As referenced in the episode, "A New Normal" of the How Bitches Are Made - in Quarantine podcast, here is our list of recommended reads that are guaranteed to make every bitch's time in lockdown better.
1. EVERYTHING IS F*CKED
Well, that's for sure. It's the perfect time to explore this popular title, wouldn't you say? After the success of his first best seller, it's no surprise his follow up book joined the list as soon as it was released last year. Mark Manson's counterintuitive guide to the problems of hope is a must read for anyone seeking happiness.
2. IN PRAISE OF DIFFICULT WOMEN
We're big fans of our current read that explores what we can learn from the imperfect and extraordinary legacies of 29 iconic women who forged their own unique paths in the world. From Frida Kahlo to Lena Dunham, this book covers all your favorites and is as inspiring as it is fascinating.
Glennon Doyle's "Untamed" is for every person who has always done the right thing, even when they knew it wasn’t right for them. Already a New York Times best seller, Doyle shakes up old thought patterns, society restrictions, self soothing crutches and challenges you to “Do hard things." I mean, if you like us? This one is a no brainer.
4. A GOOD GIRL'S GUIDE TO BEING A DICK
Alexandra Reinwarth teaches you how to embrace your inner d*ck, guiding you through who and what to get rid from your life- the primary focus in our upcoming scripted season of the podcast. This book shows you how to embrace your own needs and desires to live the life you've always wanted.
5. WHY MEN LOVE BITCHES
The book that inspired the concept of How Bitches Are Made is a MUST read for bitches everywhere. Author Sherry Argov delivers a unique perspective as to why men are more attracted to strong women who stand up for themselves, the perfect prequel to our curriculum.
6. BAD GIRLS THROUGHOUT HISTORY
This fun read with beautiful illustrations tells the story of amazing women who broke the social shackles and played their roles in changing the world for the better. Ann Shen shows women can play great roles in history only after going against the prevailing social norms.
7. THE SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A F*CK
First introduced to us by our CEO's therapist, Mark Manson's debut book is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected American society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up. An entertaining and enlightening read everyone must treat themselves to.
8. BRAVE NOT PERFECT
This one has been on our must read list for a while! Reshma Saujani shares powerful insights and practices to help us let go of our need for perfection and make bravery a lifelong habit.
9. THE ALCHEMIST
This is one of our all time favorites and must read for everyone! Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories can, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams.
10. THE FOUR AGREEMENTS
This quick read by author Don Miguel Ruiz offers a code of conduct based on ancient Toltec wisdom that advocates freedom from self-limiting beliefs that may cause suffering and limitation in a person's life.
11. THE ARTIST'S WAY
Contrary to what the title might imply, this book isn't just for those who consider themselves artists. The seminal book proves an invaluable guide to getting in touch with our artistic side by embarking on a creative journey in order to find a deeper connection to process and purpose.
12. THE ART OF TIDYING UP
The Art of Tidying Up doesn't just tackle the contemporary issue of de-cluttering your space, it helps you declutter your life. Marie Kondo helps readers recognize, understand and conquer the emotions and compulsions that lead to clutter. With so much time on our hands, now is the perfect time to put them to use.
13. MAGNOLIA TABLE VOL. 2 (and 1)
If you're getting sick of your dinner repertoire why not give JoAnna Gaines' follow up recipe book a try? This cookbook is filled with 145 new recipes from America's favorite couples' own home, restaurant, bakery and new coffee shop. And, what timing, seeing as we can't experience them first hand.
Sure, there may be a million different dessert recipes out there, but with stay at home orders in place, one you can make outside seems far more appealing! This fun recipe book by Dan Whalen offers sweet and savory takes on an old campfire classic. Our favorite? An ice cream s'more sandwich!
15. HOW TO COMPOST
LarsHundley cuts through the vast amount of information on composting in this quick and to-the-point guide, giving you the essential information you need to start composting now. There's no better time to start doing it!