KARINA LYBURN | Personal Branding Photographer

My 5 favourite books of 2019

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” – Lemony Snicket

One of my goals for 2019 was to read more, and I’m pleased to say I’ve actually achieved it! More travelling with work this year has meant more time to catch up with reading as the world whizzes by out the window.

So I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite books this year:

‘How to Own the Room’, by Viv Groskop. It’s full to the brim with top notch advice and practical tips for public speaking. Whether you’re aiming for a TED talk or you just want to speak more confidently on the phone (and everything in between), this book has you covered.

‘Girl Wash Your Face’, by Rachel Hollis. The brilliant Rachel Hollis calls us out on the lies we tell ourselves and how we can overcome them. Honest, thought-provoking, and downright hilarious, it’s definitely one to keep coming back to whenever any kind of anxiety around running a business, being a woman in business, what you should or shouldn’t have achieved by now, or just about life in general, starts to arise.

‘You are a Badass at Making Money’, by Jen Sincero. This has been my ‘over breakfast read’ this year. Money is a highly charged taboo topic, we love it, we hate it, we want it, we fear it. Crammed full of exercises to work out what money story you’re running and how that affects your life and business, Sincero breaks it all down and makes it accessible, engaging, and laugh-out-loud funny.

‘Work Like A Woman’, by Mary Portas. Suitably no-nonsense talk from one of my heroes! I loved seeing Mary Portas in conversation this year and when I read this book I have her voice in my head. A must-read for any woman with her heart set on creating a new culture for women in any kind of work and being unapologetic about designing a life they love.

‘Do/Open’, by David Hieatt. All the Do/Books are fantastic and this one is no exception. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading this as I develop my email newsletter this year. Full of bitesize information on building community, building a brand and building long-term growth. I can’t wait to dip back into it as I grow my newsletter in 2020.

So there you have it!

I’d love to know what you’ve enjoyed reading in 2019 and what I should add to my list for next year. Drop me a message on social media and let me know, I’d love to hear from you!

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