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Bethany Nevile

There are books for the good times, there are books for the bad.

Books can have a transporting presence in your life, guiding you from one life stage to the next, helping you climb over negative obstacles, navigate emotional mazes and decipher complex situations.

We’ve gathered together eight common scenarios and prescribed the guidebook to see you through them. Happy reading!

YOU’RE FALLING IN LOVE

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All those love songs suddenly make sense! So do the books. For a great but kinda quirky love story try The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern or Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl – and a reread of Pride and Prejudice wouldn’t go astray.

YOU’RE MOVING OUT OF HOME

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Invest in a good cookbook to inspire you to put away the takeaway and whip up delicious dishes- Donna Hay’s range like No Time to Cook; Fast, Fresh, Simple or The New Easy will have your mouth watering without breaking the bank or requiring massive grocery trips. Buy yourself a copy of Shannon Lush’s cleaning manual Spotless – you’ll need it.

YOU’RE HAVING A BABY

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Of course you should pick up some of the classics, like What to Expect When You’re Expecting, but now there are also books for the modern mother to be- have a look at How to be a Hip Mama Without Losing Your Cool by Jenny Scott, a no-nonsense guide that will help with everything from post-baby workouts to school-run outfits.

YOU’VE LANDED YOUR DREAM JOB (OR ARE TRYING TO)

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Read #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso. Sophia went 
from wayward teen to retail entrepreneur, maybe you can too! Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, and Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor of chief of the Huffington Post, also have great books: Lean In by Sandberg and Thrive by Huffington.

YOU’RE GETTING DIVORCED

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There are books for the good times, there are books for the bad. Conscious Uncoupling: 5 Steps to Living Happily Even After by Katherine Woodward Thomas can help you heal and move on, while still keeping a friendly relationship with your ex-partner.

YOU’RE GRIEVING THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE

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There are plenty of very useful non-fiction books on this topic, but sometimes a novel just understands. Brooke Davis’ Lost and Found is one such book. Written after the death of her mother, Brooke’s book is funny, touching, and unputdownable.

YOU’RE LEAVING YOUR COMFORT ZONE

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There are other books than Eat, Pray, Love. Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, which recently became a film starring Reese Witherspoon, is the candid story of a woman who decided to hike thousands of miles on the Pacific Crest Trail. It’s rough, honest and inspiring.

YOU JUST NEED A GOOD LAUGH

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Caitlin Moran’s How To Be 
A Woman. Prepare to be embarrassed if you’re reading it in public, this memoir really is just that laugh-out-loud funny. We are spoiled for great female comedian biographies: Fey, Peohler and Kaling’s, just to name a few more!

You can read this article in full and more in our latest edition of Magazine: The Celebration Issue. Available for free while stocks last. Click here to find your closest stockist. 

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Bethany Nevile

Bethany Nevile is a Canberra local and recently graduated from the ANU with an honours degree in English Literature. She loves op shopping, baking, binge reading, live music, theatre, trashy TV and thinks there is always room for dessert.

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