What we're reading

The Ode & Rae team love a good book! This week we’ve decided to shine the spotlight on our current must reads....



She Must be Mad

By Charly Cox
A modern-woman's coming-of-age collection of poetry and prose by Charly cox


A gift from one of my best friends that I hadn't got round to reading properly yet, so took it with me on my month in Europe. I was on the go & working remotely a lot so it was good to dip in and out of during lunch breaks at the beach and time away from my phone, reading a handful of poems at a time.

Each is a short story of their own, covering all things modern love, social media, mental health and body image – directly speaking to our generation of females about societal pressures and navigating through these aspects of life. Many deeply resonated with me & I'm sure with most of her readers, an emotional at times yet comforting read I'll pick up again and again.


Half  the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

By Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof

A passionate call to arms against our era's most pervasive human rights.

This is definitely a difficult read but in my opinion, an important one. In many parts of the world, women and girls experience horrific crimes such as sex trafficking, prostitution and forced genital mutiliation. This book explores these awful human rights violations, providing a space for women to tell their heartbreaking stories. Many of the stories are told by incredibly inspirational women who are now leading the change in their communities and villages. 

Something I took away from the book was the discussion around potential strategies for change such as investing in education, microfinance strategies, and the effective exercise of political will. This issue is rarely spoken about due to it’s dark nature yet I believe it is important to educate ourselves around the issue and how we can contribute towards change.


Although it’s a challenging and heartbreaking read, I do think every woman should read it. We don't realise just how fortunate we are to have been born into the wonderfully privileged environments we have been and I think by informing ourselves we can take steps to help those women less fortunate than ourselves.



The Chimp Paradox

By Steve Peters

The Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness

This book has been recommended to me by SO many people, I don’t know why it took me almost two years to get around to reading it. I’m really glad I did, it’s an amazing tool to help you manage your mindset.

One of my weaknesses is that I sometimes struggle to make quick decisions, possibly due to my perfectionist nature and possibly because I’m a Libra - most likely a bit of both! When I’m about to make a decision, I often hear that doubtful voice in my head reminding me of the alternative. This book identifies that voice as our ‘chimp’ and explains ways to live with it and avoid it ruling your life.

An incredible read providing tools you can use in everyday life to help with productivity and feel more empowered about your decisions.

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