2017 is the year of inspiring. Whether that’s yourself, others or letting others inspire you, I find inspiration so motivating. You can find a lot of that inspiration online, but put that aside a moment and lets talk books. Holding in hand a physical book, especially a brand new one with a smooth cover, is something I find quite satisfying. So when the inside is as appealing as its outer shell, there’s nothing much better. I’ve gathered together my favourite books, ones I use for inspiration and motivation, and they are definitely “must-reads” for this year ahead.


Wake up everyday to a little spout of happiness with this one. I literally pick this up most mornings or evenings when I’m in the need of a little kick in the butt. Each page reveals something different from small positivity quotes to simple tips that will help you unwind and smile.


I love a good old beauty DIY, and this book is where I get all my tips. This book provides all the tips and tricks you need to look after your skin, naturally. It includes all areas such as skin, hair, and dietary to guide you to have beautiful natural skin. My favourites are the DIY facemasks as they are so fun and easy to make.


This women empowering book by Sophia Amoruso is one I’ve read through several times because well, it really is that good. Everyone was talking about it towards the end of 2016 and I’ve seen even more hype about it within this first week of January. Sophia, founder and executive of Nasty Gal, guides you through what it takes to be a #Girlboss, all the tricks of the trade to inspire and motivate women around the world to join the Girlboss movement. This is an absolute must have for those of you wanting to make a business of your own and join the “Bad bitches who are taking over the world” – Sophia Amoruso.


Now, if pretty pictures and Instagram feeds are your thing then this book is destined for you. Aimee Song, one of my biggest Instagram inspirations, created a guide on how to ‘Capture Your Style’. Song reveals all of her top secrets on how to take the perfect picture as well as creating the ultimate feed. The book is broken down into technical and editorial aspects of how to build a brand for yourself on Instagram. A great read for like-minded Instagram lovers.


Attention makeup lovers, I have something in store for you. Sali Hughes created this book to share with us 200 of the most iconic beauty products of all time. From the smell of baby lotions to Nars Orgasm blush and beyond, this booked is packed full of beauty wisdom. It guides you through makeup must haves from the past, present and future as well as talking exclusively about current brands that are shaping the beauty industry today. This book teaches you a heck of a lot, and it’s a good’un.


If you know Pixiwoo then you’ll know all about this. Late last year the beauty guru sisters Sam and Nic Chapman have compiled all of their knowledge into a beauty book full with tutorials, tips and techniques with easy to follow guides. The illustration is just so beautiful, and each section is so fascinating. This is a must if you’re an aspiring makeup artist or just simply love to play around with makeup.


One of the most iconic beauty books of all time is Bobbi Brown’s Makeup Manual, which includes 25+ years of Bobbi’s styling experience distilled into one book. It looks at everything from skincare basics to every aspect of face makeup. Of course, there are never seen before tips that are so useful and easy to follow. The book covers the head-to-toe of beauty science and it doesn’t miss a thing.

What are your favourite reads?

Megan ??

  • Great list! I got Capture Your Style for Christmas and I absolutely love it. The pictures inside are beautiful and there are so many useful tips. I need to read pretty iconic. I loved pretty honest, so I’m sure I’d love that too xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

  • Theresa

    I love keeping up with book recommendations from bloggers for the new year! I’m working on a book about Zelda Fitzgerald that I got for Christmas. It’s really good so far.

  • Cynthia @craftoflaughter

    I love your list! I am going to add several or your suggestions to my reading list. One of my goals is to gadget less, read more.

  • Beth???

    Girl boss is 100% on my reading list! Great post and lovely photos as always!x

    Beth // oldmoviesandkillerheels.co.uk

  • I think I have seen all of these on my daughter’s reading list. She reads so fast that I cannnot keep up. I need to get more nonfiction in my book bag. I am a fiction freak!

  • Those are books I would definitely enjoy reading. I especially love books with make up tips. I am going to check them out for sure!

  • Amber Gossett

    I’d love to get my hands on #girlboss and my best friend swears by that Bobbi Brown book. You chose a good list, thanks for sharing!

  • TheNewClassy

    These books seem pretty nice. I haven’t heard of any of them, but then again, I am out of the literary loop.

  • happy organized home

    I love reading, I’m mostly into mystery books & have my regular authors but I may give some of these books a try as a little side read throughout the year

  • I’ve set myself a challenge of reading 30 books this year so will defo be adding some of these to my list – I love the sound of the The Little Book of Happiness.
    I’d recommend The Little Book of Hygge too by Meik Wiking – all about the Danish concept of hygge which is like being cosy/happy etc 🙂

    Beth x


  • Lovely recommendations at the start of a fresh year! I have girlboss on my list too. Borrowing the little book of happiness from your list 🙂

  • Courteney Noonan

    I’ve heard so many good things about Girl Boss and The Little Book of Happiness! I also really want to pick up Face – I have such a long reading list for this year haha 🙂

  • Rose Sahetapy

    I haven’t read any books for quite sometimes. Now I plan to spare my time to read, and look for some of book recommendations. Naturally Gorgeous and Capture Your Style are the books that quite interesting to pick up.

  • Jean Standley

    What a gorgeous selection of books <3 One of my aims this year is to read more books and these are all going on my list of ones to read! I've pre-ordered some that are out in March and I can't wait to get my hands on them!

  • SavvyMomNYC – Ker

    I could definitely use the first book. THe Little Book of Happy seems like it would be uplifting. I need to get back to reading more for me. Thanks for the recommendations.

  • I really want to read more this year and these all sound like a great place to start, plus they all look so pretty- although you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, right?


  • Chelsea Damon

    Making a list of these! I love books that really help me to improve myself and especially my business. Thanks for this list!

  • I made a list too of books to read in 2017 #Girl Boss is definitely one of them will looks into the other ones to see if I want to add them to my already long book list, I seriously need to get started on the reading part lol…

  • Tara Holland

    I need to add some of these to my wish list. Right now I have a stack of books on my nightstand that I am too busy to read.

  • These look all great! Girlboss is also on my list!





  • I’ve been saying I need to up my reading game this year! I LOVE the sound of all of these books! I actually have the Bobbi Brown one but have never got round to reading it! I know what I’m doing this weekend! ? Im also going to look into getting the Girl Boss book, looks amazing! Love Rachel xxx