When it comes to celebrity books, you never really know what you’re in for until you get started. Luckily, many of them are awesome and inspiring, especially when it comes to career goals and personal development. After all, the celebs who wrote them had to work pretty hard to get to where they are now. Even if you’re not trying to get into the entertainment game, there are definitely lessons to be learned from these hard-working ladies. Who knows, one of these books could inspire you to finally take that step to change your career, ask for a raise or achieve that work-life balance we’ve all been hearing about. (It’s a real thing, right?!) Keep reading for our fave motivational reads that just happen to be written by famous people.
1. The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer ($17): If you’re looking for a witty, feminist and inspirational read, this is the book for you. Schumer documents her life so far without adhering to a linear structure, and somehow it just totally works. Surprisingly, her book is more emotional than it is silly, and the comedienne gets real about how she became the successful woman she is today.
2. Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song by Sara Bareilles ($15): This one is for all you creative types (we see you!). Bareilles’s book documents the struggle of staying true to yourself while also producing work that people want to hear and see. Most of all, it’s a story about self-acceptance and how knowing yourself can help you grow in ways you never imagined.
3. Thrive by Arianna Huffington ($12): Running The Huffington Post was a big job, and its founder was really feeling the pressure. From a lack of sleep to constant stress, she knew something had to give. Huffington’s book focuses on how people can be successful at work but still derive joy from their lives — money and power aren’t everything.
4. Bossypants by Tina Fey ($9): There’s no way we could not include this book — it’s got “boss” in the title! But seriously, Fey’s memoir will make you laugh inappropriately in public places and inspire you to take over the world all at the same time.
5. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes ($10): What’s the worst that could happen if you said yes to every opportunity that came your way that scared you for an entire year? Well, Shonda Rhimes, the beloved creator of shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, found out. After years of dealing with crippling anxiety, Rhimes embraced the spotlight and documented the process in her signature poignant fashion. Be prepared to feel seriously empowered.
6. Yes Please by Amy Poehler ($13): How could we have Tiny Fey without Amy Poehler? These hilarious BFFs are truly #bossy, and Poehler’s book is also filled with not just career-related wisdom but also major life lessons. She digs into some hard personal stuff, like pregnancy and marriage, all while keeping it funny and relatable.
7. #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso ($12): The Nasty Gal founder has become a celeb in her own right for coining the term #girlboss and inspiring so many women to be confident and come out on top. Amoruso’s adolescence was marked by aimlessness and getting into trouble, but when she stumbled upon a genius business idea, she got serious. Read her book to find out how anyone can be successful with the right motivation and a whole lot of ambition.
8. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling ($12): Kaling’s second book is all about coming into your own. This collection of essays follows the star through the trials and tribulations of feeling like you don’t fit in even when you’ve been wildly successful, and there’s something to learn here for everyone who has ever felt out of place. Kaling proves that the confidence you need to move forward comes from knowing who you are and staying true to yourself.
9. Sorry Not Sorry by Naya Rivera ($12): The most inspiring thing about Rivera’s book is the way it showcases her zero-apologies way of life. She’s completely open about everything from the breast implant surgery she got at 18 to the way she learned her engagement to Big Sean had ended, and she has no problem dropping some truth bombs. This is absolutely a super juicy read, but Rivera’s way of looking at the world is the most impressive part.
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