In the library: Essential summer reading

healthy party girl summer reading list books

I have always thought that summer is the perfect time for resting, relaxing, and reading. It usually means longer holidays, and plenty of time to do absolutely nothing. Unless you have the type of brain that can’t shut down, like I do. I end up travelling around with a suitcase full of summer reading books, trying to absorb as many as possible before the need to return to a literary diet of prescribed textbooks.

These books are all worth looking at if you are interested in personal development, spirituality, wellness, and creativity—the first four were written by Aussies too. I have a list a mile long of books to read, but it’s great to see new authors, coaches, and entrepreneurs joining the published ranks alongside established authors in this field. The heath, wellness, spirituality, and personal development field has exploded over the last few years, bringing a wave of new faces and fresh delivery styles to hungry audiences, so there is something to suit everyone’s taste or exploration stage.

My summer reading list

  1. Rebecca CampbellLight is the New Black. I saw Rebecca at the Earth Academy: Soulpreneur Sessions event recently, and was absolutely blown away by her presence on stage. Part personal journey and part introduction to light work, the book explores what it means to be awake and connected in this age.
  2. Melissa AmbrosiniMastering Your Mean Girl. For anyone beginning their self-discovery journey, this is a beautifully printed tome filled with inspiration and practical advice for acting from love over fear, closing the door on negative self-talk, dialling up worthiness, and living a healthy and present life.
  3. Lisa MessengerMoney + Mindfulness. The third in Lisa’s series of honest and accessible life guides, following Daring + Disruptive and Life + Love, is full of personal stories and sage advice from her financial experience in business and personal adventures. Super engaging and quick to read.
  4. Jess AinscoughMake Peace With Your Plate. With a friendly and conversational style, even while presenting facts and sharing vulnerable parts of the story, you can image a friend sitting animatedly across from you with a green juice. This inspiring lady is a must-read for wellness junkies. Open mind required.
  5. Elizabeth GilbertBig Magic. Everyone read this at the end of last year, but I’m still catching up! If you have aspirations of living the creative life, then this book will change the way you approach the balance of the creative process and all the associated fears. A serve of real-talk with love and compassion.
  6. Brené BrownDaring Greatly. A discussion of courage and vulnerability at the heart of love, creativity, innovation, and also fear, disappointment and so on. I’m not finished with this one yet, it’s definitely one to ruminate on over time. A classic from a well-respected and tenured leader, check out her TED talk too.
  7. Caroline MyssAnatomy of the Spirit. I’m still recovering from the spiritual smackdown that Caroline Myss handed out on her recent Australian tour. This well-known and highly-recommended text on physical power and energy healing draws on ancient traditions and decades of her own research.

1.light is the new black2.mastering your mean + mindfulness
4.Make Peace With Your Plate5.big magic6.daring greatly7.anatomy of the spirit

My iPad Kindle reader also has books queued up by Danielle LaPorte, Marie Forleo, Paul Coelho, Louise Hay, Eckhart Tolle, Sera Beak, Tony Robbins, and Steven Pressfield, so I think I will be busy reading well into the year, even once the summer is over. Not to mention a book club book and my uni textbooks too.

These books are all available online, and should be available in your local bookstores as well. Light is the New Black and Mastering Your Mean Girl also come with a bunch of other bonuses including meditation tracks and other resources, so click the title links to check out the full experience and see what the fuss is all about.

I’ll be sharing some more key takeaways from the books I read this year over the coming months, and I’d love to hear about your summer reading, and if you come across any illuminating ideas amongst the pages.

What’s on your summer reading list? Share your must-reads with me in the comments!


p.s. Just so you know and for complete transparency, I have chosen not to include affiliate links to purchase the books in this post. My intention is purely to share the books that I have been exploring for myself.

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