7 Bloggers Reveal the Books That Changed Them Forever

Lauren Powell

We love a great book for many reasons—for inspiration and motivation, for entertainment through brilliant writing and moving images, as beautiful home décor accessories and as a satisfying additions to the book collection we hope will be a library one day. And a great book generally comes from a reputable recommendation which is why we have asked seven of our favourite bloggers to share with us the books that have played an important part in their lives. Scroll down for their recommendations and potential new additions to your bookshelf.

Talisa Sutton, Badlands

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Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

“The very first book I read by Joan Didion was Play It As It Lays (another favourite), and it marked the beginning of my fascination with Los Angeles and greater California. Similarly, when I read Slouching Towards Bethlehem just a few months before my second trip to New York, it sparked an excitement to follow in Joan’s footsteps, loving and exploring the iconic city in her early twenties. Goodbye To All That, the closing essay from the book is filled with quotes that I will always hold dear.”

Jasmin Howell, Friend in Fashion

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

“I remember having first read this book as part of school curriculum and immediately falling in love with Gatsby's overwhelming sense of romanticism. The era, the characters, the over the top extravagance are a fantastical dream and F. Scott Fitzgerald's writing is masterful. I've read and re-read the book multiple times. Each time uncovering a new idiosyncrasy of each of the characters.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby ($9)

Sally O’Neil, The Fit Foodie

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The Alchemist by Paul Coelho

“I read this book for the first time around three years ago when I was working in a typical office job as a project manager. I had started to record some of my recipe creations online as my creative outlet, and dreamt of making it my career. The forward of The Alchemist grabbed me even more than the story itself, explaining how it sat in a bookshop for six months, making just two sales during that time. After persisting with his dream, Paul Coelho’s book is now one of the best-selling books in history. Translated in 56 languages around the globe, and in the hands of the U.S. President, it taught me that no dream is too big. The message was clear: dreams can come true if you have the passion, persistence and drive to achieve them. The underlying message stayed with me when I quit my job to blog full-time with no other source of income. True riches are found when you follow your dreams.”

Paulo Coelho The Alchemist ($14)

Laura Wiederman and Danielle Mulham, The Vault Online

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Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

“The movie adaption of the book doesn't do it justice. I think I have read this book easily about five times! This book is about adventure, taking chances, and following your own path even when everyone tells you you're crazy. Everyone thought Laura and I were both insane for leaving our full-time jobs to start this business. The long hours and no intial pay—why on earth would anyone want to take that risk? Every time I read this book I become more and more passionate about going after the things I really want in life and focusing on what brings me true happiness. If you want to read a book with life-changing realisations, while also having fun along the way, I could not recommend this to anyone more!”— Danielle

 #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

“I know what you’re all thinking as soon as you read my choice—this is such a cliché book to be inspired by? I’m not going to sit here and preach that I want to be a #GIRLBOSS. (If I’m honest, the hashtag kills me a little!) But in all fairness, Sophia Amoruso knows where it’s at. Around the time I read this book (and can I say, I’ve read it over three times), I was at the brink of deciding what I wanted to do with my life in general. I was unsatisfied at university and wasting my days fluffing around in retail jobs that were never stimulating. It’s this book that made me realise exactly what I wanted to do.  I’ve always believed in “running off the smell of an oily rag” is the best way to start—working with what you have to achieve the best outcome and it shapes you to be a better businesswoman rather than being handed it all on a silver platter.  If you have the fundamentals, drive and passion for what you do, you know you’re in the right place. This book is unconventional, but that’s what I loved about it. Amoruso is frank in her wording—she says it how it is and she preaches her story on what it means to start a multi-million dollar business straight from your lounge.” - Laura

Elizabeth Gilbert Eat, Pray, Love ($28)

Sophia Amoruso #GIRLBOSS ($21)

Jen Bishop, Interiors Addict

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Thrive by Ariana Huffington

“I read this at a great time for me, while taking half a year out to run my business remotely while travelling Europe with my husband. Unlike many business books, it isn't patronising or full of clichés, and is full of great advice and inspiration for a more balanced life.”

Arianna Huffington Thrive ($17)

Vivian Paganos, Ish and Chi

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Iconic Australian Houses 50/60/70 by Karen McCartney

“This book is beautiful! It is inspiring to read the stories behind some of Australia's best mid-century architecture. Perfectly styled photographs emphasise the clean lines, minimalist and open plan living that made this style of living so popular. I often refer back to this book when looking for inspiration for client or personal projects.”


Karen McCartney Iconic Australian Houses 50/60/70 ($43)

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