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Shelf Help: inspiration for July

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SHELF HELP IS A BOOK CLUB + COMMUNITY DEDICATED TO SELF-HELP + SELF-DEVELOPMENT. EACH MONTH FOUNDER TONI JONES SHARES WITH US HER FAVOURITE CURRENT READS…

1. PAUSE BY DANIELLE MARCHANT £10.53 (Shelf Help BOTM*)

Strive drive sleep repeat don’t miss a beat. Does this sound like your life? Pushing forward with no pauses? If so, how are you feeling right now? Tired? Bored? Lonely? Angry? Stressed? Sad? Fed up? Wired? All of the above? Pause: How to Press Pause Before Life Does it for You is a beautiful book that is less about doing and more just ‘being’. Sounds simple? But slowing down is much tougher than we think. And it’s crucial if we want to live a fulfilling and happy life, and understand more about ourselves and our place in the world, says author and executive coach Danielle Marchant.

2. EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT LOVE BY DOLLY ALDERTON £8.00

I’m a little late to the Dolly party, but better late than never, right? (And now it’s out in paperback it’s the perfect holiday read). As the scribbled cover suggests, this is a book about many things, but the reason that all my friends are recommending it to one another is that it is ultimately an ode to the power of female friendship. It’s also very raw and very funny. One for the Sex and the City fans.

3. GRIT: WHY PASSION + RESILIENCE ARE THE SECRET TO SUCCESS BY ANGELA DUCKWORTH £7.62

We can’t be good at everything. Or can we? Assuming that some of us are just luckier and born with a higher level of intelligence and/or talent is what is called a fixed mindset. And hopefully we all know by now that a growth mindset is what we are aiming for. A growth mindset, argues author Angela Duckworth, assumes that skills and knowledge can be learned and improved upon and that it is ‘grit’ – our capacity to stay optimistic and to keep trying and pushing and learning – and NOT talent – that will take us the farthest. A reminder that hard work and effort WILL get you there in the end. 

4. LIFESHOCKS: AND HOW TO LOVE THEM BY SOPHIE SABBAGE £13.22

Have you ever wondered if life is trying to tell you something?  This month’s brand-new book pick explains how sometimes the worse things that happen to us can be the most transformative and healing. According to psychology coach and author Sophie Sabbage there are three kinds of lifeshocks (those moments that blindside, surprise and, well, ‘shock’ us) all of which are sent to challenge our beliefs, and then help us grow towards happiness and peace.

5. THE GIRL WHO CLIMBED EVEREST BY BONITA NORRIS £8.89 (paperback pre-order, dispatched 26 July)

Ready to be inspired? At the age of 20 Bonita Norris, a normal girl from Wokingham who had never climbed in her life, decided she wanted to be the youngest woman to conquer Everest. Not just get to base camp, but to reach the summit, a gruelling 2-month expedition that even seasoned climbers fear. Everyone in her life, especially her mum, thought she was mad, and this is the story of lessons learned as she conquered her fears and their fears, hustled for funding and support, trained like a demon, battled her own demons and finally made it to the top of the world’s biggest mountain, one step at a time.

*Each month the Shelf Help book club chooses one book to work through with its members and Life + Me readers, sharing content online and running Virtual Book Clubs and real-life meetups. Follow Toni Jones + Shelf Help on InstagramDISCOVER MORE INSPIRATION AT WORDERY.COM/LIFEANDME