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The B Hive is a monthly column written by WWPR member Beth Stewart.

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4 books to read this summer

With summer in full swing hopefully you are getting some much needed R&R.  And if you are one of the lucky ones, you’re ankle deep in the warm sands of the beach.  Besides a tropical, coconut flavored beverage what’s another great companion to have on hand this summer?  That’s right, a book.

I’ve gathered just a few books from my summer reading list that I think are entertaining, thoughtful and may inspire any public relations professional.

  1. On Writing Well – William Zinsser A classic in it’s own right, this book both teaches and inspires writers both professionally and personally.  Communications consultant, Barbara Semedo recommended this book to my mentoring group during last year’s WWPR Speed Mentoring event.  I have found the book to be very helpful since then. buy here
  2. Daring Greatly:  How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We LIve, Love, Parent, and Lead – Brene Brown Daring Greatly is another great Barbara Semedo recommendation.  In this book, Dr. Brene Brown encourages the reader to not accept vulnerability as a weakness.  She instead defines “vulnerability as uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure.” buy here
  3. Bossypants – Tina Fey This has been on my summer reading list for a while now.  In case you didn’t know, the amazing writer and comedian, Tina Fey, chronicles her life and success in Bossypants while using much of that SNL humor we’ve all grown to love. buy here
  4. #Girlboss – Sophia Amoruso I know the random use of hashtags has gotten out of control lately but please do not let Sophia’s use of the tag detract you from buying this book.  If you love a great rags to riches story, you’ll find Sophia Amoruso’s rise to creating a multi-million dollar e-tailer company inspiring. buy here

What draws me most to these great reads are the themes of strong and inspiring women.  These are topics I find helpful in driving my success in communications.  What books are on your summer reading list that inspire you?