It’s hard to start something with 2020 in the title and not acknowledge it as the elephant in the room, so please accept that small nod of an acknowledgment and let’s move on to the inspiring, the silver lining, the authors who made it seem better if only for a few hours at a time. These are some of the fabulous authors who graced my bookshelf in 2020 and gave me wonderful moments of inspiration, motivation and simple escapism.


Glennon Doyle – Untamed

When it comes to honesty, Glennon has it in spades. Untamed might shock you. It might make you ask uncomfortable questions. It might motivate you to make changes in your life. It will not leave you untouched. Glennon writes with such courageous truth that I could not put this down. Her message of love yourself the way you are, be brave and step forward to the world is phenomenal and brave.

Elizabeth Gilbert – City of Girls

During Covid 19 lockdown in Canberra I treated myself to some real books (I’m usually a kindle girl) from a local bookstore to support local. This was one. I was aiming for a fun read and it delivered. By far not the only fiction I read in 2020 (kindle remember?) but one of the best. A fun frolic, a serious consideration of different lifestyles before they were considered acceptable publicly and fantastic escapism.


Laura Thomas – Just Eat It

A full book on how to eat intuitively? It sounds insane, until you start reading. Dr Thomas really knows what she is talking about. Truth be told, most of this book is about undoing the years of unhealthy external influences that we have been fed since birth. Learning to see where the hidden influences on our food relationship are coming from and relearning how to eat to both fuel our bodies and for pleasure, without guilt. An eye opener of a book that I now recommend to everyone who talks about diets.


Leigh Sales – Any Ordinary Day

This was on my 2019 Christmas list as a book by a journalist that I thought I should read because I like the podcast she does with Annabel Crabb (Chats 10 Looks 3). I’m not even sure what I was expecting but it blew me away. Inspiring interviews and insights into living every day to the fullest even when the most unexpected or worst thing happens to you. Indeed, writing this makes me realise After 2020 I might benefit from reading this again.


I’d love to hear your thoughts on these authors, or suggestions for my 2021 reading pile below…