Here at Health Lab we know how hard it is to find your next bedtime read when you’re a busy babe! That’s why we took the hard work out of it, and found you five amazing books written by boss babes, for boss babes (like you!). Whether you need a life changing guide, a little pick-me-up, or just a really good book, there’s bound to be one here for you.
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
“You create the world, blink by blink. It is entirely yours to discover and yours to create” – Sophia Amoruso
In a not-so-classic rags to riches story, Sophia Amoruso the Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of online retailer Nasty Gal details her transition from her dumpster diving, petty thieving, 17 year old self, to well known, successful, girl boss. Packed with tips and tricks on setting goals, staying motivated and never getting discouraged from your dreams, #GIRLBOSS is full of inspiring advice for young women, and Amoruso is living proof that you’re able to be a successful woman without having to dull your sparkle.
Bossypants by Tina Fey
“Do your thing and don’t care if they like it” – Tina Fey
Bossypants is a peek into world renowned funny-woman Tina Fey’s messy, impossibly funny life. Going all the way from her humble beginnings in amateur improv comedy in Chicago to Saturday Night Live, Fey gives us a look into her chaotic, multifaceted life that will make even the busiest reader gasp. The time she was juggling trying to get Oprah on her TV show while planning her daughter’s Peter Pan-themed birthday would be enough to make anyone panic, but Fey teaches us to laugh it all off rather than complain. Bossypants is a perfect reminder that even the busiest times in our lives are temporary, and that it’s our job to enjoy it even when it gets tough.
Thrive by Ariana Huffington
“We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in” – Ariana Huffington
In her best-selling book, Ariana Huffington redefines what it means to be successful in today’s technology driven world. Huffington is recognised as one of the most influential women in the world, thanks to her role as the President and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post media group. After sustaining a broken cheekbone from a fall due to work-related exhaustion and a lack of sleep, Huffington decided to focus on what truly matters. Drawing on ground-breaking scientific research in psychology, mindfulness and unplugging, Ariana shows us the way to revolutionising our lives and our workplaces, and reminds us that in the era of 24 hour accessibility, a work-life balance is a necessity.
The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer
“Asking for help with shame says: You have the power over me. But asking for help with gratitude says: we have the power to help each other” – Amanda Palmer
Acclaimed rockstar Amanda Palmer knows all about asking, as the creator of the world’s most successful music Kickstarter campaign. However, Palmer, just like all of us, finds that there are important things that she just can’t seem to ask for, as a mother, a wife, and a friend. By exploring the barriers in her own life and those around her, The Art of Asking inspires her readers to rethinking their own ideas about asking, giving, and why needing help isn’t always a bad thing.
I Feel Bad About my Neck: and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Norah Ephron
“I can make a case that I regret nothing. After all, most of my mistakes turned out to be things I survived, or turned into funny stories, or on occasion, made money from” – Norah Ephron
In I Feel Bad About my Neck, Norah Ephron creates a raw, detailed account of getting older, raising kids, and cooking meals for one. In her intimate and unpretentious voice she shares all of her life’s ups and downs, and shares witty insights that she wishes she’d known in her twenties, as well as a look into women who are getting older and having to deal with empty nests, menopause, and the tribulations of life itself. I Feel Bad About My Neck is an essential read if ever you’re feeling lost, down on yourself, or just need the comfort of someone having felt the same way you do.