6 Must-Have Books for the Female Entrepreneur in Your Life (Yourself Included)

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I'll be honest: I'm not a big gift-giver. I'm more of an experience-gift person, meaning I'll take you to dinner or to that obscure daytime adventure that you've always wanted to do but had no one to go with. But when the occasion does call for tangible gifts, there's nothing I love more than buying books for people. Even if they never read it, or it lives under a houseplant for the rest of its days, I really don't mind.

Here are the books I've read this year that I've grown to love dearly. They all contain nuggets of wisdom applicable to every female entrepreneur's journey and would make a great gift.

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1. You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero.

I found myself raving about this book for most of the year, which is why it's currently this month's Yes She Can Reading Rec. Jen Sincero has a unique way of telling it like it is, and just when you feel like you've been slapped in the face with one truth too many, she builds you back up. Once you're whole again, she helps you figure out the next steps.

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2. Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World by Ann Shen

This is one of my favorite books to give my girl friends. It's a collection of 100 awesome bossladies ranging from Cleopatra to the Notorious RBG, illustrated by Ann Shen who is one of my fave local artists. It's a beautiful book and I find myself thumbing through it on quiet mornings for inspiration.

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3. The Crowdsourceress by Alex Daly

This was another Yes She Can Reading Rec. I read this book in one weekend even though I had (and still have) no intention of launching a crowdfunding campaign. What makes this book so awesome is that Alex's strategies are applicable to any sort of launch or campaign. She happens to use the framework of a Kickstarter campaign because that's her forté, but there are plenty of great takeaways for any female entrepreneur.

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4. DIstrict Book//DTLA 2017 by District 8 Media

I'm totally biased here because I contributed my writing to the "Faves" section, but I seriously love this coffee table book by District 8 Media. They've compiled all the best of DTLA in one easy-to-navigate guidebook, complete with gorgeous photography and historical context. Every now and then I like to revisit different sections of the book and flag places to add to my "must see" list.

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5. Intuitive Being by Jill Willard

You can't have female entrepreneurship in LA without a little woo-woo! Trusting your intuition is such a big part of this journey. According to Jill, a renowned intuitive medium, opening your intuition is all about balancing your energy centers. What I love about this book is that it's broken up into sections, one chapter for each chakra/energy center. This comes in handy whether you're new to the whole energy thing or need to brush up on the basics. She writes with such clarity, you can come back to these pages again and again.

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6. The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer

Spoiler alert: This is going to be the next Yes She Can Reading Rec. It's a deeper exploration of concepts Amanda Palmer talked about in her famous TED Talk. In this supportive community of female entrepreneurs, we are no strangers to asking for help. We need to. But that doesn't make it any easier. Amanda details her ups and downs with asking for help in this book and I've found myself nodding in agreement so often as I read (in public).