I have been trying to read a lot more, especially before going to sleep at night. I used to do computer work at night, and ladies, when they say that electronics DON’T help you fall asleep, they are RIGHT!
Reading has been a fantastic way for me to expand my knowledge, think about life, goals, and how to better myself, AND helps wind down after a long day to help me get better Zzzz’s.
I love so many different books from fiction, to networking, marketing, and business, to “smut” reading like 50 Shades of Grey <– seriously, thought, who doesn’t??
So, I wanted to put together some of my favorite inspiration reads (all written by powerful & strong women!) for all you #girlbosses and #fitgirls (they really are one in the same, if you ask me! 😉 ) These books range from fitness and lifestyle guides, like Lauryn Evarts, The Skinny Confidential, to networking books such as How to Work a Room by Susan RoAne.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do, they’ve helped me so much to develop confidence, and think of life in better ways!
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso – Literally the queen of #GIRLBOSS. Sophia Amoruso, creator of Nasty Gal, tells the tails of her crazy career choices, to how she started Nasty Gal Vintage on MySpace (<– ha! the “original” social media! so crazy!), how she grew it into the empire it is today, and gives tips on how to be your own girl boss.
How to Work A Room by Susan RoAne – OK, so this actually a really old book and has been around for almost 30 years. BUT it’s truly amazing. It’s the first “networking” book I ever read a little over a year ago, and it’s perfect for women! Believe it or not I’m actually very quiet and a pretty shy person…this book helped me by giving me actual steps on HOW to talk to people, how to find common interests with them, and how to leave them with a memorable impression of you. And after each chapter, there’s a quick summary of bullet points to easily reference every once in a while before heading to a big event. I go back and reference it frequently!
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert – Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love) brings a book that’s perfect for those of you out there who DON’T necessarily want to be an entrepreneur, but want to explore your creativity. This book is for anyone who wants to live a creative life and explore their interests. She makes it clear you don’t have to quit your day job — unless you want to! — and she teaches you how to find courage, and explains how even little fears may be blocking you from exploring your interests.
The Body Book by Cameron Diaz – Cameron call this “a guide to accepting what you have and loving it with everything you’ve got,” and that’s what it it! She’s fantastic at breaking things like nutrition, hunger, and movement into easy-to-read sections. She is also about empowering yourself and finding ways to love yourself for who you are. She believes that being “healthy” means that your body works at it’s optimum, your skin and mind is clear, you have plenty of energy, and that you’re happy. This book is so inspiring, and really helps to put an end to so many issues that women have with body image and self-love.
The Skinny Confidential by Lauryn Evarts – If you’ve ever read Lauryn’s blog, you know her sassy writing style. This book pairs perfectly with her blog (which I’m in LOVE with!) — it’s an easy to read, informative, motivating, and FUN lifestyle guide. She doesn’t give any crazy strict rules in the book and includes recipes, workouts, hair & make up, and style. She even talks about how to eat healthier when your partner eats like crap! The best thing about this book is it really focuses on a BALANCED lifestyle — which, of course, includes the occasional cocktail! 😉
Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba – (OK, so the truth is — I haven’t read this book yet, but I have heard so many AMAZING things about it, and I literally just ordered it yesterday and I can’t wait to do a little recap.) Girl Code is for anyone who wants to become a better woman, whether you’re an entrepreneur or business professional. It will teach you how to build confidence in yourself, reconnect with your why, rid yourself of jealousy, and ultimately learn the power of connection, which at the end of the day, is what life and business are all about.
Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht – I love how this book uses real stories from Aliza’s life to teach you how to succeed in business and life. She draws experience from her life as a top fashion publicist to provide guidance for those just starting their careers and those already established. She shares advice, inspiration, and realness — with an emphasis on communicating and building your own personal brand. She ROCKS it! If you know any high school or college age girls, this is the PERFECT gift for them, I promise! I wish I had it back then!
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero – If you’re ready to get a kick in the ass to help you reach your goals, this book it is. It teaches you to identify and change the self-sabotaging behaviors that stop you from getting what you want to create a life you love — and deserve. Author, Jen Sincero’s, no-nonsense advice is equally entertaining as it is inspirational.
INSPIRED by Lorna Jane Clarkson – Remember this beautiful book? I did a full review of Lorna Jane’s latest coffee table book last year. I still love every page of this book and look at it frequently for inspiration and simple recipes. Each page is filled with amazing photography, writing from Lorna Jane, and inspiration quotes — it’s not really a book you “read”, but it’s the inspiration you’ll get from flipping through the pages definitely warrants the title!
Pretty Happy by Kate Hudson – This is the newest edition to my collection, and was released just a few weeks ago. I absolutely LOVE it because it includes so many little “worksheets”, questionnaires, quizzes about yourself, workouts, and so much MORE about your own happiness and what you want in life. I’m still combing through it, because there is so much great content inside of it, but I love it so much I will probably do a giveaway including it on Instagram soon, so make sure you keep and eye for it!
Do you have any book recommendations? Let me know in the comments below!