Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
This book is for anyone who wants to live a creative life. To be free, brave and curious. Elizabeth talks about her journey of creativity and inspiration. How she wrote Eat Pray Love for herself and didn't intend on it being a best seller. How we should create art because it's fun, not because it will make us famous, pay us lots of money or change the world. Elizabeth believes that we all have hidden jewels inside of us waiting to be found and that Big Magic is everywhere.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Paul, a neurosurgeon and a neuroscientist, talks to us about his life as a med student. The long hours, the different people he saw, the struggles of making important decisions. Until he was diagnosed with lung cancer. His account of what happens is breathtaking and heartbreaking. He talks about being a doctor one day, a patient the next. This books looks at the complex relationship between life & death, doctor & patient. It's a beautiful read but be prepared to cry!
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
This book is about a Slovakian Jew who is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau and works as the tattooist. He falls in love with Gita, a woman who is at the same concentration camp. This story is an incredible account of what life was like during those times in Birkenau. Lale was very heroic, compassionate, brave and inspirational. It's incredible how he used his priviledge to help others and how he risked his life on several occasions. This book was a great read!
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
Brene Brown discusses shame & vulnerability and how they affect our lives. I learned a lot about how these affect myself, but also those around me. This book helped me understand why people act in certain ways and the reasons behind them. She talks alot about how to dare greatly and the issues of 'never enough' mindset. It's full of useful information, anecdotes and research to back up her theories. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book.
* some links may be affiliate links