My not-quite-a-book club

I’m starting a not-quite-a-book-club thanks to a suggestion from my friend Emily! This means we read what we want, when we want and talk about ’em! Are you in?

I’ll go first…

I have to confess to being a complete book whore. At the moment I have about five books on the go and feel out of control with my addiction to Amazon samples (They’re free! It’s try before you buy!).

But I want to highlight a few titles which have rocked my kindle app and my nightstand lately so we can exchange notes, ideas and other recommendations.


High – The Party Girl’s Guide to Peace

High Tara Bliss

I am so grateful that this gem of a book popped up in my ‘Recommended Reads’ section on Amazon. I downloaded the sample, followed the digital breadcrumbs to the website of the author – spiritual practice coach, Tara Bliss (yes, that’s her real name).

Not only is her website an amazing spiritual and life-skill resource, but she has self-published a killer book with a theme very close to my heart.

Tara is a self-proclaimed ex-party girl from Queensland, Australia. Her story of partying and traveling around the world, jumping from one destructive situation to the next really resonated with me.

High is a much needed beacon of light guiding young women out of The Party and into a life of true connection, expression and transformation.

While this is not a typical recovery book (Tara does not identify as an alcoholic or addict) it is an extremely insightful, inspiring and down-to-earth account of Tara’s journey from Party Girl to Peace Girl via a path of self love and awakening.

I truly believe that every party girl who has ever wondered if there is more to life than hangovers and heartbreak NEEDS TO READ THIS BOOK. Because the answer, as Tara and her tribe so beautifully demonstrate, is a resounding YES.

The Desire Map

Desire Map

If you don’t know who Danielle LaPorte is, well, get in the know, sister! She is an absolute power house of feminine energy, creativity and abundance.

Her most recent book, The Desire Map is about getting clear on how you want to feel as a guide to living your most fulfilled expression.

It is also an excellent read about the modern spiritual path. Danielle is poetic, wicked-smart and laser sharp and I don’t know how she does everything she does, but is currently showing no signs of slowing down her contribution to the world. Check out her website for more inspiring offerings.

 Juxtaposed – Finding Sanctuary on the Outside

Juxtaposed Daisy

I introduce you to a woman I am proud to call a friend, Daisy Rain Martin. I was friends with Daisy on Facebook through my sister Holly for over a year before we met in person. She and her sweet husband hosted us in her hometown of Nampa, Idaho when we were en-route from Washington to Colorado so we were finally able to meet this truth teller and hope giver.

Her book, Juxtaposed, is a memoir about surviving horrific sexual abuse and thriving in her recovery from unthinkable trauma. Daisy is almost as witty, eloquent and opinionated in her book as she is in person. Her story broke my heart and reassembled it again, filled with more love, faith and hope (which I think is the sign of a good read).


Tracks Robyn Davidson

This book came across my path serendipitously. A friendly lady in an Asian imports store in Salida, Colorado told me about it upon hearing my Australian accent.

It is an account of Robyn Davidson’s 1700 mile journey across the Australian desert with camels.

Now, if that is not enough of a hook to get your attention, it is probably not the book for you, but while I haven’t finished it yet (sometimes I like to savor books so that I don’t have to say goodbye to the characters) I am loving it.

It’s certainly not a new book and the story is set in the seventies which paints a gritty and frighteningly accurate picture of outback Australia, complete with its inherent sexism, racism and brutality.

There is also a harsh beauty present within the story and I have to say, reading it makes me extremely homesick for rural areas of the sunburned country. If my Mum is reading this, you need to read this book!!!


The above (STUNNING) image is from the recently released photographic depiction of the journey.

Recovery 2.0

Recovery 2.0

I am including this book here (even though I have written about it before) because I think the movement it has inspired is the single greatest contribution to recovery and addiction awareness since the twelve steps.

In fact, it builds upon the foundation of the twelve steps and brings them into the 21st century by integrating a holistic approach of meditation, diet, yoga and other mind-body-spirit practices.

I was lucky enough to attend a workshop with Tommy in San Fransisco and am currently glued to his free online conference which is the most insightful, honest, open dialogue on addiction recovery today (this includes food and behavioral addiction, not just substances).

I truly think that every parent, parent-to-be, aunt, uncle and grandparent on the planet should tune into Tommy’s work as a gift to the next generation.

I hope you enjoy some of my latest not-quite-a-book-club titles and will offer your own recommendations for others in the comments below!

If you want to write your own not-quite-a-bookclub reviews on your blog, tag me on social media and use the #notquiteabookclub hashtag so I can read them, share them  and feature them in next month’s post!

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My not-quite-a-book club — 19 Comments

  1. Yay! I’ve been itching for good reads since I was terrible last year with reading during our travels. I’ve found that a lot of the books you’ve shown in your feeds (and now this 😉 ) have been what I’ve been wanting: a good read and good for the spirit too!
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  2. I just ordered Tracks! Been intrigued about it since we spoke with that lady in the store. Will check out the others too, especially the Desire Map. And my top book recommendation for anyone… Wild!
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    • You will love it Sam! Yes, that was a cool recommendation from that lady, wasn’t it? I hope you will consider writing a post about your favourite books so I can feature it next month xxx

  3. OMgosh. Me too! I’ve been going to my local thrift shop walking distance from my place and the library bookstore and collecting books! Makes me feel ok about it when they’re only .75-$2 a pop!
    Didn’t know about Amazon samples… I’ll have to look into it!

    Tracks sounds great! I’ll have to get my hands on a copy!

    • That is great Lauren! Love cheap second hand books! And libraries are also great, though I haven’t had much of a chance to use them lately. Maybe you could come out of blog retirement and write about your favourite reads for the not-quite-a-book-club? 😉

    • Sure thing, Tim! Yes, I am looking forward to seeing the movie. If you happen to write a post on Urbandiya about your recommended reads (maybe related to the cities you cover!), let me know so I can feature it next month :-)

      • Actually, since commenting on this post, I’ve just devoured a great book, written by the partner of a friend of mine. It was released only last Wednesday. It’s called Bad Behaviour, by Rebecca Starford.

        It’s quite a dark memoir of a time spent at a girls’ boarding school in Victoria, Australia. It’s fascinating the way that the experience affected her personality, and how as adults we often exhibit the same behaviours as we did as children, repeating the same mistakes. It’s a great moment of realisation that it’s never too late to change, and that it’s only by confronting our demons that we can be at peace with them.

        Dark, but really interesting, and ultimately very introspective and thought provoking :)
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    • Firstly, umm, where is your avatar James? I wanna see your gorgeous face! Secondly, that sounds awesome! Will look that one up! Perhaps you would consider submitting a post to the not-quite-a-book-club? They can be from any genre :-)

  4. Sarah, what an awesome idea. I let you know when I do my post. I have been reading mostly yoga books and not the entire book because of lack of time. May be making the list will me find the time to finish them.

    Loved the movie tracks so much that I read parts of the book! Also, saw the interviews in youtube. The author said that the took outrageous pain to recreate the same places in the sets. Here is my favorite quote:
    Camel trips, as I suspected all along, and I was about to have confirmed, do not begin or end, they merely change form.
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    • Yes, Amyris! That would be great!!! I can’t wait for your recommendations and know you will have great things to share! That quote is beautiful, I am really looking forward to seeing the film xxx

  5. This is an awesome idea! I’ll have to get around to doing this. I’m reading like 10 books at the moment so it’ll be hard to pick!