9 Books For Women, By Women

At some point last year I made it a mission to start reading books by women whom I admired. Well, I use the term “reading” loosely. I recently discovered audiobooks (more on that later) and fell in love with hearing authors deliver their own work in the tone and voice that they intended for it to be consumed. I have compiled a list of 9 books by kickass female authors who have helped me grow as a creative, a writer, a reader, and a girlboss.

9. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo – Amy Schumer

While I generally began my audiobook journey by listening to comedians this one was a little different. I enjoyed learning more about Amy Schumer’s journey to stardom – but be warned that is is one of the more ‘Rated R’ books on the list (i.e. don’t start this one with your mom) It’s a good read…after you finish the others on the list.

8. Scrappy Little Nobody – Anna Kendrick

When reading books by epically famous women, it was interesting to read one by someone who has arguably not hit their fame prime yet. Anna is a seriously talented artist and this book reminded me that she is so much more than Bella’s friend in the Twilight series. I will say that her language is similar to that of the Mindy Kaling books and often makes me want to write a book of my own. High five for inspiration!

7. Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert

I just finished this one a week ago, and I understand the hype. Elizabeth’s success with ‘Eat Pray Love’ makes her the perfect candidate to write about fleeting creativity. How to summon it, nourish it, and inevitably let it go. I recommend this book to anyone who channels creative forces in their life whether through a personal hobby or professional career.

6. Why Not Me – Mindy Kaling

I’ll explain my obsession with MK later, but after this book, I bought a subscription to Hulu just so that I could watch The Mindy Project and consume more of her genius. I’m a HUGE Mindy fan – her writing was the start of my infatuation.

5. Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg

This is a must read for any woman, especially one who works in a corporate or start-up setting. There is a reason it caught on like wildfire, it really is that good. The best part? Actionable items that you can do to make yourself more successful in your work life.

4. Talking as Fast as I Can – Lauren Graham

This is a recent addition to the girl’s circle of books. I had recently finished watching Gilmore Girls (the reunion) and purchased the audiobook casually. Maybe my expectations were low, but I was blown away by Lauren Graham as an artist and creator. She is so much more than Lorelai Gilmore and I really appreciated learning about her journey. She is an exceptional writer and I look forward to reading her other book (the first one) next.

3. Bossypants – Tina Fey

I think I was a little too young for the SNL Tina Fey, but I was at just the right age to consume her character as Sarah Palin. I didn’t think much of this book because I was never able to get into 30 Rock… but I found her “delayed” journey to career success refreshing. Her lessons from a career in Improv were so relatable to my professional and personal life. After reading this book, I gained so much respect and admiration for her work. Tiny is truly talented and I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for satisfaction in their career – even later in life.

2. #Girlboss – Sophia Amoruso

If you own your own blog, website, business, Etsy shop, or Poshmark account – you need to read this book. Sophia is a young entrepreneur who speaks candidly about her luck & success launching a multi-million dollar enterprise. She talks about her challenges, what motivated her, how she got started, the highs and the lows. I never felt so motivated to make an editorial calendar and get ON IT with my blog planning.

1. Why Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me – Mindy Kaling

This is the book that kicked off my audiobook binge. Mindy Kaling is an exceptionally talented creator with an ivy league degree. She has broken the mold of Hollywood and paved her own way. Mindy is a witty trailblazer and I credit my ability to laugh my way through an audiobook to her. Read this book or listen to it at least.