It’s summer time ladies and that means you’re in need of a super inspiring summer reading list. I have scoured the internet to find the best of the best books for the fempreneur, mompreneur, girlboss, bossbabe, or whatever else you’d like to call yourself. I have read a few on the list and plan to work my way through the rest by the end of the summer. There’s nothing quite like the sense of peace and satisfaction I get from grabbing a book (or my phone), heading to the beach, and learning about the lives of successful women.
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Lately, I’ve been making it a point to always be reading a book. I used to read all the time when I was in school but I find reading fiction doesn’t really do it for me anymore. I want a return on my investment and I think reading nonfiction on topics like social media strategy, blogging, or entrepreneurship is a better use of my time. It is so fulfilling to finish a book and have a mission, an actionable plan in place to make improvements in my life or business.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
Okay, so to avoid wasting your precious time, here are the books on my reading list. Enjoy and be sure to let me know what your favorite inspiring book is in the comments!
If you saw my post on the best inspiring movies for a boss to be, then you know the Netflix original series, #Girlboss was on there too. But, as most good movies and shows are, it was a book first. I read this book about a year ago and absolutely love it. Learn how the founder of Nasty Gal, Sophia Amoruso goes from broke to business owner via eBay.
Leave Your Mark
You know, I keep seeing this book and I think it’s finally time to read it. This is all about creating your personal brand and crushing it on social media an in your career. If you like some sass with your reading, author Aliza Licht gives you just that.
You Are a Badass
I can’t get enough of this book. Jen Sincero is my hero ya’ll. My first time reading this was in May of this year and I think I’ll ready it again in winter. Yes, it’s that good. It’s jam-packed full with inspiring stories that will make you realize you can do absolutely anything.
Get Over Your Damn Self
Learn to change your mindset, let go of the negative, and build a business that gives you more freedom in your life. If you’re interested in any of that, you MUST read this amazing book.
She Means Business
Author Carrie Green takes away the overwhelm associated with starting a business and replaces it with confidence in this motivating read. Find out what strategies you need to implement in order to turn your amazing ideas into a real, money making business.
Self Made: Becoming Empowered, Self-Reliant, and Rich in Every Way
Okay, if you liked #Girlboss, you’ll love this. I’m actually in the middle of reading this book right now and it.Is. Amazing. If you want a full, abundant life in every way, give this book a read. It’s all about being financially independent, worrying less, and living more.
This one isn’t about the how. It’s about the why. Girl Code isn’t meant to show you what it is you need to start a business but it will teach you how to have confidence in yourself along the way.
Daring and Disruptive
Daring and Disruptive won’t just inspire you, it will tell you how to become the entrepreneur you’ve always wanted to be. Author Lisa Messenger does so through a series of stories on her many business endeavors and the launch of her magazine Collective Hub.
By Invitation Only
Heard of Gilt? The big online fashion retailer? Meet the founders in By Invitation Only and be inspired by their journey to running a billion dollar business. Find out what it takes to not only start a business but to change an industry.
The Power Playbook
Want to feel seriously empowered? You HAVE to read Lean In. Learn why you may not be where you want to be in your career and how to fix it. Author Sheryl Sandberg encourages women to excel in the work place and support each other along the way.
You’ve seen her on Shark Tank but how did Barbara Corcoran become a shark? Her book Shark Tales tells the story of her journey from waitress to billion dollar business owner. This is a wonderful read if you’re really searching for some inspiration.
Secrets of Six Figures Women
Barbara Stanny teaches you how to seriously increase your income in this awesome read. Through hundreds of case studies, she identifies the traits it takes to be successful and tells you how to fine tune them for the best outcome.
The Woman I Wanted to Be
Diane von Furstenberg is an internationally known fashion designer and mother who opens up about her journey in this inspiring book The Woman I Wanted to Be.
If you’re struggling to get your finances together and know it’s an important step to success and stability, give this a read. Nicole Lapin outlines 12 steps to solve your financial problem once and for all. Take charge of your money and your life with Rich Bitch.
Need some brutally honest advice? Here it is! Crack open this fascinating book to find some serious career advice from Kelly Cutrone, Lauren Conrad’s boss on The Hills.
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Let go of being the victim and finally get your life together. Koeryelle teaches us how to be successful in business and in life in Werk 101.
Get inspired by the women who created Miss Jessie’s, a revolutionary hair care brand. From success stories to business tips, this book will have you ready to crush your goals.
What are your favorite ways to get inspired?