BlogHer Book Club: July Edition

by Amanda Lederman


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Whether you’re looking for a light read, business advice, or tactical learnings, suggestions from our staff and community will have you buried in books you simply can’t put down!

Welcome to the BlogHer Book Club! Looking to cool down this summer with a hot read? Our office is buzzing with the best books to put in your beach bag! We also ask our Facebook community group, The BlogHer Creators Network, for their must-read recommendations.

From thrillers, to non-fiction, to bettering yourself and your business, and beyond, we hope you find a story you can’t put down! Whether for business or pleasure, we strive to recommend reads that will inspire and educate content creators, entrepreneurs, and winning women everywhere!

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The Farm: A Novel by Joanne Ramos

Recommended by: Samantha Skey (CEO of SHE Media), Laura Valencia (Video Producer at SHE Media), and Jennifer Gaonach (Senior Vice President of Marketing at SHE Media)

Gripping, provocative, heartbreaking, The Farm pushes to the extremes our thinking on motherhood, money, and merit and raises crucial questions about the trade-offs women will make to fortify their futures and the futures of those they love.


Influencer: Building Your Personal Brand in the Age of Social Media by Brittany Hennessy

Recommended by: Amanda Lederman (#BlogHer Community Manager) and Nikita Sawlani (Member of The BlogHer Creators Network)

Whether you’re just starting out or you're ready for bigger campaigns, Hennessy guides you through core influencer principles. From creating content worth double tapping and using hashtags to get discovered, to understanding FTC rules and delivering metrics, she’ll show you how to elevate your profile, embrace your edge, and make money—all while doing what you love.


Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

Recommended by: Chloé Pauline Kaston (Member of The BlogHer Creators Network)

Sinek starts with a fundamental question: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over? 

START WITH WHY shows that the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way -- and it's the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY.


Yes She Can: 10 Stories of Hope & Change from Young Female Staffers of the Obama White House compiled by Molly Dillon

Recommended by: Jordan Boswell (Programming Manager, Live Media & Partnerships at SHE Media)

YES SHE CAN is an intimate look at Obama's presidency through the eyes of some of the most successful, and completely relatable, young women who were there. Full of wisdom they wish they could impart to their younger selves and a message about the need for more girls in government, these recollections are about stepping out into the spotlight and up to the challenge-something every girl can do.


Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say by Kelly Corrigan

Recommended by: Jen Denton (Senior Vice President, Programming at SHE Media)

With the streetwise, ever-relatable voice that defines Corrigan’s work, Tell Me More is a moving and meaningful take on the power of the right words at the right moment to change everything.


Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine by Mike Michalowicz

Recommended by: Gianne Doherty (Member of The BlogHer Creators Network)

With dozens of case studies, practical, step-by-step advice, and his signature sense of humor, Michalowicz has the game-changing roadmap for any entrepreneur to make money they always dreamed of.


You Are a Badass®: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

Recommended by: Amanda Lederman (#BlogHer Community Manager), Nikita Sawlani and Angel White (Members of The BlogHer Creators Network)

In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bitesized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, Create a life you totally love. And create it NOW, Make some damn money already. The kind you've never made before.

By the end of You Are a Badass, you'll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can't change, how to change what you don't love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.


The Rocks: A Novel by Peter Nichols

Recommended by: Kate Moskowitz (Manager, Live Media and Event Partnerships at SHE Media)

Set against dramatic Mediterranean Sea views and lush olive groves, The Rocks opens with a confrontation and a secret: What was the mysterious, catastrophic event that drove two honeymooners apart so suddenly and absolutely in 1948 that they never spoke again despite living on the same island for sixty more years? And how did their history shape the Romeo and Juliet–like romance of their (unrelated) children decades later? Centered around a popular seaside resort club and its community, The Rocks is a double love story that begins with a mystery, then moves backward in time, era by era, to unravel what really happened decades earlier.


Becoming by Michelle Obama

Recommended by: Amanda Lederman (#BlogHer Community Manager), Reshma Gopaldas (Vice President of Video at SHE Media), Sheila Patel (Art Director at SHE Media), and Nikita Sawlani (Member of The BlogHer Creators Network)

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.


The Seasonaires Series (The Seasonaires and Malibu Bluff) by Janna King

Recommended by: Amandalyn Jones (Director, Live Media & Partnerships at SHE Media)

For a twenty-something, there is no summer job better than being a seasonaire. No responsibilities, college is barely a thought, and you’re surrounded by glamorous, beautiful people.  Intoxicating and seemingly carefree, what could possibly go wrong? The Seasonaires is a fresh and stylish debut that perfectly captures today’s zeitgeist, promising to thrill until the very last page. 


More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) by Elaine Welteroth

Recommended by: Reshma Gopaldas (Vice President of Video at SHE Media) and Maya Howard (#BlogHer19 Creators Summit Speaker and Member of The BlogHer Creators Network)

Welteroth moves beyond the headlines and highlight reels to share the profound lessons and struggles of being a barrier-breaker across so many intersections. As a young boss and often the only Black woman in the room, she’s had enough of the world telling her—and all women—they’re not enough. As she learns to rely on herself by looking both inward and upward, we’re ultimately reminded that we’re more than enough.


With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Recommended by: Nicole Howard (Member of The BlogHer Creators Network)

Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions—doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.

Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet despite the rules she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.


Have a book suggestion! Drop the book title and author in our comments! It may appear in our next BlogHer Book Club August Edition! Our community shares great ideas posted daily, so join The BlogHer Creators Network as well!