What’s On Your Summer Reading List? (+ What’s On Mine)


Summer’s the perfect season to get caught up on all the books & sites you’ve wanted to read when you’ve got time. Whether you’re jetting off to a faraway place or indulging in a staycation, a good book is a great way to unplug. I love a good popular fiction series now and then (shout out to all the fellow Harry Potter fans out there), but I tend to seek out more nonfiction reads when I’m looking for a good book or blog to read. Most, if not all of these nonfiction books apply to blogging somehow. Sometimes it’s an influential person in the fashion industry; other times it’s a trailblazer who’s made a serious impact on their industry and community. Still other times, it’s good ol’ learning about blogging, marketing or social media from pros who’ve been there. There are a lot of things we can implement in our blogging that we might pick up from places, people and things that aren’t remotely related to blogging. I’m a believer in absorbing all that we can, taking the best of that information and making it work for our lives.

With that said, I’d love to know what you’ve got on your summer reading list.  What books or blogs have you read, are reading or plan to read that you’re really stoked about – whether or not they directly pertain to blogging? What is it about that book or blog that interests you? Who knows, there might be a ton of great suggestions to add to your own list from fellow IFB members! In the meantime, here’s what I’ve got on my list:

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso: If you haven’t read Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso’s #GIRLBOSS yet, you should! It’s a quick and fun read on her unlikely road to building the Nasty Gal empire. A lot of gals I know have read this book simply because she’s young and relatable – those are the exact traits that make her stand out from normal business books. There’s a lot of simple, digestible points to take away on how to grow a cult following, the importance of customer service (and being nice), and listening to your instincts.

Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder by Arianna Huffington: I’m reading this right now and can’t put it down. I love reading books on pulling away from mainstream habits & societal trends to create a life that’s all your own. Thrive is all about redefining success and priorities, specifically in taking care of your mind, body and soul.

Blog, Inc: Blogging for Passion, Profit & to Create Community by Joy Cho: The book by the blogger behind Oh Joy! is at the top of many “best blogging books” list, and I want to know why. This is at the top of my list right after I’m done with Thrive.

Blogging for Creatives: How designers, artists, crafters and writers can blog to make contacts, win business and build success by Robin Houghton Another popular book on blogging, Blogging for Creatives is touted as the “non-techie” guide to successful professional blogging. Can’t wait to read this one either!

Likeable Social Media: How to Delight Your Customers, Create an Irresistible Brand, and Be Generally Amazing on Facebook (And Other Social Networks) by Dave Kerpen: I feel like books on social media is a bit counterintuitive since the industry changes so quickly (how many times has Facebook looked different just this year?) Yet I’m still willing to give Likeable a shot. It focuses on harnessing the power of word-of-mouth marketing, which is always interesting regardless of the medium (face-to-face, digital, etc.)

And some past IFB book suggestions:

Your turn! What’s on your summer reading list?

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13 Responses

  1. Cartier Dior

    I’ve been dying to read #girlboss but no stores in my area carry it.

  2. Miss Monet

    This summer I’m reading a few books from years past but still great reads:

    Deluxe: How Luxury Lost it’s Luster-Dana Thomas
    The End of Fashion- Teri Agins
    Over dressed: The High cost of Cheap Fashion

    #GIRLBOSS is definitely on my list of what to read next!



  3. Munachi

    This summer is the first one where I haven’t read any books. I had a goal to read 15, but it was a durastic fail with me working more than I do during the rest of the year. However I do have a reading list of fashion and celebrity written books I want to read. I’ve heard so much about #GirlBoss so it’s a must and I really want to read The Glitter Plan by the founders of Juicy Couture. I wrote about my entire list on my blog last month ( http://glamorousrevelation.blogspot.com/2014/06/fashionista-reading-list-summer.html?m=1 ) and hope to add more to it soon. I like to be recommended books so I spend most of my time browsing Amazon for review and suggestions rather than just going to the book store and sifting through myself.

  4. Chelsey

    Love this post! I’m always looking for entrepreneurial books to add to my reading list. I just recently finished “Caught Between a Dream and a Job” by Delatorro McNeal, and it was a really motivational read! While I’m satisfied with my full-time job, I still recommend reading it if you’re interested in treating your blog as a business.

    Two more I recently read and always flip back to for inspiration are “A Beautiful Mess” by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, and “Paris Street Style” by Isabelle Thomas

  5. Emily Jayne Lewis

    I definatly need to read Blogging For Creatives as I have a blog about my creative work, inspiration, and lifestyle. I would love the book to give me some ideas for posts as well.

    Although on my Summer reading list at the moment is Ernest Hemingway Fiesta which I’m currently reading, and Hey, Whipple Squeeze This by Luke Sullivan.

    Would like to read Mad Women by Jane Maas too, as it is about the advertising industry in New York 1960s and Maas was a copywriter at an agency. Can’t wait!

    Emily J L

  6. Onianwah

    I love Joy Cho. Her pinterest account is a fantasy world I’d love to live in forever, lol. Haven’t really heard about these books even though I know some of the authors. Really wish we had a knowledge sharing blogging community here.
    Will check out Amazon for them.

    Lagos, Nigeria

  7. Donna May

    Hi Jess great post. Yes Girlboss is a great book I started reading it a few weeks ago but did not get around to finishing it yet. I will try to checkout Blogging For Creatives sounds like a good one too.

    Thanks again for these great tips.


  8. Ana Marino

    “If I Stay” and “Where She Went” are amazing!! and the movie is coming out in August!
    Also “Gone Girl” such a good book!

  9. Another Candy tea

    I am also reading #GIRLBOSS and also CRAZY RICH ASIANS by Kevin Kwan.