MotherHustle Bookshelf July 2017
Here are this month’s favorite books for business, for fun and for kids. What are yours?

Hi, my name is Emily and I’m a book hoarder. 

When I hear about a new book that sounds intriguing, I have a hard time resisting that BUY NOW button on Amazon Prime, or tacking it on to my order in my local bookstore. Which means, I have a lot of books in queue. It also means, I spend a lot of time reading.

Lucky for you, because I’m working on weeding out EVERY SINGLE BOOK IN EXISTENCE to find the best ones for business, for fun and for our kids. So here are my picks for July, sticking to our topic of creativity:

For Business: Big Magic – Creative Living Beyond Fear

I mean, I had to. If you’ve been following us on Instagram, you know that I recently, finally purchased this book (and finished it in days) after more than half of our essays this month quoted it in some way.

And now I know why. Each page of Elizabeth Gilbert’s magical tome has a least one quotable line that will get you shouting “YES!” (At least, in your mind. No need to wake up the children.) For example:

“Creative entitlement simply means believing that you are allowed to be here, and that—merely by being here—you are allowed to have a voice and a vision of your own.”

So if you have Big Magic on your “must-read” list, you must read it now. Do it, mama.

For Fun: You Will Know Me

Oooh this one is such a fun and interesting read, especially when reading it from a mother’s perspective. In Megan Abbott’s eerie novel You Will Know Me, which centers on the family of an elite teenage gymnast, you are forced to ask yourself: What would I do in this situation? As a mother? As a wife? As a human? 

It’s suspenseful and scary — without any suspenseful or scary trickery. The situations feel real and relatable, which is what makes it so terrifying.

For Kids: Press Here

When my kids were a little younger, they loved this incredibly creative and colorful book by Herve Tullet, which provides interaction on a static page.

As you read Press Here, children must follow simple instructions — press, shake, tilt — and watch as the illustrations follow their lead. You’ll watch as your kids look on in awe as this simple story captures their imagination.

So that’s what’s on our MotherHustle bookshelf this month. What’s on yours? Share your favorite picks in the comments below, or over on Facebook or Instagram

*Links in this post are Amazon affiliate links to books we’ve read and loved on. 

Emily Cretella is the founder of, as well as the copywriting and content marketing firm, where she helps clients create + share stories their audiences love.

She adores being mom to her two little ladies and drinking obscene amounts of coffee from mugs with pithy sayings. Find her on Instagram, and learn more about ways you can collaborate with MotherHustle. 


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