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Get reading! Best books to keep you positive

There’s something to be said for reading books which inspire and leave a lasting impression that make you want to change your life or your attitude. Here’s our book picks which will leave you feeling positive.

chicken soup to inspire a woman's soul

Chicken Soup to Inspire a Woman’s Soul by Jack Canfield

Bite-sized stories of inspiration, triumph and treasuring friendships for all women from teenagers to twilight years. It’s an elixir for your soul. (Dymocks, $30)

the best advice i ever got

The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives by Katie Couric

A good reminder that if at first you don’t succeed, keep trying until you nail it. Choc-full of advice and anecdotes from your favourite celebrities and completely perfect if you’re not looking for something that’s heavy. (Angus & Robertson, $39)

Never Tell Me Never

Never Tell Me Never by Janine Shepherd

An Australian champion cross country skier’s true story of overcoming tragedy. Janine tells her inspiring, heart-wrenching story which just goes to prove the human spirit can prevail (available at all good book stores, price may vary).

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life without limits

Life without Limits by Nick Vujicic

You’ve heard the saying when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. That’s exactly what Nick Vujicic did. This gutsy Australian was born without arms or legs and still learnt how to surf, skateboard, dive and more. His infectious zest for life, his wisdom and wicked sense of humour will put your trials in perspective. (Dymocks, $25)

your best body

Your Best Body by Michelle Bridges

In Your Best Body, Aussie’s Biggest Loser trainer and successful diet and fitness expert Michelle Bridges helps you to reach the best version of you possible with positive technqiues, fitness plans and 30 new recipes. (Angus & Robertson $21)

amazing face

Amazing Face by Zoe Foster

You always feel better about yourself when you look good . With the definitive beauty guide by Hamish Blake’s beautiful new wife and former Cosmo editor, Zoe Foster, you’ll have all your beauty questions answered from choosing the perfect lipstick to how to create smokey eyes. (Angus & Robertson, $32)

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women's stuff

Women’s Stuff by Kaz Cooke

It’s the ultimate best friend in the form of a book, with great advice on everything from leaving school to menopause. Whether you’ve got a drinking problem or things in the bedroom are going bottom up, Women’s Stuff has it all and is guaranteed to help you save money, make you feel happier and get back your mojo. (Angus & Robertson, $48)

try something new

Try Something New: 100 Fun & Creative Ways to Spend Time Together by Lovebook

Like mouldy bread, relationships can go stale if you don’t put in thought and effort. It’s time to put a little bit of ooh-lah-lah back in your relationship. With a bunch of ideas that will inspire you to do something different to sitting on the couch watching telly. It also includes a place to record your completion dates and questions to help you remember the highlights of each activity. (, USD$16)

heaven sentHeaven Sent by Amanda Bews

Teenage pregnancy doesn’t have to feel like the end of the world. A beautiful tale of overcoming obstacles and making the best from a bad situation. Newly published Australian author Amanda Bews has a knack for storytelling that will keep you turning pages. (, $20)

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