Good Housekeeping (UK) - - Bookshelf -

The in­spir­ing Katie Piper, who re­built her life af­ter an acid at­tack, shares five of her favourite reads. Katie’s lat­est book, Con­fi­dence: The Se­cret, is out now.

◆ I’ve al­ways loved read­ing, and I read to my two-year-old daugh­ter, Belle, ev­ery day. She’s al­ready a mem­ber of the li­brary! These days, I pre­fer au­to­bi­ogra­phies be­cause I re­late to real life more than to fic­tion. I’m cur­rently en­joy­ing MY STORY by busi­ness­woman JO MALONE. I’ve met Jo and her story’s fan­tas­tic; she’s a great ex­am­ple of a hard­work­ing, woman in busi­ness who’s faced her share of strug­gles, too. ◆ RICHARD REED (the co-founder of In­no­cent Drinks) asked a range of peo­ple, from Bear Grylls and Dame Judi Dench to Ruby Wax – and me! – to share their most valu­able piece of ad­vice with oth­ers, and the re­sult is his amaz­ing book, IF I COULD TELL YOU JUST ONE THING… It’s in­spir­ing, but also en­ter­tain­ing.

◆ Al­though I don’t read much fic­tion, I love MARTINA COLE; her books are grip­ping and so well-writ­ten. The char­ac­ters in FACE­LESS make it come alive – I couldn’t put it down.

◆ I’ve been a fan of MARIAN KEYES for years, and re­cently read SUSHI FOR BEGIN­NERS, about a ca­reer-fo­cused Lon­don girl who moves to Dublin. I love the way her books deal with se­ri­ous top­ics but are also very funny!

◆ I be­lieve that pos­i­tive think­ing can cre­ate life-chang­ing re­sults such as in­creased hap­pi­ness, and that’s the mes­sage in THE SE­CRET by RHONDA BYRNE. I took a lot from this book and use it in my ev­ery­day life.

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