Modern Girl Must Reads

When I was younger, you could usually find me with my nose in a book. I’ve always loved growing in every way possible. I STILL want to get stronger, faster, smarter, funnier, and now, better at this stupid highlighting and contouring trend! Modern women are expected to be just as intelligent as they are fabulous… At the very least, reading extensively can make you a more interesting conversationalist. The following titles are must reads if you haven’t read them already! They have all touched my heart and inspired me in some way or another, be it through sharp business acumen, self-help theories, or just damn beautifully innovative writing styles.

The Must Reads

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

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Gladwell’s message that ideas can spread like the flu is, I believe, the basis for
viral marketing. Just as one sick person can infect a whole population, one
discussion or collaboration can create both customer disciples and customer
terrorists. “One creative and adventurous leader can motivate a stampede of
change.” *All bloggers should read this book!

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

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The Huffington Post describes this novel perfectly, stating “In sharing the gritty,
heartbreaking details of her own experiences and unrealized desires — in
showing us how, exactly, she is a ‘bad feminist’ — Gay reminds us what feminism
can and should be: A space where women can realize their differences and
their nuances.” I found her brutal honesty so refreshing. If you need a
confidence boost or just a reality check in this world full of Insta celebrities, this
book definitely will inspire you to celebrate your true self more!

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

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Covey’s book represents the best in self-help. Every modern girl can always use both insightful and practical advice about prioritization, empathy, self-renewal, and other topics. Seven Habits can be useful to both your personal and professional development, especially if you’re charting a career in business.

Do Purpose by David Hieatt

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The most important brands in the world make us feel something. They connect with us on a level that goes deeper than a materialistic association. These successful brands and companies exist with a reason over and above making a profit: they have a purpose. Hieatt offers insights on how to build a purpose-driven company. This is a must-read for all you lady start ups, creative developers, and aspiring entrepreneurs from all walks of life.

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

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If you haven’t already heard the term girl boss it’s time to get acquainted. A movement led by Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso, #GIRLBOSS has fast become a bible for women all over the world looking to start their own business or take an existing one up to the next level. In a span of ten years, Sophia went from high-school dropout to co founder and executive chairman of Nasty Gal, one of the fastest growing retailers in the world. Motivating and empowering, #GIRLBOSS will inspire you to trust your gut, follow your instincts and reach your highest potential.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


This one may not be for everyone, but it’s so beautifully written! Americanah is a novel about being black in the 21st century — in America, Great Britain and Africa- while answering a want ad, choosing a lover, hailing a cab, eating collard greens, watching Barack Obama on television… You could also call it a novel of immigration and dislocation, just about every page tinged with faint loneliness that makes for a great friday night read with a nice glass of red wine…

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

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“The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind….Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction.”
-Stephen King

Bossy Pants by Tina Fey

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From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night
Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as
a mother eating things off the floor; Fey will inspire you, no matter what walk of
life you are from. She provides, in abundance, everything readers want from a
story about performer. In chapter after chapter, in a voice consistently
recognizable as her own, she gives us access to the stories of her life.

These books are just a few of my favourites, and I would definitely recommend them if you’re looking for your next great read! I’ve read each of these at least twice, so I hope you enjoy them as much as I did… Let me know what your favourite read is, I’m always looking for my next book 🙂

  • I love reading too. 🙂 What a beautiful and inspiring post.
    Thanks for sharing beautiful!
    Love, Raysa

    • kandjasylla

      I love a beautiful young woman who loves to read and learn! xx

  • Mom

    Hey! That book Americanah; It’s calling my name! As a mom of a mixed child (a beautiful one if I may add), it would be nice to get a glimps into what it’s like to be black nowdays! As a person who don’t see race (and refuse to) and think of herself as a little black, a little native, a little white, a little hindu, and a little “animal”, I think this read is probably captivating! Plus, you are suggesting we read it so, IT MUST BE GOOD!

    • kandjasylla

      AW! You’re so sweet mama! And I think you’ll enjoy it, it will definitely give you a glimpse 🙂

  • Mom

    The seven habits has been on my Amazon wish list for a while now. Eventually, I’ll get around to order it. But the Do/Purpose book is really the most interesting to me at that time in my life as I am starting a new venture. Thanks for that one!

    • kandjasylla

      No problem mama! I would definitely recommend Do/ Purpose before Seven Habits, especially for starting a new brand! x

  • What a great list! I read a few books from this list (GirlBoss, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, and The Tipping Point) and loved them. I’m bookmarking this post so I keep the rest of the titles in mind next time I’m on Amazon. Thank you so much for your suggestions!

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  • These are awesome suggestions Kandja! I definitely want to check out the ‘Tipping Point’. Thanks for posting these recommendations.

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  • Thanks so much for these suggestions! I still need to read Girlboss!

  • Marisa Wij

    i so want to read the girl boss!! been seeing everyone reading it everywhere!
    thanks for sharing, eyeing on the other books you recommend 😉