MY FAVORITE INSPIRING BOOKS
I love reading and I love finding out about new books but I also know that choosing what to read next can be hard so to help you with your to-read list of 2018 I decided to share with you the biography, the illustrated book and the fiction that inspired and motivated me the most.
Let’s begin with what might be considered a cliché: Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, a book that show us that with effort and passion everything is possible. Stay focused and ignore the haters!
From Goodreads: "At seventeen, Sophia Amoruso decided to forgo continuing education to pursue a life of hitchhiking, dumpster diving, and petty thievery. N1ow, at twenty-nine, she is the Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Nasty Gal, a $100+ million e-tailer that draws A-list publicity and rabid fans for its leading-edge fashion and provocative online persona. Her story is extraordinary—and only part of the appeal of #GIRLBOSS.
This aspirational book doesn’t patronize young women the way many business experts do. Amoruso shows readers how to channel their passion and hard work, while keeping their insecurities from getting in the way. She offers straight talk about making your voice heard and doing meaningful work.”
THE ILLUSTRATED BOOK
I know some of you may think that it’s a bit weird to add in this list an illustration book but I couldn’t not add Fashion House: Illustrated Interiors by Megan Hess, this book was so beautifully made and whenever I look at it I feel the need to write or draw, to be productive, create.
From Goodreads: “Ever dreamed you could live in the suite of a Manhattan socialite? Or the grand estate of one of London's men-about-town, or a Parisian vintage loft? Within the sumptuously illustrated pages of this book you will find that all of your extravagant dreams of interior design have come true.
Internationally acclaimed illustrator Megan Hess has assembled some of the most decadent and indulgent interior designs from around the world in her collection Fashion House - beautiful interiors which are guaranteed to delight and inspire.
Fashion House celebrates some of the most decadent and indulgent interiors from around the world and the icons, past and present, who inhabit them. Discover the type of furniture they choose, the style of clothes they wear, and how they style a space. Learn the benefits of the eclectic chair, the portrait piece, the striking rug, the signature wallpaper, and the resident pet. Drawing on her years of experience working as an illustrator for international brands such as Tiffany's, Chanel and Christian Dior, Hess has combined her love of fashion and interior design with her signature illustrations, and has created a book of undeniable style sure to be adored.”
How To Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran is not your usual YA book, to be honest I don’t even know if it is considered a YA, what I know is that it will find a place in your heart and make you wanna do anything to follow your dreams like Dolly Wilde, your new friend.
From Goodreads: "What do you do in your teenage years when you realize what your parents taught you wasn’t enough? You must go out and find books and poetry and pop songs and bad heroes—and build yourself.
It’s 1990. Johanna Morrigan, fourteen, has shamed herself so badly on local TV that she decides that there’s no point in being Johanna anymore and reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde—fast-talking, hard-drinking Gothic hero and full-time Lady Sex Adventurer. She will save her poverty-stricken Bohemian family by becoming a writer—like Jo in Little Women, or the Bröntes—but without the dying young bit.
By sixteen, she’s smoking cigarettes, getting drunk and working for a music paper. She’s writing pornographic letters to rock-stars, having all the kinds of sex with all kinds of men, and eviscerating bands in reviews of 600 words or less.
But what happens when Johanna realizes she’s built Dolly with a fatal flaw? Is a box full of records, a wall full of posters, and a head full of paperbacks, enough to build a girl after all?
Imagine The Bell Jar written by Rizzo from Grease. How to Build a Girl is a funny, poignant, and heartbreakingly evocative story of self-discovery and invention, as only Caitlin Moran could tell it."
What are your favorite inspiring books? Have you read any of these? What type of post do you want to see next? xx Isabella