I attend a lot of networking events. And at these events, there is always that smart and talented group of individuals (typically the speakers or panel members) whom I would love to emulate. Despite the initial awkwardness of meeting them and forcing myself to ask “smart” questions, I always manage to say hello before I run off to the nearest cash bar.
At these awkward events, at least one student will inevitably ask the following question: “What is the best advice you could give to someone like me?” (as in someone with absolutely-no-experience. Thanks communications degree!)
As you can probably guess, reading is the first thing many of these highly accomplished men and women suggest. Now, I was quite the bookworm in high school and for the longest time I really thought I had great reading habits. But, after evaluating my daily reading intake, I realized that most of what I read was forgettable and, therefore, useless. Ouch.
In order to be smarter, healthier, and more creative — which are just a few of the benefits of reading — I’ve decided to purge myself of all those meaningless things I consume online. Mainly anything that comes in the form of HuffPost slideshows, Mashable How-Tos, and, the most evil of them all, BuzzFeed articles on Beyoncé.
Just like any famous marathon runner trains by eating healthy and exercising religiously, I’m going to “train” to be a better writer by reading not only for pleasure, but for advancement.
And, to celebrate, I’m heading to Harvard Square this weekend to buy a brand new book. I figured the location would set the right mood for thought-provoking reading. Watch out y’all, this BU biddie is about to take on the marketing and business world!
Below are a few book choices as well as some of my favorite sites. I’ve also started a Delicious profile to keep track of the articles I read (you can see them on the sidebar to the right as well). Feel free to follow me or make any recommendations!
Books — Which one should I try next?
Clean by David Sheff
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Ann Fowler
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
Once Upon a Secret by Mimi Alford
The Onion Field by Joseph Wambaugh
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Favorite Reads on the Daily:
Frugal Traveler: For travel inspiration you can afford.
Summer Tomato: Healthy living, the right way.
Longreads: Though-provoking stuff. Not for leisure.
The Onion: Always on-point and so much better than Thought Catalog for a dose of comedy.
Smitten Kitchen: Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful food.
HowStuffWorks: Everything on here is so fascinating.
DesignTripper: Amazing homes you can rent.
Stone Soup: Making a quick dinner has never been easier.
NPR: Good writing and even better podcasts. Love to listen to them while I’m chillin’ at home.
Marketing Charts: Daily dose of interesting stats.
The Big Picture: I recently became a fan of this blog. Barry Ritholtz talks about “The Big Picture” in ways I can understand it — a lifesaver.
The Etsy Blog: For pretty things.
SEOmoz Blog: An absolute must for my internship. Learned the “link juice” basics from their guide.
Distilled: The excel for SEO’s tutorial is awesome. Lots of solid tips and tricks.