Okay, not really required, because you are not, in fact, enrolled in The School of A Little Leopard and I can’t tell you what to do. But … if you need a boost of creative and career inspiration, here are five books serving up exactly that:
Of course #GIRLBOSS is the first selection, given the title of the post. I’ve actually just started reading it myself — I know, right? Feels like it’s been around forever. Never mind the cover’s total Instagrammability and the fact that it matches my brand/color scheme, I’m really into Sophia Amoruso’s “Lean In for misfits” story. Yes, it’s generated some mixed reviews and backlash (men don’t call themselves #Boyboss, etc.), but give it a whirl and decide for yourself.
Click here to purchase #GIRLBOSS.
Speaking of Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg’s book-that-started-it-all has been on my list for awhile. The edition for graduates includes new, expanded sections on things like making the most of your first job and salary negotiation…two topics super relevant to most millennials chicks’ (and dudes’!) careers.
Click here to purchase Lean In for Graduates.
I saw I Am That Girl co-founder Emily Greener speak at Create + Cultivate; if the message of the book is anything like her live presentation, it’s well worth a read. Written by Alexis Jones (the other co-founder), I Am That Girl is trying to change girl culture by “raising the standards for how girls treat themselves, each other, and the world.” I can definitely get on board with that.
Click here to purchase I Am That Girl.
My love of Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy are fairly well documented at this point. However, I also love a good parody — not to mention profanity — and my New Year’s resolutions (decided in, like, late February) are to Have More Chill and Give Less F*cks. So Sarah Knight’s “practical parody” is right up my alley, dishing out some KonMari realness with an edge (it’s the NotSorry method instead of the KonMari method, for example).
Click here to purchase The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck.
This one isn’t even out yet, but given how much I love their Target line, I am eagerly anticipating the first career book from the co-founders of Who What Wear. They’ve been sharing excerpts on the site that make me even more excited, like this interview with Rebecca Minkoff.
The Career Code is available May 17; click here to pre-order.
Anything I’m missing? What books have inspired you lately? Always looking for recommendations!