Once, during a “restful” vacation in which I read five non-fiction/personal development books, my brother nicknamed me Jenny Highlighter Hands. What can I say? I love books (the paper kind!) and have read over 200 business and self-help books on every topic under the sun – it’s my favorite way to learn, grow and cope with whatever life throws my way. Below is just a sampling of the most powerful books; follow all of my reviews on Good Reads.

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Written by Marisol Dahl A daily dose of love and inspiration can be transformative.  Love and warmth—that’s what I felt after reading Zhena Muzyka’s Life By The Cup. Just as Sri Lankan tea farmers gently pluck only the best of the tea leaves and buds, Zhena chose her words with great care and esteem. With […]

By Davis Nguyen I love being able to spend a Sunday afternoon with just a glass of lemonade and a book in my hand, but although a Sunday alone is my ideal, it doesn’t happen all that often. Luckily (or unluckily), between the 7-hour road trips, 5-hour delayed flights, and 2 hours waiting at the DMV […]


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Written by Marisol Dahl Okay, so we all know the plan. You know, the plan. The one that our third grade teachers taught us back when we were writing our first paragraphs. You find your topic, brainstorm content, outline and organize, draft and revise. And then you sit down at your desk, open up a […]

By Davis Nguyen I grew up in Riverdale, a poor town outside of Atlanta. To give you an idea of what I mean by poor, our per capita income is $15,337, while the state average and national averages are $36,869 and $42,693 respectively. Growing up in Riverdale, opportunities were limited for me: I didn’t get […]

I love symbolism. I’m a sucker for all those stars-aligned, metaphoric, mystical happenings in the world. I don’t know about you, but I eat it up for breakfast. So it’s certainly not lost on me that I am writing about Lauren Berger’s new book Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, […]

Written by Davis Nguyen If you could choose the words on your epitaph, what would you want it to say? Pam Slim’s Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together explores this question by asking, “What is the legacy you want to leave behind?” Pam defines a body of work as “everything you create, […]


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