Last week we saw Sheryl Sandberg, author of the Book Lean In, sit on the cover of Stylist Magazine, showcasing more of her work in the field of feminism and encouragement for women to start their own businesses. So, for all you feminism lovers out there (and those of you who haven’t yet discovered the world of feminism), I recommend reading her book. It is an absolute eye-opener into the world of male domination in the work-place, and why we as women shy away from responsibility.

Sheryl Sandberg in Stylist

Book Description

Whenever I start reading a book I find it takes a little time for me to really get into the story or topic, and to really want to keep reading. Essentially, it takes time to get past the part where the scene is set, and when the actual story finally begins.

Well, this did not happen for Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. Written more like a documentary which provides helpful advice alongside real-life stories that happened to other top-level working women (a lot of whom are now mothers), this book is almost like a career guide, helping women with situations before, during and after pregnancy.

Alongside that, the book is also meant to educate men within the workforce, to ensure they help their wives and colleagues to lean into their careers. This is where I find Sheryl Sandberg to be absolutely brilliant, as she not only identified issues with the women themselves not being assertive or confident enough, but also issues where men could do more to boost confidence and assertiveness for women.

I would encourage any man and woman to pick up this book and give it a read, in order to understand not only what goes on in the working female’s mind, but also to understand how to nurture and encourage stronger tendencies to lean into their careers.

Best Quote in the Book

“Ask yourself: What would I do if I weren’t afraid? And then go do it”

Favourite Quote: Lean In

Where did I Hear About Lean In

I heard (or rather read) about Lean In in an issue of Glamour Magazine, and decided to take the plunge and buy a copy. All the reviews (in Glamour and on Amazon) said the book was a fantastic read and an eye-opener. Well the reviews were not wrong!

Blurb of Lean In

Overall Book Rating

Overall, I give this book five out of five stars. I do not give such ratings lightly, but when the author manages to open my eyes and turn into a role model of mine, the book deserves said rating. I could feel myself nodding and agreeing wholeheartedly with a lot of the stories and anecdotes written in the book, as well as the solutions which were presented as helpful advice.

We as women do need to be more assertive, we do need to take plunges and feel more confident when it comes to our careers and we need to stop saying and thinking “what if I can’t” and start thinking “what if I miss out because I think I can’t”.

This book has inspired me to do more, to join a Lean In circle and share my knowledge and gain that of others, to help out and do more in favour of feminism. I want to help others become more confident and in control of their careers. I want to help others Lean In!

As always, thank you for reading Coffee Guaranteed. x

I recently decided to start a book review category here at Coffee Guaranteed, as I love reading, and part of my recent post on how to organise your life was on educating the mind. With this in mind, my first book review is on How to be Parisian: Wherever You Are by Anne Berest:

Book Cover: How to be Parisian: Wherever You Are

Description

How to be Parisian: Wherever You Are is a witty, yet truthful account of the life of a Parisienne (almost like a ‘day in the life of’ account). Written with a sarcastic tone of voice, the book has flair and provides an aspiration for any young woman looking to become more aloof. Granted, not every woman will agree with every area in this book, however there are parts of the book which could easily be used to improve your own quality of life. I particularly liked some of the fashion advice which came from this, such as buying an expensive, yet simple white T-shirt, which may cost an arm and a leg, but will last much longer and be of much better quality than, say, a Primark equivalent.

Inside the Book: How to be Parisian

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In addition to the fashion advice, the book also has some nice, simple recipes (which may take a while to cook but are easy to prepare), and some great tips for different locations to visit. These include brunch places, restaurants, museums and more for all you  foodies and culture lovers out there.

Best Quote

“A story should have a beginning, a middle and and an end, but not necessarily in that order”

The reason I like this quote so much is because it perfectly describes the life of any person. All of our stories have a beginning, a middle and an end, however often we know the outcome long before we’ve even gone through the journey itself. This does not mean that we should shy away from taking the journey, it simply means that some journeys are worth taking, regardless of whether the outcome is known or not.

Where did I hear about How to be Parisian: Wherever You Are

I actually read about the book in the March issue of Glamour Magazine, where a number of other books were highlighted as being great reads  (to be reviewed as and when I have read them).

Rating

I would give this book 4/5 Stars, the reason being that whilst it was a funny and light read, there was not a huge educational factor in it for me. I do feel slightly more cultured and knowledgeable of a Parisienne’s ways, however my next read, Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, has a much greater educational value to me. If you are looking for a light, sarcastic and witty read, I would certainly recommend this book!

As always, thank you for reading Coffee Guaranteed. x