Summer is upon us and so are the days filled with lounging by the pool and finding a shaded spot at a park to open up a book. I don’t know about you, but there’s something about the season that inspires my need for growth and a good story or two.

Below, I share a few career-focused books that are a must add to your summer beach bag that will help feed your inner girl boss potential.  

The Myth of the Nice Girl

Summary: In The Myth of The Nice Girl, Fran Hauser deconstructs the negative perception of “niceness” that many women struggle with in the business world. Hauser proves that women don’t have to sacrifice their values or hide their authentic personalities to be successful.

Read When: You want to kill them with kindness. 

Work It

Summary: The ultimate career manifesto. In Work It, CEO of Likeable Media and popular podcast host Carrie Kerpen shares lessons from her career and an “advisory board” of women in a wide range of industries to help us make our aspirations a reality. Packed with actionable tips and stories from powerhouse women Sheryl Sandberg, Aliza Licht, and Reshma Saujani, this book reveals their secrets for success.

Read When: You need nuggets of inspiration from women who have been exactly in your uncomfortable but stylish shoes.

How Women Rise

Summary: Leadership experts Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith have trained thousands of high achievers–men and women–to reach even greater heights. Often times they see that women face specific and different roadblocks from men as they advance in the workplace. How Women Rise identifies the 12 habits that hold women back as they seek to advance, showing us why what worked in the past might actually be sabotaging your future success.

Read When: You’re ready for that long overdue promotion, but just aren’t sure what’s been holding you back.


Summary: Have you ever wondered why some people prevail and live remarkably successful lives while others fail to reach their full potential? Malcolm Gladwell explores the different factors that decide the difference between successful and unsuccessful people. You learn what rockstars, geniuses and computer programmers have in common. He explains that success is not just a matter of IQ, but a combination of hard work and opportunity.

Read When: You want a good thought-provoking head scratcher or are yearning for some new perspectives to achieving success.

Permission to Screw Up

Summary: Permission to Screw Up dismisses the idea that leaders and orga­nizations should try to be perfect all the time. It encourages you to go for it and learn to lead by acting, rather than waiting or thinking. Through a brutally honest and often hilarious account of her own strug­gles, Kristen Hadeed urges us to embrace our failures and proves that we’ll be better leaders when we do.

Read When: You feel like you’ve bamboozled your way into a job title and are terrified people will figure out you really have no idea what you’re doing, yet.

What reads will you be adding to your beach bag this summer? Let us know in the comment below!

Emily G

Emily G

I'm Emily G$ - the dollar sign is silent. I'm a public relations specialist at a global firm by day and by night you can find me on a Dallas rooftop patio sipping Sauvignon Blanc. Writing, reading, home decor and Game of Thrones are a few things I'm particularly passionate about. I've caught the travel bug and I'm a big fan of the in-betweens, the time it takes to get somewhere. I also believe that Sundays, old bookstores, iced lattes and bad jokes can cure just about anything!

June 13, 2018