I’ve been seeing so many bloggers list their summer reads and I’m over the moon about it. Ever since I was little, I would get tons of books in the summer and read them all within the first few weeks. As I grew older, I started to spend less time reading and I now find myself only having time to read a few blog posts a night. That was until I found a solution: Audible books. This isn’t sponsored or anything… but let me tell you, I’m obsessed to the point where I should be sponsored. I’ve talked about my commute to work here and even here… it’s an hour… sometimes more. Audible and my podcast app help me get through the rough Thanksgiving traffic, the insane Christmas shopping traffic, and even all of the unfortunate car accident traffic. Audible books have been with me through thick and thin.
So what the heck is audible? It’s a subscription service with Amazon that gets you a “free” book once a month and other audible books at a discounted rate. The fee is $5 a month for your first three months (think of it like a trial run to see if you like it) and then after that, it is $14.95. With that said… here are 8 of the books everyone 20-something-year-old should read/listen to ASAP.
Fashion is Freedom by Tala Raassi
I finished this book literally an hour before I took all these pictures and started to write this post. Everyone needs to know Tala Raassi’s story. At age 16 she received 40 lashes for wearing a mini skirt to a party in Iran. This horrible punishment is why she set out to design a swimsuit line to embody the idea that fashion is freedom. Her captivating story talks about each failure she had on the way to becoming a fashion designer and is incredibly empowering. Listen to this story when you need to remember how fortunate we are for our freedom or when you need a reminder to never give up on your dreams.
#Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso
This book is the reason I am now hooked on audiobooks. I used to think that I couldn’t sit and listen to a whole book, but girl, let me tell you… once you start you cannot stop. Sophia Amoruso tells it how it is and I love her for it. She talks about all the struggles she had starting her business and gives insightful tips on how to become your own girl boss. Her biggest advice that she prefaces in the bigging of her story is: don’t ever grow up, don’t ever be a bore, and don’t let the man get to you. Listen to this book when you’re in need of a little female empowerment and a good laugh.
Power Your Happy by Lisa Sugar
When I attended Her Conference last summer, Lisa Sugar gave her book to everyone who attended the event. Since I fighting for time to read her book, I finally downloaded her audible book and listened to it in two days. Yes, I listened to it well past my daily commute because it was that good. Lisa’s book is an insightful book that discusses her mindset and how she self-started one of the biggest media companies around, Popsugar. She gives advice on everything under the sun including work, family, and free time. Her positive outlook paired with her impeccable writing skills make it hard to stop listening to. Listen to this book when you need some advice on… literally anything.
Tales from the Back Row by Amy Odell
Amy Odell is a pure genius. She is whimsical, alluring, and I seriously want to be her best friend. She talks about high fashion and the fashion world in such a pure and genuine way. It would be hard not to fall in love with her. Learn about how bloggers that have made it big in the world, how to get seen in fashion week, and all of the struggles associated with the high fashion scene. If you love fashion and one day want to see New York Fashion week in all it’s glory (or chaos) this is definitely an audiobook you should listen to. Listen to this when you need a good laugh or when you need to escape your own world.
Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
I’m only two hours into this book and have never cried and laughed so much from a book. I’ve already recommended it to three of my closest friends and now I’m recommending it to you. Rachel is gifted with such a talent of not only writing but with being completely herself. She goes through her failures in the hopes that her readers learn from them and grow. She ultimately wants to spread the message of one thing and one thing only… you are in charge of your own happiness. Learn from her, laugh with her, and cry with her. Listen to this book when you need a reminder on how to kick ass in the big bad world.
Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job, Kill it in Your Career, Rock Social Media by Aliza Licht
Can you tell I love self-help books yet? Aliza’s book shows an insightful side of her life and how she reached the top of her career. This book is a must for anyone who is fascinated with social media and the strategies behind making your audience like and relate to you. Aliza’s well-crafted book will be sure to leave you with an impression and a better sense of how you want to leave your mark on your career. Listen to this book when you’re finding a rut in your media strategy or simply want to know how you can improve your career.
Overdressed: The Shocking High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline
I hung onto Elizabeth’s words like an elastic waistband clinging to your skin. The research she put into this book discussing the actual economic, social, and political cost associated with fast fashion is intense. She is part of the reason why I have become so invested in finding more sustainable alternatives to fast fashion. If you have any interest in fashion, which I think you are because you read my blog, this is a must-read. You’ll not only learn about the production of fast fashion and what goes into making your clothes, but you’ll learn how to spot a well-made garment. Listen to this when you need a wake up on your shopping habits.
The Big Life by Ann Shoket
Don’t be fooled by the book photo, this awesome back book comes as an audible book as well. Although I didn’t listen and read this book, it’s a must-read for every 20-something-year-old who is just starting out in the world for her career. Don’t know how you’re going to juggle a new job, the gym, your side hustle, and your boo? Well, this is the book for you! The first summer after I graduated, I saw Ann Shoket speak at Her Conference and was blown away by her neverending wisdom. I was practically shoving my money at her wanting this book so badly. It’s actually signed by her so I’m quite the lucky girl. Read/listen to this book when you need guidance on what to do next in your career or if you’re looking for an answer for your next career step.
Have you listened to any audible books or have a podcast you can’t stop listening to? Let me know in the comments down below.