‘Hurry up and wait’ is a common phrase used in the entertainment industry. Although when you’re trying to chill backstage, sometimes the Wi-Fi is slow and there’s only so much Gossip by Gina you can peruse.
Some casting directors and agents recommend bringing a book, well that was the case pre-iPhone. To make this year your best year yet, we thought we’d share our top backstage reads. From fiction, self-help and how-tos to autobiographies, you can check out all our picks on Goodreads.
The Glitter Plan: How We Started Juicy Couture for $200 and Turned It into a Global Brand | Pamela Skaist-Levy, Gela Nash-Taylor
Goodreads Rating: 3.61
Hands up if you’ve got a side hustle or you’re passionate about business. The story of Pamela and Gela is pretty cool. They worked together at a boutique in LA, bonding over the impossibility to find the perfect T-shirt. Voila Juicy Couture, and the rest is history. Selling their company for 50 million in 2003, by then Pamela and Gela had managed to turn velour tracksuits into a luxury trend. Yes to this.
What I Didn’t Post on Instagram: A Collection of Essays on Real Lives and What We Filter Out | Chrissy Stockton
Goodreads Rating: 3.71
We all have our favorite Instagram accounts, where we lust over what seems like infallible perfection. And we’re certainly not immune to only posting highlights on social media.
What I Didn’t Post on Instagram is a collection of essays, which reminds us that we’re all the same, and that we all edit out the same struggles. Real talk.
The Alchemist | Paulo Coelho
Goodreads Rating: 3.83
The Alchemist is a fictional book about an Andalusian shepherd boy who embarks on a quest to find treasure. The book wisely reminds us to be intuitive, face our obstacles and ferociously persevere to achieve our dreams. Heart warming stuff.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*CK: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life| Mark Manson
Goodreads Rating: 4.02
Mark Manson has come up with the antidote to a feel-good mindset in a world that is far from perfect. There are only so many people we can please, things we can do, and time we can share. If you’re up for some ruthless advice to figure out what really matters, two words: read this.
All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation | Rebecca Traister
Goodreads Rating: 4.04
Shout out to all our single ladies. This book is for anyone who wants to trace the history of unmarried and late-married women in America, and discover how they have transformed our country. The book is impeccably researched and one for the history shelves.
Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life | Cleo Wade
Goodreads Rating: 4.14
If you follow @cleowade on Instagram and like her anecdotes of living life, you’ll love her book Heart Talk. Aimed at millennials, Cleo has filled up the book with mantras, poems and more to give you a hit of magic when you’re feeling low or need time to self-reflect.
Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals | Michael Hyatt
Goodreads Rating: 4.15
Recommended to us by a model and queen of crushing goals, it’d be rude if we didn’t read this one. Ok, we didn’t exactly read the book...we downloaded the audiobook. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with life and you need a voice in your ear pushing you on, Your Best Year Ever is the one!
The author assisted us to think about our past failures and upsets, and reframe them in a new light. A couple of chapters in, and we were already feeling better about crushing goals. What are you waiting for?
Study of Pose: 1000 Poses | Coco Rocha, Steven Sebring
Goodreads Rating: 4.31
Coco Rocha hails from Canada, and is a dancer turned model. Described as the ‘Queen of Posing’, she’s our muse. Teaming up with esteemed photographer Steven Sebring, she brings us 1,000 black and white photos showcasing the movement of the human body. It’s the perfect book for those serious about honing your posing.
Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening | Manal Al-Sharif
Goodreads Rating: 4.32
Shout out to Manal, a young woman who dared to defy the status quo. Her memoir outlines her growth and resilience in the face of oppression. We’re in awe, and so much more.
Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Goodreads Rating: 4.56
Chimamanda receives a letter from a friend, asking for advice on raising her daughter as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Chimamanda’s thought provoking and clever reply.
A must read for all women and men who are tired of ‘gender roles’ and female stereotypes. We’re over it too, can you tell?
So, these are our top 10 books for April. Get talking to the model next to you, share your favorite reads, and give us your recommendations in the comments below!