#Girlboss Reading List

#Girlboss Reading List for Creative Entrepreneurs + Bloggers

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.

 TribesCultivating 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.

InfluenceRobert 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!

There is nothing I love more than sitting outside and reading on my porch, especially since being in California! What’s on your list?

Reading List
  • Meet Lindsay Humes

    Hi! I’m the designer and owner behind White Oak Creative. I partner with creative entrepreneurs, lifestyle publishers and content creators to design the best brand identity to grow their audience and brand. My blog is full of resources on Branding, WordPress, SEO, and more!

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    4 thoughts on “#Girlboss Reading List

    1. Mariah

      I’m so glad came across your reading list. I was just creating my reading list for 2017 so I’ll be pinning a few of these!

      I just finished reading Epic Content Marketing by Joe Pulizzi. It would be a great read for your bloggers!


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