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No matter if you’re an avid reader or a once-a-year-if-I-can-be-bothered type of person, everyone agrees: you never regret reading a good book. While gifting books can feel daunting at times, reading can be one of the most wonderful pastimes, especially in 2020.
Here at Future Women, we’ve been reading all year and collecting the best of the best so you don’t have to worry about it. Here are our favourite reads from 2020 that are perfect for your holiday shopping list.
Danielle Alvarez has become one of Australia’s up and coming young chefs. One look at her cookbook and you can understand why. Her first cookbook, Always Add Lemon, is filled to the brim with nutritious and delicious meals for you to try out over the summer. We recently caught up with Danielle on our podcast, Drive. Always Add Lemons is a great gift for those who love to cook.
During the lockdowns of 2020, the Future Women journalistic team uncovered the untold stories of 19 women whose resilience has seen them survive extraordinary global and personal tragedy. While our history books have long been dominated by men’s triumphant tales, Untold Resilience sets the record straight as it celebrates the incredible resilience of the female spirit.
For your friends who love to read but don’t have the time, Tame Your Inner Critic, is a perfect audiobook to gift your friends. A collaborative approach to taming your inner critic, Clare Bowditch and neuroscientist Dr Charlotte Keating, will help you strengthen and build the skills and techniques you need to tackle self-doubt.
Where the Crawdads Sing is the coming of age book everyone needs to read. A stunning ode to the natural world, the story follows Kya through her life as she grows up with Mother Nature. A gorgeous read and perfect for those who love the outdoors.
Malala Yousafzai’s first book, I Am Malala, recounts her story of growing up in Pakistan, surviving an attempted Taliban assassination and her fight for female education rights. A heart wrenching yet inspiring story of triumph and determination.
Malala has now released a children’s version of the book, Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls’ Rights.
Zara McDonald and Michelle Andrews, creators of the award-winning podcast, Shameless, have done it again and released their first book, The Space Between. Reminiscing on the hot-mess which is your early 20’s, Zara and Michelle share stories, advice and much-needed reassurance that your early 20s require. The perfect gift for the young women you know who, like many of us, have felt a bit lost in their lives this year. We recently caught up with Zara and Michelle on our podcast, Next Generation Innovators.
Buying for a child? Look no further. Future Women’s Chief Creative Officer, Jamila Rizvi, has got your back. Jamila’s new book, I’m a Hero Too, was inspired by her own experiences parenting through a pandemic. A practical picture book to help children understand the changes brought by COVID-19 in their little worlds.
Future Women recently spoke with Turia Pitt and it seems she’s cracked the code to happiness. Happy & Other Ridiculous Aspirations is a journey towards finding the answers to one of life’s most pondered questions, what is the key to happiness? A deep dive into how we live our lives and how we can be happier. A gift for those who need a laugh and some handy advice.
The Gifts of Reading is a beautifully curated collection of essays from some of the most adored authors such as Candice Carty-Williams, Imtiaz Dharker and Dina Nayeri. Each essay highlights the joys that the gift of reading gives, a perfect gift for your book-loving friend.
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