10 Books I Read The First Half of 2018 

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Dear Madam President: An Open Letter To The Women Who Will Run The World by Jennifer Palmieri  | Amazon

This turned into my train read very quickly. It’s 175 pages long and more pocket, reference book than full length career book, but it packs a punch on every page nonetheless.

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman Amazon

I read this book for the first time during a harder season in my relationship last winter, but since then I’ve picked it up two more times. It’s a good read whether you’re in a relationship or single because no matter what it helps you understand your own love languages and what you need in order for your love tank to be filled.

Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist Amazon

This.Is.Such.A.Good.Read. I devoured every essay in this book back in January and am planning on picking it up again during my next flight. The best way I can describe this read is that it’s the book you need if the world’s moving too fast and you’re tired with moving at its pace when all you really want is to find your own. 

A Million Miles In A Thousand Years by Donald Miller | Amazon

I’ve been on a journey of trying to figure out what story I want to tell right now. My favorite line alone makes this worth the buy: “Fear isn’t only a guide to keep us safe; it’s also a manipulative emotion that can trick us into living a boring life … the great stories go to those who don’t give in to fear.” 

Places I Stopped On The Way Home by Meg Fee | Amazon

I picked up a galley of this book at my coworking space in New York and literally could not have been a more New York encounter with this book. I hadn’t followed Meg Fee before diving into her book of essays, but I am a committed reader now. Fee weaves you through her New York, which as it turns out is as much your city too. 

Yes We (Still) Can by Dan Pfeiffer | Amazon

I am admittedly still halfway through this one, but it caters to every part of me that’s a fan of the behind-the-scenes of DC life and politics. I think all those who worked for the Obama campaign and administration were essentially working at a startup that we can all learn from. Pfeiffer gives you hope that the present political climate doesn’t have to dictate our future and he does so by telling his story of his time with Obama and how an iteration of the model can still work now. 

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert | Amazon

At one point or another this book ends up on everyone’s Instagram, but it’s honestly because it’s that good. If you notice the theme of this list, a lot of it is centered on self-growth and creativity, which I think is how I can best describe Big Magic in two words. 

The Myth of the Nice Girl: Achieving A Career You Love Without Becoming a Person You Hate by Fran Hauser | Amazon

I grew up being the nice girl and then in my early twenties figured I couldn’t change up my role now. I turned 25 though and I realized that being the nice girl wasn’t synomous with being a happy person, so I started deciding to redefine what it meant to be nice and whether I was being nice to myself. Hauser takes you on the journey of redefining what it means to be a nice girl in your career and we’re all the better for it. 

Love Lives Here by Maria Goff | Amazon

I would try to describe this book, but honestly the Amazon review does it justice. All I can say about my experience with it is that I read it at just the right time when there was a lot of noise and I was trying to settle on what mattered to me and where love lived. 

Option B by Sheryl Sandberg | Amazon

I think that the work the Option B/Lean In teams are doing is so phenomenal and the way Option B contributed to the conversation on grief was really important for me. 


Two books I’m tackling next…

Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant To Be by Rachel Hollis | Amazon 

This was recommended to me by Molly Ford, author of Reach Out, and it’s the next book I’m picking up. The book’s subtitle basically makes me want to cry. #WhoCanRelate

Pick Three: You Can Have It All (Just Not Every Day) by Randi Zuckerberg | Amazon

I read Randi’s first book, Dot Complicated, back when I was still in college and I remember being enthralled by it. I’m pumped to dive into this one because it’s on a topic that I’ve been having a really hard time with — balancing all of my wants, needs, and responsibilities. The title alone has helped me on more stressful days.