10 Reading Recommendations for a Transformative Summer


Hi there,

Since I was a child I loved to read. As a young girl of 8 I went to the local public library to read piles of books. Especially around Summer time. We always went for the whole Summer holidays to Spain, to visit my Spanish family. During the Siesta time, when it is too hot to go outside, my parents and other family members went for a nap and I would usually lay down on my bed reading all sorts of books to enter different worlds.

My love for books has never ended. When my children were born, I had to stop reading as I did not have the time to read. Now that they are older, I finally can find the time to read again. 

This Summer I wanted to broaden my perspective and try out new readings. I asked a client of mine, who is a huge book fan, to curate a reading list for transformation. When she sent it to to me, I was happy to see that we had a very similar taste as I have read "The Alchemist", "Siddhartha", and "Sophie's World" before my children were born. 

When she sent the list, I started with the book " Leaving microsoft to change the world" and it was such a lovely read. I can highly recommend this book. And the other's I read before. Honestly I can recommend reading them all. 

The following six weeks I will make time to read at least a book a week to change perspective, learn and enter new worlds. This will be part of my Summer Slow Down. I encourage you to read some of the book recommendations below and I would love to hear your findings when you have read them. You can follow me on Instagram where I will share and add new titles to the Summer reading list. On my Insta stories  you will find the updates. 

Here are the 10 titles of books for a transformative Summer

"The Alchemist" by Paulo Coehlo.  
An uplifting fable about facing your fear of failure and finding the courage and confidence to believe in yourself and follow your own path.

"Siddhartha" by Hermann Hesse.
This hugely influential classic first published in 1922 shares the journey of a privileged man’s road to finding meaning and purpose, tying in Eastern and Western spirituality, philosophy and psychoanalysis.

"Leaving Microsoft to Change the World" by John Wood. Storytelling about social entrepreneurship at its finest.
If you’ve ever wondered how to take all those learnings from the corporate world and apply them to a cause you’re passionate about, this autobiography is for you. The story of John Wood’s journey to leaving his executive career in Microsoft to founding the hugely impactful Room to Read.

"Educated" by Tara Westover (memoir of the tension of family loyalty and self-invention  and fulfilling your true potential).
This is an astonishing memoir about one girl’s quest for self-invention following a strictly isolated upbringing as part of a survivalist family living in the mountains of Idaho. No home-schooling, no medical care, no authorities. Tara shares her journey to find her own sense of self and follow her natural path against all odds.

"All These Wonders" by The Moth & Catherine Burnes
A collection of 49 true stories taken down from The Moth’s stages and spanning the whole range of human experience, underlining the importance of sharing our stories of risk and courage in facing the unknown.

"Sophie’s World" by Jostein Gaarder.
fter finding two questions in her mail box (“Who are you?” and “Where does the world come from?”) Sophie begins corresponding with a mysterious philosopher and we are treated to Sophie’s journey to wisdom through the history of philosophy.

"Power of Onliness: How to make your ideas mighty enough to dent the world" by Nilofer Merchant.
his inspiring book is filled with case studies showing how people have taken their background, passions, perspective to change the world around them for the better and shares insights on how each of us can do the same.  

"Daring Greatly: How the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent and lead" by Brene Brown. Combining a huge amount of research with personal stories, Brene Brown illustrates what it means to embrace vulnerability and find the courage to really engage with your life, your family and community. This book highlights what authentic leadership is all about.

"The Artist’s Way" by Julia Cameron.
This book has helped millions of people rediscover and explore their natural creativity. Writing your morning pages and taking part in content detoxes will take you on your journey to discovering those beliefs that may not be serving you and guide you on realising your creative self.

"Wild" by Cheryl Strayed.
This is a gripping memoir of Strayed’s epic hike across the Pacific Crest Trail as she grieves the loss of her mother and lays out her experiences and feelings around addiction, relationships and depression. She tells her story with total honesty and self-deprecation until you feel like you have travelled by her side.

Would love to hear your transformative book recommendations. Leave a comment below and I might add it to the list!

To your soul being,



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Posted on July 21, 2018 .