Women are strong, sexy, intelligent, resourceful, courageous, intuitive, and resilient. Sometimes all of these (and more) come at a cost. As women, there are times when we become exhausted and we need to be inspired, rejuvenated, and our fire needs to be re-lit. Reading is one of the most powerful things anyone can do for themselves. A good book – A really good book – can touch your soul, heal your heart, and stir your creativity. Here is a list of Books Every Woman Should Read To Feel Inspired. It will inspire, educate, transform and bring your roar!
- 1 The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates
- 2 Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
- 3 ‘You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise Hay
- 4 Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
- 5 Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
- 6 Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
- 7 Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
- 8 The Life Boat by Charlotte Rogan
The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates
Philanthropist Melinda Gates has devoted her life and tremendous resources to providing opportunities to those in need — and one of her biggest takeaways has been that to elevate society, we need to stop putting women down. In The Moment of Lift, Gates reflects on her work, her travels, and the women’s issues that most urgently need our attention. The result is a compelling commentary on how you can leverage your privilege to effect positive change. This is one of Books Every Woman Should Read.
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
At one point or another, every woman has probably had something “mansplained” to them. Read the essays that inspired the term in Men Explain Things to Me and find someone who can share in your frustration and fury! Women are subjected to constant condescension, and Solnit gives a scathing take on the near-universal, yet often unspoken, microaggressions against women, leaving you ready to call out mansplaining and take down the patriarchy.
‘You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise Hay
Many women carry around excessive emotional baggage that can stop them from moving forward and going after what they really want in life. In this book, Hay demonstrates exactly how we can move past old hurts, live more peacefully, and create a happier future. No matter what has happened, Hay explains that there is every reason to be optimistic about what is to come. As long as you are willing to confront your past and put in the required effort, you really can heal your life.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
About the author: Elizabeth Gilbert is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love, as well as the short story collection, Pilgrims. A Pushcart Prize winner and National Magazine Award-nominated journalist, she works as a writer-at-large for GQ. Her journalism has been published in Harper’s Bazaar, Spin, and The New York Times Magazine.
Brief synopsis: Elizabeth Gilbert digs deep into her soul in this profound book to discuss her unique perspective on creativity. She offers valuable insights into the nature of inspiration and asks us to embrace our curiosity. Creativity is inside all of us in one form or another, and Gilbert offers the motivation to overcome our fears and discover them. She provides excellent advice in this light-hearted yet thoughtful book.
Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
Not That Kind of Girl, a collection of essays by Lena Dunham, creator of HBO’s Girls, is a fearless and witty examination of millennial girlhood. Dunham, famous for her feminist politics and admirable willingness to be vulnerable, does not shy away from difficult or graphic topics. She keeps things real and flawed and doesn’t sugarcoat anything, instead of celebrating life for the inexplicable mess it often is.
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Bad Feminist is a sharp and funny collection of essays that provide an accurate look at the ways in which our culture consumes us and snatches our identity. Roxane Gay takes us on her journey and describes life from the lens of a black woman. She comments on trends and recent events and how they have affected feminism. In the end, this book is really an inspiring call-to-action and highlights areas in which we as women need to do better.
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
Set in the 1950s, Boy, Snow, Bird opens on the Lower East Side of New York City, with a young white woman named Boy Novak running away from her violent father. She finds herself in Massachusetts where she meets a widower, a jewelry craftsman, Arturo Whitman, in Flax Hill, Mass. They marry and she becomes obsessed with her new stepdaughter, Snow.
This novel is a remake if not hugely reminiscent of the famous fairy-tale, Snow White. The interesting twist in this novel is that Boy’s husband is a very light-skinned black man, who “passes” as white. This novel poetically discusses the themes of color and race relations, self-love and acceptance wrapped in the familiarity of a well-known tale.
The Life Boat by Charlotte Rogan
This is a poignant novel is a gritty, naked look at what being a survivor really means. This book opens with a newly married couple being ripped apart by a horrible accident at sea and only half of the couple survives. This book follows the perils of what the survivors must do in order to survive. It shows the inner strength that lies within all of us. But it also shows that we are all capable of being horrible sadists.