Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, Sheryl Sandberg
You’ve heard about this book probably a million times, and there’s a reason for it: the book is a revolution. Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer at Facebook, has been through the corporate ranks, and because of this, she offers an insightful look at what it takes to get there. And, according to her, it is grit and determination. In a world dominated by men, Sandberg encourages women to keep pushing, asking for more, and speaking up. Lean in to the challenge and fight.
Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert
Best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert is back for more with her new book Big Magic. Though it is quite different than her first, Eat Pray Love, it is the most natural next step. After writing the book, she struggled finding purpose again and often fought off fear and insecurity so that she could regain focus. Big Magic is as much of a reminder to herself as it is to her readers. In contrast to most advice today, Gilbert pushes her reader to abandon the notion to ‘follow your passion’; instead, she encourages the pursuit of curiosity, to stay creative and treat your fear as your friend. This is the book you will want to turn to if you’re in a rut and need to hear something new.
The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz
Unlike any other book, The Four Agreements provides a practical guide for achieving the level personal freedom for which we have always longed. Ruiz specifies the various limitations we set for ourselves, and how they bar us from certain marvels of life and love. His recommendations based on these agreements are perfect for small, incremental changes to achieve a more conscious, engaging life. It will leave you feeling fulfilled and enlightened, ready to tackle whatever comes your way.
‘I Am Malala’, Malala Yousafzai
There was nothing that could stop her. Routine threats, societal pressure, even the fear of death itself, could not silence Malala. She was just barely a teenager when she began writing on the BBC Urdu about the Taliban’s refusal for girls to attend school. At that period, most teenagers are begging not to go to school, but not Malala. She knew how vital education was and was determined to fight for it. However, the Taliban had other plans; because of her public rebuttal and detest for their presence, they tried to assassinate her, a small, 15 year old girl. Though her survival was not expected, Malala today is alive and well, championing education for girls all over the world. Her life and her story are a reminder to all women to never stop fighting for what you believe in.