Recently I was prompted to write a list of 10 books women should read. I’ve been reading a lot lately and really finding inspiration for my next project. Let me know about books I should be reading that aren’t on this list.
1. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert – creative living beyond fear is the theme and especially poignant for women who know they need to unleash their creativity
2. Stand Out by Dorie Clarke – a useful book about how to stand out and brand yourself. Very readable with easy tips to execute
3. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed -this is a book of advice from Strayed’s stint as self-help guru Dear Sugar. It’s sharp shooting advice that you’d want to give and get from a girlfriend. My favorite is ‘write like a motherf*#$er.’
4. Don’t Let’s Go To the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller. It’s a memoir of her childhood in Africa– most importantly, she writes about this crazy life without judging.
5. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hussain. I think this book is essential to show that people in other cultures are mostly just people, who may fly kites. Particularly with what’s going on in this world –we need to understand Muslims are not so different than us.
6. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown – easy to read and very powerful. She makes her academic research about shame accessible and inspirational.
7. Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding. Hilarious and about self deprecation that every woman can relate to.
8. On the Edge by Alison Levine – not only the best book on Everest I’ve read in a long time, but an amazing book about leadership, determination and the verve to never give up.
9. Elite Minds by Dr. Stan Beecham – a fantastic book on how athletes train their minds for competitive advantage and how this can be applied to business.
10. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra – this is a very small book of practical and simple advice. It can be read over and over again.