• Rachel Peru

Out of the Bubble Book List

Updated: Jan 24

I loved interviewing the 12 women for Series 1 of Out of the Bubble, sharing stories of inspiration. I have found so much creative inspiration and knowledge from sharing and listening to other women so when it comes to their favourite book choices I couldn't wait to get started.

Midlife adventurer Jo Moseley and author Imogen Clark are big fans of the book Playing Big by Tara Mohr and I totally agree with them. It's one of my go to books if I am having a bit of a self doubt wobble.

Jo has also introduced me to Brene Brown whose books I now can't get enough of.

Imogen describes the book as being all about imposter syndrome. How we inadvertently, through the way we express ourselves, put ourselves down. We don't push ourselves forward in the way that we are capable of because something is holding us back.

Jo told me that reading how to play big in your own life and forget about what others are doing had an huge impact on her.

Zoe McNulty recommended the insightful book Health At Every Size by Linda Brown,

Zoe believes that Health at Every Size should be compulsory reading for anyone entering the fitness industry or wellness world.

Erin Green recommended The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. The book explores how to express your love for people. People need to communicate with each other a lot better and I think as Erin says the world would be a much happier place if they did!

Former Olympic champion Jenny Stoute recommends The Vortex by Esther & Jerry Hicks

This Law of Attraction book really helped Jenny understand herself better. Looking into how you see yourself in the world, not how the world sees you.

Founder of The Bias-Cut.Com Jacynth Bassett chose two favourites. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte & Amy Poehler's Yes Please. Jacynth struggles to read much after being so academic for a long period of time; she can't resist analysing all the words, finding it hard to relax. However her all time favourite would be Wuthering Heights with all the romance of the language. Jacynth has also included Amy Poehler's book for her honesty and refreshingly candid approach.

Photographer Margaret Soraya says Quiet by Susan Cain was a life changing read for her.

She highly recommends anyone who is struggling with being an introvert to read it, it's fantastic.

Fashion designer Anna Scholz confesses to not reading much as she finds it hard to switch off but loves books with strong women in them and was inspired by Memoirs Of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed inspired Glamoraks founder Melissa Tolago to get started and helped find her inner sense of adventure. Melissa also introduced me to Roar by Cecilia Ahern and I really enjoyed the short stories which have clever takes on modern life for women.

Stylist Nicky Hambleton Jones chose a book that resonated with her from her childhood, Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford. A timeless story of a strong woman, showing the uprising, strength and struggles.

Cucumber Clothing co-founder Eileen Willett enjoys anything written by Canadian Robertson Davies but how about starting with The Deptford Trilogy: The Fifth Business; The Manticore and World of Wonders. Eileen told me the author paints amazing pictures through his stories of strong female characters.

Whilst Nancy Zeffman chose To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, a timeless classic of overcoming struggles, one for all ages and still as relevant now as when it was it first written.

Goldie magazine editor Rebecca Weef Smith recommends reading Ashton Applewhite's books. Ashton is a writer and activist, tackling ageism in society. This Chair Rocks would be a great one to start off with.

I am working my way through these books as I love reading and usually have two or three books on the go at the same time. I would also add You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero to this list. It's really helped with my self belief and reminded me to keep following my dreams in those quiet weeks when I question myself.

Keep being fabulous x

Rachel Peru, United Kingdom, rachelperumodel@gmail.com