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5 Books to Add to Your Reading List in 2018

Looking ahead to 2018, maybe you’re thinking of getting your head into more books and less social media.

That stack of books from 2017 never quite happened. And while those are still lingering on the bedside table, you’re looking for a page turner to give you inspiration for your 2018 goals and travels. We asked some of our avid reading Citizen Femme travel writers to give us their suggestions on books that you’ll love so much that you’ll buy copies for your friends.

Girl Boss, Sophia Amoruso

Sometimes the only thing holding us back is the fear of failure. This is particularly prevalent amongst females who are often, but not always, as gung-ho as males. The game changer book for me in this regard was #girlboss by Sophia Amoruso who painstakingly describes how she created multi-million dollar Nasty Gal with $170 from her bedroom.

Travel as Transformation, Gregory V. Diehl

This intelligent and rather bold little book is all about the philosophy of travelling. As the title hints, the book reveals how travel can profoundly influence your perception of yourself. So much so that it transforms. Essentially, Travel as Transformation is an interesting spin on the memoir, calling the reader to understand and develop who they really are while wanderlusting across the planet. This is an absolute must-read at the beginning of a new year of adventures. For those who see travel as something deeply meaningful, read it, highlight everything that resonates, book an epic trip immediately, and then re-read it on the flight! Prepare to have your mind opened.

Room 702, Ann Benjamin

Room 702, which takes place entirely in a single hotel room (and includes all the things that take place in a luxury hotel suite within a year). The book is ‘travel adjacent’ and although generally light-hearted, IS meant to have readers question a few things within their lives.

Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami

Set in Tokyo, the narrator wanders around various parts of the city and ventures to other parts of Japan. The idea of ‘wandering’ around a city is quite a nice idea that I could talk about, as well as the flâneuse figure picking out the best bits (coffee shops/parks and bars). Although a touching and poignant story about love and loss, the theme of travel is integral to the story. The narrator weaves in and around Tokyo and the mountainous scenery just outside of the city is beautifully described by Murakami.

Brave, Rose McGowan

The actress and activist who was an original whistleblower in Hollywood’s sexual harassment scandal, due out January 30th. Raw, honest, and poignant,  her memoir chronicles her childhood in a cult and her complicated, painful experiences at the hands of the Hollywood machine. A no-holds-barred, pull-no-punches account of the rise of a millennial icon, fearless activist, and unstoppable force for change who is determined to expose the truth about the entertainment industry, dismantle the concept of fame, shine a light on a multibillion-dollar business built on systemic misogyny, and empower people everywhere to wake up and be BRAVE. A must-read in the era of #metoo.


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