Great reads for a great month

Great reads for a great month

Whether it’s the start of a new month, a change in season or a celebrated day; today is always a good day to take some time to get inspired and sprinkle a bit more positivity over things.

With the buds on the trees, brighter days and daffodils poking their sleepy heads out of the ground it seemed inevitable that this month’s focus on the blog should be “putting a spring in your step” with suggestions and guest appearances to inspire your month ahead.

To get things started, especially as it’s World Book Day (in the same week as Pancake Day – could this week BE any better?!), here are 4 fantastic reads to inspire you to have a great month.

  1. First Bite: How we learn to eat – Bee Wilson

Front cover of First Bite: How we learn to eat

Naturally the first recommendation of the month centres around food; but this journey is about so much more than just “food”. And yes, this book IS a journey: taking you right through every stage of life, unpicking our deep-rooted connection to certain foods and exploring the history of how and why we eat what we eat. There’s science and psychology and anecdote all woven together to tell the complicated story of the human/food relationship.

Liberating in many ways, this is a wonderfully empowering read, especially if you’re looking to shape more positive eating habits. Here is the perfect quote to demonstrate how reading this book could help you get your can eat, can do attitude nailed this month:

“It turns out that wherever we are from, people are capable of altering not just what they eat but what they want to eat and their behaviour when eating”

Yes YOU DO have the power to make positive changes and give yourself a bit of extra sparkle.

  1. I am Malala – Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb

Front cover of I am Malala

3 of the 4 great reads for a great month featured in this post are by women, deliberate? No, not really but it’s a handy nod towards the growing amplification of female voices and the approach of International Women’s Day. This may seem like an odd addition to a list of books for people to read to nurture their can eat attitude; but can eat and can do are very much intertwined. Mindset is so essential to all of our choices, not just food, and this is a story very much centred around mindset:

“I don’t want to be thought of as ‘the girl who was shot by the Taliban’ but ‘the girl who fought for education.’ This is the cause to which I want to devote my life”

Celebrate who you are, the wonderful strong women around you and the potential you have to be the change. Last year I featured my everyday role models on International Women’s Day and am proud to say that they are all most certainly still up there and that I am celebrating my own uniqueness more today than I ever have before.

  1. Eat & Run – Scott Jurek with Steve Friedman

Front cover of Eat & Run

You don’t have to be super fit and aspire to ultramarathon greatness to be inspired by the “unlikeliness” (as he calls it) of Scott Jurek’s story. You don’t even have to like running yourself (although you’d be hard pressed not to want to have a stab at it after this book). When did you last put that amazing body you were born in to the test?

“The body’s ability to adapt is truly astounding. That’s why I say that, with the right training and support, anyone can do an ultra”

Are your physical limits true limits, or could you push yourself a little bit further than you believe you can achieve?

  1. Wild – Cheryl Strayed

Front cover of Wild

It’s no coincidence that if you read these 4 books in order, you’ll be reading this one over Mother’s Day: whilst society is making a great deal shouting about women as mothers, let’s celebrate, here, women as adventurers and “mother” earth’s splendours. If you’re paralysed by over thinking all of your decisions, stop, step outside and take a walk for a while (maybe take this book with you and go sit down with yourself).

“…it was everything. It was my life – like all lives, mysterious and irrevocable and sacred. So very close, so very present, so very belonging to me. How wild it was, to let it be”

Every decision you make will take you on a different journey, not necessarily a wrong journey.

It’d be wonderful to hear how these great reads for a great month have influenced you, and if you have any recommendations of your own, please do share in the comments.

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