4 Influencers Share Their Favorite Books of the Month

If you’re like me, then you are always getting book recommendations from friends especially right before a nice warm weekend. The other day I reached out to four ladies I know are constantly reading new books, and here’s what they’re currently reading/loving :)

Side note: Grace even recently started a new podcast called Young Adulting that’s all about young adult books for 20 and 30-somethings, so make sure to check that out!

Tell me, what are you reading and loving these days? Comment below and let me know what I need to add to my list!

Amber Katz, Founder of Rouge18.com

I’m actually rereading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.  It’s inspiring af! It’s all about how our ideas come to life in our art and how you have to act on these ideas at the first opportunity and see them through to the final product. It also toys with the idea that our ideas choose us for a reason and if you don’t work on your “product,” the idea can actually even pass through you to someone ELSE. Fascinating.

It’s the single most inspiring thing I’ve ever read about the process of creation. I’m reading it to reignite my passion for the fiction novel I’ve been writing since 2013 and now that I’m not juggling several work projects and instead focusing on a few key clients, I’m able to give it this book the time I need to develop these characters and their stories. There’s also a steep learning curve, as I’ve never written fiction before.

Grace Atwood, Founder of TheStripe.com and the brand new podcast, Young Adulting

Choosing a favorite (book) is so hard but this month I really loved Then She Was Gone, by Lisa Jewell.  I LOVE a good thriller and this one is exactly that. It’s slightly reminiscent of another favorite of mine (The Lovely Bones) as it’s about a teenage girl who disappears into thin air – and how her family is dealing with it, ten years later. It kept me on my toes the entire time I read it – I was constantly guessing and (to me, the hallmark of a good book) I stayed up all night just to finish it and find out what happened.  I kept thinking I had guessed who had killed the daughter. I suspected everyone, and that was really fun. Fun in a twisty kind of way, but I love when a book keeps me on my toes.

Ali Maffucci, founder of Inspiralized.com

Crushing It by Gary Vaynerchuck! It’s a favorite because it shares helpful and insightful tips from real entrepreneurial success stories with anecdotes from the actual entrepreneurs. It’s a great book to go back to and you don’t have to read it from front to back, you can go to certain chapters and hop around for all types of business advice.  I’m also a huge fan of Gary Vaynerchuk, I find him to be genuine, realistic, and motivational.

My biggest learning from the book is the reminder that you shouldn’t be obsessed with the likes and followers, but more with the engagement. It’s easy to get caught up in the likes and followers, but if you do that, you’ll miss out on what’s most important: the engagement, your actually following that you’re building this content for. It was just a great reminder and when I paid attention to it, it really helped!

Lauryn Evarts, Founder of TheSkinnyConfidential.com

Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Tim Ferriss.  It’s a medley of different highly successful, impressive people in one book. There’s so many takeaways. As an influencer I love value for the consumer. This book provides so many tips, tricks, and effective hacks you can apply to your own life. I’m very much about it. It’s a book you want to go back and reference- one that I highlighted the crap out of!

Lauryn’s favorite part of the book:

Terry Crews was one of my favorite features. I LOVE HIM.

He is full of wisdom, humble, vulnerable, and really just straight to the point.

Terry talks about The Master Keys System & how it showed him the phrase: BE. DO. HAVE.

Basically it’s all about visualization if you think about it. You focus on what you TRULY want.

Terry says in the book: “we only get what we desire most, and to apply myself with a laser-like focus upon a goal, task, or project. That in order to “have” you must “do,” and in order to “do” you must “be” — and this process is immediate. Although it takes time for these desires to manifest in our material world, you must see the thing you desire as completed, finished, and real, now. The better you can do this, the more you can accomplish.I also reread it probably once a month to keep my vision clear.”

This part really resonated with me because for The Skinny Confidential I have a very clear vision and even though I am still in the process of executing on the vision, it reminded me the importance of that phrase. The whole BE. DO. HAVE. is how I want to run my mission always. And basically to never underestimate the power of FOCUS.

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