As an avid reader, I love books though interestingly I do not find reading easy. It takes an extreme amount of concentration and effort for me to read (being dyslexic). My journey of learning and enjoyment I get from reading always outweighs the struggle. These are 11 books that I would recommend every working woman should read. Some have made me laugh, some have made me cry and some have shifted my thought process that I have seen measurable results from.
So many books, so little time!
Tuesday’s With Morrie – Mitch Albom
This book is a quick read. It is based on a true story about a old student and lecturer discussing the big questions about life. What I learnt from this book was how to digest certain emotions and that it was OK to experience sadness in my life.
BossyPants – Tina Fey
Never have I laughed out loud reading a book. This is the autobiography of writer, comedian and actress Tina Fey. It reminded me to never give up on reaching for my dream. As a women this book resonates with me as Tina takes you through her journey in a male dominate industry, the art of comedy.
Content INC. – Joe Pulizzi
Joe Pulizzi is an expert in the content marketing field. Not only does he know what he is talking about his passion for the subject is second to none. If you work in marketing or communications then this is a must read.
Forget You Have A Daughter – Sandra Gregory
This is a true story of an educated British woman who attempted to smuggle illegal substances from Thailand to Japan. She was caught by Thai police and thrown into jail. She takes the reader through her journey of adapting to a life behind bars. The reason I recommended this book is that she compares her time in prison in Thailand and the UK. Thus, highlighting that what is good manners in one culture can easily offend in another.
The Secret – Rhonda Byrne
I know a lot of people will be screaming at their screens as they read this recommendation…I know this book is a little cheesy. The reason I am recommending it is that it does remind it’s reader the power of positive thinking. I do believe you can attract the right people around you if you give off the right vibe. Read it!
Leadership: All You Need to Know – David Pendleton, Adrian Furnham
If you are in a leadership role or would like to be then this is a must for your reading list. The authors give you practical advice to help you be an effective leader, in good times and bad.
Freakonomics – Book by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven Levitt
I love this book! Why? It takes everything you think you know, flip it on its head and convince you of a different rational to why things happen. The two authors have a background in economics and their analytical approach to Anything is truly thought provoking. They have taught me to always look at things from different angles.
The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin
A quick and easy read. I like this book as it made me start to appreciate the things in my life that I already have. I had so much wealth (as in family, friends love not money) and I started to become more grateful for it. It taught me not to be so hard on myself.
Counting to D – Kate Scott
Being a dyslexic, I took to this novel instantly. We go through Sam’s journey in school life as a kid with dyslexia. Everything Sam goes through and feels I could connect with. I would recommend this book to everyone. You will finish it in no time as it is so well written.
Animal Farm – George Orwell
I am surprised at the amount of people I have met who have not read this book. The talented and famous author explores political themes in a juvenile setting of the farm. The way he gets his message across to his reader in so few pages is often over looked. This novel will make you think about people and the motives they have. I warn you, blink and it will be over.
Pride and Prejudiced – Jane Austin
This recommendation is purely for pleasure (Sorry being a British bibliophile I would have to mention one of the all time greats.) A novel that explores the complex relationship women sometimes have with men.
Whats next? The next book has been recommend by a friend “Thrive by Arianna Huffington” She is a founder of the Huffington Post. I will let you know what I think.
Tip: If you are finding it difficult to find time in your day to read then consider investing in audiobooks. That way you can be “reading” while working out or on your commute to work.
Do you have any books to recommend to me? Is there a book missing from this list? Is there a book on the list you do not like? Let me know in the comments below!