Books for Ambitious Young Women : My Summer Reading List 2013

I am on a quest to better myself this summer. Eat better, manage money more responsibly, grow professionally, and just generally focus on being the best possible me. I put together a book list for that very purpose so that I could read on the topics I found important to me and worth putting time into this summer.

Many are dedicated to professional development, but others are dedicated to finding personal direction, finding yourself, becoming financially literate and savvy, and the state of women and girls, since that is a cause near and dear to my heart.

People Who Eat Darkness, a forensic re-telling of the real-life murder of a British woman in Japan is a bit of a wild card, but it goes into many cultural and gender dynamics I find fascinating. Gender Studies and Cultural Studies are a strong interest area of mine.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What's on your summer reading list this summer?



  1. I've recently gotten really into popular author Kristin Hannah. I read her bestseller Firefly Lane last month, and I hope to read more of her books this summer! And my favorite author is Karen Kingsbury, she's AMAZING and I've read as many of her books as I can get my hands on (which is close to 30 right now!).

    xoxo Miss ALK

    P.S. Be sure to enter the giveaway going on at my blog!

    1. Ah I love her!! Night Road is my favorite of her books. If you like Hannah, try reading some Jodi Picoult. They're very similar authors, but I find Picoult's writing to resonate even more.

  2. I read Bossypants last year - it's a fantastic book. I knew that I generally liked Tina Fey's work before, but after reading it I have so much respect for her. It's also pretty darn hilarious to read. I hope you enjoy it!

  3. "I am on a quest to better myself this summer." Good luck on your endeavor! I think a summer revamp is always a great goal to have. My summer resolution also includes a large reading list and to cut down on using social media (facebook, twitter, instagram, etc). This goal came soon after reading the book "The Facebook Diet" by author and artist Gemini Adams ( I found out that one in every seven people in the world now has a Facebook account and that Americans recently logged 101,000 YEARS of Facebook time in a single month. I am always finding myself checking it on my phone and when I'm bored on my PC. The author pushes for a "digital detox" and gives some very good advice on how to do so. Not only this but the book features 50 very funny cartoons that each show, "You know you're a Facebook addict when...." It's a clever and well-written fast read that I enjoyed and learned from. I highly recommend it!

  4. Some great titles in that list and a few I wasn't aware of that I'm excited to read now. Thank you!
    My top recommendation would go to What's Next? from Joy Chudacoff
    Beautifully written, clear, step by step approach to getting you on track with your work and personal life goals. Highly motivational and inspiring reading.

  5. So funny, I actually read 3 of the books on your list this past summer: Tina Fey's, Mindy Kaling's, and Sheryl Sandberg's. I enjoyed them all and each were entertaining and also had life lessons to share.