5 uplifting books

Looking for motivation this September? Read these 5 inspiring and uplifting books


After a couple of weeks in the summer sun, you hopefully came back home feeling rejuvenated and ready for whatever comes your way in September. 

In August, my monthly challenge was to read more books, and I am glad to announce that it was a success. Holding myself accountable through a blog post pushed me to read almost every night, and I was able to finish the 4 books I wanted.

Whether it’s a new year in high school or university, a fresh start in your job, or even a new path in your career, I hope you are excited about September. Personally, I am thrilled – wearing comfy sweaters, buying new stationary, breathing in some fresh air… And all of the books coming out!

Here’s my list of 5 books, old and new, if you are looking for inspiration and motivation this month:

1. To implement new habits in your life: Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How To Make Changes That Stick” by Jeremy Dean

What is it about? “When confronted with challenges, most people let habits rule them. That is not surprising when you realise that at least a third of our waking hours are lived on auto-pilot – ruminating over past events, clicking through websites trawling for updates and the like. Such unconscious thoughts and actions are powerful. But the habits of the mind do not have to control us – we can steer them.”

Find it on Amazon here.

2. To understand the most pressing issues we are all facing as a society: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century” by Yuval Noah Harari

What is it about? “Yuval Noah Harari’s 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a probing and visionary investigation into today’s most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive.”

Find it on Amazon here.

3. To put yourself first, and learn how to celebrate your own journey: What a Time to be Alone” by Chidera Eggerue

What is it about? “In What A Time To Be Alone, The Slumflower will be your life guru, confidante and best friend. She’ll show you that being alone is not just okay: it’s just about the best freaking thing that’s ever happened to you. As she says, ‘You’re bad as hell and you were made with intention.’ It’s about time you realized.”

Find it on Amazon here.

4. To get inspiration for gardening to help and respect our planet: Miraculous Abundance: One Quarter Acre, Two French Farmers, and Enough Food to Feed the World” by Charles Hervé-Gruyer 

What is it about? “When Charles and Perrine Hervé-Gruyer set out to create their farm in an historic Normandy village, they had no idea just how much their lives would change. Neither one had ever farmed before. Charles had been circumnavigating the globe by sail, operating a floating school that taught students about ecology and indigenous cultures. Perrine had been an international lawyer in Japan. Each had returned to France to start a new life. Eventually, Perrine joined Charles in Normandy, and Le Ferme du Bec Hellouin was born.”

Find it on Amazon here.

5. To come to terms with mental illness and depression: “Reasons to Stay Alive” by Matt Haig

What is it about? “Like nearly one in five people, Matt Haig suffers from depression. Reasons to Stay Alive is Matt’s inspiring account of how, minute by minute and day by day, he overcame the disease with the help of reading, writing, and the love of his parents and his girlfriend (and now-wife), Andrea. And eventually, he learned to appreciate life all the more for it.”

Find it on Amazon here.

Finally, to follow up on my article on poetry, I have recently ordered “Milk and honey” by Rupi Kaur (find it on Amazon here). As it is about survival, trauma, and pain, it will be a difficult read. I am excited to give it a try.

What books are you reading at the moment? Are you excited about September?

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