And yes I listen to these books on a repeating loop. 🙂
The first two books I definitely recommend to all fellow dreamers, self-starters and future visionaries. Both written by and about hugely successful women!!
- #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso
- Written by the founder of Nasty Gal which if you don’t know is a hugely successful fashion retailer that started online. In this books she talks about her troubled past and what she had to do to become successful. She is insanely smart and full of useful tips and information. Being exceptionally candid she tells you what will and what won’t work.
- Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
- Written by the creator of all things Thursday nights. Shonda talks about her year of self growth through a commitment to say yes to everything. She is hilariously funny and honest as she talks about how this effected her work, her family and herself. Being the amazing writer that she is (and me being endlessly emotional/such a big fan of Grey’s Anatomy and Christina Yang) I felt so connected to her story that I was tearing up as she discussed the scene of Christina leaving the show and finding the write song. I’m currently listening to this one for the third time and it only gets better; she has so many great moments to share.
The next two are fictional novels by Cecelia Ahern who I absolutly adore. I believe I have read 5 of her novels now and I just bought How to Fall in Love but its a paperback not an audiobook so I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. But the two that I listed below are especially great because the characters are forced to take a hard look at themselves in order to grow and overcome.
- One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern
- This book is about a young journelist that makes a huge mistake that all but ends her career. Instead of giving up she takes on a new story idea. On the path to meeting and understanding a number of strangers she is able to rebuild herself. I love this one because the story really empasises how no one is “ordinary”, as everyone has a story to tell.
- The Time of my Life by Cecelia Ahern
- A novel about avoiding life and being afraid of living to the fullest. Cecelia writes the main character’s life as an actual character making it impossible for her to avoid him any longer. She is forced to stop wasting her days on things that do not matter including her crappy job. If only our lives could visit once in a while and give us these much needed wake up calls.
These are currently my favorite things to listen to while driving, sewing and working out. I seem to gravitate towards books that focus on:
- personal development
- overcoming challenges
If you have any suggestions for what I should read/listen to next please let me know.