We aren’t able to do a lot of our favorite things during quarantine, but luckily curling up with a book is totally social-distancing approved. Reading can be comforting when we’re anxious or lonely, it can be inspiring when we need a boost, and it can even give us an escape from real life when we’re feeling stuck.
Whether your nightstand is overflowing with books or you haven’t cracked open a book in a while, here are some picks from the Ladyboss team to give you ideas for finding your next read.
Danyel Moe, Co-founder
Book I Recommend to Everyone: “We Should All Be Feminists” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I recommend this one because we should all be feminists! 😉
Book That Has Inspired Me: “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert
This book really allowed me to let go of the fear of being creative and judged.
Book to Read Totally for Fun: “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng
The character development is incredible. It’s a total page turner – I got through it in no time.
Book I’m Reading Now: “Money Diaries” by Lindsey Stanberry
I chose this as my self care pick for Ladyboss Book Club! So far, so good.
Book on My Shelf I’m Excited to Read: “Normal People” by Sally Rooney
This book has received endless amounts of praise. I see it everywhere!
Meghan Stinar, Ladyboss Book Club Guide
Book I Recommend to Everyone: “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens
Lonesome girl learns about love and survival from her swamp home – It has something for everyone: romance, mystery, murder, nature, and obviously beautiful writing.
Book That Has Inspired Me: “Becoming” by Michelle Obama
One of the most influential women of our time shares her story and the lessons she’s learned along the way. She’s just one of the best humans on the planet and has so many amazing things to say.
Book to Read Totally for Fun: “Harry Potter” by JK Rowling
Now is the perfect time for a reread of the whole series! Boy discovers magic, the importance of friendship, and the powers of good.
Book I’m Reading Now: “Beach Read” by Emily Henry
I needed something light and romantic while stuck at home to ease my anxiety. It’s about a broken girl who moves to the beach to write her next book; rivalries and romance ensue.
Book on My Shelf I’m Excited to Read: “The Library of Legends” by Janie Chang
Literally the only unread book left on my self, but I’m excited because it’s outside my normal comfort zone! In this book, students are entrusted with protecting ancient myths in 1937 China.
Katie Beedy, Feature Writer
Book I Recommend to Everyone: This changes all the time, but currently, I’m recommending “There There” by Tommy Orange to everyone who will listen. A multiple-perspective novel that follows twelve Urban Indian characters, their stories converging at the Big Oakland Powwow.
Book That Has Inspired Me: Maybe “inspired” is the wrong word, but no work of nonfiction has ever affected me as profoundly as “The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath” by Leslie Jamison. Jamison uses a combination of memoir, cultural history, and literary criticism to break down the stories we tell about addiction and recovery. It is stunning and heartbreaking and informative–I swear I read every other paragraph out loud to my fiance.
Book to Read Totally for Fun: “The Kiss Quotient” by Helen Huang. Like “50 Shades” but nerdier and less problematic.
Book I’m Reading Now: “Sing, Unburied, Sing” by Jesmyn Ward. LOVING IT so far–Ward’s writing is absolutely gorgeous. The book follows a mother and son as they grapple with issues of race, drugs, manhood, and family ties in southern Mississippi.
Book on My Shelf I’m Excited to Read: “Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger” by Rebecca Traister. Traister examines the historical stigma surrounding women’s emotions, particularly anger. This one has been on my TBR shelf for months, and considering the current political environment, now feels like a better time than ever to dig in!
Laura Caroon, Co-founder
Book I Recommend to Everyone: “The Fire Starter Sessions” by Danielle LaPorte
I’ve read this book many times over and it’s always a go-to for me when I’m in need of lighting a little fire inside me. Danielle calls it a “Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms.” (Sidenote: This book also led me to creating one of the coolest things I’ve ever done and hanging out with the author in real life.)
Book That Has Inspired Me: “The Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes
I’ve gotta say, a LOT of books inspire me, (obsessed with “Big Magic”, but Danyel all ready shared that one with you!) but this one I read pretty recently. This book is all about living outside your comfort zone and saying yes to the amazing yet often scary opportunities. (AND there’s some juicy backstory on your favorite Shondaland heroines interwoven throughout the book.)
Book to Read Totally for Fun: “New Erotica for Feminists: Satirical Fantasies of Love, Lust, and Equal Pay” by Fiona Taylor, Brooke Preston, Caitlin Kunkel, Carrie Wittmer
You’re gonna groan, laugh and roll your eyes many times while reading this one, sisters.
Book I’m Reading Now: “The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care” by Anna Borges
This is an A-to-Z list of self-care practices that’s getting me through right now. (And it’s on the list for the next Ladyboss Book Club!)
Book on My Shelf I’m Excited to Read: “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle
I’ll be totally honest with you: I fell in love with the book cover. This will be my first book of Glennon’s, and it’s long overdue so I’m very excited to dig in.