Reads to inform and inspire.
Fizz Boom Bath!
Isabel and Caroline Bercaw, Murdoch Books, $33 From fizzers to scrubs, masks to soaps, bubble bars to shower melts, make them all yourself at home with this step-by-step guide to leisurely do-it-yourself skincare.
The New Zealand Money Guide
Lisa Dudson, Imagination Press Limited, $25
All you need to know about becoming financially secure, The New Zealand Money Guide is full of practical advice to help you feel less financially stressed, set achieveable financial goals, make a plan to pay off the debts you have and become confident about a future that involves managing and growing your finances.
Slow Down and Grow Something
Byron Smith with Tess Robinson, Murdoch Books, $45
As more people embrace the joy of gardening and the more zen lifestyle it brings, expert horticulturalist Byron Smith shares a blueprint for living the good life in the city, providing answers on how to grow the easiest food plants in small spaces, with recipes to make the most of them.
Your Dream Life Starts Here
Kristina Karlsson, kikki.K, $39.90
Filled with powerful ideas and simple, proven tools to help you transform your dreams into reality, Kristina Karlsson, founder of global success story, kikki.K, shares personal insights from her humble beginnings to the 3am light bulb moment that led her to chase and achieve her dreams. The book also shares other inspiring stories and wisdom from people who’ve dared to dream big – showcasing the power of dreaming to transform your life in small, simple steps.
Unwell: What Makes a Disease a Disease?
Mike McRae, University of Queensland Press, $30 Science writer Mike McRae asks the question: In a world where illness seems to be everywhere, where does failing biology stop and personal responsibility begin? His new book looks at the health and wellness revolution and the growing awareness of health issues such as obesity, ADHD and depression, and is a fascinating and insightful exploration of the ever-changing nature of illness.
The Natural Home
Wendyl Nissen, Allen & Unwin, $40 Combining the best bits from her previous bestsellers, including natural recipes for anything from cleaning your toilet to making your own bread, Wendyl Nissen shows how easy it is to lead a healthier life just by making some small changes and remembering the simpler way that people once lived. There is also excellent advice on gardening, healthy food, natural beauty products and raising your baby nasty-chemical-free.
That F Word: Growing Up Feminist in Aotearoa
Lizzie Marvelly, Harper Collins, $35 Drawing on her personal experience of abuse, sexism and trolling, musician, activist and award-winning columnist Lizzie Marvelly tells the story of New Zealand’s feminist roots, and what feminism means for a growing generation of women and men.
Amber Rose, Penguin Random House, $55 Amber Rose, author of Love, Bake, Nourish and The Wholefood Pantry, is back with more gorgeous, simple, refined-sugar-free and nourishing recipes that hark back to a simpler way of living.
Root to Bloom
Mat Pember and Jocelyn Cross, Hardie Grant Books, AU$40 Learn how to grow, eat and celebrate every edible part of plants with this comprehensive guide. It also includes a rundown of 35 edible plants and tips on ideal growing conditions, nutrition levels of particular parts, and how to prepare and preserve plants for eating. Other chapters also cover skincare, weeds, foraging and medicinal information.
The Art of Self Love
Kim Morrison, $33 Fall in love with taking care of yourself (mind, body and soul) with Kim Morrison’s step-by-step guide, which will help you handle the tough times in life with courage, grace, strength and dignity. Morrison draws on her personal experiences to provide insights on how to be more self-accepting, self-disciplined and self-aware – all in turn bringing you back into the circle of self-love.