Today I’m linking up with Michelle from Blogs Like A Girl, Cat from KittyKittyLaLa and Allison from Puppies and Pretties to share what I’ve been reading over the past month. I’m really excited that they put this link-up together as it’s giving me motivation to finally burn through my reading list. In January, I started with #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso and The Defining Decade by Meg Jay, PhD.
If you’re looking for a book that will make you feel empowered, motivated and lazy all at the same time, look no further.
Sophia Amoruso is the founder and CEO of Nasty Gal, an online clothing shop– or empire, as it’s referred to numerous times in the book. As a 20-something female, I’ve frequented NastyGal.com quite a few times, but have clicked off pretty quickly due to my lack of motivation to spend money on clothing.
#GIRLBOSS is half autobiography of her success from starting Nasty Gal on accident, and using her mistakes and successes to give advice. The whole thing is written as if Sophia is taking to you over coffee, half humble-bragging and also looking down at you like a stern mother as she talks to you. Very do as I say, not as I do. She preaches to follow your own path, and to forget all the stereotypes that may be standing in your way to achieve what you want to achieve. Her own story backs up her words, as she tells you about how she accidentally created a million dollar clothing company.
Her book is a great rags-to-riches story to motivate you to follow your dream and take control of your life in the way that works for you. It’s an entertaining read, as some of her stories are outrageous. The book is written to inspire and motivate young GIRLBOSSes to follow their dreams and take control of their lives, but looking back on the book a few weeks later, the only real things I remember is how awesome she kept saying her company was.
Overall, I think I’m lukewarm about it. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but I usually put it down feeling motivated. If you’re on the fence about reading it, I would suggest going for it.
The Defining Decade: Why your twenties matter- and how to make the most of them now
I picked up this book after it was highly recommended by Hannah Hart. As many 20-somethings, I feel like I am at a critical point in my life (moving to a new city, trying to pave my career, etc), so I thought reading something like this couldn’t hurt.
I’m only half-way through, but am thoroughly impressed with this book. Meg (or Dr. Jay? Not sure how to address the author!) does a fantastic job of blending stories from her 20-something clients in with research about how to make or break this pivotal point in our lives. The real-life stories make a great background to go along with the citations of studies, making it way easier to understand than other self-help books I’ve read.
Not only does she touch on super common problems, fears, or hardships that 20-somethings seem to universally have, but she also offers how to work on solutions to those problems. You can easily see yourself in every single one of her previous patients’ stories, and fully relate to how they are feeling.
Again, I’m only half-way through, but this is a book you read with a pencil in hand so you can mark important passages. If you are in your 20s, you NEED to read this book. I’m serious.
And that’s it for January. I’ve got a few other titles on my list for February, but if you’re reading something awesome, please let me know! I’d love recommendations!