Giving a book is one of the best gifts you can give. Whether it be a book that educates and expands knowledge or offers an escape from the day-to-day, I think people today should read more and tweet less. However, it can be tricky to give a book as a gift unless you really understand someone’s reading habit and interests. That being said, here are a few books that touch on several different topics: feminism, poetry, entrepreneurialism, struggles, introverts, and more.
If you’re looking for an in-depth look at the women’s movement across decades and generations, this is the book for you. I learned so much from this book. All The Single Ladies takes a look at the economic, emotional, and sexual lives of women touching on topics ranging from race to sexual orientation, work life, politics and more.
Rising Strong by Brené Brown
Brené Brown spent the past three years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame and is also the author of three #1 New York Time Bestsellers. So in short: she knows what she’s talking about. In Rising Strong Brené shares the results of years of research on how to get up after you’ve fallen. A great gift for someone who is going through something tough right now.
This book was life-changing for me. It was the first time I heard introversion talked about normally and without shame. Susan argues that our society dramatically undervalues introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. Her TED talk on the book is fascinating.
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
In this book Shonda Rhimes, the creator, head writer, and executive producer of Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Scandal, shares her journey through a transformative year of saying yes to everything instead of saying no. This lead to a full life with rich experiences and balanced happiness. It really inspired me to seek new opportunities and reminded me to never let fear hold me back.
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
This is a memoir written by the founder of Nike, Phil Knight. It’s the story of a surprising entrepreneur who created one of the most profitable businesses in our modern economy. But it didn’t start out that way. This book is great for the aspiring entrepreneur or someone searching for inspiration to achieve the seemingly impossible and going after your dreams. Psst – you don’t have to like sports to love this book!
Shrill: Notes From A Lound Woman by Lindy West
A must-read for the modern day feminist author Lindy West writes about coming of age in a culture where women must be small and quiet, two things which West is definitively not. This memoir takes us through West’s childhood to her current life as a writer and her accidental activism to convince the world that fat people have value. Written with sincerity and humor, I could barely put this book down!
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
This is one of my favorite books of all time. I’ll always be recommending this book of poetry to everyone I know. Rupi’s writing is raw, unflinching, and transformative. It’s a quick read, only 208 pages, so savor each page.
Have you ever received a book as a gift? What was it and did you enjoy it?