Reading is a way for me to destress even though I like to be “always working.” I know I need to find balance, and reading is a way for me to step away from work somewhat. I have rounded up my favorite #Girlboss reading list that includes a wide assortment of books that helped me in my entrepreneurship journey.
On Business + Building Brands
Essentialism: The tagline of this book is a “disciplined pursuit of less” – that whole idea is music to my ears. I’m a huge proponent of a minimalist, productive life. I liked the flexibility and heard so many good things about this book.
The $100 Startup: Guillebeau’s book is full of case studies on creative entrepreneurs who have managed to create livelihoods that not only support them but also their passion. At first, I had trouble starting this book, but after a while, it grew on me.
Tribes: Cultivating your blogging tribe? It is essential you check out Seth Godin’s comprehensive work Tribes in the digital sphere and how a tribe relates to your online community and success of your brand.
Better than Before: This book is supposed to be all about making healthy habits, which is a source of struggle for me. I’ve found that it’s hard for me to add new, positive habits. Certain things I do well and do right, but when it comes time to areas of improvement, I struggle to create a sustainable habit.
Influence: Robert Cialdini’s Influence is a great work for any entrepreneur. It thoroughly explains the psychology behind why people say “yes” and how you can apply it to your own business.
Everybody Writes is a great self-help/business book for those who are looking to add a blog or newsletter to their brand. Ann Handley debunks common misconceptions and guides you through the process in an honest and straightforward manner.
Memoirs From Awesome Females
Yes, Please: I listened to this memoir in an audiobook, which Amy has several different people guest-star. She complains about writing the book a little too much, but some of her core messages and values had significant meaning for me, especially “Good for you, not for me!”
#Girlboss: Want to grow your brand from solo to a team, and then this book is right up your alley! Sophia discusses the realities of being a one-woman show, and the choices she made to grow her business. It’s definitely an interesting read given that NastyGal is filing for bankruptcy!
Thrive: I’m a sucker for the female self-help/memoir. I’ve read them all and loved them almost as much as I love Bravo. I’ve meant to get to Arianna Huffington’s book for a while, at least it will be better than Lean In.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me: I was not a big Mindy Kaling fan before I listened to this audio book. I did not get her appeal. However, ten minutes in, I was a convert! She recalls her professional path (the ups and downs) from college to working as a writer on The Office.
For Inspiration + Beautiful Design
Flaunt: A publication made by the people at Under Consideration, this edition focuses on practical, compelling, and memorable portfolios of creative work, and I’m hoping to use it as a reference as I audit my website.
In Progress: I recently picked up this one, and it’s my new favorite. The book is absolutely stunning. Each page is a work of art, and it’s full of helpful advice and recommendations!
Thinking With Type is a great intro to typography book. I highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking about a career in design!