Keats, Shelley, Dickens and a thrilling touch of 'ol Erle Stanley Gardner? Well, we love these indisputable classics, but are forever reading new books that inspire: make us laugh, learn, and probably shed a tear. So here's the start of our book club.

Reading is without a doubt the most relaxing pastime. Feeling stressed? Unable to sleep? Inability to concentrate, or frankly just need to step away from technology by putting the phones and emails down and just taking a mind break, pick up a fab book. It's our chance to curl up, snuggle down, take a much needed pause from stresses in life. 

Here are the first five of our recent favourites to read at JOGB, to get you going. Have you read any of them yet? Love? Loathe? 

Every week we'll post another inspiring book to read. Why not share your favourites with us too?  Let's club together...

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The Secret Life of Colour by Kassia St Clair, a fascinating, quite brilliant book full of historical facts, tall tales and revelations about every conceivable colour known to man. It's genius, beautifully written, and a true work of art that inspired a perfume feature I wrote a couple of months ago for the November issue of Woman & Home magazine (I'll post that shortly here for you to read or check it out over on my 'true beauty' website 


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Still Me by JoJo Moyes, third sequel to Me Before You, that's heartbreaking, humorous and hopeful all in one read. You just won't put it down, though we suggest you read the earlier two books first as it really needs the back story to get the full story.


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The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman, is a classic beautiful tale that's part fictional, part autobiographical. A truly spiritual saga with a heart and a soul, humour and tears, that just might awaken a little of life's meaning and purpose in your path. An uplifting read for anyone, especially if you're facing a change in direction in life, whether from divorce, bereavement or career. It teaches us to embrace the moment.


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White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht, the reflective and aching story of two sisters set in Korea during WW2, of family love torn apart by war: if you loved The Kite Runner, you'll love this.


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The Woman In The Window by A. J. Finn, already lined up for a motion picture, this modern psychological version of the classic 'a woman thinks she's seen a murder from a window'... think Agatha Christie or HItchcock's Rear Window, is smart, gripping and twisty-turny!