I love reading, but honestly it takes me a while to get through books these days and I have a serious reading list for 2017 and the year hasn’t even begun yet. I thought I’d list what I will be reading this year in a blog post because I really feel like there is some true inspiration within the pile I currently have accumulating. So if, like me, you’re interested in sustainable fashion, health and veganism, and self help/inspiration books, you will like this list.
- Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less – Greg McKeown.
- The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith – Gabrielle Bernstein.
- How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically – Michael Gregor MD.
- The Career Code: Must Known Rules for Strategic, Stylish, & Self Made Career – Hilary Kerr & Katherine Power.
- The Sustainability Secret: The Cowspiracy Companion – Chris Hedges.
- Slow Fashion: Aesthetics Meets Ethics – Safia Minney.
- The Sustainable Fashion Handbook – Sandy Black.
- Bloom: Navigating Life & Style – Estee Lalonde.
- Taking Charge of Your Fertilility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Acheievment & Reproductive Health – Toni Weschler.
- The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho.
- You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness & Start Living Your an Awesome Life – Jen Sincero.
“In Essentialism, Greg McKeown, CEO of a Leadership and Strategy agency in Silicon Valley who has run courses at Apple, Google and Facebook, shows you how to achieve what he calls the disciplined pursuit of less. Being an Essentialist is about a disciplined way of thinking. It means challenging the core assumption of ‘We can have it all’ and ‘I have to do everything’ and replacing it with the pursuit of ‘the right thing, in the right way, at the right time’.
“By applying a more selective criteria for what is essential, the pursuit of less allows us to regain control of our own choices so we can channel our time, energy and effort into making the highest possible contribution toward the goals and activities that matter.
“Using the experience and insight of working with the leaders of the most innovative companies and organisations in the world, McKeown shows you how to put Essentialism into practice in your own life, so you too can achieve something great.”
“In her latest book, The Universe Has Your Back, New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein teaches readers how to transform their fear into faith in order to live a divinely guided life. Each story and lesson in the book guides readers to release the blocks to what they most long for: happiness, security, and clear direction. The lessons help readers relinquish the need to control so they can relax into a sense of certainty and freedom. Readers will learn to stop chasing life and truly live.
“Making the shift from fear to faith will give readers a sense of power in a world that all too often makes them feel utterly powerless. When the tragedies of the world seem overwhelming, this book will help guide them back to their true power.”
“The vast majority of premature deaths can be prevented through simple changes in diet and lifestyle. In How Not to Die, Dr. Michael Greger, the internationally-recognized lecturer, physician, and founder of NutritionFacts.org, examines the fifteen top causes of death in America—heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson’s, high blood pressure, and more—and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches, freeing us to live healthier lives.
“The simple truth is that most doctors are good at treating acute illnesses but bad at preventing chronic disease. The 15 leading causes of death claim the lives of 1.6 million Americans annually. This doesn’t have to be the case. By following Dr. Greger’s advice, all of it backed up by peer-reviewed scientific evidence, you will learn which foods to eat and which lifestyle changes to make to live longer.”
The Career Code: Must Known Rules for Strategic, Stylish, & Self Made Career – Hilary Kerr & Katherine Power:
“In The Career Code, the third book in the smash-hit Who What Wear series, fashion and digital entrepreneurs Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr bring you the Everygirl’s guide for creating your own professional success, on every level, flawlessly. The book is filled with insightful, pragmatic “career codes” to follow, as well as all of the practical, how-to advice they’ve learned while building their company from zero employees in 2006, to the thriving, multibrand, multiplatform, multi-million dollar company it is today.”
“The groundbreaking 2014 documentary Cowspiracy presents shocking truths about the effects of industrial animal agriculture on the planet. The leading cause of deforestation, rainforest destruction, greenhouse gas production, water consumption and pollution, habitat loss, species extinction, ocean dead-zones, topsoil erosion, and a host of other environmental ills, animal agriculture is the biggest issue facing the planet today and one of the most controversial environmental secrets in the world of conservation.Filled with anecdotes, statistics, research, interviews with the filmmakers and contributors, and unabridged transcripts from the film, this companion book supplements and expands upon the documentary in every way. With all this and more,The Sustainability Secret reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet and offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population.”
“In her illuminating and highly-visual new book, Safia Minney, founder of Fair Trade and sustainable fashion label People Tree, highlights the onward and upward march of the ethical fashion movement by profiling pioneering people and projects already bringing the alternatives to the mainstream across the globe.
“Slow Fashion profiles the designers, labels and eco-concept stores across the globe that are taking the lead in providing consumers with a more sustainable alternative to fast fashion.
“High profile people featured in the book include Livia Firth, Zandra Rhodes, Lucy Siegle, Lily Cole and many others.”
“This ambitious book is set to become the definitive reference on all aspects of eco-fashion. Packed with authoritative features and facts, and inspiring images and ideas, it is dramatically more in-depth and comprehensive than any previous single publication on the subject. The book is divided into five thematic chapters covering every aspect of contemporary fashion from fashion cultures (from high street to blogosphere to couture), to the eco-footprint of the current resource-hungry and wasteful system, to the fashion business, employer of up to 40 million people worldwide. Each chapter presents an array of illustrated articles including essays by leading writers and thinkers, statements from designers such as Stella McCartney, EDUN founder Ali Hewson, Vivienne Westwood, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake, interviews with such designers as Katharine Hamnett, Hussein Chalayan, Dries van Noten, Lorrie Vogel (Nike) as well as presenting future scenarios which set out how things could be if we do or dont succeed in enacting radical change. Finally a resources section provides comprehensive listings of leading organizations involved in campaigning, advising, certifying, footprinting and promoting sustainability worldwide. The Sustainable Fashion Handbook will take its place as the Bible of the subject.”
“In Bloom, Estée shares the moments, people, things and life lessons that have made her who she is today and offers her tips for surviving life. Celebrate your bloom story and what makes you unique.
“Life * People * Work * Beauty * Fashion * Home * Travel * Food”
Taking Charge of Your Fertilility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Acheievment & Reproductive Health – Toni Weschler:
“Are you unhappy with your current method of birth control? Or are you demoralized by your quest to have a baby? Do you also experience confusing signs and symptoms at various times in your menstrual cycle, but are frustrated by a lack of simple explanations? This invaluable resource will provide the answers to the questions while giving amazing insights into your own body.
“Taking Charge of Your Fertility has helped hundreds of thousands of women to get pregnant, avoid pregnancy naturally, or simply gain better control of their health and their lives. This book thoroughly explains the empowering Fertility Awareness Method, which in only a couple of minutes a day allows you to:
-Maximise your chances of conception before you see a doctor, or expedite your fertility treatment by quickly identifying impediments to pregnancy achievement
-Enjoy highly effective and scientifically proven birth control without chemicals or devices
-Gain control of your sexual and gynaecological health”
“Paulo Coelho’s enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and soul-stirring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried near the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles in his path. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.”
You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness & Start Living Your an Awesome Life – Jen Sincero:
“In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and world-travelling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bitesized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to:
Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviours that stop you from getting what you want,
Create a life you totally love. And create it NOW,
Make some damn money already. The kind you’ve never made before.
“By the end of You Are a Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.”