Apr 25, 2012

by English Muse


It’s Marthe from The Freedom Experiment again, and this week it is all about books! If I should have a daughter… I would want her to read these books. I seriously think that these books should be compulsory reading in school. Take out some of that useless (and boring) maths and sciences, and add a little more about real life challenges. Don’t you agree? Anyways, here are my selection of non-fiction books I think that every young woman should read. Enjoy!

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1) Women, Food and God – Geneen Roth

If you’ve ever struggled with food (like me), this book is for you. I read it in one day (!) and I learnt A LOT about how I used food to regulate my emotions. Even if you’ve never struggled yourself, I truly recommend this book if you would like to gain a wider understanding of food issues and emotional eating. I think it would be perfect to read this book together with a good friend – and then discuss (and open up).

2) The Creative Habit – Twyla Tharp

A must-read for all creative spirits out there. This book is both truly inspirational (as in you just want to go out there an CREATE when you read it) and educational. I learned a lot about my own creative process (the book has assignments and workbook pages) and I picked up a lot of great tips.

3) Crazy, Sexy Diet – Kris Carr

Not really a diet in the normal sense of the word – Crazy, Sexy is a way of life! This book is one of the best books I’v read in all my life (and that says a lot!) and it is definitely the best (and only) nutrition book you’ll ever need. I need to warn you, though, this book will change how you think about food. It will also change how you look and feel + it is written in a really sassy, funny and understandable language. All girls (and boys too) should read this!

4) The 4-hour Workweek – Tim Ferriss

This book. If you haven’t read this book already, it’s about time. This is another one of those books that will leave you changed, that’s for sure. I read this on the the Tokyo Metro and had to laugh out loud several times. It’s wonderfully well written, full of inspiration and if you don’t close this book with several life-changing ideas – something is wrong with you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

5) The Firestarter Sessions – Danielle LaPorte

This book is fresh from the publisher and is based on Danielle LaPorte’s vbook called The Spark Kit. If you’re only buying one book on this list – make it this one! The book is every entrepreneurs dream, and it’s the only guide you’ll need if you have a small business – or dream of having one. Even if that’s not where you are right now – most of the principles in this book can be used on other areas of life too! This interactive book comes with a workbook, videos + lots of links. Seriously, I’m lost for words on how good this book really is. It has changed my life.

6) Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live – Martha Beck

I love how this book covers everything from emotional health to change cycles. The chapter on synchronicity is a must-read! Really, if you’re stuck, making changes, following your dream or want to learn more about yourself, this book is for you!

7) Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha – Tara Brach

This book is a great read if you want to learn more about self-love, acceptance and living life in peace with yourself. This is another book I think I finished in one day, and I even had to read with a pencil underlining everything I needed to remember. If you’re only reading one book on self-love: make it this one!

8 ) The Artist’s Way – Julia Cameron

This one’s for all the artists, creatives and writers (everyone, really) who have ever been stuck, lacked inspiration or who’ve just wanted to develop ourselves. Ever heard of “morning pages? The concept of writing a few pages first thing in the morning – it’s from this book! Written as a 12-week program, this book will help you create and craft. This is one of the books I read again and again.

9) Sabbath – Wayne Muller

I think everyone should read this book about finding rest in our busy lives. In particular, this book helped me realize that I’ll never get done. Which means that I need to make rest a priority right now, not wait until I’m finished with whatever I’m doing. This book is for anyone, no matter your religion. Read this today, you’ll thank me.

10) There’s nothing wrong with you – Cheri Huber

Another great book about self-love, but from a very different angle. This book is a really quick read, but it has changed me immensely (in a positive way). I think I finally realized that I’m worthy, just the way I am.


Have you read any of these? What are your favourite non-fiction books?

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16 Responses to “If I should have a daughter … I’d want her to read these 10 books!”

  1. Sarade says:

    I’ll look into some of these – they sound very inspirational. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Beth says:

    I hadn’t heard of any of these books, but I will definitely be checking out some of them; I don’t read much non-fiction and probably ought to read more of it!

  3. Mariana says:

    I’ve heard great things about “The Artist’s Way”, and I need to get my hands on it ๐Ÿ˜›
    Twyla Tharp’s book also sounds interesting, might have to check it out too!
    Great list of books, thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. PixelHazard says:

    For very well rounded children. I might just start with enid blytons faraway tree huh? lol

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  5. Tonia says:

    Not sure I’d want to give my daughter any book on food except Fast Food Nation and then a really good cookbook (I live in hope she’ll offer to take over the cooking duties in our house!) but I love the idea of the Artist’s Way, will have to check it out.

  6. What a great list of books, I’ve read the Creative Habit, Artist way, Finding your own north star and am just starting the fire starter sessions, I will for sure look out the others. It’s a great idea to give them to young women, when my nieces are a little older I shall be gifting them these books.

  7. Uncle Beefy says:

    I love the whole list! Never mind waiting for a daughter to come ’round… I wanna read this list! Currently delving into “The Fire Starter Sessions” and will be adding these to the ‘to be read’ pile. Thanks!

  8. Marthe says:

    They are! These books have changed a lot for me! Happy reading!

  9. Marthe says:

    I think you’ll enjoy these even though you don’t read much non-fiction. They are all fairly quick reads and you’ll learn a lot!

  10. Marthe says:

    I think you’ll love both of these <3 Enoy!

  11. Marthe says:

    Giving her cookbooks is a really good idea! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Marthe says:

    How did you find the books you’ve read already? I think The Fire Starter Sessions is my favourite out of them, so enjoy!

  13. Marthe says:

    That’s the whole point! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Dive in and enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. Laura says:

    I was really taken aback when you called math and science books “useless.” Math and science permeate every aspect of our very existence. Try Quantum Physics for Poets (Leon M. Lederman and Christopher T. Hill), or even a couple episodes of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos. Learning about science, to me, makes the world feel infinitely more beautiful and full of wonder, and it’s relevant to your book choices on how to relax and stay in control of yourself: life is precious, and there simply isn’t any point in getting worked up over the little things. Our very bodies are made out of stars! I would certainly want any daughter of mine to know that.

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