A book hub of nonfiction books you can’t put down


A book hub of nonfiction books you can’t put down

I ALWAYS THOUGHT of my career as a collection of projects and moments – not necessarily jobs. A series of things that I felt needed to create, invent, or be heard. Feelings like curiosity, excitement and passion often guided me through my decision-making. On the one hand, they gave me a sense of what projects to commit to and on the other hand, they gave me the fuel to push harder, learn more, and try again. I feel every project you put out is a result of your energy, commitment, preparation, and the best you can at that moment. Passion is an important driver as it directly influences your eagerness to push forward.

This single approach of building a career around projects that I’m passionate about could also be frightening at times. Frightening, because failing at what you love is more painful than being judged for something you don’t care about. But intentionally committing yourself to the projects you are passionate about, makes it more likely that we live our lives with purpose and meaning.

The stages of a project—being stuck, seeing an outcome, sharing a vision, being rejected, inventing something new, building it, editing it, launching it, planting the seeds for growth—I’m thrilled it’s a cycle I’ve been able to repeat hundreds of times over the years. It has been a real joy to take this path and learn this way, and I’m looking forward to see how many great things I can do more.

If there is one consistent line throughout my life, it’s definitely my love for reading. I´ve found that books can be great conversation starters and there have been several moments where people came to me for what to read next. I enjoy having conversations about books with friends and relatives.


A destination to discover and explore

The book hub is my latest offering, a destination with thought-provoking books for you to discover and explore. In other words an archive of nonfiction books you can´t put down. It took me hours of reading and research to come up with an eclectic book selection, and I obviously read every single one of them.

The featured book pickings all enriched me in several ways – from my understanding of relationships to building a meaningful career. While advice and prescriptions might be useful, even more valuable to us is insight into  ourselves and the workings of our minds and bodies. Insight, when inspired by the quest for truth, can promote transformation.

The book recommendations are, as you can imagine, personal to me and as much as these books have meant something special to me, I hope they are going to be valuable on your journey too.


A safe haven to connect, listen and celebrate

The archive is also an effort in building a community where curiosity and meaningful conversations can flourish. A safe place to connect, listen, and celebrate ourselves and what matters most to us. An online community for women can offer the kind of support, motivation, and guidance that is best when it comes from someone who has already walked down the path. I’ve always learned the most valuable lessons from others. This book hub is an effort in creating a safe haven and provide recognition for those who’d like to grow. You’re never alone. In a world where women are interrupted, spoken over, and rarely encouraged to voice their concerns, online female communities provide something special — a chance to be listened to. There is something incredibly striking about the power that women are capable of creating (and passing on), when they stand by, with, and for each other. A power that creates a ripple of empowerment so liberating, that they can rise and emancipate themselves from oppression.


Diverse stories and voices

The great power of stories for me lies in the ability to promote empathy and compassion. I believe there are universal elements to the human experience – even though we all have walked different paths, have experiences that are unique to us, we all long for the same kinds of things. To be accepted, loved, respected and heard. The greatest books do just that: to put you in other people´s shoes for a moment. To let you feel how that must have been like. In a world where much if not most of our interactions are digital and scattered across the globe, I feel community and connection is now more important than ever.



Where to find the best nonfiction books:

Head over to my bookshelf to discover the book recommendations I’ve selected for you.

I´ve also made it easier to navigate through my perpetual selection of book picks, so check out the book lists as well to see if you can find something that matches your interest.

Share your valuable thoughts and leave them to others or start meaningful conversations.

Below you´ll find the top 5 books most appreciated by the community:


I´d love to hear what you think!

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