Reading is synonymous with summer in our book of life, and there is nothing we love doing more than sharing recommendations with other women who love laying by the pool with a paperback as much as we do. While we could easily list off our favorite summer reads (eh hem, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and Wild by Cheryl Strayed), we thought it might be nice to hear from someone else for a change. So instead of telling you how much we loved Let The Great World Spin by Colum McCann, we reached out to four women we trust and asked them to share the best book they have read recently in hopes of shaking our list up a bit. After all, why only commit to one novel (like Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn) when you have so much beach bumming left to do? From new finds to highly acclaimed reads you haven’t gotten your hands on yet, here is all you need in your beach bag this summer.
“I’ll be honest, I found out about this novel by way of reading my friend Bradley’s blog. She linked to the Harper’s Bazaar spring book list and I bought Frog Music along with several others listed. Bradley and I are always swapping titles and I was excited to test this recommendation for us. Why I loved it: It is set in San Francisco during the summer of 1876 and Donoghue does an amazing job describing the city’s streets as they’re being plagued by sweltering heat and a smallpox epidemic. The protagonist, Blanche, is a woman who has an “unconventional” job and colorful career that while frowned upon today, was fascinating to read about. It’s not a love story, but rather one about friendship and how women can influence one another to change the course of their lives. Blanche’s world is turned upside down when Jenny the frog catcher enters her life and after Jenny is murdered, Blanche makes it her mission to understand who did it and why. There’s a little mystery, a little naughtiness (hate that word but what else can you say), and a lot of descriptiveness that completely hooked my attention until I devoured the book. Bonus: if you speak a little bit of French, you’ll love it even more.”
“The Fault In Our Stars is a beautiful, heartfelt, young love story that will capture your heart deeper and deeper with every page you turn. It’s a story about a young lady and man that found love and helped each other forgot about sickness and focus on the inner beauty of one another. They saved each other and made each day of their life sparkle even more then they ever could imagine. Reading this book brought so many thoughts to my mind, mainly how grateful I am for all the bright stars in my crazy world I call my little galaxy of life. My little sister Ashley and I saw this movie based on the book this Fourth of July and it was a true bonding experience. So if you can’t get through a book, go see the remarkable flick.”
“You’ll notice all of my book recommendations are business related. Running your own business is amazing but in no way easy so I find help and inspiration from books written by people who are amazing examples of growing a business well and that lasts. The E-Myth Revisited is written by Michael Gerber, a renowned small business coach. The book is written in the style of a conversation he is having with a woman who owns a business but is run down and having trouble scaling, Gerber gives her practical tips in order to make her business a success. Main lesson from this book is to work ON your business instead of IN your business, that way you are working towards growing something scalable that works without you.
Although I like to read serious business books, not to say #GIRLBOSS isn’t, but I like this book because I remember when Nasty Gal started, watching as Sophia Amoruso moved from eBay to her own e-store then watched over the years as it got bigger and better. For ages the shipping to the UK was really expensive so I remember just going on the site and admiring the clothes knowing I was a Nasty Gal at heart! It’s great to read her success story because it so organic and really inspiring to know HOW she actually made it all come about.”
The Woman: Jamie Roth
Her Day Job: Senior Associate at Akerman, LLP
Her Recommendation: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
“Yep, I’m two years late on finding this gem so forgive me if you have already read it (twice, like me). I chose this book as my favorite summer read not only because I’m obsessed with Mindy Kaling, but because it is an entertaining read that you can start and finish in one weekend…hopefully on a beach…with a cocktail. Just like her amazing television show, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me elicits out-loud belly laughs from start to finish. While this book isn’t necessarily a thought-provoking, intellectual read, it was a great break from my day-to-day life as an attorney. I truly believe Mindy is one of the smartest, funniest, and wittiest women in comedy. Reading this book convinced me that I made the 100% correct decision in choosing Mindy to play me in the movie about my life. We are both so funny. “
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