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My Books
Book Title & Author What I Liked About It
Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling J.K. Rowling delivered this speech at Harvard University. It’s a super quick read but talks about the courage to fail. Sales of this book go to charity and university wide financial aid at Harvard, so it helps you and others. Can’t beat that!
Make It Happen: The Hip-Hop Generation Guide to Success by Kevin Liles with Samantha Marshall This was the first “career” book that I read that I felt spoke my language when I was in my early 20s. While there are PLENTY out now, this book helped me understand what “hustling” actually was and how to make my mark by way of personal branding. 
One Plus One: A Novel by Jojo Moyes I love a good, strange love story. This is the story of a single mom and her quest to be a decent parent and some sort of way she manages to fall in love AND mess up! If you love the way that Moyes tells stories (I’m obsessed) you’ll love this book.
  The Girls Guide: Getting the hang of your whole complicated, unpredictable, impossibly amazing life by Melissa Kirsch From money and finance to dating, sex and romance, Melissa gives you serious INTEL. If you didn’t grow up with a big sister or someone you could simply ask about EVERY-DAMN-THING, this is your guide. It’s super cute and worth whatever it costs.
Men, Love & Sex: The Complete User's Guide for Women by David Zinczenko What can I say? I was curious! I bought this book A LONG time ago but have managed to keep it on my bookshelf (after many a move)! It’s a fun read and great to pull out with a few girlfriends over and a few glasses of wine because we ALL have something to say about men. Ha! 
The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor by Gina Homolka Every single person NEEDS this cookbook! I've yet to make anything that I didn't love.
Eat. Nourish. Glow.: 10 Easy Steps for Losing Weight, Looking Younger & Feeling Healthier by Amelia Freer I just bought this for a friend the other day because FOOD (how to, where to, etc.) is really challenging for many. This book helps explain what foods you NEED, how to prepare them and how to look at food differently to properly nourish your body. 
Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't by Simon Sinek Everyone isn't really sure how to be an inspiring leader, to ensure that their team wakes up and wants to come to work each day. Teams have to pull together to max out on success. Definitely worth the read. 
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell My friend Nick kept insisting that I read this book. I finally picked it up and it was exactly what I had been looking for. Details. Teeny tiny details. Little things can start a fire...a big fire. Check it out. 
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America by Barbara Ehrenreich Awareness. It's important to be aware of socioeconomics. This will open your eyes on what really happens at the minimum-wage level and it's gut-wrenching. You'll never look at anyone in those positions the same. 
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal I read this book back in college and didn't eat fast food or meat for a year. It's important to arm yourself with the information of what exactly you're putting into your body. Try to make most of your food yourself!
Fifty Shade Trilogy (Fifty Shades of Grey/Fifty Shades Darker/Fifty Shades Freed) by E.L. James Yes I did and I liked them all. The first book was slow and it took me about a year to get through the first few hundred pages but after I got through them. All. Of. That. Ha! I mostly loved Christian's wine recommendations. I've become a fan of Billecart champagne and Sancerre wine thanks to him!
32 Candles: A Novel by Ernessa T. Carter I get a lot of grief about not reading much fiction and the truth is that it's just hard to keep me interested. I LOVED this book. LOVED. My friend, Amy, suggested that I read it and I was up all night long trying to finish it. It's SO worth it. Trust me. 
Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude: How to Find, Build and Keep a YES! Attitude for a Lifetime of SUCCESS by Jeffrey Gitomer I haven't read this but I'm going to recommend it because I love every book that Jeffrey Gitomer has written. I saw this one on my search for others and I'm putting this on my own list too! 
Little Black Book of Connections: 6.5 Assets for Networking Your Way to Rich Relationships by Jeffrey Gitomer Because it's not all about going to "networking mixers" and handing out business cards. The best way to do business is with rich relationships. 
Maximize the Moment: God's Action Plan for Your Life This book saved my life. I was in a not so good place in my early 20s. I just couldn't seem to figure it out and this book really gave me clarity. I still have it and go back and read a few passages from time to time. 
College Grad Job Hunter: Insider Techniques and Tactics for Finding A Top-Paying Entry-level Job My college roommate gave this book to me and it was PURE GOLD. I actually still have it. Most times you get out of college and you're really kind of clueless on how to snag a job without much experience. This book would also work for those looking to switch careers. 

The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter - And How to Make The Most of Them Now by Meg Jay, PhD If you're in your 20s, this is the decade that sets the foundation for how you will likely live the rest of your life. Now is the time to be disciplined and be insanely clear about what you want and don't want. This is a must have. 
Me, Inc.: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business by Gene Simmons This was actually a really good book. Gene Simmons used to be a client of the agency that I worked at and everyone loved him. He apparently worked his ass off. He has a great story and you can't help but be inspired by people who start with nothing - it takes away our excuses of not trying. Lots of great anecdotes and an easy read. 
Secrets of Six-Figure Women: Surprising Strategies to Up Your Earnings and Change Your Life by Barbara Stanny Money. Money. Money. It's important. You shouldn't be afraid of it and you should always make sure that you have a full understanding of the playing field. Know your figures and SAVE MONEY.
Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success by Dan Schawbel I LOVE this! So many people are afraid to "toot their own horn." How else will anyone know who you are or what you're good at? In the age of social media, we are all "public figures" so it's important to manage an authentic personal brand. Doesn't have to be too stuffy but should promote you as a well-rounded rock star!
The Ultimate Small Business Guide: A Resource for Startups and Growing Businesses  Many don't know what kind of resources they need. This is just a good resource to answer all of your "paperwork" business questions. 
The Power of Now: A Gift to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle My friend Lauren and I sat at lunch and she says, "I KNOW you read the 'Power of Now' right?" I hadn't. I had heard of it but I seriously just didn't think I needed to read YET ANOTHER spiritual enlightenment book. I felt enlightened already. I was so wrong. This is SO good no matter how far along your journey you are. It helps you focus on what's really important ALL of the time. 
How to Deliver a TED Talk: Secrets of the World's Most Inspiring Presentations by Jeremy Donovan  See below on my obsession with the TED Talk and then finally getting invited and not doing so well. Being a great public speaker can get you very far in life. Whether you have ambitions to do a TED Talk or not, it's always good to know how to present well. 
Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek  I watched his TED Talk and it's SO good. Most of us don't know "why"...our purpose, what drives us. This books will help!
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business by Charles Duhigg This book was recommended to me by my best friend, Ken, and another woman on vacation and I'm still reading this one too. I recently read that we don't decide our futures, we decide our HABITS and our habits decide our futures. Let that marinate.
The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization by Jacob Morgan Millenials are entering the workforce and it's important to understand what the next generation is looking for in terms of job satisfaction and overall happiness. I had a clue because i know what kind of environment makes me most productive. This book gives extra tips!
Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds by Carmine Gallo I had always wanted to do a TED Talk and recently got invited to do one and wanted to try to be ultra prepared. The lesson I learned from that was to simply be authentic because I really felt like I bombed it. It was a harsh reminder to myself that people just want more of me. It's still a useful book!
Crazy Is A Compliment: The Power of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags by Linda Rottenberg
I'm still reading this book. Often times people get so caught up with what "everyone else" is doing that they forget to be themselves and bring their unique touch to the table. When you stay in your lane people may call you crazy. That's fine. 

 

Delivering Happiness: A Path To Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh

 

Most people think that Zappos.com is about selling shoes and it's really not. This book is perfect for anyone trying to find their purpose.

 

Heads In Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality by Jacob Tomsky

I read this book while on vacation for my birthday last year and I literally laughed the ENTIRE time. The author also give you tips on how to save major money at hotels. 

 

Warrior of Light by Paulo Coelho I'm just a fan of anything that Paulo Coelho does. You can't go wrong with any of his books and this book of short notes is great for morning motivation.
Zen and the Art of Making A Living: A Practical Guide to Creative Career Design by Laurence G. Boldt At my first job out of college I asked the #1 sales guy in my office what book he recommended I read to help me carve out my career path. He recommended this book and I still have it. If you STILL aren't really sure what you want to do (that's natural), try this book. It's super LONG but SO worth it. 

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed

I picked this up before boarding a flight and could not put it down. Cheryl Strayed tells it like it IS, and if you have a hard time swallowing truthful advice, try reading the letters from other people to soften the blow. 
You Can Be Right (Or You Can Be MARRIED) by Dana Adam Shapiro This was such a fun read and the message was so simple. In order to find out if a person is right for you, "accelerate the obvious." Address the elephant in the room at all times. He essentially interviews a bunch of divorcees in an attempt to understand what went wrong. 
The Tools: 5 Tools to Help You Find Courage, Creativity, and Willpower by Phil Stutz & Barry Michels  I really like this. I read it a few years ago while in Mexico and it's great for people who are still looking for motivation and inspiration to live life in forward motion. 

You Are A Badass: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

Ohhh it gets no better than this! I LOVE the way Jen kicks you in the gut to get you to realize that YOU are the one slowing your train down. I'd buy this 5 times!
"It Always Seem Impossible Until It's Done": Motivation for Dreamers & Doers by Kathryn Petras I keep this on my nightstand and post quotes from it all of the time. I like reading a great quote before bed almost like a little prayer. Also great for morning motivation. 
The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy  by Deborah Davis Because Oprah can do no wrong in my eyes. I have this as a coffee table book (it's actually on my bar cart) in my living room.
Words That Matter: A Little Book of Life Lessons by The Oprah Magazine Editors of O I really really just love this. I have highlighted and re-read many pages in this book. It was a great breakfast companion during my summer trip to New Orleans. 
Mistakes I Made At Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong by Jessica Bacal We always try to get everything right in our lives and trust me, I get it. But most people got to the top by getting it wrong first. There's nothing like hearing other successful people tell us their blunders so that when we mess up we realize that it's really not a big deal. 
Lean In: Women, Work and The Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg Mandatory reading, doesn't matter what field you're in.
Nice Girls Don't Get The Corner Office 101: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers by Lois P. Frankel I read this right after college because I was having a hard time trying to understand how to mix my aggressive nature with getting along with others. This was really helpful.
Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life) by Cathie Black This is truly an essential guide. Most of the time we don't think about the full picture of our careers; Cathie helps you take calculated risks.
How To Make Love Like A Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale by Jenna Jameson I suggested that my Mom share this book with her book club and she screamed. Ha! Jenna is smart as hell and hustled her ass off. While you may not want to be a porn star, she tells a really funny story of how she rose to the top and it's not as X-rated as your might think.
The 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene Many of us are going through life without the tools to truly face a battle should one arise (one will trust me). I always recommend reading the strategy first and then the "interpretation" (usually mid-chapter) before reading the actual stories. 
The 50th Law by 50 Cent and Robert Greene On the back of this book it says "fear nothing" and after reading this I got that tattooed on my arm just before starting curlBOX. This book was the push I needed to take the next leap professionally, which ended up being curlBOX. 
The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene This is simply a MUST READ. Get it. Keep it. Read it. Read it again. Just get it!
Whatever You Think, Think The Opposite by Paul Arden Love this little book. It's great for keeping on your desk or quick weekend pick me up. 
It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be by Paul Arden This is the first Paul Arden  book I ever bought and it's REALLY good and an easy read. Gotta keep pushing!
The Autobiography of Quincy Jones by Quincy Jones I went through this "autobiography" phase around the age of 25 and this really just blew my mind. I loved reading about his story. You'll be amazed. 
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

 

Also bought this at the airport and it's just SO GOOD! I read it on a trip that I took to Mexico to relax and reset and ended up staying up until 4A to finish it the first day that I got it! It's really a good story. 

 

The Zahir: A Novel of Obsession by Paulo Coelho I remember Common saying that this is one of his favorite books YEARS AGO in Vibe Magazine. I read it and I understood why. Great story and it's Paul Coelho so you know it's good! 
Eleven Minutes: A Novel by Paulo Coelho More Paulo and this was really good. So much so that I bought it for my iBooks to read again when I have some time. 
The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship I have gifted this book to nearly every single one of my friends. There's this really beautiful prayer in it too. You can even google it and it's just so good...good enough to say every single day. 
The Wealthy Freelancer: 12 Secrets to a Great Income and an Enviable Lifestyle by Steve Slaunwhite, Pete Savage, Ed Gandia Read this on my quest to entrepreneurship. I wanted to know about wealth vs. just getting by!
My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire by Michelle Goodwin One of the books that changed my life forever. Step-by-step she shows you how to become a freelancer (which is typically the first step to ultimate entrepreneurship).
The Anti 9-to-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube by Michelle Goodman This book changed my life forever. I didn't really know HOW to start working for myself and this truly helped. 
It! Nine Secrets of the Rich and Famous That Will Take You to the Top by Paula Froelich I read this at around 26 and it was REALLY REALLY good. Can't hurt to buy it. 
Write to the Point by Salvatore Iacone Every single person that works with me has to read this book. So many people don't know how to communicate professionally (totally normal) and this book shows you how. 
The Personal Touch: What You Really Need to Succeed In Today's Fast Paced Business World by Terrie Williams  I got this book from Terrie Williams during an internship and this is also another book that I require new hires to read. It's necessary.