On my instagram poll half of you voted for the skin care routine and the other half wanted me to recommend some books.
You will probably find a little bit of everything in my book recommendations although they’ll be more focused around nonfiction books.
Hopefully you’ll be inspired – let me know if you read any of these!
Books on nutrition
By now you will probably know how passionate I am about nutrition. That’s why these books had to be the first to mention!
How Not to Die – Michael Greger
By far my favourite book on nutrition! When I first started reading it I was pretty disappointed because I’ve expected something a little more similar to “The China Study” but now I can confidently say if you only want to read one book on nutrition – please read “How Not to Die”! Dr. Greger recommends which food groups you should eat on a daily basis and enlarges upon each of them, explaining why and what they are good for. He furthermore talks about the importance of exercise and developed an app where you can check whether you’ve got your “Daily Dozen” in order to promote optimal health.
“Back in 1903, Thomas Edison predicted that the “doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of [the] human frame in diet and in the cause and prevention of diseases.” – Michael Greger
The China Study – T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell
This was the first book I’ve ever read on nutrition and it changed my life forever. Before reading it I always believed in unscientific recommendations as “low carb, paleo, the Atkins diet” etc. But reading “The China Study” definitely opened my eyes and gave me an orientation what I should inform myself on. It also made me realise the way doctors are trained today would not make me happy and leave me unsatisfied. Nutrition & lifestyle are crucial for our health. And no drug will ever have the power to fix your lifestyle choices. Let’s work on the underlying cause of diseases instead of just treating its symptoms and profiting from patients with chronic diseases.
The Starch Solution – John A. McDougall
Probably the easiest nutrition book you could read and I loved that it also includes information about the traditional diet of people. I would say it isn’t as scientific as the other two books I’ve already mentioned but it is a great introduction into the health benefits of a plant-based diet and is still backed up with medical studies and plenty of research.
I’m sure the are also many other amazing books on (plant-based) nutrition but these are the one’s you’re most likely to come across and as far as I know the most popular. Dr. Neal Bernard is also an amazing doctor who advocates a vegan diet and you might want to check him out too!
Self-realization & Self help books
Only recently have I started to be interested in this kind of books and there are definitely so many more that I will still read as they are currently my favourites. Even though I have not yet read all of them I’ve included the ones on my reading list in my recommendations too as I am absolutely sure they may enrich your life.
The Alchemist – Paulo Coehlo
This is a book I’ve wanted to read for ages and recently and coincidentally discovered it in my local book store. I was pretty astound and it reminded me of the law of attraction as I do not really believe in coincidences. I can highly recommend reading this book to you and although it is fictional I think it fits better into the self-realization book recommendations. Moreover it’s very well written and you will probably feel extreme happiness whilst reading it – I did. There are some amazing quotes in it and honestly I couldn’t help smiling over and over again.
“When you want something all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” – Paulo Coehlo
Money and the Law of Attraction – Esther and Jerry Hicks
If you’re not familiar with the law of attraction yet, this book might be for you. I have not finished it but found it really helpful and will definitely try to continue reading it at some point. Try to not be deterred too easily and make an effort to understand the meaning behind it. It may not be easy to go along with it at first but once you accept the concept I think you will be able to see the truth in it.
The Secret – Rhonda Byrne
I have to admit I have not read this book myself but I’ve watched the documentary (available on Netflix and YouTube) and again this one deals with the law of attraction. It’s actually pretty amazing because we are the creators of our thoughts, our thoughts influence our feelings and together our thoughts and feelings become our reality. But if we are not happy it lies within our hands to change our thoughts, feelings and thus circumstances and life. Both books might be worth a read even if you’re not into spirituality.
Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationship with Food Through Myths, Metaphors, and Storytelling – Anita Johnston
This book is great if you struggle or have struggled with an eating disorder and are into myths, metaphors and storytelling. I have not read all of it because by the time I got it the topic wasn’t really up-to-date and relevant to me anymore. But the pages I’ve read were amazing and I am absolutely convinced that you could learn a lot from it. It has helped me to see my eating disorder from a different perspective and develop a new understanding for it. Furthermore I think myths, metaphors and storytelling are a pretty cool tool to stimulate thinking and encourage you to form a new point of view. In my opinion it could even be pretty useful to much more women than just those who’ve battled an ed, as it deals with incredibly valuable topics that could be useful in our society.
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment – Eckhart Tolle
I have not yet purchased this book but it is definitely on my reading list and I’ve heard so many positive reviews about it. I do not want to take away too much but I think it might definitely be worth reading for everyone who is interested in self growth and spirituality.
Mögest Du glücklich sein – Laura Malina Seiler
A big thank you to @plantifulsoul at this point. Without you I would not have discovered the podcast “Happy, Holy & Confident” by Laura Malina Seiler and it has helped me so much during the last few weeks. I’m extremely grateful for your recommendation and must say everything I’ve read or heard from the author of this book so far resonated so deeply within me. This is obviously in German, the podcast is too. I highly recommend to check out the podcast as it is extremely helpful and it would be a pity if I didn’t mention it on here.
Conversations with God – Neale Donald Walsch
Again a book I have not yet been able to read. I’ve heard about it so many times but as I’m not religious the title wasn’t appealing to me. It is a trilogy and the first book is dedicated to our personal lives, problems and visions. The second and third book deal with political and social issues. You do not have to believe in God in order to read it and it is definitely another book on my reading list.
Books on veganism
These again are books I still have to read but as I’m already vegan and have informed myself a lot on the topic they are not a priority anymore. However I have heard that they are very good and I’d definitely recommend to check them out – especially if you are not vegan. Information is key for making your own choices and if you read them you will probably understand why veganism is so important even though “everyone eats meat” and it is “normal, natural, and necessary”.
Eating animals – Jonathan Safran Foer
Jonathan Foer asked himself “why do we eat animals?” and “would we eat continue eating them, if we knew, where animal products were coming from?”. One of my closest friends recommended this book to me. She used to love chicken but recognized animals are sentient living beings and taste should never be a justification good enough to do harm to others.
“Just how destructive does a culinary preference have to be before we decide to eat something else? If contributing to the suffering of billions of animals that live miserable lives and (quite often) die in horrific ways isn’t motivating, what would be? If being the number one contributor to the most serious threat facing the planet (global warming) isn’t enough, what is? And if you are tempted to put off these questions of conscience, to say not now, then when?” – Jonathan Safran Foer
“Not responding is a response – we are equally responsible for what we don’t do.” – Jonathan Safran Foer
Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows – Melanie Joy
If you’re into psychology this one is for you! Dr. Melanie Joy was the first to coin the term “carnism”. Wondering what the meaning of this term is? Read this book – it’s totally worth it. (This book describes why I stress informing yourself so much! We cannot make our own choices if we do not inform ourselves as we’re constantly conditioned whilst growing up and adapt social standard subconsciously even if they do not reflect our own core values.)
“Often, vegan advocates assume that a person’s defensiveness is the result of selfishness or apathy, when in fact it is much more likely the result of systematic and intensive social conditioning.” -Melanie Joy
“To identify with others is to see something of yourself in them and to see something of them in yourself–even if the only thing you identify with is the desire to be free from suffering.” – Melanie Joy
Beyond Beliefs: A Guide to Improving Relationships and Communication for Vegans, Vegetarians, and Meat Eaters – Melanie Joy
This is rather a book about communication and healthy relationships and would probably be interesting if you already are vegan and wonder how to share your knowledge, concerns and beliefs in a composed and patient tone without leaving non-vegans feel attacked or offended. I’ll probably read this one next as it might be helpful when I’m doing vegan outreach.
This books may be more fun for some of you. I have read so many fiction books that it will probably be hard to decide which ones to recommend and which ones to drop. However I would like to stress that my advocacy is definitely on books you might gain knowledge from (see books on nutrition, self-help & self-realization, veganism/Ethics/Psychology). With fiction books for me it is the case that I read them, find them entertaining but after approximately a week everything from the book is gone, including the passion and urge to recommend it. One of the main reasons I can barely tell you what my favourite book would be what I just described. I just don’t see a point in reading fiction books anymore as the pleasure that comes with reading them doesn’t last long. However they are a great way to distract yourself and pass some time.
Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling
The first book I’ve ever read was Harry Potter at the age of 5. I grew up reading book after book and this is why these will probably remain special to me and be on my mind forever. I loved the thought of magic in our world when I was little and I always wanted to be able to perform spells.
Me before You – Jojo Moyes
Yes I am totally that kind of girl who is into romance and romantic books and this book’s love story was great! However what I loved even more about it is that it encourages you to question your beliefs and view things from a different angle. I love thought-provoking books and this might be seen as one along with a girly and kitschy love story. What more could we expect?
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
I’ve read this novel a few years ago and I loved it. Although the book does not primarily deal with Asperger’s you will notice the main character is different from the other kids at his age and again, this book is great in order to gain an insight into different perspectives and world views.
The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
Another book in which the character has Asperger syndrome. This time it is not a little boy but a genetics professor. I loved both “The Rosie Project” and “The Rosie Effect” as they are – once again – beautiful love stories, there are some funny smartass facts you can gain from reading the books and again I think it’s amazing to gain another perspective on life.
In the Country of Lost Things – Paul Auster
This is a book I’ve read in school and I loved it. I really love reading dystopian novels in general (the parallels to our world amaze me) but this one was probably my favourite because of the way it is written. It is thrilling and it’s easy to empathize with the main character. I remember one of the turning points in the story so vividly that I still get goose bumps whenever I think of it. Definitely worth a read!
“Nothing lasts, you see, not even the thoughts inside you. And you mustn’t
waste your time looking for them. Once a thing is gone, that is the end of it.” – Paul Auster
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
Another dystopian novel I’ve read in school. You’ll probably now Kazuo Ishiguro who is an Nobel Prize-winning author. I feel as if my description of the books is repeating but once again this is a great thought-provoking book and it’s also about Ethics, personal values and moral which I think is amazing. (Maybe you can notice the parallel to veganism – or rather our society’s carnism – in the quote below.)
“The problem, as I see it, is that you’ve been told and not told. You’ve been told, but none of you really understand, and I dare say, some people are quite happy to leave it that way.” – Kazuo Ishiguro
I hope that my list of book recommendations includes one or two books you’d like to read. The books I have not yet been able to read are so important to me that I had to include them nevertheless. I hope you don’t mind.
By the way, I’m sorry this blog post took me so long but I didn’t simply want to list a dozen of books without giving a short personal statement and some meaningful quotes. I hope you like this post and would be grateful if you would let me know what you think of it – whether you write a comment here on WordPress or send me a DM on instagram.
Thank you in advance and I hope that you’ll stay tuned for my next blogpost! 🙂