ll archives: 5 Books to Read in 2015

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Does anyone else have a stack of books on their floor collecting dust? Do you keep saying you’ll start reading more one of these days, but those days never come? This is the year, y’all.

Reading for pleasure is one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself. It’s escapism and fantasy. It’s stress reduction. It’s sheer knowledge acquisition.

For ladypreneurs on the go, it’s important to give yourself permission to slow down and invest in yourself, especially if reading is one of those activities you wish you did more. Still, ignoring your tech for five minutes and actually letting go of your surroundings in order to sink into the page is challenging! Before picking up a book, try using the Pause app, which lets you time your leisure activities and forces your phone to go offline.

Here are a few of my favorite recommendations for the new year:

For the Water Cooler: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

The book everyone is reading and still talking about. And everyone who's read it has an opinion—there is no middle ground with this book! Love it or hate it, Lean In has incited a much-needed discussion about women and the workplace, one to which you can further contribute.

Daily Meditation: The Complete Poems by Maya Angelou

Long before we learn to speak prose, we are drawn to cadence, to rhythm, to sound. Babies get poetry—even "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" has poetic meter! Rhythm is in us, y'all. I'm a firm believer in taking time to center and ground ourselves every day, maybe with coffee, maybe with tea, and definitely with poetry. If you're looking for some strength with your daily downtime, look no further than Maya Angelou. "Still I Rise," "Caged Bird," "Life Doesn't Frighten Me"? #bowdown

For Inspiration: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

Part memoir, part self-help meets millennial business blog, #GIRLBOSS leaves you with both the warm fuzzies and the burning "I can do this!" sensation in your gut. Or are the warm fuzzies the lead-up to the burning entrepreneurial go-get-em attitude? Either way, Amoruso's up-front storytelling is refreshing as hell.

That Book You've Been Meaning to Read: A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf

A classic feminist treatise. It clocks in at a mere 114 pages—you owe it to yourself to read this:

"When, however, one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman selling herbs, or even of a very remarkable man who had a mother, then I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet, of some mute and inglorious Jane Austen, some Emily Bronte who dashed her brains out on the moor or mopped and mowed about the highways crazed with the torture that her gift had put her to. Indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.”

For Cloudy Days: Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

Keep a copy on your shelves for down days, bad days, things feel off and you want to crawl under the covers and not come out days. This will help. Promise.