One of my faithful readers recently asked me what my favourite books are at the moment. And since I like turn my life into a newsletter (feel free to ask questions and send me requests for topics — hint hint), below is a list of books I have recently read and really liked for various reasons.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

If you have kids, I am sure you have often felt bad, guilty or even clueless about your parenting. Because none of us went to parenting school. So we wing it most of the time. Or we ask fellow parents. Or read blogs or books about parenting to help us with our offspring.  This book is a must have for parents as it really outlines the most important things a parent is confronted with in his/her relationship with the little or big ones. From helping them deal with feelings over alternatives to punishment to encouraging autonomy, this book outlines the steps, gives examples and helps you to create a parenting style your kids will thank you for later.

Art as Therapy

I was gifted this little gem for my birthday. Oh and my friends know me well 🙂 Alain de Botton is a Swiss-born British author of for example ‘The Architecture of Happiness‘. He is also the founder of the School of Life (which I highly recommend you visit). In this book he, together with John Armstrong, reveals ways in which art can enhance mood and enrich life. It’s not a book you read in one go, but have ready on your coffee table or night stand, or even in the office to open up when you need a break, feel the need for inspiration or need to look sideways. It opens your world to art, but not in the classic ‘looking at things’ way. There are stories behind, feelings, situations. Consume with moderation and enjoy slowly!

The art of looking sideways

I’ve had this book for a while. It sits on a shelf in my office and I open a random page sometimes and read the article or look at the pictures. It’s a ‘guide to visual awareness’ full of anecdotes, quotes, images, bizarre fact and offers a very much needed break from life (or work). The wonderful thing about such books is that it takes you into another dimensions for a little while. And when you get back to life (or work) you look at it differently, more aware, more creative. And that’s only good, right?

I’m spiritual dammit

I was never introduced to Spirituality (and by spirituality I do not mean religion). I mean, unless you grow up with spiritual parents, who is? I still don’t consider myself spiritual. However, I have connected to my spiritual side, my intuition, listening to my body more. And I can see the benefits.

This little book is a really funny take on us busy women juggling all things at once and trying to be zen about it and failing wonderfully 🙂

The Seven Sisters

I listen to audiobooks on my way to work. Because that journey is usually a ‘waste of time’. Not anymore! Before audiobooks my reading was basically limited to a few pages before bed because I would simply fall asleep. Not much reading gets done a that speed. I am able to read many more books now. However, not all books are suitable for ‘reading in the car’. If you’re into self help or complicated books, I find them hard to focus on while driving. But fiction! Fiction works!

I have recently discovered Lucinda Riley and want to introduce you to her series of the seven sisters. The author is a very talented story teller. Her books cover many generations, follow several wonderfully developed characters into their life stories and search for their stories, and are meticulously researched.

Seven adopted sisters lose their father and in each book we discover one sister’s journey to find her roots. Interlinked yet individually strong, these stories each cover their own time period and are all in some way linked to famous historic characters or events.

I am now looking forward to my drive to work!

The book of She – Your Heroine’s Journey into the Heart of Feminine Power

I was introduced to this book by my ‘spiritual friend’ when I asked her for some reading resource on how to understand certain female transitions better as well as getting in touch with my ‘female side’ more and the magic, magic yet also dark sides of it. She pointed me to this one.

I will admit that had I been pointed to this book some years ago, I would not have bought, let alone finished it. Like when someone gifted me Women Who Run With Wolves when I was in my early 20ies and I totally didn’t get it (and still haven’t read it – maybe I need to unearth it from my basement 🙂 )

‘The She book’ as I call it, though, is very action oriented – which I like! – and set up in doable chapters – which I also like. So if you want to reconnect with your feminine wisdom, I suggest you start here.

The Universe Has Your Back: How to Feel Safe and Trust Your Life No Matter What

If you have ever attended one of my events, you know that I believe in the power of the Universe. I admit that it’s not always easy (even for me). But the more experience I have with it, the more I trust it. And so did Gabrielle Bernstein. So much so that she even wrote a book about it. A very accessible book for both Universe believers and those who go ‘what?’.

So let me send this through he Universe onto your path and see what happens.

Ladies Drawing Night: Make Art, Get Inspired, Join the Party

This is another book I’ve had on my shelf for a while and which recently ‘fell out’ as I was moving book cases to make space for my rented piano. And I thought: oh, I need to read this. Well, read is a big word. Because it is more a DO book than a read book. I discovered it some time ago through instagram where I follow people for creative inspiration, among which also one of the authors of this book. She meets with a few of her creative friends on a regular basis in order to create art and help her get out of her rut making the same stuff with the same shapes all the time. I was in such a rut recently and so was my creative friend, so we decided to enact this book. We are now meeting on a regular basis to play, discover, set limitations and simply have fun. Our first session was quite eye opening!

And you know me, when I discover something that works for me, I have a tendency to make it available to others as well. So who knows, maybe there will be a Women, Create & Wisdom soon 🙂