10 Must Reads For Every Girl Boss

You know how it gets...

You read an article about the best books that should be on your list to read this summer, and all of a sudden you've purchased 3-4 books that YOU ABSOLUTELY ARE JUST DYING TO READ.... until a few months go by and those once so exciting treasures are lying unread on a shelf somewhere.

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All the while, you've forgotten that oh, just about 6 months ago you were similarly inspired to do the exact same thing, and now you have 7-8 unread books on a shelf that is rapidly declining in its available storage space.

 We all do it (I mean, I really really hope it's not just me) so I've decided to share my list of books, i.e. what I've read recently and liked, and also which ones I'm reading/will be reading as a way to hold myself accountable to ACTUALLY finish them this year.

  Adulthood does not excuse me from personal progression or enjoyment. ;) 

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  • Lean In-For Graduates (Sheryl Sandberg) -Let's just say that this is a must read for graduates, especially those going into the business world. It's got quite a few interesting case studies on how the "world really works".
  • #GIRLBOSS (Sophia Amoruso)- This is a given, and Sophia is hilarious. Throw it in your beach bag, and head to the beach, use it to shade yourself from the sun. Whatever you have to do, just read it. You can also watch the inspired Netflix original series by the same name.
  • The Best Yes (Lysa Terkeurst)-This was recommended by a friend of mine, and wow. Living with an overwhelmed schedule and an underwhelmed soul is not sustainable. Understanding when to say "Yes" (to things that align with your purpose), and when to say "No" is crucial. I think especially for post grads, this can be a pretty wobbly balancing act to find. I'm in the middle of reading this one, and it's a real feel-good, soul affirming kind of book.
  • The Dip (Seth Godin)-Another good one. Know what's worth your time! Winners quit the wrong things often so that they can have the time, money, and resources to pursue the right ones. Are you in a Dip, or a Cul-de-Sac?
  • The Universe Has Your Back-From Fear to Faith (Gabrielle Bernstein) Okay, so if Namaste was packaged and sold in a book, it would be this one. Read this in the mornings with a cuppa for some beautiful affirmations. I promise, you'll come out feeling like you went to yoga and had tea with a mystical wise shaman.
  • Big Magic (Elizabeth Gilbert)- Every preconception you had about creativity? Just banish it. This should be on every creative's list. Yes, YOU TOO. I promise, read this book and tell me you aren't a creative too.
  • Eat, Pray, Love (Elizabeth Gilbert)- I'm probably one of the few people in the world who hasn't seen the movie, but this is the book that put Elizabeth Gilbert on the map, and from everything I've heard, it's an amazing read, filled with adventure, travel, and soul finding.
  • The Creative Habit-Learn it And Use It For Life (Twyla Harp)-Creativity as a product of effort and preparation. Gotta be well rounded here ;)
  • Creative Confidence-Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All ( Tom Kelley and David Kelley)-Haven't been able to get a good feel for this book yet, but they have obviously done their research (it's mostly case studies). I feel like this is one I will definitely have to read in chunks. Nonetheless, this is a good read for any professional, and showcases practices for out of the box thinking.
  • New-Understanding Our Need for Novelty and Change (Winifred Gallagher)- I haven't started this yet, but it was highly recommended by Jason Silva in a list of books he quoted as having inspired him, and who is himself, a very unconventional thinker. 
  • Daring Greatly (Brene Brown)-Worth an honorable mention. If you haven't listened to her Ted Talks, settle in, treat yourself to some coffee, and have a listen.

 

I want to know what books are on YOUR list! Let me know in the comments below and I'll make sure to check them out!

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