2017 Reading List

My Reading List

I have vowed to start reading books that will inspire me and educate me on my journey as a creative and young business woman. Not so long ago I read Girl Boss and it was so informative and made me realise that you learn so much from people who have gone through what you are currently going through. So I’m starting this journey & sharing it with you so I  make sure I stick to it.

Best part about it all I will be sharing lessons learnt from each book once I’m done with it, especially since my Girl Boss post was enjoyed so much. I hope the books I share on this list will also encourage you guys to join me and maybe we can discuss the lessons on the future posts.

  1. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bitesized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, Create a life you totally love. And create it NOW, Make some damn money already. The kind you’ve never made before.

By the end of You Are a Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.

2. Nice Girls Just Do Not Get it by Lois P. Frankel, Carol M. Frohlinger

NICE GIRLS JUST DON’T GET IT  teaches women everywhere how to assert themselves to get what they want in any situation and across all areas of their lives. Whether dealing with demanding friends, uncompromising spouses, scummy landlords, or meddlesome in-laws, Frankel and Frohlinger show women the skills and knowledge they need to get the things they want, the respect they’ve earned, and the success they deserve, not just in our careers but in our relationships, families, and everyday lives. NICE GIRLS JUST DON’T GET IT provides women with 7 critical strategies and hundreds of tactics for handling life’s most challenging people and situations to help them become happier and more successful.

3. Becoming The Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders by Lindsey Pollak

Written exclusively for Gen Y readers to address their unique needs, Becoming the Boss is a brisk, tech savvy success manual filled with real-world, actionable tips, from an expert they respect and relate to. Lindsey Pollak defines what leadership is and draws on original research, her own extensive experience, and interviews with newly minted Gen Y managers and entrepreneurs around the world to share the secrets of what makes them successful leaders—and shows young professionals how to use that knowledge to rise in their own careers.

4. Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur by  Cara Alwill            Leyba

Girl Code is a roadmap for entrepreneurs, professionals and ‘side hustlers’. Blending inspirational quotes and mantras with practical workbook sections, Girl Code will teach you how to build confidence, reconnect with your ‘why’, eradicate jealousy, and use the power of connection.

5. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

This beloved author shares her wisdom and unique understanding of creativity, shattering the perceptions of mystery and suffering that surround the process – and showing us all just how easy it can be.By sharing stories from her own life, as well as those from her friends and the people that have inspired her, Elizabeth Gilbert challenges us to embrace our curiosity, tackle what we most love and face down what we most fear.

6. The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann

The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feels as if the harder and faster he works, the further away his goals seem to be. And so one day, desperate to land a key sale at the end of a bad quarter, he seeks advice from the enigmatic Pindar, a legendary consultant referred to by his many devotees simply as the Chairman.

7. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Thinking Fast and Slow offers a whole new look at the way our minds work, and how we make decisions. Why is there more chance we’ll believe something if it’s in a bold type face? Why are judges more likely to deny parole before lunch? Why do we assume a good-looking person will be more competent? The answer lies in the two ways we make choices: fast, intuitive thinking, and slow, rational thinking. This book reveals how our minds are tripped up by error and prejudice (even when we think we are being logical), and gives you practical techniques for slower, smarter thinking. It will enable to you make better decisions at work, at home, and in everything you do

8. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

MacArthur Genius Award-winning psychologist Angela Duckworth shares fascinating new revelations about who succeeds in life and why. Based on her cutting-edge research, Duckworth shows how many people achieve remarkable things not just by relying on innate natural talent, but by practising what she calls grit. She then offers a Grit Formula to help anyone to become more gritty, focusing on six key factors: hope, effort, precision, passion, ritual and prioritisation.

9. Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

In Lean In, she shares her personal stories, uses research to shine a light on gender differences, and offers practical advice to help women achieve their goals. The book challenges us to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what we can do, and serves as a rallying cry for us to work together to create a more equal world.

I had originally came across this list on another blog post last year and I was interested to read every book listed on there. I will be getting my first book this week and will share on my Social Media which one if you would like to follow with me with regards to the reviews I will post once done.

Have you read any of the books listed, I would love to hear your recommedations as well

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  • I haven’t read any of these books as yet. I promised myself that I wouldn’t buy more books as I have to finish the ones that I’ve bought that are currently collecting dust. Looks like I need to break that promise! One book that truly inspired me to get up and get what I want is Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes. She talks about how her saying Yes to the things that scared her changed her life for the better.

    I’m currently saying Yes to all of the things that I want but I’m finding it quite challenging to do so. It’s forcing me to come out of my comfort zone but it’s been an interesting journey nevertheless.

    The 2nd book is The Wait by DeVon Franklin & Meagan Good. It’s not a book geared towards business but it talks about how being their being celibate before they got married taught them discipline which permeated to all spheres in their lives & how it could also help you.

    I’m definitely going to purchase Sheryl Sandberg’s book. I’ve heard good things about it.

    • I definitely want to get the Year of Yes. Seems like a really good book to read.

      I truly relate to the journey of coming out your comfort zone. When I decided on what I wanted to and who I wanted to be I knew I needed to move away from being someone who sheltered herself. And when I did that, although it was quite uncomfortable for the longest time, I managed to do so much more to reach my goals.