10 Empowering Books You Must Read This Summer

July 12, 2017

School is out, summer is in, and free time is endless. Whether you have always been a whimsical bookworm- or you have never had the motivation to pick up a light read- these ten books are sure to give you that confident ambitious edge to tackle a large goal and to gain a perceptible vantage point on insightful topics.


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1. Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds

Written by Carmine Gallo


Starting off with my all-time favorite book (I even contacted the author to share how much I adore his publication), Talk Like TED pinpoints the imperativeness of public speaking in today’s modern society as a valuable asset to sell your ideas persuasively. TED, the company geared toward hosting presentations based on technology, entertainment, and design, is analyzed in this astute book to inform readers on how to speak in a captivating, engaging, and memorable manner.


2. Making the Case: How to Negotiate Like a Prosecutor in Work and Life

Written by Kimberly Guilfoyle


As the co-host of The Five and Outnumbered on Fox News, one of my personal idols, Kimberly Guilfoyle, shares the experiences she had and the lessons she learned in order to identify as a successful prosecutor and television personality. Disclosing her personal life story- with the lowest lows and highest highs- Guilfoyle explains how her law and life journeys have enabled her to “make her case” and passionately educates her readers.


3. The Millionaire Next Door

Written by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko


Everyone wants to be a millionaire! In this enlightening and humorous publication, Stanley and Danko illustrate how individuals deemed “rich” are merely “wealthy” with a well-balanced quality of life and genuine passion. What truly defines a rich person? How do they invest? How can you characterize as “rich?” Read this great read with a keen eye!


4. The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance-

What Women Should Know

Written by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman


In today’s world, women are better educated and more adept than ever before, yet men continue to dominate the corporate world. Kay and Shipman explain through the pages that the prevailing factor proving this observation is confidence. Combining emerging psychology research with examples from their own lives and other successful women, they detail the practical and inspiring advice to close the gap and achieve the impossible.


5. Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness

Written by Candace Cameron Bure and Darlene Schacht


Starting off her professional career as DJ Tanner on America’s favorite sitcom Full House, Bure speaks about how the Christian faith allowed her to overcome obstacles regarding body image and fitness. Regardless of religion and fitness goals, this liberating read will definitely make you think about living each day with a fresh start and a positive outlook.


6. If the U Fits: Expert Advice on Finding the Right College

and Getting Accepted

Written by Princeton Review and Collegewise


The last thing you may want to do this summer is read a book about school; however, receiving expert advice on the application and admissions processes will allow you to collect any stressful thoughts and organize them to suit what you are truly looking for in a campus. Redefining the “Ivy League craze,” this book is definitely a must-read for the ambitious high school student.


7. Milk and Honey

Written by Rupi Kaur


Stepping into the poetry realm, Kaur’s collection of prose aims at promoting life’s obstacles, including love, violence, abuse, and loss. The sensitive topics evoke empathy in readers in emphasizing that everyone has a safe space to share their own personal background.


8. We the People: A Concise Introduction to American Politics

Written by Thomas Patterson


I came across this book after studying under Professor Patterson’s program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and it effectively explains the vivid world of American politics and you as a reader can have a voice in your democracy.


9. I Heart New York

Written by Lindsey Kelk


Whether you are from the Big Apple or the countryside, Kelk’s fiction piece chronicles that life is unexpected, new life experiences are inevitable, and change can surely transform an individual.


10. The Sweet Life: Be Confident, Be Beautiful, Be You

Written by Dulce Candy Ruiz



This YouTube beauty and fashion influencer offers a guide to find your passion, gain confidence, and build your own success story. Emigrating from Mexico, joining the military, and finding herself have all shaped her decadent “sweet life” which she shares alongside having inner beauty and a strong sense of self.


Victoria Giardina is a 17 year old incoming senior at Manalapan High School in Manalapan, NJ. Planning to double major in broadcast journalism and political science, she hopes to pursue a career at a news network in New York City. She is the founder of the nonprofit organization Kick It Cancer, president of her class, and a former local titleholder for the Miss America Organization.


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