Today when about to finish my amazingly poetic blog I had perfectly crafted for you--my computer crashed. (Ok, ok it wasn't poetic, it wasn't finished, and quite honestly it wasn't even my best work and I was probably going to have to start over anyways, but I digress.) Besides being beyond annoyed, I was tired. Tired of my old computer not saving files it says it saves, tired of pushing deadlines, tired of not feeling good enough. So I did what any practical girl would do, grabbed an entire bag of potato chips and sat on the couch to read a book and take a brain break. Reading has always been my way to escape, my way to learn, and my way to recover. With a good book in my hand, I can survive and (eventually) embrace anything that the world throws my way. Reading reminds me that I am very small, but also very capable.
So rather than reading the blog I was originally going to post, I would encourage you to pick up one of these amazing books instead. Some of these you may have read before, others may be a little far fetched for your tastes. Some of these cater more to the entrepreneur, others to she that imagines. But every one has changed my life in some capacity or other.
1. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
2. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
3. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
4. Post Office by Charles Bukowski
5. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
6. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
7. Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi
8. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
9. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
10. Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World by René Girard
11. The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance by W. Timothy Gallwey
12. How to Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
13. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
14. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
15. Conscious Capitalism by John Mackey and Raj Sisodia
16. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary D Chapman
17. Rich Woman by Kim Kiyosaki
18. The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
19. Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality by Donald Miller
20. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
So go. Read something amazing, because we all have days where we throw our hands up in despair while demolishing a bag of potato chips, and we need to remember the goodness, the knowledge, and the possibility that this world has to offer. Happy reading.
Until next time,