All through undergrad and grad school, I complained that I missed reading for fun. Now that I’ve been graduated for two months, I still have only read one book (okay, Rethinking Positive Thinking was more boring than expected). It’s time to buck up and get back to my bookworm status.
Starting May 1, I’m reading You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. My goal is to finish in May, which seems easy, until it’s June 15 and I still haven’t finished. This blog post and reading list is hopefully going to hold me accountable, and make sure that I am SLOWING DOWN in life and not getting overwhelmed with too many side hustles.
I love personal development AKA self-help books and business shiz, but they can get really boring and fluffy, so I want to branch out with other varieties of books. Here’s my summer reading list, and my goal is to read at least 6 books by Labor Day. Again, seems easy, especially since I was literally the speed reader growing up.
Remember Accelerated Reader where you were awarded points for reading books and taking tests on them? My elementary school actually had to create a new AR level for me because I surpassed them all. I’m SO extra — I am fully aware.
1. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life // Jen Sincero
A self-help book that is exactly what it sounds look. Pep talk, please.
2. The Lean Startup // Eric Ries
This book is always sitting in my office at work. Even though I work for Accenture, I work for their Operations Studio that focuses on innovating using startup methodologies, which is why we’re located at 1871. I studied these practices in grad school, but I want to read the startup Bible myself.
3. The Handmaid’s Tale // Margaret Atwood
You’ve probably heard about the new show, and you’ve probably heard it is part of the new “resistance.” It was actually written in 1998. I can’t wait to read it and remember why I’m feminist af.
4. All Our Wrongs Today // Elan Mastai
Taking place in the dystopian reality of 2016, it’s got love, humor, and time travel. I don’t need to know anything else.
5. The Creator’s Code // Amy Wilkinson
Recommended by one of my managers, this book discusses six essential skills of extraordinary entrepreneurs. Never stop learning.
6. Into the Water // Paula Hawkins
It’s the same author as Girl on the Train. That’s all I need to know.
7. The Body Book // Cameron Diaz
I’ve always secretly looked up to Cameron Diaz because we look kindaaaaaaaaa alike and are both tall, and I decided at age 10 that if I had a movie about me, it would be called “There’s Something Else About Mary” and Cameron Diaz would, in fact, play the role of me, again. I’m always trying to love my body, so yes, gurl — PREACH.
8. Startup // Doree Shafrir
A fictional novel about tech startups aka my life. This should be #1 on my list but I’m trying to be patient and fair with the rest of my list.
9. And We’re Off // Dana Schwartz
A nice, fluffy novel about travelling with your mom. Aw, how cute. #wanderlust #gypsysoul (PS if you actually identify as a gypsy soul and are a white, middle class American, I am so judging you and I will not apologize for it)
10. Everything, Everything // Nicola Yoon
“Maddy is a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly is the boy who moves in next door… and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken.” Okay, the drama queen in me claims to be allergic to everything outdoors and living in BFE, I dreamed of having a neighbor so I basically have to read this. I will probably cry and I will enjoy every tear.
11. Exit West // Mohsin Hamid
A love story that is likely set in the Syrian Civil War. Yes.
12. Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse // Alida Nugent
A comical self-help book about twenty somethings with anxiety. I don’t feel targeted at all.
13. All is Not Forgotten // Wendy Walker
A girl is raped and “gets” to take a medicine that erases her memory of the sexual assault, but then she can’t seek justice. This might be hella triggering, but it will likely be hella good.
14. The Circle // Dave Eggers
The new movie has meh reviews, but it addresses some serious issues with tech and privacy. I’m about it.
15. Settle for More // Megyn Kelly
My dad bought me this book for Christmas, and I still haven’t read it. Oops. Even though I usually avoid Fox News like a gossipy friends, I’m excited to read about her story.
15 books later… I should stop writing and start reading! What’s on your reading list this summer?
++ Mary K