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Book Club: The Latest Releases and Awesome Reads You Won’t Want To Miss

It is standard practice among our group to have multiple books on the go at once. Some we are re-reading, others have been recommended, more still are on our ‘to read’ list. Here are a few that we thought you might enjoy too.

We’d love to know what you’re reading at the moment?

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THE MUSEUM OF MODERN LOVE by HEATHER ROSE

If you are prepared not to put it down: Winner of the 2017 Stella Prize, this novel had me so gripped I literally read it over the course of a weekend. Centred around the performance The Artist is Present by Marina Abramovich at New York’s MOMA, Rose weaves a tale of love, loss, endurance, creativity and sacrifice. Inhabiting the individual worlds of her characters to give us their unique and poetic perspectives on life and art.

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OPTION B by SHERYL SANDBERG AND ADAM GRANT

If life isn’t going quite as you had planned: Sandberg shares her personal journey of grieving the loss of her husband while raising her children and continuing in her position of COO at Facebook, but widens the topic of resilience and overcoming life’s challenges by also drawing on other people’s experiences and the scientific nouse of Adam Grant, organizational psychologist and bestselling author of Originals.

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SUNSHINE SPACES by BECI ORPIN

If you’re a crafty minx: Beci Orpin is one of our favorite artists. Her distinctive style, use of colour and pattern ensures every project in her latest book will instantly brighten your day. From mobile hiding spaces to concrete planters, nature mobiles to macramé chairs, there’s something for everyone.

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HOMO DEUS; A BRIEF HISTORY OF TOMORROW by YUVAL NOAH HARARI

If you’re wondering (like the rest of us) where this crazy world is heading: The author of Sapiens is back with an eye opening page turner that investigates how Homo Sapiens came to be and where, looking at our history tomorrow could take us. Every page is full of fascinating insights, scientific and sociological studies, historic references and future projections that is guaranteed to get the neurons sparking.

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MINDFULNESS FOR MUMS & DADS by DR DIANA KOREVAAR

If you’re a mum or a dad: Because we’ll try ANYTHING!! This one is on our ‘to read’ pile but the prospect of an expert giving us scientifically proven advice on how to navigate this parenting gig is impossible to resist! We’ll report back.

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I’M JUST HERE FOR DESSERT: MACARONS, MINI CAKES, ICE CREAMS, WAFFLES & MORE by CAROLINE CHOO

If you are looking for a gift: We are huge fans of Caroline Choo, AKA Nectar and Stone and couldn’t have been more excited when this beautiful book arrived at our desk. A gorgeous gift to give or to receive (we suggest leaving a few not-so-subtle hints around the house!).

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QUIET POWER: GROWING UP AS AN INTROVERT IN A WORLD THAT CAN’T STOP TALKING by SUSAN CAIN

If you have or know a small human or teenager: This is the game-changing follow up to the original game-changer that is Susan Cain’s bestselling book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. This is the book so many will wish we (and our parents, teachers, friends) had read when we were young.  As an introvert and a parent, I can’t recommend this book highly enough and to introverts and extroverts alike! We can all learn a great deal about ourselves and those around us from the research, stories and practical advice Cain delivers.

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CRAFT FOR THE SOUL: HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR CREATIVE LIFE by PIP LINCOLNE

If you need a giant creative hug and gentle kick up the backside: Pip Lincolne, writer, crafter, mentor and the Genius behind the blog Meet Me at Mikes is like the friend you can rely on to tell you how it is, for better or worse, while simultaneously producing a cup of tea and a blanket so you can sit together and brainstorm out how you’re going to work sh*t out. Packed with anecdotes, advice, actionable personal projects and topped off with recipes and craft ideas, this book is one you’ll return to time and again

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SURF SHACK: LAID-BACK LIVING BY THE WATER by NINA FREUDENBERGER

If you dream of a stress-free life by the ocean: Take a peek into the homes of Sean MacPherson (whose father starred in Endless Summer and mother was a surf champion), pro longboarder Kassia Meador, surfboard distributor Mel Hayhoe, and furniture maker Mark Tuckey to name a few. A beautifully shot and well curated collection of 20 inspirational homes, plus insightful profiles of their occupants

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THE CROSSROADS OF SHOULD AND MUST: FIND AND FOLLOW YOUR PASSION by Elle Luna

If you’re looking for some creative inspiration: Elle Luna helps us navigate following your dreams and practical living – the two do not need to be mutually exclusive

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THE ALCHEMIST by Paul Coelho

We read this in one sitting: Coelho weaves a compelling tale from start to finish and sprinkles pearls of wisdom along the way that will literally change your outlook on life

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WHOLE FOOD, BOWL FOOD by Anna Lisle

We love this because: The recipes not only look amazing but are delicious and achievable

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RISING STRONG by Brené Brown

We needed this because: Sometimes it’s good to know when you’re taking a leap or life is hitting the skids, how to dust yourself off and get back in the arena when you’ve fallen flat on your face

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THE LITTLE BOOK OF HYGGE: THE DANISH WAY TO LIVE WELL by Meik Wiking

We took a leaf out of their book: Believed to be the happiest country in the world, Wiking has studied the Danish way of living and teaches us how to transform everything from our home to our wardrobe to ensure we can all take pleasure in the little things and introduce some Hygge into our lives

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GUT: THE INSIDE STORY OF OUR BODY’S MOST UNDER-RATED ORGAN by Giulia Enders

We actually understood this because: Enders knows how to explain the inner workings of our bodies in an accessible, engaging and at times laugh-out-loud on the bus inducing way

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WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE by Oprah Winfrey

Because: It’s Oprah

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THE SLEEP REVOLUTION: TRANSFORMING YOUR LIFE, ONE NIGHT AT A TIME
by Arianna Huffington

Bedtime reading: Because we will be turning our screens off an hour before bedtime!

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WILD: A JOURNEY FROM LOST TO FOUND by Cheryl Strayed

We want to go hiking now: Escaping into the wilderness never sounded so good

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HURRAH FOR GIN: A BOOK FOR PERFECTLY IMPERFECT PARENTS by Katie Kirby

This made us laugh because: It is all so true that we would cry otherwise

Opening image by Thought Catalogue courtesy unsplash.com

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