We could all use a little extra boost of inspiration now and again! These books are some of our top picks for when you need a little extra boost, time to reflect, or inspirational words as a practice of self-care.
The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying
Written by Nina Riggs, a woman who was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer, this memoir focuses on living a meaningful, positive life, even if you have limited time, and is a moving book that about the power of living your best life.
A productivity book written just for women, this book focuses on helping you to choose the three areas in your life that mean the most to you and focusing on them, while unloading all the rest to help you feel like you’re living your best life.
Girl, Wash Your Face is an essential book for beating all the limiting, untrue thoughts that you tell yourself with a welcome dose of honesty and humour.
Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.
Though all of Brene Brown’s books are very inspiration, Dare to Lead focuses on developing leadership and the courage to stay curious about new ideas, share our power with others, and be vulnerable so we can do better.
Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You
Written by the creator of Hamilton, Gmorning, Gnight!, is a book filled with affirmations to start and end your day with, complete with accompanying illustrations.
The Art of Talking to Yourself: Self-Awareness Meets the Inner Conversation
A different twist on the classic self-help book, this book’s message is to look within yourself, focusing on understanding yourself better and following your truth.
Written by one of our favourite poets, r.h. Sin, this book of poetry is designed to be a safe place for women to let go and reflect on themselves.
Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day
Focused on making time for what matters rather than becoming more productive, Make Time is full of little shifts that you can incorporate into your life without completely overhauling everything, making it a practical guide to feeling like you have more hours in your day.
Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living
In a collection of several honest, comforting essays, Shauna Niequist shares her journey of moving away from focusing on perfection and, instead, being present in all of life’s incredibly messy experiences.
Almost Everything: Notes on Hope
This powerful book focuses on finding little pieces of hope and little bits of light, to help you focus on feeling more moments of joy in your life.
The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store
The Year of Less documents Cait Flander’s year of purchasing nothing but consumables, which may inspire you to practice your own ideas of decluttering, making use of what you have, and breaking the cycle of buying things that don’t bring you joy.
Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness
Using research from both neuroscience and psychology, Ingrid Fetell Lee talks about the impact that our environment has on our mood and emotions, teaching you how to use this to boost your happiness and reduce stress.
The Spirit Almanac: A Modern Guide to Ancient Self-Care
Created by two editors of mindbodygreen, The Spirit Almanac is the essential guide to self-care. The books features suggestions from a variety of experts, including reiki healers and psychologists, to introduce you to forms of self-care that will work for you.
Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World
Neil Gaiman’s book focuses on the importance of art, imagination, and creativity, in this book filled with inspiration about the impact of multiple mediums of art.
This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today
From the star of This is Us, This is Me is a vulnerable and honest look into Chrissy Metz’s journey, and is both relateable and inspiring.
Slow: Simple Living for a Frantic World
If you constantly feel like life is moving too fast, this book provides a welcome reprieve. With sections on decluttering and mindfulness, this book provides a great look into simple living.
Radically Happy: A User's Guide to the Mind
Written by two meditation teachers, this book is all about incorporating meditation into your daily life, and is especially great for people with busy careers.
Made Out of Stars: A Journal for Self-Realization
From the author of the guided journal Start Where You Are, Made Out of Stars is yet another gorgeous guided journal packed with beautiful illustrations. This edition focuses on helping you to explore what makes you truly special.
How to Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety
Written by Dr. Ellen Hendriksen, How to Be Yourself is a book designed for anyone who second guesses themselves in social situations. The book is filled with tips to help your feel more confident in being yourself.