by Sophia Amoruso

September 2017

I can’t remember where I first heard of #GIRLBOSS, but I think it was probably just hearing about it “around.” Regardless, this book was phenomenal. Amoruso is a gifted writer, coming across relatable and humorous. This book was very engaging and easy to read. I didn’t want to put it down. Most of all, #GIRLBOSS was inspiring and motivational. I came away feeling empowered and encouraged and ready to take on the world. Amoruso chronicles her life and discusses her failures and her successes. She intersperses her story with advice and tips for being a #GIRLBOSS. She also includes little stories from other successful people sharing their story and advice. The book was well laid out and designed. I took so much away from it!

Summing it up: I can’t recommend this book enough (to both women and men) and I will likely be adding it to my library! Enjoy and get inspired!

All the best, Abbey

Some inspiring quotes:

“When you approach everything as if it’s a big, fun experiment, then it’s not that big of a deal if things don’t work out. If the plan changes, that can be even better. There are secret opportunities hidden inside every failure.”

“When your time spent making money is significantly greater than your time spent spending money, you will be amazed at how much you can save without even really thinking about it.”

“But there’s also the everyday kind of magic that we make for ourselves . . . .It’s just recognizing the fact that we control our thoughts and our thoughts control our lives.”

“Your challenge as a #GIRLBOSS is to dive headfirst into things without being too attached to the results. When your goal is to gain experience, perspective, and knowledge, failure is no longer a possibility. Failure is your invention. I believe that there is a sliver lining in everything, and once you begin to see it, you’ll need sunglasses to combat the glare. It is she who listens to the rest of the world who fails, and it is she who has enough confidence to define success and failure for herself who succeeds.”

“I also think you age a lot quicker if you can’t keep yourself busy and under the right, healthy dose of stress. Too much of anything obviously isn’t good, but as my dad always said: Overwhelmingly busy is a much better state to be in than overwhelmingly bored . . . .It sounds incredibly platitudinal, but no one will ever be able to love you if you don’t love yourself. What’s beautiful about it is that if you love yourself enough, you don’t need the validation from anyone else.” – Leandra Medine


Designing Your Life


Designing Your Life: How To Build A Well-Lived Joyful Life

by Bill Burnett & David Evans

February 2017

Designing Your Life was a short, sweet, excellent book that has given me a lot to think about. Parts were a little redundant, but overall the message came across clearly: you can design the life you want and not feel encumbered by making the “best” choice, simply because there is no “best.” I loved the look and feel of the book (it’s beautiful). Two points in particular stood out to me. The first is the concept of having more than one life. Throughout our life we have the opportunity to live multiple lives. We are not trapped in where we are at in any given moment, but can move onto a different “life” filled with different goals and activities. “There are multiple great lives (and plans) within me, and I get to choose which one to build my way forward to next.” And on top of that, if we’re unhappy in our life, we can design the life we want (and the book contains lots of exercises to guide you).

The second is the concept of choices and how there isn’t a best and worst. “There is no right choice — only good choosing.” You research your options, narrow them down, choose, and instead of worrying and agonizing about if it was the “best,” you let go and move on, accepting your choice and enjoying. I loved those two ideas and I have already started thinking about my life differently!

I really appreciated the conclusion as well. They sum up their points in a dysfunctional belief (what they’re rejecting) and a reframe (their new way of thinking). This is the last one in the book:


Summing it up: I really enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it!

All the best, Abbey

The School of Greatness


The School of Greatness

by Lewis Howes

January 2017

I picked up The School of Greatness because in between my novels I enjoy reading a good self-help book. This one was good overall. I did a fair amount of skimming because I felt a bunch of the content was redundant. However, I got a lot out of it and thought there was so much good content.

This book is essentially how to achieve greatness in what’s important to you and who you are. It details what to do in order to become great and includes a “workbook” section at the end of each chapter. It’s also filled with inspiring stories of different “great” individuals, all of whom conquered some kind of adversity.

One such inspiring person, Kyle Maynard, points out about adversity that ” . . .when we go and focus on these things we have no control over, it brings us nothing but unhappiness.” He goes on to say, “Our perspective is always our choice.” Howes elaborates, “he is echoing what the philosophers have always claimed –that there is no good or bad but only our perceptions.”

Another point Howes makes focuses on not giving up on your goals and dreams, no matter what. He says, “it is the idea and intention behind not giving up or dropping out on giving your best effort at all times.” He elaborates that it’s important to hustle and not get swayed or delayed. He says, “There is a popular saying in entrepreneurial circle that goes something like this: ‘Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.'”

I loved those quotes and the whole feel of the book. Anything is possible. It’s important to find your dream and fight for it no matter what. Adversity can be your fuel. You’re dreams are attainable. And greatness is possible.

Summing it up: this is an inspiring book and is very good. I definitely recommend it!

All the best, Abbey