Good summer reads... my favourite beach books

12 June 2019

Sunbathing and swimming are all well and good (and they are for my skin!) but when I head to the beach my absolute favourite thing to do is read. And here I’ve put together some of my favourite beach books just in case you’re stuck for inspiration.

I’m a huge fan of ‘real’ books, I just prefer them to reading on a kindle, but as with everything it’s to each their own. Personally, I like to read inspirational and motivational books, either to give me some techniques for a calm and peaceful life or to help me find new ideas for my business.

My good summer reads

Of course you can read these at any time of the year! And you can read them wherever you like, so if there’s not a beach holiday in your plans then just grab a chair and go in the garden, or curl up on a comfy sofa. If you are going on holiday, make some room in your case (or download them onto your e-reader) and prepare for some serious time out relaxing. Remember, one of the secrets to glowing skin is self care and de-stressing, and the simple act of reading is a great way to do this.

The Art Of Happiness: A Handbook For Living by the Dalai Lama and Howard C Cutler. Now then, who is better to take some advice from than this great spiritual leader? In this book, the authors apply the principles of Tibetan Buddhism to everyday problems, and explain how we can achieve spiritual and mental freedom. Finding peace and balance in our busy, bustling lives isn’t always easy, so these are very wise words to follow.

What A Time To Be Alone: The Slumflower’s Guide To Why You Are Already Enough by Chidera Eggerue. As I’ve got older, I’ve learned that enjoying my own company is no bad thing. Being alone certainly doesn’t mean being lonely. This brilliant book is by writer and fashion blogger the Slumflower (aka Chidera Eggerue). She shows you how to take charge and boss your life, avoid friendship toxicity and learning to love yourself. It’s savvy, it’s sassy and I love it!

You’ll See It When You Believe It by Dr Wayne W Dyer. You know how much I love visualisations and affirmations, right? Well just in case you didn’t know, I freakin love them! And this book is all about the power of our minds, how to focus on our beliefs and take our very personal journey of transformation. Using our thoughts constructively really is a great tool to a greater sense of self worth.

An Edited Life: Simple Steps to Streamlining your Life, at Work and at Home by Anna Newton. I HATE clutter, I LOVE to be organised and I just feel so much better when I feel I’m in a good environment (remember the H in my HOPE principle is for Home). It’s not always easy, and I’ve found this book soooo useful. It basically helps you declutter everything, from your wardrobe to your bookshelves, your budget to your beauty routine. And all of that helps me to feel much calmer and more relaxed.

The Anxiety Solution: A Quieter Mind, A Calmer You by Chloe Brotheridge. Anxiety and worry are horrible and it can be quite easy to find yourself in a cycle, where you feel anxious, you don’t sleep or eat properly, you feel worse, you get stressed. And believe me all of that is NOT good for us warriors. The author of this book, Chloe Brotheridge, is a clinical hypnotherapist, and her techniques can help you manage symptoms of anxiety and feel happier and back in control of your life.

Brave New Girl by Chloe Brotheridge. We’re not born with confidence, or lack of it believe it or not, it is something you can learn. This book is about letting go of people pleasing or worrying, building up your self belief and turning you into the best, most confident version of you there is. Yay!

Playing Big: A Practical Guide For Brilliant Women Like You by Tara Mohr. There are so many talented, creative women out there, but so often we put ourselves down, retreating into our shells instead of basking in the limelight. In this book, we learn how to step out of our own shadow and overcome the mental hurdles we put in our own way.
These books have helped to transform the way I think, live and work, and I love to reread them from time to time. Don’t forget to let me know if you try any of them @camilleknowles


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