The first thing Sophia Amoruso sold online was a stolen book. Most of her teenage years she spent dumpster diving and hitchhiking. When she needed medical insurance she found a stable but easy job where she would mess around on the internet and found the world of eBay where she decided to sell vintage clothes. Eight years later she is the founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Nasty Gal, a $100 million plus online fashion retailer with more than 350 employees. #GirlBoss is not only about Sophia’s story and how she started and ran a successful business, but it’s about what it means to be successful and how anyone can succeed if they just take a look at themselves and work out what they want.
#GirlBoss was a really interesting book, mainly because Sophia’s teenage years were definitely unusual and she’s very honest about it. She did some reckless and illegal things that she doesn’t necessarily apologise for but she also doesn’t celebrate them either – it’s just what she did. It’s interesting to see how a business like Nasty Gal can grow from eBay to its own independent entity. Seeing how Sophia figures things out as she went along but always keeping the same core values and aims was encouraging.
While I have never studied business, nor been interested in attempting to start my own business, I could still follow the smatterings of technical jargon throughout the book. It also helped that while #GirlBoss is about a very successful business woman, it is also mainly about how to become a successful person in any career path you might choose, or in life in general. There’s interview tips and what not to include in a cover letter but there’s also tips on how to save money and how to feel more confident in yourself through your clothes. So, things to help in the world of work and in day to day life.
#GirlBoss is a funny and informative read that really makes you want to try hard in all you do. 4/5.
I don’t think I’ve ever done a Book Haul post on here. That’s mainly because I don’t often buy books at all or I just get one or two during the month and it’s nothing special to write home about. Over the past month though I have accumulated a lot of books. So without further ado here’s what I’ve got.
These books come from everywhere, Orbital Comics, my buddy Julie via the mini NinjaBookSwap, having poor impulse control in WHSmith’s and Waterstones and then having poor impulse control and taking advantage of the Booktubeathon discount at the Book Depository – go here for 100 books at a discount if you use the code BOOKTUBEATHON10 at the checkout – this offer ends soon.
So what do you guys think? Have you read any of the above and what do you recommend? I probably shouldn’t have acquired so many books recently but oh well – we all have these moments of weakness.
List of books:
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
The Hounding of David Oluwale by Kester Aspden
Night Owls by Jenn Bennett
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
The Murdstone Trilogy by Mal Peet
The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
The Time in Between by Nancy Tucker
#GirlBoss by Sophie Amoruso
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Secret Avengers Volume: 3 God Level by Ales Kot and Michael Walsh
Thor: Goddess of Thunder by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman
Runaways: The Complete Collection Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughn and Adrian Alphona