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Top 5 Empowering Reads For Those Winter Blues.
Let’s be honest- these winter months are dismal, dreary and, can be quite frankly, dreadful for keeping your spirits positive. That summer glow feels forever away and adding a lockdown into the mix is just the icing on a particularly disappointing cake. It’s safe to say that many of us are feeling far from our best at the moment. But fear not, because we have you covered. We have collated a round-up of our fave, non-fiction, female-authored books that are PERFECT for kicking that self-love and self-care back into full swing. From insightful autobiographies, to self-help books bursting with empowering advice, these talented ladies speak words that will put you right back on track.
1. All I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton
We adoreeeee Dolly’s memoir that documents all her (extremely relatable) experiences of growing up. From heartbreak to friendship, mental health to hangovers, there is something super endearing about hearing a woman’s own tale in such depth and honesty. It’s no wonder Dolly won a National Book Award for Autobiography of the Year in 2018. If it’s some belly laughs and relatability you need right now, this is the book for you.
2. What A Time To Be Alone by Chidera Eggurue
Wow. What can be said about this book? Chidera (AKA The Slumflower) offers a one stop guide to putting yourself first in this beautifully illustrated masterpiece. From learning to set boundaries, to accepting nothing but the best, this is an ESSENTIAL read for anyone who wants some guidance in becoming the best version of themselves. This is the kind of book you tell everyone about- from your mum to your heartbroken friend, everyone should read this at least once in their lives. Chidera, you are amazing.
3. Beauty Reimagined: Life Lessons on Loving Yourself Inside and Out by Stylist Magazine
Stylist magazine has rallied together the most remarkable team of women to contribute their insights on what beauty means to them. From body-positive activist and model, Harnaam Kaur, to acclaimed author, Caitlin Moran, the range of perspectives within this book really demonstrates the scope of what beauty can really be. Think of this as your personal, thought-provoking anthology for seeing the beauty within. nuddy is SO passionate about learning to love yourself, and we think Stylist has done a wonderful job in opening up the discussion. Get your hands on this ASAP!
4. The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k by Sarah Knight
You’ve probably seen this gracing the tables of your local bookstore (albeit with a censored sticker over the cover) and it’s no wonder why. Sarah’s self-help book aims to rid the mind of clutter and learn to, well, not give a f**k. For anyone finding themselves weighed down with stress at the moment, this is the perfect read to help you care less about what doesn’t matter and create the life you REALLY want.
5. My Thoughts Exactly by Lily Allen
Lily’s no-holds-barred autobiography is funny, enlightening and refreshingly honest. NO stone gets left unturned as she reminisces on past joys, regrets and everything in between. Her brash, fun tone is exactly what you need to remind yourself that life is too damn short to care what people think. Self-love comes in accepting yourself and Lily reminds us of this in all the best ways.
We know that self-care comes in alllll sorts of shapes, but we hope these wonderful reads offer you some advice and comfort during these uncertain times. Look after yourselves, honeys.