Depending on whether you are a regular follower of my blog or not, you may or may not remember my recent desire to embark on a reading challenge for 2017 (#RC). So far, I’ve read quite a bit of Oscar Wilde, a little bit of self-help and something funny. But being a strong, independent woman myself (or so I like to think), I thought it only fitting that this reading challenge also point me towards some totally kick ass women, who also just so happen to now be rocking authors! This month has seen me read…

1. Unfiltered by Lily Collins

“Standing out in a crowd is much more rewarding than blending in.”

This ticks off no.16: A book that’s published in 2017.

I’ve always admired Lily Collins and her ability to appear grounded despite starring in films and TV from a young age, so I jumped at the chance to read her autobiography. Her honesty is beautiful within this book, and she also concentrates on quite a few issues that young women and teens alike would be concerned about. This is all done with an air of helping you to work through things and keep loving yourself. This book was so awesome, I easily finished it in one day! Unfiltered: I give you 5 stars!

2. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

“About the author: Anna Kendrick is shorter in person.”

This hits no.36 on my list: A book written by someone you admire.

Being a mahoosive Anna Kendrick fan, I had high hopes for her autobiography! Although it was a good read, it was interesting to hear about her life (including childhood theatrics), and she did try to keep it humorous and lighthearted, I sadly felt it was a little lacking in something… just something. For one thing, she barely even mentioned her Pitch Perfect days! Given that was one of the films to help launch her into stardom, it was a shame that she didn’t give this period of her life a few more words on the page. That said, I did still enjoy the book, but I suppose I’d fallen foul of high expectations not quite living up to the reality. For that reason, Scrappy Little Nobody has to receive 3.5 stars only.

3. World of Wanderlust by Brooke Saward

“Wanderlust: a strong desire to travel. E.g. a (wo)man consumed by wanderlust.”

This of course ticks off no.14 from my reading challenge: A book involving travel.

As you should know from when I received a nomination for the Liebster Award last year, I have a few travel inspirations who are mainly other travel bloggers. But Brooke Saward from World of Wanderlust is definitely one of the biggest inspirations for me. She really is living the dream. Not only is she a full-time travel blogger, but she has also recently published a book, launched a bakery and opened a bridal boutique! Talk about being awesome at life!

Her book is insightful and packed full of wanderlust inspiration, as well as some handy tips for most aspects of travel. As it also contains photographs and illustrations, it’s a lovely little read to keep you entertained on a Sunday afternoon. Brooke has found herself in far-flung destinations, but also at the odd luxury spa too. Like I say – she’s living the dream! World of Wanderlust, I give you 4.5 stars!

4. #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

“The only thing I smoke is my competition.”

Without a shadow of a doubt, this ticks off no. 32: A book about an interesting woman.

If you’ve been paying attention to your Netflix recommendations, then you may have noticed #Girlboss pop into the mix. Well, it was based on a book (and loosely based on a true story) of an awesome lady, who started her own vintage clothing business with no previous experience or relevant qualifications! Oh, and did I mention her (Sophia Amoruso’s) business is now a multi million dollar enterprise? Wow!

This book tells the story of how she went from high school dropout to magnificent CEO in just a few short years. Packed full of advice, tips and inspiration for all other #Girlbosses out there, this is a must read if you want to kick ass as a woman and business owner. #Girlboss: I give you 5 stars!

I have to say, these women really are very inspiring. Loving what they do, and totally kicking ass at it, they are each a reminder that if you want something in life: just go for it!
What do you think? Which women do you find inspiring? And have they written a book? Let me know in the comments and I may just read their book myself…
Text Sources:

Lily Collins, Unfiltered, 2017
Anna Kendrick, Scrappy Little Nobody, 2016
Brooke Saward, World of Wanderlust, 2016
Sophia Amoruso, #Girlboss, 2014

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