I’ve been reading a lot over the past couple of months and I thought I’d share some of my recent favorites. If you can’t tell by this list, I’m a non-fiction reader. I totally get why people love diving into fiction but it’s just never been my thing. I tend to enjoy books in the self-help, entrepreneurship, & women’s empowerment arena so if that’s your thing, you’ll definitely enjoy these! These are four books that made me think a little bit differently about how I approach goals, challenges, or life in general.
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
Rachel founded The Chic Site, a blog that eventually turned into a huge lifestyle site & media company. Her book is about the lies she’s told herself along the way. She hits on a lot of the insecurities and challenges that many of us face, but don’t necessarily talk about. I love her honesty and the approachable way she breaks down the events of her life. Her advice could be applied to mothers, business owners, bloggers, and anyone in between. After reading her book, I also started listening to her podcast (DAIS) which is definitely worth a listen!
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
I was initially skeptical about this one. Alex and I watched a couple episodes from the Netflix series about her life, and we weren’t really hooked. But I’d heard good things about the book so I gave it a read and I’m glad I did. Sophia definitely has an unusual story and the way she grew her business was anything but conventional. She has a slightly more abrasive attitude and tone than I usually go for, but her determination and tenacity really came through. There’s no doubt she’s a hard worker and she literally built her company, Nasty Gal, from the ground up. The book documents the process while giving advice to women looking to grow their business or career. I actually think I might give the Netflix series another chance, now that I know more about her story.
It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell
I read this one a few months ago but I forgot to mention it sooner! Andie’s memoir is all about her struggle with dieting, emotional eating and how it shaped her life. Her book completely captivated me and I found myself rooting for her and crying along with her. The story is heartbreakingly real and anyone that has struggled with any kind of body image challenge or emotional eating would probably get a lot out of this book. Andie is also a food blogger so she might be a familiar face!
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***– Mark Monson
Let me start by saying I found the profanity kind of annoying. I get that it’s his shtick but I found it a little distracting and that’s not really my personal style. That said, I really liked the point of this book. The main thing he’s trying to get across is that we should stop caring so much about what other people think. As someone who is a natural born people pleaser, this is a reminder I need to hear. This book is more about goal setting for the things that make you happy and recognizing that it’s ok if someone else’s dream isn’t your dream. (In fact, it shouldn’t be!)
Also, shout out to Libby, the Overdrive app! That’s what I use to download books from the library onto my kindle. Sometimes if the wait is really long, I’ll buy it from Amazon but for the most part, I try to borrow them from the library. If you have a Kindle or tablet, I highly recommend it! I know they also have audiobooks, but I can’t seem to get into those. When it comes to listening, I’m more of a podcast person! Are you an ebook person or do you like holding a physical book?