8 Book Recommendations


Reading helps to clear the mind, makes us feel more positive and explores new ways of thinking. Over the past few weeks we have been discovering some amazing new books and re-reading some all-time favourites. We have compiled a brief list of inspiring books, covering personal development, the environment, some shimmery novels, and business too.


We hope you find some new and exciting reads from the below. Please click on the images, which will take you to the book on Amazon. Let us know what books you have decided to read or post any of your own recommendations on the comments!



PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT


A New Earth

Eckhart Tolle


The life-changing follow up to The Power of Now. In Eckhart Tolle's ground-breaking book, he gives you the spiritual framework to:

Understand yourself better Manage, manifest and achieve your goals Reach your full potential Channel conflict into something positive Change negative habits Live in the moment


The Obstacle Is The Way

Ryan Holiday


With a simple change of attitude, what seem like insurmountable obstacles become once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Ryan Holiday draws on the philosophy of the Stoics to guide you in every situation, showing that what blocks our path actually opens one that is new and better.

The Stoic philosophy - that what is in the way, is the way - can be applied to any problem: it's effectiveness has been proven in battles and board rooms ever since. From Barack Obama's ability to overcome obstacles in his election races, to the design of the iPhone, the stoic philosophy has helped its users become world-beaters.



THE ENVIRONMENT


A Life Less Throwaway

Tara Button


Now more than ever, we live in a society where we covet new and shiny things. Not only has consumption risen dramatically over the last 60 years, but we are damaging the environment at the same time. Tara Button has created ‘mindful curation’ – a lifestyle choice that will make you happier, healthier and more fulfilled spiritual as well as helping save the planet. She explains 10 steps to master mindful curation, from understanding and using techniques to freeing yourself from external manipulations. By carefully choose each object in our lives, making sure we have the best, most classic, most pleasing and longest lasting.


No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference

Greta Thunberg


Greta Thunberg, the young activist who has become the voice of a generation. In August 2018 she decided not to go to school one day. Her actions ended up sparking a global movement for action against the climate crisis. This book brings you Greta in her own words. Collecting her speeches that have made history across Europe, from the UN to mass street protests, No One Is Too Small to Make A Difference enlightens us on why we must all wake up and fight to protect the living planet, no matter how powerless we feel. Our future depends upon it.



SHIMMERY NOVELS

Ruth Jones

Never Greener

A brilliant book about second chances in life.

When Kate was twenty-two, she had an intense affair with a married man, Callum, which ended in heartbreak. Seventeen years later, life has moved on – Kate, now a successful actress, is living in London, married to Matt and mother to little Tallulah. Meanwhile Callum and his wife Belinda are happy together, living in Edinburgh and watching their kids grow up. The past, it would seem, is well and truly behind them all. But then Kate meets Callum again. And they are faced with a choice: to walk away from each other . . . or to risk finding out what might have been.


The Beach Cafe

Lucy Diamond

A story of new beginnings, love and adventure. Evie Flynn has always been a dreamer and a drifter, unlike her over-achieving elder sisters. She's tried making a name for herself as an actress, a photographer and a singer, but nothing has ever worked out. Somehow life seems to be passing her by. Then her beloved aunt Jo passes away, leaving Evie an unusual legacy – her precious beach cafe in Cornwall. Determined to make a success of something for the first time in her life, Evie heads off to Cornwall to get the cafe and her life back on track – and gets more than she bargained for, both in work and in love . . .



BUSINESS


Phil Knight

Shoe Dog


In 1962, fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed $50 from his father and created a company with a simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost athletic shoes from Japan. Knight, the man behind the swoosh, tells his story for the first time in this book.


A memoir rich with insight, humour and hard-won wisdom, this book is also studded with lessons - about building something from scratch, overcoming adversity, and ultimately leaving your mark on the world. 


Built To Last

Jim Collins + Jerry Porras


What makes the truly exceptional companies different from other companies? This book filled with hundreds of specific examples from visionary companies, providing a master blueprint for managers and entrepreneurs at all levels. Drawing upon a six-year research project at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Collins and Porras took eighteen truly exceptional and long-lasting companies and studied each company in direct comparison to one of its top competitors. They examined the companies from their very beginnings to the present day - as start-ups, as midsize companies and as large corporations.







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