New Year New Books

Molly McLaughlin

Looking for some inspiration for 2017?

These stories will give you the motivation to make big changes, turn over a new leaf and appreciate the little things after a hectic holiday period.

As if you needed an excuse to relax with a good book!

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert


From the author of Eat Pray Love, Big Magic was always going to be an inspiring book. This time, Elizabeth Gilbert honestly discusses the creative process and how to apply it to all aspects of life.

She writes, “A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you—is a fine art, in and of itself.” Big Magic lives up to its title and makes creativity feel magical.

Radio Shangri-La by Lisa Napoli


Lisa Napoli was dissatisfied with her life in Los Angeles when a chance encounter with a stranger presented her with an opportunity to move to the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan—said to be one of the happiest places on earth.

Bhutan measures its success in Gross National Happiness rather than in GNP but Bhutan’s isolation is more than geographic and television and the Internet did not reach Bhutan until 1999. Lisa helped to started the country’s first youth-orientated radio station and had to reconcile the conflicting perspectives of her old and new lives.

 Running Like China by Sophie Hardcastle


In this memoir, Sophie Hardcastle writes with disarming honesty about her struggle with what would eventually be diagnosed as bipolar disorder as a teenager. Running Like China resonates with the experience of living with mental illness or caring for someone with a mental illness and sheds light on an issue that can still be taboo in society.

She wrote this book “For those of you who are drowning, those who have been washed ashore, and those who have had to witness this tragedy in a loved one, I can only hope that my story will share insight, but most of all, that it will inspire life.” 

Wild by Cheryl Strayed


Even if you’ve already seen the movie with Reese Witherspoon, Cheryl Strayed’s memoir is required reading before taking on a big challenge in life.

It is the story of her 1,800 km solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, beginning in the Mojave Desert and hiking through California and Oregon to the Bridge of the Gods into Washington. The book also uses flashbacks to the life experiences that led her to begin her journey.

Cheryl learns that “There’s a sunrise and sunset every day. You can choose to be there for it. You can put yourself in the way of beauty.” Wild encourages you to do just that.


Molly McLaughlin

Molly McLaughlin is new to Canberra and is attempting to prove to her friends that the capital city can be cool. This mostly involves frequently going out for brunch and then posting about it on social media, along with trekking up hills and around art galleries. She is half way through her uni degree but spends most of her time reading, writing and planning her next adventure. More about the Author

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