8 Must-Read Books For Women To Feel Inspired & Empowered

Bonjour lecteurs! Following on my IWD post I shared on Instagram last week, some of you asked me for books recommendations for busy mums who wants to feel empowered and inspired. I tend to read a lot of self-help books by kickass ladies in fact!  So let me share with you 8 Must-Read Books For Women To Feel Inspired & Empowered! C’est parti!

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Dream Life Journal – Kristina Karlsson

One of my favourite self-help books to read each year. Ideally, you should use it with Your Dream Life Starts Here. The author, more famously known for being the founder of the beautiful stationery brand Kikki K guides you step by step to work out what are your dreams and how to turn them into réalité. Packed with easy exercises to find out what inspires you, your values and how to set up smarts goals to meet those dreams, it is also beautiful. Plus many very inspiring quotes!

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I actually met Kristina Karlsson back in 2019 and she is so kind and serene! I recommend reading it every year to help your annual review maybe? For more inspiration and motivation, join now the Facebook group or listen to her podcast too!

The Comparison Cure: How to be less ‘them’ and More You – Lucy Sheridan

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Lucy Sheridan is officially the world’s first and only comparison coach. Another book with many exercises to make you think deeply about who you truly are. In a society where comparison is inevitable because of social media and a constant desire to succeed, you will discover that comparison is the thief of joy. And even if to some extent, it can be a motivator, you need to set boundaries to not be overwhelmed and feel like a failure. Time to gain some self-confidence and know yourself better ladies! It is what will bring you true happiness!

Ghosts – Dolly Alderton

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Oui! A fiction but the Top 10 Sunday Times Bestseller is more than a well-written story! So why did I select this book? I really like Dolly Alderton. And bien sûr, I devoured Everything I know About Love. This might only be a story, but it actually made me think beaucoup about the personal ghosts in my life. Deep down, we all have some and they affect our lives daily! A thought to ponder to move on and be stronger!

The Power Rude Of Rude – Rebecca Reid

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As soon as I listened to Rebecca Reid on an episode of BBC4 Women’s Hour, I knew I wanted to check out her book! You gotta love a bit of honesty! She truly speaks her mind and shows so well why women are constantly obsessed with being polite. Time to reclaim some balls, nothing less than that! J’adore her witty tone that actually tells the way things truly are, full stop!

Hype Yourself – Lucy Werner

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Aimed more at small businesses with practical and step by step tips to get some good PR without spending a huge budget, I checked it out because I love Lucy Wern’s colourful Instagram feed. A very good read for my followers who are mums with small businesses. You will get loads of good idées to get more visible out there!

Playing Big: A Practical Guide For Brilliant Women Like You – Tara Mohr

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Probably one of my fav expert in leadership. Tara describes so well how women tend to hold back and lack self-confidence.

Time to play big, encore! Literally! Turn off this inner-critic and regain some power. It is packed with many strategies to overcome your fears, whatever life is throwing at you. I also recommend downloading her free Inner Mentor Visualisation. Such a powerful exercise!

Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life – Katherine Ormerod

Social media and especially Instagram play such a big role in our life. I read it over the Summer holiday as I was questioning a lot my image and presence online. And actually, just a few weeks before The Social Dilemma Documentary exploded on Netflix.

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I always thought I was aware of the dangers of social media. But the truth is that we are all more addicted than we think! Even when you imagine you have some kind of balance! The book is well documented and gives you a full picture of what it is really like. An eye-opener! Now more than ever, I am careful with what I share on my Instagram and I enjoy an occasional break from the squares for my own sanity without feeling guilty!

Failosophy: A Handbook For When Things Go Wrong – Elizabeth Day

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Are you a perfectionist? Then this book is for you! Because failure has never been so beautiful and even powerful! Indeed, it makes who you are and learning from your mistakes is the best way to progress!

Easy to read, it reminded me that actually, the most meaningful success is to know ourselves. And not what the media and others would like us to think! A great read to put away some preconceptions and let go of that mum guilt! Or any other type of guilt for that matter!

8 Must-Read Books For Women To Feel Inspired & Empowered

So here are for you 8 Must-Read Books For Women To Feel Inspired & Empowered! Did you read any of those books? Are those writers among your favs?

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What are you reading at the minute? Here is my list for the upcoming weeks:

Out of Office: Ditch the 9-5 and Be Your Own Boss – Fiona Thomas

Girl, Woman, Other –  Bernardine Evaristo 

The Secret – Rhonda Byrne

You’re the Business: How to Build a Successful Career When You Strike Out Alone – Anna Codrea-Rado

The Midnight Library – Matt Haig.

I definitely need some more fictions so feel free to comment or email me with any good books you have enjoyed lately!

MERCI 😊

 

 

 

 

56 Comments

  1. Chloe
    March 18, 2021 / 4:17 pm

    I’m not much of a reader myself but these look like some really interesting books to read, I think this book sounds good for me, Failosophy: A Handbook For When Things Go Wrong – Elizabeth Day 🙂

  2. Chloe
    March 18, 2021 / 5:18 pm

    This book sounds great, The Comparison Cure: How to be less ‘them’ and More You – Lucy Sheridan. Sounds like it would be worth a read! 📖

  3. Chloe
    March 18, 2021 / 5:24 pm

    A nice choice of books on this blog, I think my sister would like this book Ghosts – Dolly Alderton, I’m going to recommend this one for her 🙂

  4. Chloe
    March 18, 2021 / 5:29 pm

    I like the book choices on here, I think Playing Big: A Practical Guide For Brilliant Women Like You – Tara Mohr would be a great read around leadership aswell 🙂

  5. Chloe
    March 18, 2021 / 5:32 pm

    The book Dream Life Journal – Kristina Karlsson sounds really inspirational and sounds like it could be interesting to read 🙂

    • Cecile Blaireau
      Author
      March 18, 2021 / 6:48 pm

      It is so good, I seriously recommend it. Check it out and let me know what you think

  6. Chloe
    March 18, 2021 / 5:40 pm

    A great selection of books here that sound very interesting and inspiring, I may have to take up reading again as it’s been a while since I last picked up a book 📖

  7. Priscilla Stubbs
    March 18, 2021 / 6:46 pm

    These look like fascinating books, would be happy to read them

  8. Hannah Wallington
    March 18, 2021 / 7:08 pm

    This is a great selection, I’ll definitely choose one for my next read.

  9. natalie s
    March 18, 2021 / 8:00 pm

    Oh thank you so much for the recommendations

  10. Fiona jk42
    March 18, 2021 / 8:56 pm

    I love reading but I’ve never enjoyed self-help books. I prefer to read novels or travelogues.

  11. ashleigh allan
    March 19, 2021 / 8:39 am

    great selection of books

  12. March 19, 2021 / 8:40 am

    Well, these all look very worthy and should provide food for thought. And if, like me, you’re really not much of a reader, console yourself with how impressive your bookcase is going to look. Hide all your Martina Coles, Jackie Collins and the like – let your erudition shine for all to see!

  13. Dee Dunn
    March 19, 2021 / 8:51 am

    The Comperison Cure sounds like a brilliant read, to help find my true self!

    • Natalie Baugh
      March 26, 2021 / 7:34 am

      Books i would really want to read, fab recommendations.

  14. Margaret Gallagher
    March 19, 2021 / 10:35 am

    Surprised ive not read any of them – all added to my list

  15. Margaret Clarkson
    March 19, 2021 / 2:00 pm

    Thank you for an interesting overview of these books.

  16. natalie s
    March 19, 2021 / 4:42 pm

    great books thank you

  17. Chloe
    March 19, 2021 / 8:23 pm

    There are definitely some great picks on here for busy mums who wants to feel empowered and inspired. I really enjoy these kind of self help books but I haven’t read one for quite a while!

  18. Chloe
    March 19, 2021 / 8:28 pm

    This could be an interesting read Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life – Katherine Ormerod, I know a few people that may benefit from reading this, not a bad gift idea 🙂

  19. Julia Kerr
    March 19, 2021 / 11:37 pm

    I love this, I’ll look into some of these, I think it’s really important

  20. Carolyn
    March 20, 2021 / 8:13 am

    I really loved this post. I have ordered two books for myself and one for a friend! Thanks,

  21. natalie s
    March 20, 2021 / 12:10 pm

    SUPER inspirational

  22. Helen B
    March 20, 2021 / 1:35 pm

    I could do with reading Failosophy: A Handbook For When Things Go Wrong as something inevitably goes most days.

  23. Nadia Josephine
    March 20, 2021 / 4:01 pm

    I haven’t read all of these but I love the selection and I definitely recommend “Hype youself”

  24. Chloe
    March 20, 2021 / 5:41 pm

    Great book recommendations on this blog, I will have to give a few of them a read 📖

  25. Chloe
    March 20, 2021 / 6:04 pm

    Great book recommendations for busy mums who wants to feel empowered and inspired 🙂

  26. Chloe
    March 20, 2021 / 6:23 pm

    Failosophy: A Handbook For When Things Go Wrong – Elizabeth Day this book sounds ideal for me 🙂

  27. Chloe
    March 20, 2021 / 6:27 pm

    It sounds like you have some great books lined up to read 🙂

  28. Alice Gilkes
    March 20, 2021 / 10:48 pm

    Some great reads. Thanks for the recommendations.

  29. March 21, 2021 / 8:45 am

    I think I read far more when I was younger, before exams came along and certain texts were required reading. I think it was probably at University when I lost my love of reading just for pleasure. Then when I got my first job, with some challenging working hours,I just never seemed to have the time…

  30. March 21, 2021 / 8:45 am

    I think I read far more when I was younger, before exams came along and certain texts were required reading. I think it was probably at University when I lost my love of reading just for pleasure. Then when I got my first job, with some challenging working hours,I just never seemed to have the time…

  31. March 21, 2021 / 8:45 am

    I think I read far more when I was younger, before exams came along and certain texts were required reading. I think it was probably at University when I lost my love of reading just for pleasure. Then when I got my first job, with some challenging working hours,I just never seemed to have the time…

  32. Chloe
    March 21, 2021 / 4:17 pm

    Some great book recommendations on this blog, I may have to have a read of a few of these! 🙂

  33. Chloe
    March 21, 2021 / 4:36 pm

    I think my sister would enjoy this book, Ghosts – Dolly Alderton, I’m going to recommend this to her 🙂

  34. Chloe
    March 21, 2021 / 4:40 pm

    This book – The Comparison Cure: How to be less ‘them’ and More You – Lucy Sheridan sounds really interesting, I may have to give this a read 📖

  35. Chloe
    March 21, 2021 / 4:43 pm

    Some really inspiring and empowering book recommendations on this blog post 🙂

  36. Chloe
    March 21, 2021 / 4:53 pm

    I may have to give this book a read, Failosophy: A Handbook For When Things Go Wrong – Elizabeth Day 🙂

  37. Chloe
    March 21, 2021 / 5:02 pm

    These are really great book recommendations on this blog post 🙂

  38. natalie s
    March 21, 2021 / 5:39 pm

    I must check out these books

  39. Carolyn
    March 21, 2021 / 6:04 pm

    I have only just started reading The Power of Rude, and its brilliant – thanks for the recommendation

    • Cecile Blaireau
      Author
      March 21, 2021 / 7:29 pm

      So happy you like it. I love how bluntly honest she is! We should be more like her 🙂

  40. Dee Dunn
    March 22, 2021 / 9:36 am

    I love how inspiring these books are!

  41. Nicki Simpson
    March 22, 2021 / 12:09 pm

    Ghosts sounds like something I should 100% think about reading….and soon!

  42. natalie s
    March 22, 2021 / 6:39 pm

    Can’t wait to read some of these!

  43. natalie s
    March 23, 2021 / 7:47 pm

    super empowering collection!

  44. Chloe
    March 23, 2021 / 9:52 pm

    Great choice of books for For Women To Feel Inspired & Empowered! 🙂

  45. March 24, 2021 / 8:50 am

    I think I need to read one of these at once as my soul clearly needs lifting. For the second day in a row, for no particular reason, I have woken up feeling very sad and depressed. I think I’m going to be very kind to myself today.

  46. Maria P
    March 25, 2021 / 12:05 pm

    Good selection of books, great inspiration

  47. Ritchie
    March 25, 2021 / 3:41 pm

    Great selection of books.

  48. Chloe
    March 25, 2021 / 8:33 pm

    This book Dream Life Journal – Kristina Karlsson sounds like a great book to set smart goals and make dreams a reality 🙂

  49. Lynn Neal
    March 25, 2021 / 10:29 pm

    A really interesting collection of books here!

  50. Susan B
    March 26, 2021 / 9:31 am

    An excellent list of books for women – and probably men, too.

    I am reading Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor. Well, I’ve read it and I have the exercises on the back pages marked and try to do some of them once a day. It’s an interesting and enlightening read.

    • Cecile Blaireau
      Author
      March 26, 2021 / 6:45 pm

      Will def check it out! Thank you so much for the idea!

  51. natalie s
    March 26, 2021 / 2:48 pm

    These sound like great reads

  52. Chloe
    March 26, 2021 / 3:38 pm

    Some lovely books recommendations for busy mums who want to feel empowered and inspired 📖

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