I’ve missed writing to you. I’m sorry I’ve been a little quiet – burnout happened and I had to step back a bit.

Thank you to those who sent encouraging emails, comments, reviews – I came back for you!

Now that I’m back, let’s have fun and being the geek that I am, what better way than to talk about all things books.

There are very few things that make me happier than a good book; sun lounger or sofa, sparkling water or wine are the minor details that get swept aside when you are heart deep in a good book. Granted, I’m a bit of a geek.

I’ve been asked for some book recommendations for the summer and I thought of business as usual non-fiction books BUT THEN I thought I’d go totally nuts and indulge in some non-fiction items too…I know …crazy! But all work and no play and all that.

Here’s the list of non-fiction reads

Recommendation #1 The Choice by Edith Eger. One of the most transformational books I have ever read. Simple.

Recommendation #2 On Becoming Fearless. This book is for anyone navigating womanhood and the multitude of emotional challenges that come with it. Arianna Huffington is a force of nature and she uses her experience to benefit those of us that are coming after her.

Recommendation #3 Grit by Angela Duckworth. In a world where we are taught by popular culture that some of us are lucky and others aren’t. This book dispels some myths and sets you on a path towards success in a meaningful and attainable way

Recommendation #4 Women and Leadership by Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a book about leadership at the highest level, it profiles women such as Hillary Clinton, Jacinda Adern, Christine Lagarde and others who have led countries and/or large institutes and finds out from them how they achieved success, what it cost them and how they have found their stride in male-dominated environments. We have just started reading this book in the book club and I’m really looking forward to our book review on this.

Recommendation #5 Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger. He talks about translating his success from bodybuilding, business, acting and politics. It’s a lot to learn from his mindset and how he approaches things and also his sense of humour. If you are looking for something quite entertaining but very educational from the perspective of somebody that has been there.. done that in four different areas of life, this is the one.

What about the fiction list? Well … You have to work for that one. You can check out the podcast where I’m sharing these juicy books here , and if you’d like to geek out on some of these books too, don’t be shy, you’re in good company – email me with your thoughts!