It’s no secret that I love a good book, and in this past year I’ve been really into motivational and personal growth type books. (Or as I like to call them, the get your sh*t together genre.) Now, I did make this post directed towards college students, simply for the fact that a) my generation needs to read more and b) because these books really tie in to the transitioning phase of life that us teenagers and 20-somethings are currently going through. Truthfully, anyone can read these books, but as a college student you’re at a weird in-between age. You’re considered too young to dive right in to the “real world”, but still society views you as an adult. Here’s a list of books that I’ve either read, am currently reading, or have been recommended.
So sit down, pick up one of these books, and get your sh*t together 😉
Book 1: Broke Millennial
For the college student who wants to get their finances in order, I cannot recommend this book enough. I’m currently in the middle of this book and I really like it. This books talks about everything from managing your student loans to setting up your future savings. It’s an easy read, especially when comparing your relationship to money to a Tinder date or marriage material and is something I’d absolutely recommend.
Book 2: #GIRLBOSS
If you’ve followed me for a while you’ll know that I’ve brought this book up more than once. It’s a great read about one of the most bad ass CEO’s in the world, Sophia Amoruso. She’s such a great example of what you can do when you put your mind to something, and I really admire her for that. The book is not just filled with her amazing story, but also features tips about managing your money and applying for jobs. (One of the quotes that has always stuck with me is that “Money looks better in the bank than it does on your feet.” Something I definitely need to remind myself of more often!)
Book 3: You Are a Bad Ass
I haven’t read this book yet, but I’ve heard some great things about it. It’s supposed to be really motivating and encourages it’s reader to take chances and go after their dreams. If you like books on personal growth and achieving your goals, then this is the book for you!
I find this book really interesting, because it’s in the self improvement and motivation genre, but it talks about how to stop trying so hard to be positive 100% of the time so that at the end of the day you can truly be a happier and better person. I love that it’s no nonsense and really makes you stop and think.
Book 5: 52 Cups of Coffee
52 Cups of Coffee is about a post-grad student who couldn’t commit to a 9 to 5 job out of college and goes out seeking something more. Based off her real experiences, the author writes about her own experience of getting out of her comfort zone, sitting down, and talking with a different person every week about their career over coffee. This book is warm and fuzzy and perfect for anyone graduating soon or feeling lost in their career.
Book 6 & 7: Girl, Wash Your Face & Girl, Stop Apologizing
I made this a two for one type of deal, because it’s written by the same author. These books are about never compromising your goals for someone else, learning how to stop being negative, and becoming more confident. At the time of writing and posting this, Girl, Stop Apologizing is not out, but I figured I would include it now so that you could add it to your list! I’ve been recommended Girl, Wash Your Face by a couple of friends and I can’t wait to read it!
Book 8: 100 Days of Being Brave
This is a more faith driven book, and I haven’t read it yet, but if you’re looking for a book that is more spiritual, then this is a book you should pick up! It talks about not letting fear make your decisions, and incorporates humor and real life experiences to help you make that one really tough decision or to figure out your purpose. It has a 5/5 star review on Target (where I linked it), so although I can’t give you my full run down on it, it’s safe to say that people really enjoyed this book!
If you have any books that you love in this genre feel free to drop a recommendation in the comments. I’d love to add some more to my reading list!