I couldn’t wait to tell you about all these books. Each one I read in less than two days; they’re so enjoyable. One makes you want to take on the world, one made me laugh out loud, and the last one quite literally kept me up at night. Like, heart racing, couldn’t turn my brain off, wide awake.
If you’re looking for a book that will keep you turning the pages well past your bedtime, or that is so good that you’ll choose reading over sitting down in front of the TV, start with these. I loved them all.
#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso
Why I loved it: I picked this one up based on one of those “if you read this, you’ll enjoy this…” recommendations and the machine was right. Turns out, the rest of the world was too, because I didn’t even come close to discovering #GirlBoss. I didn’t know anything about Sophia Amoruso or the online retail empire she has built but after reading this I’m not only suitably impressed, but her thoughts on leadership, ingenuity, and hard work are seriously inspiring.
Why you should read it: It’s an inspiring story about a powerful woman and about putting your head down and getting to work. Sophia Amoruso started her online shop Nasty Gal when eBay was in it’s prime and has grown it to a multi-million dollar company. Her insight into what it takes to start and grow a business, how to manage and care for employees, and how to never stop growing isn’t what you’ll read in most entrepreneurial books, but it’s proof that there isn’t only one way to succeed.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Why I loved it: This book is a gripping, intense, suspenseful thriller along the same lines as Gone Girl. Hawkins plays with unreliable narration in a way that keeps the reader off-center; there really is no one you can trust, especially the one telling the story. It touches on the unpredictable nature of perception and the power and sometimes flexibility of memory while weaving a mystery that literally–I mean it–kept me up at night. After I finished this I laid there, staring at the ceiling, my heart racing, for hours. It’s intense (and so good!) You’ve been warned.
Why you should read it: If you like thrillers, then this is a no-brainer. If you like Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Sharp Objects, Dark Places) and are looking for something to read next, give this one a try. It’s well written, unpredictable, and exciting. To be completely honest, I finished this days ago and haven’t been able to start another book. I needed a break–it sticks with you. If you like a book without a good guy or a bad guy but instead a whole lot of confusing and distracting fog and grey, I think you’ll like this read.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Why I loved it: This is one of the most beautiful books I’ve read in a long time. I knew I’d laugh; Amy Poehler is one of my favorite comedians and her character, Leslie Knope, is my favorite. And it is. It’s laugh-out-loud funny. It’s also incredibly tender and honest and more than once I re-read paragraphs because of how wonderful the actual writing is. She’s candid about her life, more open than she probably has to be, and because of this I got to feel like for a little while I was best friends with Amy Poehler. That’s all we really want in life, right? Right.
Why you should read it: Because she’s hilarious and she tells stories about celebrities on Saturday Night Live. But more importantly, for me at least, read this book because of quotes like this, on the act of writing, “And then you just do it. You just dig in and write it. You use your body. You lean over the computer and stretch and pace. You write and then cook something and write some more. You put your hand on your heart and feel it beating and decide if what you wrote feels true. You do it because the doing of it is the thing. The doing is the thing. The talking and worrying and thinking is not the thing. That is what I know. Writing the book is about writing the book.” I don’t know, but I think that’s pretty perfect.
Let’s keep the cyber book club going! What have you been reading? Any recommendations I need to add to my list? Share! Share!