Summer is officially here. If you’re looking for books to read by the beach or pool or indoors in blissful air conditioning, Kari Byron, former MythBusters host and author of Crash Test Girl, has perfect recommendations for you.
She teamed up with Scribd to create a reading list brimming over with stories by and about women who kick ass. These titles are full of material to inspire you in life and in your career, and we’re happy to exclusively share Byron’s book choices with her reasons for singling them out.
Fierce Females, to Infinity and Beyond!
Kari Byron’s picks illuminate different ways to be brave and find your way. She told us exactly how each book below inspired her, so read ahead for her words.
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
“This incredible true story of the black female mathematicians who played an integral role in winning the space race really inspired me. It proves that courage and perseverance are everything when it comes to reaching your dreams, and the moon (literally).”
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
?No one gives advice quite like Cheryl Strayed. Fierce, unflinching and completely clear-eyed, this book will fill your soul with warmth. It acts as an honest, raw guide for how to handle some of life’s toughest situations with grace.”
Yes Please! by Amy Poehler
“Amy Poehler knows funny. In an industry largely dominated by men, she’s carved out her own distinct style and voice. Her memoir is inspiring, engaging, and pretty darn fun.”
Sword and Laser Anthology by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt
“My friend Veronica is a whip-smart, undeniably charming (not to mention Webby Award-winning) podcaster, and lady of all trades. Escape into her expertly curated fantasy short stories — some of the best in the genre.”
What books are you reading this summer? Let us know in the comments.
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