Start your 2020 with a girl power boost! These 10 books are a few of my favourites plus some that I’ve added to my list to read this year. Happy reading!
Happy New Year! Welcome to the “Roaring Twenties” of the 21st century and the year we’re all supposed to see clearly in. To help with that, my book list to start the year is all about girl power, with nine books written by and about inspiring women—and one by a very smart man who will make you think about your money with more clarity and less stress.
Also, this isn’t an exclusive-to-women book list. Feel free to suggest them to the men in your life as books they also need to read!
1. Girl, Stop Apologizing (Rachel Hollis)
I both read and listened to this book last year, and I cannot recommend it enough. It’s so good that I’m going to read it again. Why? Because it’s full of solid nuggets, guidance and encouragement—Rachel Hollis is a fab cheerleader and accountability partner. The overall takeaway is to not feel bad for having ambitions—big or small—and to know that we can do anything we put our minds to.
2. Everything is Figureoutable (Marie Forleo)
The book title is my adult life in a nutshell. Currently in the middle of this gem and I feel like Marie Forleo gets me—both as a multi-passionate person and having to be resourceful. She probably gets you, too. Her past career and money blocks resonate with me on such a high level, and also helped me acknowledge how far I’ve come.
3. Judgment Detox
Gabrielle Bernstein always keeps it real and I love her books. Judgment Detox was on my 2019 reading list, but it’s another that I will be re-reading in 2020. I listened to the audiobook last spring it reminded me that I have a hard time letting some things go. And there’s a great section on EFT (a.k.a. tapping) that I will be paying particular attention to. It’s actually the reason I bought the physical book. Super Attractor (Indigo/Amazon) is GB’s newest book—also on my 2020 list—but I feel like I need to get back to this one first.
4. Smart Women Finish Rich
One of the best books for women was written by a man whose savvy grandmother inspired him to empower women about their finances. Though most of the resources David Bach provides are U.S.-based, the book is informational and candid and is a great resource for getting your financial ducks in a row. Also by David Bach, The Latte Factor (Indigo/Amazon) is a less lengthy but equally effective read on money, told as a parable with a character we can all relate to.
5. Meet Me in Monaco
This delightful read was a grocery store purchase that I ate up in two-and-a-half days. I love historical fiction and it the perfect book to dive into after the intensity of The Huntress (also excellent, but very fraught). No wars, no killing, just a solid story about a feisty French entrepreneur determined to keep her family’s perfume business alive in the 1950’s, with Grace Kelly’s wedding timeline as the foundation for how events unfold in the book. And it’s a love story. Ah, l’amour.
6. The Widow Cliquot
Keeping with the French theme, I just started The Widow Cliquot. (As in Veuve Cliquot.) I discovered this biography while reading the acknowledgements in The Winemaker’s Wife and immediately ordered it. I cannot wait to read about how Barbe-Nicole Cliquot Ponsardin overcame her husband’s death and the adversity of the early 19th century to become a kick-ass female entrepreneur.
7. Home Work
The Brit bought me this book for Christmas and I was excited to read it while we were in California—because it’s Julie Andrew’s biography of her Hollywood years, starting with arriving to film Mary Poppins. It’s poignant, funny (Dame Julie has a great sense of humour) and heartbreakingly relatable. She seems like such a lovely and gracious person, and has stayed that way even though she’s been through a lot.
8. Truth Be Told
As the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Beverley McLachlin played a significant role in making history in Canada. And not just because she was the first woman to hold such a prestigious position. She is Canada’s RBG and I look forward to reading her biography
9. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
I was reading The Other Alcott before Christmas and I realized I’ve NEVER read Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women—a book about gutsy women figuring life out in 1868 Boston. Ever. (Please don’t judge me. I’ve seen the Winona Ryder movie and plan on seeing the new version, but I’m aware that’s 100% not the same as actually having read the book. ) So I’d better get on that, and will report back!
10. The Book of Gutsy Women
Speaking of gutsy women, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton released this inspiring read in late 2019. Also a Christmas gift from the Brit, it’s the book I’ll be opening when I’m feeling a bit down on myself (it happens!) and need some inspiration. Because we all need a boost!
What’s on your 2020 reading list? Let me know in the comments!
“No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.”Mary Wortley Montagu