Even though Read Across America Day focuses on celebrating childhood reading, it doesn’t mean us big kids have to miss out on encouraging each other to indulge in a good book or two!
To honor both Read Across America Day and Women’s History Month, we’re sharing our top favorite female-authored books aimed to inspire every woman to be her fiercest. These 5 gems are sure to wake your inner bookworm and motive your soul!
1. Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen
Ann Shen’s tribute to women in history tells the stories of bad girls who broke all the rules and paved the way for fabulous women to come! Think artists and scientists, pirates and spies — 100 fierce females who stared stereotype in the face and said, “Hold my stilettos.”
2. Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
In a world of picture-perfection and painstakingly curated social media, warrior woman Glennon Doyle Melton challenges the unachievable ideal and gets real, real fast! In a hilarious and refreshingly vulnerable collection of essays, Melton gives a personal account of what it means to be fabulously woman: fierce, imperfect, and — let’s be honest — a hot mess. Her book reads like conversation with your wisest, cleverest girlfriend at a coffee date, and leaves you with a renewed perspective on your crazy, beautiful mess!
3. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo
This beautifully bound storybook masterpiece is the kind of awesome that knows no age: a treat for mommas and littles and everything in between! Much like Bad Girls Throughout History, it tells the stories of 100 exceptional women — fairytale style — and features the ranks of Frida Kahlo, Queen Elizabeth I, and Malala Yousafzai to name a few! Oh, and did we mention it’s packed with visuals illustrated by 60 female artists from across the globe? Its magic by rebel girls, about rebel girls, for rebel girls — who could beat that?
4. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Remember Eat Pray Love? Author Elizabeth Gilbert has been dishing out freedom to be fabulous for years, and Big Magic is no exception! In a book for those seeking a life of creativity and inspiration, Gilbert dares you to be bold and unapologetically fierce while slowly uncovering your inner magic. It’s like a help guide to discovering your inner unicorn!
5. The Book of Jezebel by Anna Holmes
Knowledge is power for every mighty female, and so we give you The Book of Jezebel to feed your fierceness! The brainchild of the women behind the “Jezebel” blog, this powerhouse is an encyclopedic guide to all things girl. A self-proclaimed marriage of fact and opinion, it’s filled with commentary and a healthy dose of wit on everything from Vogue and Judy Blume, to zits and A-cups! Read, react, equip, and get your fierce on!
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