5 Books That Will Inspire and Empower You

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It’s Sunday, which means for some of you the day is all about relaxing, reflecting, and gearing up for the week ahead. A good book, a cup of coffee, gloomy weather and a cozy bed is my ultimate recipe for a perfect Sunday. With the month coming to an end (where did February go?!), I thought it be a perfect time to offer a list of inspiring books to check out as March creeps in.

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You Can Heal Your Life- Louise Hay

This is a book that was recommended to me by a friend. An international bestseller with over 50 million copies sold, I couldn’t believe I had never heard of it before! Louise Hay wrote this book to help inspire people to reconstruct their life, and find self-esteem and self-love. The book even includes exercises for you to commit to and complete, that slowly help you regain your sense of self-love.

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The Heart Goes Last- Margaret Atwood

As soon as I walked into the bookshop, this was the first book that captured me. Margaret Atwood has a beautiful, persuasive style of writing that captivates and provokes thought. This novel conveys the story of a young urban couple who moves to the gated community of Consilience after suffering bankrupcy. The community offers it’s residents a lovely home and job for six months out of the year. For the alternating six months, they must be inmates of the Positron prison system. I’d recommend this book to anyone looking for a fresh read with a very chilling story line. It will definitely inspire, especially with the current social and political situations we are faced with.

Carry On, Warrior- Glennon Doyle Melton

In this moving personal story, Glennon shares her tale of trying to love herself and others. She encourages her readers to believe in themselves, to let go of perfection, and to embrace the difficulties of life. She let’s us know we don’t need to pretend everything is so easy and carefree. I’ve only just started this book, but Glennon portrays her hardships in an humorous and empowering light that will inspire you to carry on, just as she does.

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The Opposite Of Loneliness- Marina Keegan

I have had this book on my wish list for weeks and am more than excited to start it. Marina Keegan was an award-winning author, journalist, playwright, poet, and actress. Her final essay, “The Opposite Of Loneliness” became instantly recognized and globally celebrated. Although Marina’s life was tragically cut short in 2012, her hopeful voice soars in this literary piece and has inspired many.

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Big Magic- Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert is by far one of my favourite authors. Eat, Pray, Love is somewhat of a bible to me. Covered in sticky notes and taken on every trip I go, it’s become part of who I am. Her book, Big Magic is nothing short of inspiring. It is a call to all creators to embrace the wonderful privilege it is to be creative. If you’re a blogger, writer, photographer, or simply love to create- this is the book for you. Gilbert encourages a life beyond fear and will inspire you to follow your dreams regardless of how unrealistic they may seem.

  • I want to read Big Magic soon and it’s on my to-read list for sure. I haven’t heard about other books but you really convinced me that I need to read those as well 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Diana Maria

      I hope you get the chance to read it, it’s a wonderful and inspiring book! Happy reading Leta xx

  • oo these are great recommendations. i’ve put big magic on my list!

    jen | velvet spring

    • Diana Maria

      Thanks Jennifer, enjoy!

  • I read Big Magic and The Opposite of Loneliness recently! I really enjoyed Big Magic but wasn’t that fond of the Opposite of Loneliness. I’m really interested in reading You Can Heal Your Life 🙂 Thanks for sharing! I love book reviews.

    • Diana Maria

      I loved Big Magic as well, thank you for reading Brooke!

  • Can’t wait to read these books! The opposite of loneliness is kind of interesting though. 🙂


    • Diana Maria

      I can’t wait to start it as well, hope you enjoy the books Sheene!

  • These books are right up my ally. Not that my reading list needs to be any longer! Thanks for the great suggestions 🙂

    • Diana Maria

      My reading list is never ending too! Thanks for reading Melanie xx

  • I am in need of some new books so this is perfect! thanks!

    • Diana Maria

      Glad you enjoyed reading, Kallie!

  • These sound like wonderful books. I’m trying to get in as much reading as possible before I have my baby in April, I will definitely be checking a few of these out!

    • Diana Maria

      Congratulations on the pregnancy! That’s wonderful that you still find the time to read, hope you enjoy Whitney! xx

  • Yay! Thanks for writing this. I’m a book lover and I haven’t read any of these yet so I’m excited to add these books to my reading list!

    Reine | Sincerely Reine

    • Diana Maria

      I can’t wait to hear what you think about them Reine!

  • I was looking for a new book so definitely adding a couple of these to my March amazon basket!
    Kate || http://www.katerattley.com

    • Diana Maria

      Hope you enjoy the books, happy reading Kate!

  • I was looking for something like this!!
    I recently bought The little book of hygge and I’m loving it 😀


    • Diana Maria

      I haven’t heard that book but would love to check out a new read! Thank you Patricia xx

  • I always try to have a relaxing Sunday – thought I don’t always succeed! ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ sounds like just my cup of tea, I’m always interested in self-development books.


    • Diana Maria

      I try and do the same, but it can be hard when there’s so much left to do. It’s a great self-help book, I’d definitely recommend it!

  • Mollie Shimer-John

    I’m currently reading Big Magic & I love it!


    • Diana Maria

      That’s one of my favourite books, I’m glad you’re enjoying it Mollie!

  • The Sunday Mode

    I’m a big fan of Louise Hay and I’m just about to start reading You Can Heal Your Life! Or maybe I’ll listen to a podcast version of it if they have one because I find Louise Hay’s voice to be really calming.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • Diana Maria

      That’s awesome Julia! I’d love to hear about how you find the book as I’m in the beginning of the book right now xx

  • Aww, my mum gave me the book from L. Hay, haven’t read it yet. I keep it for moments when I’m particularly down or something, somehow like having an SOS tool. 🙂
    xx finja http://www.effcaa.com

    • Diana Maria

      It’s been such an eye opening and great read for me lately, I hope you enjoy it Finja!

  • ella ryder

    I’ve read You Can Heal your life and love it, it’s something I always go back to. Your blog is so refreshing to read and the content is right up my street 🙂

    Ella xx


  • I have Big Magic – I’ve been meaning to read it for ages! I think I might give it a go once I finish my current book.
    I’ve also heard great things about The Opposite of Loneliness. When I first read the book, I googled the author and I found her story absolutely heartbreaking.
    Rebecca ♥

  • Hi there, I recently discovered your lovely blog and am so grateful I did!
    You write about all my interests, have amazing photography and in general, a lovely blog!
    Thanks for the reading inspiration too – I’ve added a few of these to my wishlist already… hehehe 🙂

    Daisy xxx