It’s no secret that this girl loves to read and I’ve shared my bookshelf on this blog a few times before. Having just returned from the beach for a solid month and with spring break upon us, I wanted to share some lighter reads that the girl boss should have packed in her suitcase. My goal for 2019? One book each month and I’ll be honest, I’m averaging about 2 which is impressive seeing that I only read before bed and I usually only make it through a page or two before falling asleep!
Here’s the thing: I kind of stopped reading business books a year ago. I found them to be too dry or to get my wheels turning too much when I should be unwinding, so I kind of made a commitment to myself to only read for pleasure! When’s the last time you did that? Just picked up a book for fun? I want to challenge you to really unplug and take the much needed time to let your mind rest and read for fun this time around. Trust me that is going to do more for your business than reading any book will do. Ok?
Here’s my business owner’s spring break reading list:
- Girl Stop Apologizing – My girl Rachel Hollis has done it again (bonus points if you find the page yours truly is on in the book!) This book is a combination of motivation and personal accounts that help you feel like you’re sitting down with a friend (I mean, I REALLLLY felt this way) while encouraging you to own your awesome and stop apologizing for your dreams, for who you are, and for how you show up in the world.
- Becoming by Michelle Obama – in her memoir, the former First Lady shares her life experiences that have shaped her into the woman she is today. I actually woke up early the day I was induced to have Conley to finish this book and I walked into the hospital feeling empowered and inspired. I loved hearing a behind the scenes of The Whitehouse and learning about her past… Michelle is one of my personal heroes!
- Educated a Memoir – Tara Westover shares her life story and achieving her goal of going to college even though she did not step in a classroom until she was 17. This one wasn’t necessarily a total beach read (there were some sad/hard parts that she recounted!) It’s an inspiring story for anyone looking for the courage to make a big leap and deals with issues that arise when someone takes a different path than those they love. Overall, a great book!
- Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead – Sheryl Sandberg, oh Sheryl. She’s pretty darn incredible and her book is no different. This book encourages women to “seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto.” A humorous and enjoyable read that will empower you to live up to your full potential, who doesn’t need that?
- Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah – Because what would be a must-read list without throwing in a novel by one of my favorite authors? This is a story of friendship and motherhood that deals with loss, love, and loneliness. This was a page turner and I can almost smell the beach when I think about this tale of two best friends. And if you grew up in the 80’s and 90’s, you’ll appreciate all the cultural references!
I mean, if we’re really being honest, I’ve been reading a ton of baby books and things like “I Love You Through and Through” to Conley but since I don’t think that’d really interest you as much! Man, I tell ya, things look different over here but I’m still getting in some quality reading time and I still get sad when I finish a book and have to start a brand new one. Anyone else feel like that? I hate saying goodbye to characters I love!
So, I hope you’ve got something fun planned for Spring Break but really, you need no excuse to stop scrolling and to stick your nose into a good book! I’ll be rounding up all of my 2019 reads (thus far) super soon to fill you in on what I’m loving! Tell me, what other books are on your list that I should be reading? I’d love to know!