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What I Read in 2016, That You Should Read in 2017

What I Read in 2016, That You Should Read in 2017

When I decided to take time off of school, I started to learn how to self-educate. I realized that this can be done in many ways... through literature, webinars, Youtube tutorials and so on. I did many of the previous, but what I felt stuck with me the most were the books I picked up and read.

Many of these books were recommendations from professors I had previously had, or just something I happened to pick up by chance. Each one brought a lesson. Sometimes that lesson was very practical, for instance "Everybody Writes" is very straightforward in accordance with a life skill, whereas something such as "stuck" brought me a very different perspective of the world around me. Each were equally as powerful, and full of knowledge.

I hope you can find one in here that speaks to you, and may it help you come into 2017 with alil something you did not know before.

Wellington Square Bookstore in Exton, PA

Wellington Square Bookstore in Exton, PA

For "Fun"

East Of Eden by John Steinbeck

Read this book if you want a real, deep view, to the tale as old as time: good vs. evil. It is still my favorite book of all, I've read it every year for the past 4 years and I still get something new out of it every time. It's a true classic.

stuck by Anneli Rufus 

We've all been there. Stuck. This book is for you if you feel like this next upcoming year is going to be worse than falling into quicksand.  

The Handmaid’s Tail by Margaret Atwood 

I read this book on a plane from Philly to L.A. it's dark, but it really did intrigue me and made me question what our society will look like in the future. ~ALSO~ the story is in production for Hulu coming in 2017! What better time to sit down and read the original?

The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews 

Want a book that will keep you interested without making your head hurt? A bit of mystery, and family drama, it's a great escape from wherever you are (literally, it's set in a small beach town.) Perfect for traveling, or something to read just before bed.

Something Like Magic by Brian Andres 

I was never into poetry, until I found Brian Andres. He's a modern genius in my opinion and all of his work gives me a kindof wanderlust I used to only think other people had. His instagram is also an amazing source of inspiration. (@brianandres)

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway 

Hemingway. You either love him, or you love him. His work always intrigues me. It's definitely not a quick read if you want to truly understand the story, but it's also a great conversation starter if you ever find yourself with another book lover.



For "Work"

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power 

My father actually purchased this book for me last Christmas, and I've got to say it was definitely my favorite gift. I truly believe it's a must read for any college or young professional, especially heading into 2017 with the debates going on about leadership, power, and government.

Capture Your Style by Aimee Song 

I've been a fan of "Song of Style" (a famous fashion blog) for a very long time. When Aimee announced she was releasing the book, I was thrilled. I had just started this blog about a month before it came out and it has served me very well. It's a MUST READ for any blogger, fashionista or someone who just wants a better Instagram.  

Everybody Writes by Ann Handley

It's true. Everybody writes. This novel was actually supposed to be a textbook for a media writing class this fall. Just because I wasn't taking the class, didn't mean I could learn something from the book. Man, am I glad I picked it up. It basically gives you all of the advice for being a better writer that you could ever need. I don't care if you are the next F. Scott, or someone who has never written anything more than what's assigned for your classes, you need to have this in your library. It has made me realize what a truly great writer can do.

Made to Stick by Chip & Dan Heath 

Another book that was supposed to be a textbook, that ended up being one of the best things I have ever read. Wonder why so many people have ideas, but only the few survive? Or do you have an idea but aren't sure how to make it a reality? This is for any entrepreneur going into 2017.

#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso 

Sure, maybe Nasty Gal didn't have the best year. But that doesn't mean this book isn't for any badass girl who wants to make something of herself when everyone says you can't. This book helped me start this blog, and gave me the confidence to do it, regardless if anyone was going to like, or even read it.


What book is interesting you? Will you pick any of these up?

- M.B.

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