Summer time is the perfect time to pick up a great book and expand your horizons. Whether it’s building your confidence in your professional development or being a conservative woman, here are 11 books to devour during your time at the beach, traveling, and everything in between this summer.

Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life by Jenna Bush-Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush

Not many people on this country can say they are a Presidents’ daughter. Jenna Bush-Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush can. I love learning about the Bush family and this book was no different. It’s not a book about policy or dissecting the Bush administrations. Instead it’s a fun loving, heartwarming, and uplifting book about their family and growing up as a Bush. As a middle child with two sisters, I enjoyed reading about their sisterly bond and saw a lot of my sisters and I in them.

And the Good News Is…: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side by Dana PerinoThis book came out a few years ago, and for young politicos and recent graduates, it’s a must read. Not only does Perino share what is was like rising through the ranks in DC and working for President George W. Bush, she also shares some great advice for young people. This is a quick and enjoyable read. If you’ve already read this one, I recommend her other book, Let Me Tell You About Jasper.: How My Best Friend Became America’s Dogif you love your dog like Dana loves Jasper.

From The Corner of the Oval: A Memoir by Beck Dorey-SteinOkay, let’s just address the donkey in the room. The author is a Democrat. She loves President Obama and worked as a stenographer during his time in the White House. Right now, you’re probably wondering why this is on a list of books for conservative women, but this book isn’t overly political. Yes, I did find myself rolling my eyes when she’d say something ludicrous about Republicans, but for the most part, this book is absolutely captivating. It gives an inside look of what it’s like to work for a President. To be honest, it read like a fiction book, but yes, all this really did happen. It is the perfect read when you’re getting your tan on at the beach.

Settle For More by Megyn Kelly

Megyn Kelly’s journey as a attorney to one of the most well known news anchors will inspire you to settle for more. Her meteoric rise may sound like a fairy tale from the outside, but reading this book, you’ll remember we’re all human and we all make mistakes. One of the relatable moments in this book was when Kelly found herself overwhelmed, trying to juggle her career and kids. She said she did what any strong and modern woman would do. Sit and cry. It reminded me that even Megyn Kelly has her share of bad days. This is a must read for women just starting out, pivoting to a different career, or just need a fresh outlook on their career and life.

Find Your Way: Unleash Your Power and Highest Potential by Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina is, without a doubt, a strong and bright woman who should be an inspiration to many. I genuinely loved learning about Fiorina’s journey. She gives insight as to what it was like withdrawing from the race for President, going head to head with President Trump during the debates, and getting voted out by the board as CEO of HP. As someone who stresses sometimes more than I breathe, I admired her steadiness and calmness in tense situations. I found myself taking a lot away from her book, as she gave great actionable advice and plans, and how to unleash my full potential.

Secrets of Six-Figure Women: Surprising Strategies to Up Your Earnings and Change Your Life by Barbara Stanny

This book will show you how we are often the ones who hold ourselves back from reaching our fullest potential. The author interviews successful women in an array of fields and shared the traits and habits they adopted that lead to a more successful and fulfilling life. While this may come across as a business book, I’ve read it multiple times and I can fully attest it can apply to any woman in any career or field of study.

The President Will See You Now: My Stories and Lessons from Ronald Reagan’s Final Years by Peggy Grande

If you love Ronald Reagan, this book is for you. Peggy Grande started out with an internship with the Office of Ronald Reagan and worked her way up through hard work to be his executive assistant. She had a unique perspective as she was by Reagan’s side for ten years after he left office. She really brings to life the giant that is Ronald Reagan for those of us who weren’t lucky enough to meet him.

Can’t Is Not An Option: My American Story No list of books for conservative women would be complete without Ambassador Nikki Haley, of course. I first discovered Ambassador Haley while watching her speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention and was so inspired by her and her story. Shortly after, I found this book and got it immediately. It only solidified my admiration for Ambassador Haley and her leadership. She truly leads by example. The former ambassador is also coming out with another book this fall, sharing her time as UN Ambassador and Governor of South Carolina.

Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success by Ivanka Trump

Before Ivanka Trump went to the White House, she ran her own lifestyle brand and was passionate about #WomenWhoWork. Now, she continues that mission in the White House by working for women across the globe with her W-GDP initiative. As a conservative woman who is passionate about business, I got a lot from this book and hearing her perspective. This is a go to guide for the professional woman just starting out in her career. Proceeds from this book are donated to charities committed to empowering and educating women and girls.

Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media by Aliza Licht

Looking for a mentor? Look no further than Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht.  She shares her story while also sharing her favorite concrete lessons, tips, and empowerment to landing jobs, slaying in your career, and also building a personal brand.  What I like about this book is there are many themes and advice in this book that you can adopt instantly to be a better you. This is a must read for young women.

No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington by Condoleezza Rice Condoleezza Rice was one of the most powerful woman in the Bush administration and paved the way for future female leaders across this country. Rice gives us a front row seat to battling racism during her childhood in the Civil Rights area, to the horrific day of 9/11 when she served as National Security Advisor, to negotiations as the United States’ top diplomat as Secretary of State.

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Amanda O
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