I love reading about inspirational women, and my bookshelf in the new house is filled with girlboss, girl power and inspiring books from an array of ladies from around the globe. Whether you are a current girl boss or a future one, we can all use that professional support from women who have achieved previously. (PS. If you know who the above is already, you are one step ahead!)
Some of these books inspire me, have got me through difficult times, or have educated me on a certain topic e.g. blogging, my career or being a woman. These books – and no, they’re not all written by women — keep me motivated, positive, and eager for more opportunities. Here are eight of my favourite books that every girl boss should have on her bookshelf.
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
She had me at #GIRLBOSS the book, and then again with the TV series that recently aired on Netflix. How could this book not make anyone’s Must Read list? I had heard of Sophia before, but hadn’t really taken much notice, until someone recommended me her book. I am fascinated by her honest, and open nature, and how her love for something (vintage clothing) into a multi-million pound business. The book tells her story, and my god it is an interesting one! The New York Times dubbed her the “Cinderella of tech,” and it isn’t because she’s a technological genius– it’s because of her success with social media.
The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving A F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have with People You Don’t Like Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do by by Sarah Knight
OK, so the longest title ever for a book but this title is amazing. Are you stressed out, overbooked, and underwhelmed by life? Fed up with pleasing everyone else before you please yourself? It’s time to stop giving a f*ck. This brilliant, hilarious, and practical parody of Marie Kondo’s bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up explains how to rid yourself of unwanted obligations, shame, and guilt–and give your f*cks instead to people and things that make you happy. Buy this book now!
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg is the definition of a full-fledged lady boss. As of September 2014, she became the position of Chief Operating Office of Facebook before serving as the VP of Global Online Sales for a little company called Google. She’s an American technology executive, dedicated activist, and talented author who produced my absolute favourite memoir. She is a lady who exceeded expectations and went on to success, in an array of ways which didn’t include monetary value.
In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs by Grace Bonney
Over 100 exceptional and influential women describe how they embraced their creative spirit, overcame adversity, and sparked a global movement of entrepreneurship. Media titans and ceramicists, hoteliers and tattoo artists, comedians and architects—taken together, these profiles paint a beautiful picture of what happens when we pursue our passions and dreams.
Letters of Note by Shaun Usher
Letters of Note is a collection of over one hundred of the world’s most entertaining, inspiring and unusual letters. From Virginia Woolf’s heart-breaking suicide letter, to Queen Elizabeth II’s recipe for drop scones sent to President Eisenhower; from the first recorded use of the expression ‘OMG’ in a letter to Winston Churchill, to Gandhi’s appeal for calm to Hitler and Leonardo da Vinci’s remarkable job application letter, Letters of Note is a celebration of the power of written correspondence which captures the humour, seriousness, sadness and brilliance that make up all of our lives.
#GirlCode: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur by Cara Alwill Leyba
I am witnessing a phenomenon. It seems as though a growing group women entrepreneurs all around the world has discovered the secret to success and happiness in both their lives and careers. It’s almost as though there is a hidden, underground world of power playing females who have all cracked a magical code: they think positively, they support one another, and they truly believe they can have it all —and you can, too. This book will not teach you how to build a multimillion dollar business. It won’t teach you about systems or operational processes. But it will teach you how to build confidence in yourself, reconnect with your “why,” eradicate jealousy, and ultimately learn the power of connection. Because at the end of the day, that’s what life and business is all about.
Deliciously Stella by Bella Younger
Deliciously Stella is the world’s latest Instafoodie to take the chia seed-eating yoga-pant-wearing health world by storm. Here she tells all on how to get that elusive glow without breaking sweat and shares the #cleaneating life hacks she swears by to achieve a #strongnotskinny look and a #blessed outlook on life. Deliciously Stella is not your average superfoodie; she would rather turn her pictures upside down than brave a headstand and she thinks that Fruit Pastilles are one of your five-a-day.
Thrive by Arianna Huffington
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.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years, and her Eat Pray Love book inspired me to travel so thank you Liz. Now she digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.