Often as the summer months approach, it is easy to think about spring cleaning and getting rid of old clothes. However, spring reading is just as important, especially if you find yourself gravitating towards books that will leave you feeling more inspired this season. Whether you’re trying to add more books to your daily routine(s) or ignite the inner author in you, this list just might be able to help.
Check out the five books currently on my “ready-to-read” list then make sure you sign up for the Ms. Vixen Book Club!
1. When Breath Becomes Air
By: Paul Kalanithi
Whether it’s ranked on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles or as New York Times bestseller, this book has consistently been listed as a must read. This beautifully written body of work chronicles the life of Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon who started this book after a cancer diagnosis. In May of 2013, at the age of thirty-six, Dr. Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic lung cancer. With a short window to live, he died two years since his diagnosis, however he was able to continue his medical training, become a father to a baby girl and share with others his experience facing mortality both as a doctor and patient. This book is the gap between facing and understanding the challenges of confronting death and living a life worth living.
2. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
By: Matthew Desmond
Like obesity, I think that poverty is a growing issue that continues to both plague individuals and entrap families. In this particular book, Harvard sociologist Matthew Desmond takes readers into one of the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee. While there, the book focuses on eight different struggling yet dynamic families and their two landlords. After years of extensive research and gathering data, this book perhaps will transform common perce
3. Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur
By: Cara AlwillLeyba
The title of this book pretty much speaks for itself and will definitely be a source of inspiration, encouragement and support for any female entrepreneur. Also, you don’t have to be an “entrepreneur,” to read this book but if you have an idea to start or create something, this is for you!!
4. Clean Green Eats: 100+ Clean-Eating Recipes to Improve Your Whole Life
By: Candice Kumai
I’m sure you’ve heard or seen people scrambling to eat healthy and workout excessively to get “fit for summer.” Whether cutting back on meat or dairy is your thing, I highly suggest clean eating--or at least trying it. If you’re new to the idea or just want to know more about this topic, then this book will satisfy both.
5. Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media.
By: Alicia Licht
Whether you’re trying to figure out your next career move or plan your next step after quitting your job, this book will serve as a mentor--every step of the way. As a global fashion communication executive and former Twitter phenomenon, Alicia Licht shares lessons from her experiences, advice, inspiration and a friendly dose of all things real. With a slight emphasis on communicating and building your personal brand, this book just might be what you need to figure things out.
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By: Ajea Nicole
Ajea Nicole is a 20 something from Boston, MA who craves anything style related. Though her love of style originated from scouring her mom’s closet, she often gleans style inspiration from Solange and June Ambrose. When she is not catching up on Project Runway, she can be found working out at the gym, reading a good book or somewhere in a sushi restaurant. Connect with her! Twitter: @ajeanicole Instagram: @ajeanicole