During school it’s very easy to just not read for pleasure for months. Bring up reading for pleasure to any university student and you’ll probably hear groans of jealousy. Most would love to be able to have hours to get lost in a good book. The issue is that we spend so much of our time reading out of obligation that the chance to turn your brain off and watch a TV show or movie or some sports is much more appealing.
I like to spend my summers reading as much as I possibly can, soaking up the words in print form and somehow losing hours of my day without noticing. That says summer to me.
To kick off my summer reading this year I’ve been reading lots of career-inspiration books by women I admire.
Leave Your Mark by Alizia Licht
This first book I admittedly read last summer but it has so many nuggets of career advice that are incredibly important, so I find myself returning to it over and over. It is written by the woman who revolutionized the use of social media for fashion brands. If you want to go into any job that involves any kind of media, this is a must read.
Love, Loss & What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi
I tend to have a bunch of books on the go depending on my mood I’ll switch between them. This one, by the host of Top Chef, Padma Lakshmi is an emotional rollercoaster. You probably know her ex-husband Salman Rushdie. Lakshmi goes over how she fell in love with him and then their relationship fell apart because of his unwillingness to see her succeed in her career, and because of her health issues. It is a beautiful book about the private emotional struggle successful women often go through behind closed doors. This memoir begs the question, how much does one woman have to give up to succeed? And why should she have to give up anything at all?
#GirlBoss by Sophia Amorusso
I should have read this book so long ago. I’m obsessed with Sophia Amorusso and her whole #GirlBoss brand, especially her podcast. So why haven’t I read this book? It’s the story about how someone who didn’t tick all the boxes we’re told we need to in life turned everything around and made her own company that today is worth hundreds of millions. She started Nasty Gal, in case you didn’t know. It’s a book about getting shit done and not comprising for anyone.
Celebrate by Lauren Conrad
Lauren Conrad is such a Boss. Say what you want about a reality star becoming a business mogul but your opinion is irrelevant because Conrad is crushing the game. She is worth millions by transitioning her reality star fame into an insanely lifestyle brand. Her latest lifestyle book, Celebrate, shows you how to throw the best party. I love parties (there’s a whole section dedicated to it on my blog). Conrad takes this love and turns it into another New York Time’s Bestseller. This is another triumph for her, the book is beautiful beyond words and full of genuinely helpful advice. Everyone aspires to Conrad’s level of success, but she just keeps getting better. While this book isn’t specifically about career inspiration, Conrad herself is career inspiration. Get it girl.
What have you been reading? Have you read any of these books? What do you think of them? Do you have other career inspiration books for me to read? Let me know!
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