good reads

I LOVE to read, like love love, not like love. Books enhance your imagination, education, articulation and ideas. The only problem is, they're no good if they aren't shared. That is why this will be the place to share good reads. I will list some of my favorite books on purpose, passion, drive, women and even some fun ones in between. If you have a favorite book you think should be on the list, let me know. 

I love books. I love that moment when you open one and sink into it. You can escape from the world, into a story that’s way more interesting than yours will ever be.
— Elizabet Scott

Barbara Walters: Audition      

Written by: Barbara Walters

If there ever were a woman of my generation to learn from, it would have to be Barbara Walters. I realize this may sound like a strange choice but I was in shock when speaking in front of a high school last year to hear that nobody knew her name of recognized her face. How can this be when she has done so much to lead the way and tear down walls on her way to the shattering the glass ceiling. She is saddled with "the first female ever to..." in a number of categories having to do with journalism, money, interviews, etc. Her story is intriguing, educational and motivating. 

My Year with Eleanor 

Written by: Noelle Hancock

It is no secret that I am a big fan of Eleanor Roosevelt, it is also no secret that I am rooting for her to be the next American on our currency. What you might not know is how I became such a fan. Well. it all started with this book. Not only does this book tell you so much about Eleanor but it is also a riveting and funny journey of a woman just like you and me. Noelle Hancock says the things we all are saying in our head when we question where we are in our lives and if it is enough. What is holding us back and are we brave enough to take action? I refer to this book again and again to be inspired both by Eleanor and Noelle.

The Happiness Project        

Written by Gretchen Rubin

The title kind of says it all. It's a book about seeking happiness. In reality it is so much more though. Gretchen no only seeks out how to be happy but she puts some energy and research into the topic exploring what has been written, taught and theorized about happiness. Now, if that sounds boring to you, trust me it is not. I found myself running out of highlighter ink especially in the first half of the book. What is even better is her website gives great tips and assets to create your own Happiness Project. What are you waiting for?

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And Other Concerns    

Written by: Mindy Kaling

Okay you guys, I am totally not a stalker BUT...if I was ever going to stalk someone I think it would be Mindy Kaling. The reason for this is simple, I think she might be stalking me. I mean how else do you explain the fact that her words both in this book and her movies could have been taken from my own personal diary. Granted...she has made them much more hilarious but the thoughts? Oh man...I don't have to tell you how hilarious she is, if you don't already know that by now you've been under a rock. What you might need help knowing is that she doesn't speak for the underdog. It feels like it, but in reality she is just speaking her truth and living her purpose which is all anyone can be expected to do. 

Why She Buys                        

Written by: Bridget Brennan

As a woman who has been in marketing and business for over twenty years, I can truly say that this book should be required reading. Finally, we are talking about the obvious. I read once the following: "if you want to be a millionaire market to men. If you want to be a billionaire, market to women." Truer words were never spoken. The world has changed dramatically when it comes to gender and yet big companies are still behind. It's almost as if they never entered the race. This book explores the ways in which women are getting educated, getting employed and changing the dynamics of what kind of brands and products we buy. I recommend this to anyone (male or female) entering the marketing profession. I have had the pleasure of spending time with the author of this book and know first hand that she is the real deal. We need more people in the world of business who understand gender as it relates to communication. Shoot, forget just business we need more people in general to understand this.