May 18, 2016

FORA Staff Picks: Empowering Summer Reads

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In our experience, summer can either be a time for adventures to happen or for nothing to happen – and it usually seems to be the latter. Don’t get us wrong – there’s nothing wrong with taking the summer to relax and unwind, but if you choose to do so then why not learn a little something along the way?

We asked our staff what books changed their lives, so grab a piece of paper and get ready to run to the book store – this summer is about rejuvenation, relaxation and maybe even an adventure or two . Click through for empowering FORA staff book recommendations.

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By Lena Dunham

I know this is probably one of the most basic/typical books a girl could recommend, but just like Lena Dunham, IDGAF because I loved this book. It came out at a time when I needed it most, and therefore helped me get through a rough patch in my 20-something life (that rough patch being a long-term relationship breakup and not having a job.) In my current state, where everything seemed to remind me of my lost relationship, Not That Kind Of Girl was a refreshing escape that reminded me I wasn’t in this alone, and most importantly- it made me LAUGH. Lena’s stories of failed relationships, failed jobs and family memories were honest, raw and relatable. This book reassured me that I was going to be ok. If you’re a 20-something, then odds are you will go through a similar situation (maybe you currently are? Maybe you already have?), either way, this book is a MUST-READ if you need reminding that life is weird and tough. Sometimes the best way to get through it is to laugh and realize that these are the stories that will shape your life.

– Hilary, MTV FORA 


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By Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung’s It is a perfect summer read. Even if it didn’t completely change my life, the model/DJ/presenter/all-around Girl Crush’s adorable book does have some pretty stellar advice on life, love, and of course, fashion. Full of drawings and photos, you can breeze through this light read on the beach or in the back seat of the car on a road trip. The most important take-away I got from this book? Everyone needs to have a note in their phone titled “KARAOKE SONGS”. Mine has The Foundation’s “Build Me Up Buttercup”, Spandeau Ballet’s “True” and Meatloaf’s “I Would Do Anything For Love”

-Celina, MUCH/FORA


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By Sheryl Sanberg

Sheryl Sanberg’s book “Lean In” should be mandatory reading for anyone entering their twenties. Sandberg’s advice about leaning in, knowing your worth, and demanding adequate compensation is targeted at women, but men can also benefit from womansplaining how relationships and children affect women’s careers differently. The book has become my pump up/how-to guide on everything from asking for a raise to negotiating a new job. Doing it all isn’t a real thing, but sitting at the table is. Sandberg’s years of experience, including working as Facebook’s Chief Operating Office, are turned into life lessons that act as a manifesto for women taking their first jobs out of school all the way to moms considering re-entering the workforce. Lean in? Yas kween.

-Allison, MUCH


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By Lori Deschene

I suggest everyone get this book because it is the type to change your life and the way you think. This book is filled with short stories compiled from the Tiny Buddha website that deal with self-love and acceptance. You connect with the authors who share their stories, as it makes you feel like you are not alone in your daily struggles. I always pick this book up whenever I’m feeling downtrodden or self-conscious and it reminds me to stay strong because the Tiny Buddha’s have my back. I’ve recommended it to all my friends and they all love it!

– Andi Crawford, Intern


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By Sophia Amoruso

Being a long time fan of Sophia’s and an avid Nasty Gal shopper, I couldn’t wait for #Girlboss to come out. It helped me when I was really discovering who I was and what I wanted to do – I always had big dreams but never had the confidence to believe I could achieve them. It really helped shape who I am not only as a person but as a woman, too. The quote “It’s cool to be kind. It’s cool to be weird. It’s cool to be honest and be secure with yourself.” was actually my yearbook quote – and I know it’s one I’ll never regret.

– Emma Lewis, Intern


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by Jen Sincero

It took me a long time to get to the confidence level that I’m at today, and a large part of that is thanks to this book. I received You Are a Badass from a friend for my twentieth birthday and keep it on me whenever I wake up and feel like I’m destined to have a bad day. I like that this book covers everything from self-sabotaging, to making the money that you deserve. If you’re having trouble answering the question, “who am I?” then this is the perfect book for you.

– Brianne James, Intern

By Kelly Williams Brown

I picked up this book as soon as I turned 18 because I was terrified for my new, young-adult life. Though this book is targeted towards recent college grads, I think that it can be useful to anyone over 18 who feels like they don’t know how to adult. This book covers all aspects of an adult’s life, whether it’s how to define your new adult relationship with your parents, how to do laundry, or exactly why you should never borrow money from your friends.

– Brianne James, Intern

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