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Daring Greatly by Brené Brown


Today’s Bibliorecc comes from the wonderful Steph Douglas, founder of the amazing Don’t Buy Her Flowers, the most thoughtful gift company we’ve stumbled upon in ages. From book packages, to cocktail packages and even spring walk packages, there is genuinely something for everyone — all curated with Steph’s meticulous eye and attention to detail. People, this is the one stop shop you need for Mother’s Day coming up, trust us. Steph also happens to be a podcast host and she’s had some incredible guests so do make sure you give it a listen. Now, over to the lady herself and a really superb book recommendation.

‘Ok so I don’t have a favourite book – it very much depends on my mood and mindset at the time of reading. I always love books I read on holiday, I think because I have time to focus on them, so last year Sorrow & Bliss and The Vanishing Half were brilliant. I’ve just read Again, Rachel and loved it. BUT my friend bought me this – Daring Greatly by Brené Brown – for Christmas and it made me emotional because it was given with thought and love. I’d been telling her I felt anxious and vulnerable after starting a podcast, and her boyfriend sent me a WhatsApp the next day with the Theodore Roosevelt quote that starts ‘It’s not the critic who counts’ and it’s on the first page of Brene’s book. There is SO much in there, I’ve scribbled all over it. About vulnerability, obviously, but also about relationships and sex and parenting and work. There’s also some absolute bombs about shame – the line ‘If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive’ – isn’t that fundamental to unlocking communication and human relationships and freeing ourselves? And part of why we love reading and podcasts, where we relate to others? I feel like everyone should read it, especially men. If we want equality, we all need to harness that vulnerability. (Or we keep it to ourselves because it’s key to our superpower…)’

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