The idea for this post came from the recent collaboration with my fellow Coach, Ainslie Young who invited me to review a couple of my favourite books on her blog. After reading this post, many of you asked me to handpick a few more recommendations from people who inspire me.

Today you will hear from 5 incredible people reviewing ten inspiring books: a yoga teacher, a marketing consultant, a travel blogger and life coach, a wellness coach and a career coach. If you enjoy learning and want to be inspired, then these books might just do that for you.

Enjoy xxx


Natalie-Ristoski-bioNatalie Ristoski is a Yoga Teacher who within a year of completing her training transitioned out of her corporate career to teach yoga full-time and start her very own yoga school – Living Flow Yoga! She shares her passion for yoga teaching at Sydney’s finest, renowned yoga studios and is proud to have started the first Vinyasa Yoga School in Ashfield. Natalie is known for her authentic, soulful classes that take you on a journey of reconnection to self.

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

I could not put The Alchemist down; it’s full of gold! It tells the story of a young shepherd named Santiago who is able to find a treasure beyond his wildest dreams. Along the way, he learns to listen to his heart and, more importantly, realises that his dreams, or his Personal Legend, are not just his but part of the Soul of the Universe.

In a nutshell, this book is about chasing your dreams and the obstacles and rewards experienced along that journey.This book found it’s way to me when I had my dream to teach yoga full-time but was still entrenched in my corporate career. This little gem fuelled my drive and determination to pursue my path.

Wheels Of Life – Anodea Judith

Reading this book changed my life as it helped me gain a clearer understanding of myself. It was the first book I read on the Chakra system and it has become one of those books I always go back to! The author does an exceptional job of explaining the chakras and their relevance to life, love, spirituality and growth.

Each chapter is dedicated to each chakra where you will learn about each chakra in great detail and includes practical meditations and exercises at the end of each one. A must if you love self-exploration!


Rachael-Kable-bioRachael Kable is a wellness coach, blogger and host of her podcast, The Mindful Kind.

She passionately believes that mindfulness should be enjoyable, refreshing and playful. With interesting information and useful tools, Rachael encourages her community to live mindfully and have plenty of fun along the way! Her e-book, Your Seven day Positivity Guide, is filled with simple activities to bring more positivity into daily routines. You can get your copy for free by signing up to Rachael’s newsletter here.

101 Moments of Joy and Inspiration by Meredith Gaston

This is easily the most beautiful book I have ever read! Every time I pick it up, I know I will be inspired by thoughtful words, heartfelt drawings and beautiful colours. With quotes like “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do” (Rumi) and “Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you” (Walt Whitman), 101 Moments of Joy and Inspiration always lifts me up and encourages me to embrace positivity and gratitude.

If you’re looking for a tool to help you with your mindfulness practice, this is a great book to start with! I like to sit down and bring myself into the moment by observing the beautiful colours and shapes, absorbing the meaning behind each quote and noticing the different emotions which surface within me as I read.

However you choose to read this book, I’m sure you will love every moment of it! Pick it up whenever you are searching for inspiration, warmth and happiness, and that’s what you’ll find.

Believe in Yourself and Do What You Love by Kate James

Are you looking for simple strategies to love who you are and what you do? Believe in Yourself and Do What You Love is the book for you!

With fifty simple tips and practical activities, you can read this book from start to finish or open it to any page for beautiful ideas about bringing more joy and fulfilment into your life. With topics including understand your purpose, try something new, find your tribe and stop self-sabotaging, you’ll find plenty of inspiring ways to love yourself more and enjoy what you do. The other big reason why I love this book is that it’s just so. Darn. Pretty! I’m happy just flicking through the pages and appreciating the gorgeous design!

Believe in Yourself and Do What You Love is the perfect book to read whenever you’re feeling a little lost and you need a good dose of inspiration and self-love to brighten your day.


Ainslie Young

Ainslie Young is a Life and Blog Coach, writer and passionate globetrotter based in Hong Kong. Ainslie helps spirited women to swiftly step out of their cozy comfort zones with clarity + killer self-confidence, so they can live the life that they truly desire. Ainslie blogs about how to live an extraordinary life though self-development and travel and if you’re keen to turn your next travel adventure into a life changing experience, make sure you snap up a free copy of her e-Book ‘Wanderlust – Enhance, Enrich & Expand Your Life Through Mindful Travel’ over at Starting With A.


Put simply – I.LOVE.THIS.BOOK!

Steal Like An Artist was that good that I devoured it in just one sitting and came away with the inspiration to start my blog! This book is an eye-opener and game changer whether you class yourself as a creative or not. I love Kleon’s genuine and straight-shooting advice, practical tips and useful hand drawn diagrams. The advice he provides around hobbies and letting them flourish because they ultimately ADD to, instead of detract from your main pursuit rang true for me. This talented artist and author brilliantly spreads the message that creativity is everywhere and creativity is for everyone!

You will discover a boatload of other highlights throughout this cleverly crafted book. And if you’re a creative or aspiring creative you must purchase this New York Best Seller. Read it, take notes and implement Kleon’s advice. You won’t be sorry!

E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality, Pam Grout

If you’re into intention setting and spirituality but you’ve always had doubts about the ‘Law of Attraction,’ then this book is for you! Coming from a heavy science/psychology background I love evidence-based research and E-Squared provides this in spades in relation to the notion of ‘what you focus on expands.’

Through witty and entertaining writing, Grout presents the reader with 9 addictive experiments that prove you really CAN influence the world around you. Take the ‘Abracadabra Principle,’ where you focus with all your being on something you want to manifest into your life in the next 48hours.

Keen to see if this actually worked I played along and on an overnight flight from Hong Kong to Sydney I completed the ‘Lab Report Sheet’ and declared I wanted to manifest a free RISE TECH Conference ticket…..and 48 hours later I had an email inviting me to the conference for free! If you’re searching for assurance that your thoughts have significant power to truly shape your life, you should definitely add this book to your reading list ASAP!


Elizabeth-Murphy-bioElizabeth Murphy is a Career and Life Coach who is devoted to helping you see the possibilities within the problems, and the opportunities within the obstacles.

A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle

When asked to write this review by the beautiful Jarka, this book was the first one that came to mind. I read this book a number of years ago and it was one of those books that had a profound impact on my life. It was a book that challenged my way of thinking, opened my mind to new possibilities and it caused a real shift within me. It left me wanting more. A real thirst for knowledge and information to live a more spiritual life. To help me write the review, I pulled the book off the shelf and flicked through. The pages are worn and dotted with yellow age spots, corners are folded and underlining dominates in the chapters about the ego and the emotional pain-body. The pain-body being old negative emotions dating right back to childhood that are not let go of.

I felt a real connection to so many of the words and phrases spoken in this book. “Awareness is the greatest agent for change.” “Flap your wings which translates as let go of the story and return to the only place of power, the present moment.” And “life is the dancer, and you are the dance.” I’m now left feeling inspired to re-read this best seller!

Miracles Now, Gabrielle Bernstein

This is a woman who I truly admire. A woman who inspires me and through her books, challenges my thinking. I particularly like this 255 pager because it’s practical and I’m a practical kind of girl. It has a permanent place on my bedside table and I use it as my guide. My go-to for some perspective when I know I’m in need of it.

The book provides 108 tools and techniques for common, everyday problems faced by most and helps us to live with greater peace and calm. Gabby draws on the principles of Kundalini yoga and A Course in Miracles.

Sometimes I have a specific reason for picking up the book, I know what I need some guidance or perspective with, yet other times, I will hold the book and ask the question, what do I need to know right now? I then open the book and enjoy the short read and affirmation.

I particularly like #1: Happiness is a choice you make. #6: Peace begins with me (this is a fantastic one that comes with a really simple exercise. I share this with loads of family and friends to use in those testing times). #27: Forgive and delete. #72: Let the universe do her thing.


Emma Sharley is a marketing consultant specialising in strategy, brand development and digital & social media marketing. With over 10 years’ experience, she has led marketing for iconic brands including Westfield, Diane Von Furstenburg, Westpac and T-Mobile, both in Australia and overseas.

She works closely with clients both to understand their business vision and develop tailored brand and marketing strategies accordingly. She focuses on strategic planning, creative marketing initiatives and engaging digital and social content to drive brand awareness, customer engagement, sales and traffic. Helping businesses transform to a customer-centric approach is a specialty.

Give and Take – Adam Grant

According to conventional wisdom; hard work combined with motivation, ability and opportunity guarantees success. But there is a fourth ingredient that’s often neglected, how we treat and interact with others. In ‘Give and Take’, Adam Grant does a great job of combining innovative research with his own insights and stories, to find out why helping others drives success.

Firstly he identifies three types of people; takers, matchers and givers, and then goes onto analyse how each of them perform in work situations. There are some surprising outcomes; although ‘givers’ can be taken for granted and run the risk out of burnout, the majority achieve outstanding success by contributing to others without expecting anything in return.

As the future of work will be increasingly anchored in collaboration and teamwork; effective networking, relationship and leadership skills are only going to become more important. These skills are all based on how well we interact with others and the notion of giving, whether it is time or resources. If you are a fan of Seth Godin and Malcolm Gladwell, you will enjoy this read.

Thrive – Arianna Huffington

This one I couldn’t put down – a passionate, engaging book that urges us to live from within, in order to enjoy the best life possible. With so many distractions, deadlines and commitments in our day-to-day lives – it’s easy to neglect ourselves in the midst of it all. Through Arianna’s tale of reaching burnout and building herself back up from rock bottom, she repeatedly touches on one idea, “how we play [the game of life] … will be determined by what we value.”

She offers advice on the importance of things such as intuition, coincidence, and gratitude in cultivating one’s inner strength, as well as maintaining sufficient rest, nutrition and exercise to optimise productivity to allow focus, and presence, for the important things in life.

She redefines what it means to be successful in our modern world – with money and power no longer enough on their own, what’s needed is a third metric – well-being. A brilliant read for all.

I hope you enjoyed reading these superb book reviews and I can’t wait to hear which book or books you’ll be putting onto your 2016 reading list.

Love and light,




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Wow, I had only heard of two or three of the books on this list. That’s a great sign. Might have to check out a couple more to add to my (ever-growing) pile. Thanks 🙂


Thanks Ceri for stopping by. Yes, they are amazing books – I am glad you found the recommendations helpful. Enjoy x


I loved this list Jarka! I have read a couple of the books here but I’m really inspired now to go and pick up a few of the ones I’ve not read yet. Thank you!


Yay, I am glad you found the reviews helpful, Sam. Definitely some great reads there xx

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