5 Books By Female Founders You Should Be Reading Now

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CEOs read up to 60 books a year

Time to get on the knowledge train!

People spend up to 23 hours per month looking at social media, and up to 25 hours per month sending instant messages.

They say CEOs read up to 60 books a year. How, you ask? Unlike you, our dear founder, who is working crazy hours off of sleep deprivation, coffee, and ramen, CEOs already have the staff, processes, teams, and admins to allow them to have some linguistic downtime.

That being said, you might actually have more downtime than you think.  According to Entrepreneur, people spend up to 23 hours per month using their phones to look at social media and 25 hours per month sending instant messages. Whether you’re a binge reader like me or prefer to take your time and soak those words in, one thing is clear: Less time scrolling through your friend’s newsfeed, stalking your competition...or let’s just be honest, following our favorite cute babies or dogs on Instagram…means more time for more reading.

To save you even more time searching through the New York Times’ Best Seller’s list, we’ve curated a selection of books by and for female founders – just for gutsy, self-motivated gals like you.

Belong: Find Your People, Create Community, And Live A More Connected Life


Did we mention that here at Spinster, we’re super into doing the big work on ourselves while also doing the big work of building a company? That’s one of the reasons we’re loving Belong by Radha Agrawal, Co-founder of Daybreaker and THINX. A workbook for adults, Agrawal’s guide focuses on the concept of community building – a super important concept for any startup in today’s landscape to understand.

Rather than focus solely on the how to build your social following, Agrawal inspires readers to figure out who they are, gain clarity around what they want, and master the art of showing up.

“To make friends and build the community that you want, you really have to go through this journey of self-exploration first and Go In.” Agrawal explains.

Order Belong here!


Pick Three: You Can Have It All (Just Not Every Day)


We’ve been huge fans of Randi Zuckerberg since she called the whole conversation we are having today around having a mindful, healthy use of technology, five years ago, in her book Dot Complicated. Now, Zuckerberg is out with a new book that is a must for every female founder – Pick Three: You Can Have It All (Just Not Every Day).

Order Pick Three here!


In the Company Of Women: Inspiration and Advice From Over 100 Makers

Of the many conversations, we have with clients through our consulting practice, one of the questions that most often pops up is “how did you find your mentors?” Now, there’s a book of answers – compiled by and for women artists, creatives and entrepreneurs, just for you.  

In the Company of Women is a must have for any aspirational woman – from those who are thinking of launching a company to those who are serial entrepreneurs. Pulling from women’s stories around the world, you’ll learn how these women overcame diversity to join the global movement of women’s entrepreneurship – and how you can too!

Order In The Company Of Women here!


You Are A Badass At Making Money

Negotiating your first salary. Asking for that raise. Trying to figure out if or when you’ll have enough money to start a company. Freaking out about how you’re going to pay back your student loans. For women, talking about money isn’t an easy conversation, and our relationship around it is even more sensitive.

You Are A Badass At Making Money is Jen Sincero’s follow up to her first, witty, frank, hilarious gem of wisdom, You Are A Badass. This time around, Sincero goes deep into the fears women have around money, drawing from compelling (and hilarious) anecdotes from her own life, while pulling out poignant, edible concepts to help you reframe your relationship with all that green you about bring into your company, Girl! 

Order You Are A Badass At Making Money here!


Grit: The Power Of Passion And Perseverance


If you haven’t heard the name Angela Duckworth yet, watch her in action. Duckworth took the world by storm two years ago with the release of her book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.

Drawing on examples from those striving for achievement across categories (i.e. athletes, entrepreneurs, even kids in school), Duckworth unveils that the secret for success isn’t necessarily natural talent, but the power of perseverance (i.e. grit). This is a must read for any entrepreneur at any point in your journey.

Order Grit here!

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