The temperature is dropping; family and friends are about to arrive at your doorstep for the holidays making it the perfect time to find a quiet spot before the festivities commence, curling up with a good book. You've been #blessed with a night without kids/day off from work/husband out of town/or frankly, 10 minutes of free time before bed. If you're like us you've got the beverages covered (Wine? Tea? Hot toddy?). We've got the reading covered, a selection of our favourite recent reads, there's something for every woman.
Like A Queen - Constance Hall
“Real, raw, and unapologetic” are words often used to describe blogger, mom, social media maven, and now author Constance Hall. Her book ‘Like A Queen’ shares the brutally honest (make you squirm) moments as she recounts her journey through childbirth (no joke), body image, raising kids, moments of insanity, navigating relationships and all the hilarity, happiness and sadness that occurs in between. Check out her blog for taste of what’s to come flipping through the pages of her first novel.
#GIRLBOSS - Sophia Amoruso
Through candidly telling her story, Sophia Amoruso shares how trusting your instincts, being ok trying something unconventional, never hiding who you are, and putting in a butt-load of hard work can put you at the helm of an incredibly successful business. Entrepreneurs before her have shared similar ideas about what led them to success but none of them have done it as colorfully, hilariously and openly as Sophia. There’s something unique about hearing the raw thoughts from her wild, outsider younger self. She hides nothing and lets readers grow and learn with and from her making it a relatable read, leaving us acknowledging that hell yes, if we want to we can make it happen for our selves.
The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith – Gabrielle Bernstein
Fear is a liar yet as a society we are so often trapped in it’s suffocating grasp. It rears it’s ugly head in various forms, ones that we’re often blind to. Gabrielle Bernstein’s latest book is an empowering read, one you can refer back to in times of doubt or when you need that extra push to take a leap. She provides tools and practices to help readers shake off the need to control everything and to relax into who we are and what we are capable of. This one is best enjoyed in your favorite quiet space, glass in hand.
Rise Sister Rise: A Guide to Unleashing the Wise, Wild Woman Within – Rebecca Campbell
"She knows that she is not her body weight, her sexual partners, or her career. A woman who deeply respects the wise woman in her life and cultivates her own wisdom every single day." If that gave you shivers and made your heart beat a little faster, we think you'll enjoy this book. Filled with inspiration and tools you can put into action, it's an empowering and heart filling read.
In the Company of Women – Grace Bonney
The women that fill these pages fit into no mold. They are of all ages, races, industries, and backgrounds. What connects them is their fierce entrepreneurial spirit and passion for a life filled with creativity. Flipping the pages makes you want to pounce into the unknown, following your instincts down a potentially challenging but fulfilling path. This is a coffee table book you'll never have to dust off.
Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) - Lauren Graham
This is the book you read before bed. Light-hearted and hilarious, Gilmore Girls actress Lauren Graham over shares just like her character Lorelei. Wondering what it's like to be asked to audition your butt? She'll tell you. Personal essays, photos and excerpts from her diary, you'll get a huge does of wit and relief, after all, stars are "just like us".
Why Not Me? – Mindy Kaling
Endlessly seeking contentment? Excitement? So is Mindy. And she's recounting it in the funniest way possible. If you embarrass easily or snort when you laugh maybe don't read this on the plane. A side of Hollywood rarely seen, Mindy is as refreshing in print as she is on screen. Another light-hearted read; take a time out from a stressful week and crack open this book, and a bottle of red of course!
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo – Amy Schumer
You might blush when you read this one. Nothing is off limits so expect, well, everything you'd expect from comedian-ess Amy Schumer. She unabashedly digs up her past sharing stories that have created who she is today. All the things you'd never tell anyone she's telling us, so again, grab a glass (yes, most of these books go well with wine) and settle in for an ab workout.
Has Anyone Seen My Pants? – Sarah Colonna
Finally a book about train wrecking in your late 30's! Funny as hell (the title of her first book is 'Life As I Blow It'), Sarah recounts a trip around the US and Mexico that yes, render her pant-less, sobbing in places where you don't want to sob and, icing on the cake... love stories.
Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat - Chrissy Teigen
How to not overthink things, if you take anything away from this cookbook, that's it. A life lesson from a cookbook you ask? Yes. Chrissy Teigen is as confident in the kitchen as she is on a photo shoot and her recipes reflect this boldness. Thai influences from her mother and a fondness for bacon both make the cut in this cookbook, in it you'll find something for date night, family dinners, and parties of all sizes.
~Leah of Oil & Grain for HEMM