The Books To Read To Get Your Butt Into Gear

…you won’t be sitting still for long


I love a good read, if you couldn’t already tell by my colour-coordinated hoard of books in the front room. Whilst I divulge in fiction from time to time, unless I’m holiday you can pretty much guarantee that something from the non-fiction world – and usually covering minimalism, fitness, women in business, fashion or beauty – is perched on my bedside table. In fact I love nothing more than a meaty motivational text that gives me the kick up the rear that I need. Here are five that I’ve been enjoying recently…

The All-Encompassing Fitness Book‘Strong’ by Zanna Van Dijk. Zanna has hit the ‘ultimate guide to working out, wellness, healthy recipe, how to start going to the gym‘ guide on the head. There’s a snappier way of putting that, but if you are looking to start working out and want to overhaul your eating habits – this is a great place to start. Zanna has broken the whole thing down from busting myths about weightlifting to mindset shifting when it comes to food. If you haven’t got the urge to workout and eat a wholesome meal by the end of it then I’ll eat a banana (and I hate bananas).

The Nod-Along-As-You-Read Book‘The New Garconne: How To Be a Modern Gentlewoman’ by Navaz Batliwalla. You know sometimes you read a book and find yourself nodding along in agreement without even noticing? I found myself agreeing away with this, whilst also writing down notes from the shopping pages. It’s a bit of a everything from the lovely Navaz, from DisneyRollerGirl; there are profiles on women who embody the ‘Garconne’ vibe to a history of feminism and androgyny through the ages and the aforementioned ‘Where to Shop’ guides which will make you want to do a re-haul of your wardrobe basics immediately.


The ‘OMG I Have So Much Clutter – HELP’ Book‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ by Marie Kondo. I’m pretty sure that I don’t need to go over this one again, but for those of you who have previously missed my many ravings about this book, I’ll humour you. If you’re a hoarder, a proud owner of a floor-drobe or just someone who generally feels a bit cluttered mentally and psychically but don’t know where to start – this is the book for you. It takes you through the process of clearing out your home in a methodical way that means that you never have to tidy again, kinda.

The Business Owner’s ‘Knowledge Bomb’ Book ‘How To Style Your Brand’ by Fiona Humblestone. This is a must-read for all small business owners, anyone who is thinking of starting their own soon or those who just full-on geek-out about branding. It’s one of those books that makes me think ‘DAMN, why didn’t I read this seven years ago?‘. There’s plenty of practical tips in there and even helpful ones who those who have already birthed their business babies. I particularly found the chapters on colour psychology and business cards really interesting (note to self: make business cards).

The ‘Get Your Creative Juices Flowing’ Book‘Capture Your Style’ by Aimee Song. This book is geared towards those wishing to take their Instagram to the next level, but personally I found it to inspire me way beyond the phot0-sharing platform. Sure, it deals with Aimee’s outfit photo taking tips and advice on flat-lays, but actually it’s just mega-packed with photography help that can be applied to everything from blog pictures to YouTube thumbnails. It’s not a long read, but it’s well worth curling up on the sofa one afternoon and taking notes. You’ll be styling out your dinner that night for a picture, I’m sure.

Photos by Lauren Shipley



  • I am such a book worm so thank you for the recommendations! How to style your brand is actually next on my reading list! 🙂

  • I keep hearing about the The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and how good it is. I really wonder if I could benefit from it. I like to think I’m already very tidy and organized, but you never know, maybe there’s still room for improvement.

  • Philippa

    Great suggestions, I love books like these!
    Philippa x

  • So many interesting ones on there – I really want to have a flick through Zanna’s book

    – Natalie

  • Some lovely suggestions Anna, thanks for sharing 🙂
    – Ambar x

  • Shii Sakai

    I’d love to have all of these one day! Thank you for sharing them:)

    Shii x

  • Sade

    Surely reading books by other bloggers is just going to lead to even more same-y content from all of you…🙄

  • I can’t wait to pick up Zannas book! x

  • Love the sound of these – deffo going to have to give them a read!xx

    Lucy x |

  • Motivational books are my favourite! Although ‘How to Style You Brand’ sounds like an interesting read, I’ll add it to my list 😉 ♥

    Amy //

  • These photos are so gorgeous!!!

  • I received Amiee’s book for Christmas and it really has made me want to up my instagram just so much inspiration oozing from the book! ‘Strong’ by Zanna Van Dijk. Zanna sounds perfect as well, I really want to start working out and eating healthier, may have to purchase this

  • I really want to read how to style your brand!!

  • legalcomment

    very good article but we must need to read the ideas oriented books so that we can do something innovative because traditional books are not adding any value!

  • Today Souhaila

    I want to read more in 2017 and this post will help me find more book choices ,thank you

  • Great suggestions, thanks Anna!!
    Katie Actually

  • Capture Your Style was such a good read, love knowing all the technicals about Insta!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • Amazing suggestions. Thank you.

  • I tend to rad non-fiction a lot these days as well. right now it is “Get the Glow”. Late to the party, I know.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • Some awesome recommendations, thank you! I got Capture Your Style for Christmas so I can’t wait to sit down and have a proper read. How To Style Your Brand has gone straight onto the wishlist, too!

  • Love this post, but it probably wasn’t the best thing for me to read while I’m attempting a spending ban because now I just want them all – whoops! x
    Sophie Cliff

  • I am curious about Capture Your Style, I keep seeing it everywhere!

    Ela BellaWorld

  • I’m definitely going to be getting hold of the Capture Your Style book! I most certainly want to take my Instagram to the next level.
    Bee |

  • Vamourous

    This was just what I needed! Love your blog, such a lovely layout. xxx

  • hanan abdi

    A good book to read with a cuppa of anything is all you neeed at times honestly :p
    A Girl’s Journal

  • Maggie

    This was a perfect post! I am going to check these out with a huge cup of tea!

  • Being a massive hoarder, I really need that Marie Kondo book in my life. Great tips! 🙂


  • Nilla Austin

    I just added the Capture Your Style book to my Amazon wish list! I can’t wait to read it!

  • I love Aimee Songs new book! Inspired me to be so much more creative 🙂

  • Wow! What a beautiful post. Thank you so much for your lovely words about my book! I’m honoured to featured alongside such gorgeous books. Here’s to an amazing new year.

  • Hayley

    I am definitely going to add these books to my wishlist.

  • My friend really want to read “Capture your style” and I’m sure that after her I will read it too! 🙂

  • Sarah Pradolin

    I absolutely loved this post! I am more of a fiction reader as I enjoy the creativity of it. I do find it difficult to find an interesting non-fiction read, however your post has given me lots of great reads to get stuck into!! Thanks xxx

  • Eleni Ev.

    Anna, I just wanted to let you know that I love your blog! I love your writing and the way you present the topic of each post. No endless text walls and no boring numbered lists, great job!
    I also wanted to suggest a blog post (or video, whatever!) idea, tell us about your favourite watches or maybe even jewellery! I am dying over this Abbot Lyon watch and this bracelet!

  • Tania Stanwood

    Try Tailored Dreams by Daniel Christian Bradley. Truly motivational and inspirational. His story working with youth, and leaving things better than you found them is an art we all should learn!

  • These all sounds brilliant! I’ll have to invest in some of these 😀 thanks for sharing them 🙂