My favourite non-fiction books

I’m always on the lookout for interesting new books. 

I’m a non-fiction fiend and my booklist grows by the day. Sometimes I wonder how many lifetimes I would need to get through all the books I’d love to read. 

Here are a few of my favourite non-fiction books:

Parenting books

  • Peaceful Parent Happy Kids – by Laura Markham 
    Discovering Laura was such a gift and without a doubt, I’m a much better parent thanks to her sensible parenting advice. 
  • The Montessori Toddler – Simone Davies 
    I recommend this to anyone with a toddler. It’s an accessible, practical guide on how to bring Montessori approaches into parenting. 
  • Yes Brain – Dan Siegel 
    Who doesn’t love Dan Siegel? Such a likeable, wise, intelligent and humble expert. As soon as he writes a new book, I’m there. This one is not-to-be-missed.  

Self Development books

  • Atomic Habits – James Clear
    I met James Clear at an Entrepreneur conference many years ago. Such a lovely guy and his trajectory is proof that his theories work. Follow everything he shares in this book and transform your life, one habit at a time. I’ve read a lot of books about habits. This one is my favourite. 


Wellbeing and Meditation books


  • Breath – James Nestor 
    An exquisite and fascinating exploration of breath and its power to heal. 
  • Hidden Wholeness – Parker Palmer 
    I read this at a time when I felt my inner and outer worlds were not in harmony. It helped to know I wasn’t alone. It’s a beautiful book about authenticity. 
  • Making friends with your mind – Pema Chodron 
    If you’ve never read Pema’s books, what a treat awaits you. 


Books about the future

  • The future is faster than you think – Peter Diamandis 
    I raced through this book, devouring its content and excited to read more. It’s hopeful, scary and compelling. 
  • Homo Deus – Yuval Harari 
    This quote is just one of the many ideas that will stretch your mind when reading this book (I really enjoyed listening to this one on audible as it took quite a few hours to get through). 
    “If Kindle is upgraded with face recognition and biometric sensors, it can know what made you laugh, what made you sad and what made you angry. Soon, books will read you while you are reading them”.


What have been a few of your favourite books? Either fiction or non-fiction?



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Elise Bialylew is the author of the bestselling book, The Happiness Plan, and founder of Mindful in May, the world’s largest online global mindfulness fundraising campaign.

A doctor trained in psychiatry, turned social entrepreneur and mindfulness expert, she’s passionate about supporting individuals and organisations to develop inner tools for greater wellbeing and flourishing, and offers workshops and training at The Mind Life Project.

Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, New York Times and on Australian Television. She was recently recognised by the Australian Financial Review as a 2019 AFR Women of Influence.

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