Any avid readers out there?
If you’ve been looking for some new interesting books to add to your never-ending to-read pile, or make your commute pass that must faster, check these out. They’ll make you think and laugh, infuriate you, and inspire you to go out and chase your dreams. Just like good books should.
1. Asking For It: The Alarming Rise Of Rape Culture And What We Can Do About It by Kate Harding
This should be required reading for everyone, everywhere. Although this conversation is nothing new, Asking For It is an eye-opening and infuriating read that takes a close look at rape culture, and how it perpetuates itself. “Rape culture manifests in a myriad ways…but its most devilish trick is to make the average, noncriminal person identify with the person accused, instead of the person reporting the crime.” Kate debunks absurb but pervasive myths about rape, such as she was asking for it, reports both famous and little-known cases of sexual assaults, deals with online trolls and the issue of “date rape,” and much more. But it’s not all doom and gloom. She also shares the (too few and too small) step forwards we’ve already taken, and proposes solutions, such as educating young men about consent, to end rape cultures and rape once and for all. Get a copy for you, and pass it around all your friends when you’re done with it. Available at Amazon.
2. I Call Myself A Feminist: The View From Twenty-Five Women Under Thirty
Is feminism still a dirty word? For once, it’s young women under 30 who answer that question, which is so refreshing. Their short essays cover a wide range of issues and experiences that affect women, and explains what turned them into feminist. If you aren’t one yet, their emotional and insightful words will convert you, too. If you’re already a feminist, it’ll strengthen your beliefs. It’s one of the most-provoking and best books I’ve read this year. Again, I recommend this one to everyone. Again, read it and spread it around. Some things are just too important not to. Available at Amazon.
3. Elegant Entrepreneur: The Female Founders Guide To Starting And Growing Your First Company by Danielle Tate
To all those of you who are, or are thinking of, starting, your first company: don’t you wish you had a friend to take you by the hand and explain, step by step, what you have to do to succeed? Thought so. Then, get this book, pronto. With humour and honesty, Danielle, founder of MissNowMrs, shares everything you need to know to start and grow your company, from testing your idea to know if it can succeed, to raise capital, and find your clients. And, she also tells you how each stage feels (some are terrifying!). It’s such an inspiring read for all businesswomen. I highly recommend it. Available at Amazon.
4. One Perfect Pitch: How To Sell Your Idea, Your Product, Your Business – Or Yourself by Marie Perruchet
Doesn’t matter how good your idea, product, or blog is, if you don’t know how to pitch it to your audience and investors, you’ll never go anywhere. But there’s a lot more to it than simply sharing what it’s about and how it works. Pitching is an art. The pitcher a storyteller. And she must be able to capture her audience’s attention from word 1, keep it throughout her (short) speech, and convince people to do what she asks them. Not an easy feat! An ex-journalist, Marie has been helping start-up founders in Silicon Valley master the art of pitching to gain founding and turn their vision into reality. From writing the pitch to performing it in front of an audience, Marie teaches you everything you need to know to succeed. Read it, put the tips into practice, and get ready to conquer the business world, baby! Available at Amazon.
5. Get The Self-Esteem Habit by Christine Webber
If, three years ago, someone had told me that self-esteem were a habit, I would have laughed at them. Lack of self-esteem feels more like a chronic illness to which there is no cure, ever. Luckily, as I’ve since found out, that’s no true at all. By becoming more aware of our thoughts, and how they influence our self-esteem, we can correct them, so that we can finally start to believe in ourselves and make good things happen. Christine helps us do that. But, because the book is so short and concise, I’d recommend it only to those who have never read a self-help book before. If your Kindle, like mine, is full of them, you’ve probably heard this advice before. The book is good, but it just scratches the surface. Available at Amazon.
6. The Career Guide For Creative And Unconventional People by Carol Eikleberry
It’s so rare to find a career counsellor that tells you “Don’t waste time in a safe job you hate. Follow your dreams, babe!”. Yet, that’s exactly what Carol does. After taking the plunge myself last year, I urge you, take the advice. If you need more help, grab a copy of this book, as well. Carol shares her professional career guidance tips, eye-opening self-evalutaion tools, and real-life success stories to help creative people find a fulfilling and satisfying job using their talents and passions. Finally! Available at Amazon.
7. The Georgian Menagerie by Christopher Plumb
18th century England is not the sort of place where you think you could have met an elephant while walking down the street or been bitten by an angry kangaroo. Yet, these things happen. England, and especially London, were full of commerical menagerists who brought exotic animals over from all corners of the Empire. Although some of the incidents make you smile, the way these animals were treated is no laughing matter. To call it appalling would be an understatement. Although this subject matter is fascinating, the dry writing style can easily bore all bar the more enthusiastic of history lovers. Still, if you like history or animals, it’s worth a read. Available at Amazon.
What books are on your Kindle (or bedside table) now?
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