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Inspire Your Week | Two Must Read Books

Inspirational Books | Books to Read | Self Help Books

I’ve always LOVED to read. In Kindergarten I was at the top of the class for most books read and difficulty level. In elementary, I read all of the AR books and got all of the points. I love a good beach read and a good book in a nice hot bubble bath. But these days, I find myself reading books that can help me grow as a person and that inspire me to be my best self.

When Emily Ley came out with her book, Grace Not Perfection, it had my name written all over it and I knew I had to have it. How many times a day do we feel like we’re not good enough, not pretty enough, not popular enough? I can answer that for you–at least once an hour if I’m being honest. And another truth bomb: it’s almost harder as a blogger not to play the comparison game. Like really difficult y’all. Sometimes it’s one thing after another. This book speaks to my soul and will probably speak to yours too! Go. Get. Your. Copy. Today.

Another book that’s a must is Cultivate. I just got the book for my birthday from my sister who said it simply looked like me (or something I’d like). She was right. A common theme of “self-help” books I like to read even though I don’t like to call them that, is grace. GRACE not Perfection. Cultivate: A GRACE-filled guide to growing an intentional life.

I haven’t gotten through much of either of the books yet, but I can’t wait to read a page or two every night and journal when I can.

If you’re like me and could use a reality check every few days and a gentle reminder to slow down and appreciate the now, you’ll want to inspire your week with these books!

P.S. A few more favorites include: Captivating and Don’t Sweat the Small Things (which my dad bought for me)!

P.P.S Shop a few of my favorite journals below–I may or may not have a journal hoarding problem!

  • I’ve heard of that Emily Ley book, I’ll have to check it out! I also have started reading a lot of books that make me think and grow, so it sounds right up my alley!

  • Loving the photos!! You’re a natural! I’ll have to read these! I definitely need some self-help books in my life.

  • Corey Wheeland

    I’ve been dying to read Emily Ley’s book. It’s also just SO pretty πŸ™‚

  • Brittany Strawbridge

    I haven’t heard of these but have been looking for some good books! Will definitely check these out! & they are just too pretty not to have on my bookshelf haha xx

  • Your pictures are so cute! I have had my eye on Cultivate for a while now, I should really get it on my Kindle so I’ll read it! If you’re looking for more books to read, I made a list of some other books I highly recommend you check out: (My favorite is You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero)

  • These are such cute journals. I just filled one up so I need another. I need to add these to my reading list as well. I just finished Present Over Perfect, which you might enjoy.

  • Lisa Roe

    I just ordered the Emily Ley book, and I am excited to dive into it, sounds like such an inspiring read. I have been reading a lot of books lately, currently Nothing to Prove by Jennie Allen, you might want to check it out too.

  • I’m always looking for great reads like these!


  • Kayla Kleinman

    Oooh I’m super curious about the book Cultivate. Looks right up my alley.

  • Jessica Devlin

    Thank you! I’m always in the mood for a good book

  • Rachel Ritlop

    Both of these sound so great! Definitely looking for some new books to add to my collection and I may have just found some! Thanks for sharing!

  • I’ve heard a lot about Cultivate! I’ve been reading a lot more self help books this year and I actually really enjoy them. It’s a genre I’ve overlooked for too long.

  • thesophiadiaries

    never heard of these books before, but I totally gotta include this into my to-read list!!! thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  • Kaitlin

    Grace not Perfection sounds like a great read!!! Also, I’m a journal hoarder too! I can’t get enough of them – haha!

    – Kaitlin

  • Ooh this book sounds like an awesome read! I know they say don’t judge a book by its cover, but daamnnn, that cover is stunning!

  • mckenna bleu

    I love some of your favorite journals! I need a new one

  • Those books and journals are super cute!

  • Becca Wilson

    I am definitely always looking for new things to read. These suggestions are so great!

  • Kelsey H

    I’ve heard such great things about the Cultivate book!! I’ve been wanting to read! xo

  • I haven’t read either of these, but they both sound great! Adding them to my reading list!

  • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

    Currently wishing a read more ? These are some truly inspiring reads I just need to get into sitting down and escaping from everything for a little while!

  • I also have a reading and a journal hoarding problem πŸ™‚ Both are very expensive habits but I swear I won’t stop!

    xoxo, Paige

  • Both books I’ve have been wanting to read forever but my list is just so long!!! I absolutely love inspiring reads like these.

    Grace |

  • Macarena Ferreira

    I need to check out these books!

    xo //

  • I need to check these out! The Cultivate cover is so cute too!