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3 life-changing books you should read today

3 life-changing books you should read this Autumn

Before I start this blog post, I'd first like the say how much I feel like a cat today; I feel sluggish, lazy and unproductive so I'm forcing myself to write this blog post as I know I'll feel better after doing so.

As a kid, I used to love reading but never got encouraged to do so - I remember reading this big book about a pony, I read it all in at least 3 hours its wasn't that long looking back but I was only like 6 or 7 my nan whom I lived with at the time didn't believe me that I'd read it all and basically called me a liar. I then grew up thinking "what's the point in reading when I can just watch the film?" I didn't read many books back then, although I did like the "mates, dates" series and the angus thongs and perfect snogging series I actually read the books before I watched the film on this occasion. 

Only recently, well about a year or two ago now, I realised the importance of books - knowledge is power blah blah blah but it's true! Literally if you want to learn any craft or facts or even just improve your vocabulary, reading is key! I've been big into psychology for a few years now, intrigued by how people and their minds work, how you can manipulate social interactions and most importantly how you can better yourself. I started reading self help books and it was a big turning point for me - luckily Shane is interested in the same thing so we share books and have in depth discussions about them. I've never found someone to share these kinds of thoughts with so always put them on the back burner and didn't think too much of it but since having someone to actually discuss these topics with has motivated me massively to read.

Since I've started reading again, I've noticed my vocabulary has grown, I look at the world in a different way and I think of new ideas - even though I mainly read non-fiction, it sparks my creative side too! If you don't read, how can you possibly form your own opinions on things, things you know nothing about? How can you possibly progress and create and learn? I don't think you can. One last point before I tell you my all time fav's is the fact that when I didn't read, I felt I was the only one who didn't feel confident, who wasn't good at socialising, and the only one who was an outcast, but reading books made me realise I wasn't actually alone. So, what books have sparked my mind?

Feel the Fear, and Do it Anyway

This book will always be number one for me, it was the first non fiction book I read and I couldn't put it down! It opened my mind to so many things, the key factor being everyone gets scared but you wont progress unless you push through that fear. It applies to so many possible situations and whenever I'm feeling nervous, insecure or doubtful I remind myself of the phrase and push through it and achieve in most cases it's a brilliant book and would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone!

Steal like an Artist 

Even though I only bought this book last week, it has instantly become one of my favourite books! it's so easy to read, it sparked my inspiration and motivation from the first page. Many books blab on trying to increase their word count, but this book is straight to the point - gives you the information you need and the encouragement to create. I love this book so much. 

The Fault In Our Stars

Okay, so not a non fiction book but I remember reading this book when I wasn't exactly in a good place and it made me think about a lot of things and realise life is short, you get caught up in your own little world and your little problems when there's so many, much bigger things going on in the world. It taught me I should appreciate the little things in life and trust everything will be okay.

What are your favourite books?


  1. I am really interested in that Steal Like An Artist one, I'll have to check it out. Great post!

    Ella xx

    1. Yaaaas, do! It's such a great book you'll love it! xx

  2. I feel like I read more when I was younger because of all the quirky teen series. I really want to get back into reading because I feel better whenever I do read. I will definitely check out Steal Like An Artists. ♥

  3. I've always loved reading and I really do think books are magical. Feel the Fear and Do it Anyways sounds great, I might have to check that one out :) I always find the question 'what's your favourite book' such a hard one to answer because there are so many amazing ones x


    1. Books are magical indeed! yeah feel the fear is a really good book it was like the gateway book into me learning and being intrigued by self help and psychology aha and that's true, finding a favourite ever book is so hard but i think once you know, you know ahah