November Tone It Up Book Club! Kat’s Favorite Reads

Hey babe! Hope you’re having an amazing November so far. If you haven’t seen, we’re filming new workouts on the beach! Check out our behind the scenes on Instagram @ToneItUp!

In between all our travels, work, and filming, we like to take time to read to feed our mind and soul. Karena recently shared her Book Club picks (check them out HERE!) I love Karena’s spiritual and design reads (she just got me her fave, the Four Agreements, for my birthday!) The books I’ve been reading lately are in leadership, business, and science. Karena and I trade our favorites back and forth and right now she’s reading up on my fave~ anatomy!

I’m really excited to share some of my picks with you today. And I’m always looking for recommendations…what have you been reading this fall? Tell me in the comments! 📚🤗



Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

This is one of those books I always come back to. No matter where you are in your career and your life, I recommend reading books on leadership. They will inspire you to take on leadership roles in all aspects of your life, whether it be at work or among your friends. Anyone and everyone can be a leader~ you just need to have the confidence to step into the role and own it!

Start With Why by Simon Sinek

This is another great book by the same author. It’s about how all successful leaders started with the WHY behind their idea. That resonated with me so much because Karena and I always come back to our WHY. We constantly think about why we started Tone It Up~ to bring women together in a loving, supportive community. That is our passion and purpose and everything we do serves that WHY.

What Successful People Know About Leadership by John C. Maxwell

Another one on leadership! This book answers some really important questions like: How do I become a leader if I’m more junior in my company? And how do I balance leading others and creating myself?

I’m constantly striving to be the best leader I can at work and in my personal life. These books all give me new insights and inspiration and broaden my perspective on what it means to be that person who can lead everyone in a direction of confidence, inspiration, and fulfillment!

If you’re also looking for some inspo…l love Ted Talks!

The Little Book of Friendship by Tiddy Rowan

I believe it takes being a good friend to have good friends. It’s so important to go out of your way for others and to listen to them and be there for them, and in turn you’ll have really strong female relationships in your life.

The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey

Managing my time can be a challenge because I’m constantly trying to find the balance. This book had some really helpful and surprising advice for upping your productivity and making the most of your time. It’s particularly helpful for weeks like these when we’re filming and things are extra crazy!

Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning by Gregory Haff

I think it’s essential to constantly evolve as a trainer and educate myself on everything I can. I love reading up on new research on strength training, yoga anatomy, and physiology. I loved going to college for Health Science and being a student, so this gives me the same feeling as being in school!

I recently completed my yoga teacher training and it gave me that same feeling. Read about it in THIS post :)

What are your fave books? I can’t wait to read all about them and take a page from you! ;)

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  1. I just started to read the four agreements and I really like it. I also picked up another book by one of my favorite authors David Sedaris, this one is called “dress your family in courduroy and denim” I really liked his book “when you are engulfed in flames” really funny…..But one of my favorite all time reads is Tuesday’s with Morris by Mitch Albom. This is his best book, I’ve read it at least 10 times. :)

    1. Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy. Awesome book!
      Fiction – the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

  2. I loved Bad Feminist Essays by Roxane Gay, it really put my life into perspective.

  3. Love the books you suggested here! I should really read these leadership books. Will help me a lot with my business.

    I’m currently reading Arnold Schwarzenegger’s biography and am so in love with it! It resonates with me on so many levels because I too have the dream to move to America and make something great out of my life! For my other book recommendations check out my youtube channel where I made a video about my favorite motivational books:

  4. Thank you for the great recommendations! Here’s a few more for the list: ‘You Are A Badass’ by Jen Sincero, ‘The Universe Has Your Back’ by Gabby Bernstein and both of Cameron Diaz’s body books!

  5. I just ordered The Badass Body Diet: The Breakthrough Diet and Workout for a Tight Booty, Sexy Abs, and Lean Legs by Christmas Abbott and I am currently reading Crystals for Healing by Karen Frazier. Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning 4th Edition With Web Resource by NSCA is next on my list! Thanks for all the recommendations!!

  6. This is a GREAT list! I already had ‘Start With Why’ on my Amazon Wish List but I think I’ll put adding a few more of these! I’m currently reading ‘The Four Tendencies’ by Gretchen Rubin…I LOVE everything she writes!!! And to help with forming good habits along with this #TIU21 Challenge, I’m using Christmas Abbott’s book ‘The Badass Life’! And one of my all time favorites is Kate Hudson’s ‘Pretty Happy’! If you can’t tell, I love a book that also makes me “work” with it! ;)

  7. Loving these book club reads! Right now I am reading “Light is the New Black” A Guide to Answering Your Soul’s Calling and Working Your Light by Rebecca Campbell..

  8. The defining decade: why your twenties matter–and how to make the most of them now by Dr. Meg Jay. I LOVED this book. It’s very insightful and I would recommend it to anyone. It gave me some great advice and really made me think about what I want in my future.

  9. I’ve recently become a manager at my job, and they have all their managers read “The Energy Bus” by Jon Gordon. Definitely recommend it! I’m SO excited to add more books on leadership to my list of “to reads”. Thank you for sharing these!!!! :) <3

  10. I’m in business school at night after work and currently taking a class on leadership. We’re reading The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner and Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence by Goleman, Boyatzis and McKee.

    Highly recommend both, but the very middle of Primal Leadership is especially good (and goes in depth and really hammers home the importance of staying true to yourself throughout your career).

  11. Kat, you would LOVE “The Little Book of Hygge”! It’s all about the Danish philosophy of comfort, togetherness, and well-being. The book gives so many amazing ideas for how to incorporate more Hygge in your every day life — like cuddling on the couch, listening to the fireplace crackle, and enjoying every single bite of a fantastic protein pancake ;)

  12. Im excited to read some of these, my favorite book is Born To Run by Chris McDougall, for some reason it always makes me feel like if they can run 50-100miles then I can get through anything. Love the suggestions. Thank You!

  13. Hi ladies! If you really want to be enlightened and want something more in your life meditate with: OR This is a very spiritual meditation along with a teaching. I love it and if you listen and try it, you will too! Amazing stuff! Even transformational! Give it a try!! Meditations are 3 Times per week, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday California time. 🕉😇

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