All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks
This book really is life-changing and will give you a more informed perspective on what love really means. It has some very insightful points that certainly get you thinking. My personal favourite quotes from out of this book were:
”love and abuse cannot coexist”
”True love is unconditional, but to truly flourish it requires an ongoing commitment to constructive struggle and change”
”Domination cannot exist where a love ethic prevails”
Hooks gives many thought-provoking insights throughout which can be helpful for adults of all ages but particularly for young women facing a transitional period in their lives. The focus is on what love really means, especially in today’s social climate. It helps you understand people in a deeper way and why everyone operates differently when it comes to love. She’s vulnerable and honest about her love heartbreaks and the pain that she’s faced throughout her life. And explains it in a very logical way with powerful words beautifully written. Her own experiences and understandings will help you understand the love you’ve experienced throughout your life.
Badass Affirmations: The Wit and Wisdom of Wild Women by Becca Anderson
This book focuses on women rights, affirmations and manifesting. She writes about many strong women and their accomplishments to give inspiration to the readers. The insights into these women’s lives do not just focus on the successes but also the struggles they face too. It gives many different accountants of how they overcame them to become successful and powerful women. Anderson aims to give readers deeper insights into who they are and who they want to be. She gives step by step guidance into how to affirm and manifest your visions and goals. And how to take control of your life and become a badass woman. It’s more of a confidence booster than a book with new and insightful information. However, it might be just the motivation you need to follow your dreams and to stop making excuses! Sometimes you just need a reminder that you’re a badass.
The Comfort Book by Matt Haig
This is a must-read for anyone who is struggling with their mental health. And it’s one for the overthinkers, over analyzers, or pessimists too! It’s heartfelt, impactful, honest and uplifting all at the same time. There is one thing for sure, this book will give you the positivity to get through the week. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll find yourself referring to the beautifully written points time and time again when life gets difficult. It’s clear that Haig has written this book to give the world comfort and hope. It’s filled with words of wisdom that aim to help people through struggles and even the toughest of times. If you’re feeling alone in this world, please read this book. It will offer you comfort and peace in knowing that everyone has felt like that at some point in their lives. He has a great ability to find hope and light even in the darkest of times and gives the readers honest tips on how to change their mindset.
Unfuck Your Brain: Using Science to Get Over Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Freak-outs, and Triggers by Faith G. Harper
This book is another one to read if you’re struggling with any mental health issues or somebody close to you is. It covers a variety of topics, such as mental health issues (particularly anxiety and depression), anger problems, traumas and triggers. Harper explains the effects these conditions have on your brain using real scientific evidence. He focuses most of his writings on trauma because he believes it’s a very stigmatized area of mental health. He explores the different psychological effects trauma can cause, such as emotional outbursts, flashbacks and strained relationships and how to overcome them.