in my best interest. Unbearable Lightness follows Portia De Rossi’s story of fame met with societal pressures which resulted in her eating disorder and downward spiral.
4. Big Magic
I would encourage Big Magic to anyone who works/has to desire to work in a creative field and chase their passion. Whether you’re an artist, a freelance graphics designer, etc – this book will show you how and why you can and should create beyond fear.
Nasty Gal’s Sophia Amoruso shares her journey to CEO of one of the biggest fashion cult brands in North America. To think it all started with an eBay store! This read is inspiring, motivational, educational, and filled with just enough humour and sass. Who doesn’t want to be a #Girlboss?
6. Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office
A great book for personal development that will show you what you’ve been doing right and what you’ve been doing wrong and how those choices have impacted your chances in climbing the corporate ladder. Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office is a great read filled with tips from professionals to help build you into the #girlboss you’ve always wanted to be.
7. The Secret
The Secret has a way of empowering you to take control of your life through manifestation and the law of attraction. Positive thoughts attract positive things into your life, negative thoughts attract negative things into your life. While it might seem like common sense, The Secret was a mind-blowing read for me that completely altered the I think about things and forces me to take accountability every day.
8. The Five People You Meet in Heaven
The Five People You Meet in Heaven is one of those reads that guaranteed to cause a good cry. While fictional, it explores relationships – from impactful to seemingly irrelevant – and how simple actions can impact those around you.
What books have changed the way you perceive the world? Let me know by commenting below!