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10 Books To Inspire You To Follow Your Passion

Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it. -Julia Child


I love memoirs. Stories about people’s lives. Every day lives. Every day stories. I love that.

It’s something I aspire to share in my own books. So I’ve been reading a ton of novels by women who have pursued their dreams.

I picked up Julia Child’s My Life In France last summer. Then when the cold weather hit in December, I just escaped into more and more of these stories…

I didn’t necessarily pick up these books because I adore the author. I picked them up (and am recommending them) because I love the way each author shares their unique story.

I had never heard of Betty Halbreich, but her book came up as a recommendation. I downloaded a free trial and adored her voice. Her story is just as sweet (and a very fun read).

I also tried reading Mindy Kaling’s book a year ago and just could not get into it. For me, books are all about timing. And I much preferred really delving into these together, reading them all back to back in a few weeks.

I recommend them all… (from left to right, top to bottom):

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer (completely heart melting and empowering)
Watch Me by Anjelica Huston (I also adore her first memoir, A Story Lately Told
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist by Betty Halbreich
The woman i wanted to be by Diane Von Furstenberg (her book Diane – A Signature Life is also good)
DV by Diana Vreeland
My Life In France by Julia Child
#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso (so much knowledge on business and passion)
Is everyone hanging out without me by mindy kaling
Just kids by patti smith (I read this one a while ago… it’s one of my favorites and such an inspiring story

Click here for my full book list.

Do you have any books or other resources that are inspiring you?

I love a good book. But I also love watching and listening to interviews and getting inspired by people’s stories, especially when it means they’re living their dream. I’ll be sure to look for your inspirations and recommendations in the comments of this post.

May all of your dreams come true!

Juliette Crane

Ps. I am SO excited for my new online workshop FACES to begin February 16!

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  1. Coco Chanel and the pulse of history

  2. I watched a Ted talk on the art of asking and found it to be really interesting and inspiring! Thanks for all the recommendations! I’m Could do with a good read!

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