• Career Girl: Required Reading {For Every Working Girl}

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    There are few things more amazing than lounging on the beach or at the pool and getting lost in a great book, but in a few short beach trips and Pier 13 visits…another summer has come to a close. With that, however, is the beauty of fall: a time where life starts to renew, you get back on your “scheduleand really put your nose to the grindstone when it comes to work. In a way, I think of fall as another beginning.

    That being said, there is no better time to get serious and advance your career than when life returns to a normal post-summer schedule. Regardless of the time of year, however, I have a habit of alternating what I think of as “light reading” with something a bit more educational that I can sink my teeth into. But as my life has become busier, I find that I am naturally drawn to books that are both thought-provoking and engrossing. To me, there is nothing better than a book that pulls that double duty :).

    Here are my top FOUR picks that deserve a spot on every Career Girl’s Reading List {in no particular order}:

    The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

    This book is a classic with a truly devoted readership that just continues to grows. Its simplistic narrative tells the story of how an Andalusian shepherd pursues his personal legend and is full of beautiful but simple ideas that anyone can relate to and that are adaptable to just about any life scenario – at least they have been for me. My biggest career struggle currently is balancing out the responsibilities (and rewards) that come with being a working mother, but these principles apply universally. I spent way too much time trying to settle on just one quote to give you a better idea of what I mean, but I’ll leave you with this: “People are capable at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”

    The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
     

    Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time by Keith Ferrazzi .

    This is another classic. Where The Alchemist may be more closely associated with your favorite yogi, this one seems to be favored by the business school set. But don’t let that intimidate you; it is an incredibly readable book that provides numerous anecdotes and tools that will not only inspire you but lays out just how you should use your network to achieve your dreams. My husband read it and passed it along to me and I can honestly say that without following the networking action plan worksheet I would never have been able to accomplish as much as I have professionally and personally.

     

     

     

    Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg.

    My guess is that no one reading this list hasn’t NOT heard of Sheryl Sandberg’s tome celebrated for reigniting a pretty stagnant conversation about the condition of female leaders in the workforce and criticized for using Sheryl’s admittedly posh lifestyle as the prototype for doing so. Here’s my take: I love getting a peek into the lives of men and women whose careers inspire me. To me it’s much less about mimicking her lifestyle than about broadening my own horizons with that insight.

     

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    What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty {bonus!!}.

    This one falls into the category of light reading but one that I was so pleasantly surprised by. I love chick lit for all of its fluff and I think it’s truly important to escape the craziness of everyday life once in awhile. I can’t say enough about how many authors of chick lit are really bringing it these days and Liane Moriarty is a great example of what I mean. What Alice Forgot is a fun read about Alice Love who knocks herself out after falling from a bike at spin class (I mean, come on. Who can’t relate to that?) and awakens to a life that she simply cannot imagine herself living. Not only does it offer a great escape and some laughs, it stands as a great reminder that despite how hard we all hustle for the career of our dreams, we must enjoy the journey.

    What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

    We’d love to hear if there’s anything you’d add to this list and what you think about these picks, so please comment below.

    Happy reading, Career Girls!


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    Andrea is President of Victory PR, a boutique health and beauty public relations firm located in NYC & Hoboken. She is the columnist behind "Career Girl," a regular column exclusive to HobokenGirl.com that includes everything from interviews with inspiring Hoboken Career Girls, career advice, and lots more. Andrea lives in Hoboken with her husband and son, and can most often be seen getting her early AM workouts in at Local Barre!


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